Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore – Author Update – Linda Bradley, John W. Howell and Gwen Plano and Deanie Humphrys-Dunne


Welcome to the second of the author updates this week with recent reviews from authors on the shelves.

The first author to have received recent reviews, is Linda Bradley for Maggie’s Way – Montana Bound Series Book 1

About Maggie’s Way

Middle-aged, Maggie Abernathy just wants to recuperate from cancer during the solitude of summer vacation after a tiresome year of teaching second grade. Maggie’s plans are foiled when precocious seven-year-old Chloe McIntyre moves in next door with her dad, John. Maggie’s life changes in a way she could never imagine when the pesky new neighbors steal her heart. With Maggie’s grown son away, her ex-husband in the shadows, her meddling mother’s unannounced visits, and Chloe McIntyre on her heels, somehow Maggie’s empty house becomes home again.

One of the reviews for the book

Lovely story of a women who after 26 years of marriage feels her life slipping away. The story tells her relationship with her pesky 7 year old neighbor and how Maggie finds herself, her own way in life and realizes she can find happiness. Sometimes we can be our own worst enemy. Maybe a 7 year can make her see a happy life is there and nothing is always perfect. You can find it. Story is slow in some areas and often you find out what occurred to the characters after you learn the outcome of it all. Interesting way to lay out the story line.

Read the reviews and buy the book: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00ZSOX4BA

And on Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Maggies-Way-Montana-Bound-Book-ebook/dp/B00ZSOX4BA

Also by Linda Bradley

Read all the reviews and buy the books: http://www.amazon.com/Linda-Bradley/e/B00JUIS2FS

And on Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Linda-Bradley/e/B00JUIS2FS

Read more reviews and follow Linda on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6498473.Linda_Bradley

Connect to Linda via her website: http://www.lindabradleyauthor.com

The next authors with a recent review are John W. Howell and Gwen Plano for their co-written paranormal thriller.. The Contract.

About The Contract

The earth is threatened with a catastrophic political event which could result in international warfare and destroy all life on the planet. In heaven, a divine council decides that extraordinary measures are essential. They call for an intervention that involves two souls returning to earth. The chosen two sign a contract that they will work to avert the disaster.

Brad Channing, a Navy SEAL, and Sarah O’Brien, a teacher, become heaven’s representatives on earth. The story follows them as they individually and then together face overwhelming obstacles and eventually end up on a strategic Air Force base in California. It is there that they discover a conspiracy to assassinate the President of the United States. The terrorists have a plan for global dominance and they are determined to complete their mission. Although military leadership appears to have the President’s best interests at heart, it is not clear who can be trusted and who should be feared. The action is rough and tumble as Brad and Sarah try to figure out the culprits for the plot that will turn into a worldwide conflagration unless stopped.

If you enjoy thrillers, this is one with enough twists and adventure to keep you riveted and guessing. If you like your thriller along with a good romance, Brad and Sarah’s initial attraction and eventual love will sustain you as they live out their heavenly and earthly desires.

One of the recent reviews for the book.

L.D. Tanner 5.0 out of 5 stars Unique, Fast-Pace Thriller with Paranormal Reflections of Life’s Journey  July 22, 2019

“The Contract Between Heaven and Earth” by John W. Howell and Gwen M. Plano is a unique paranormal thriller with a strong element of romance. The story immediately hooked me in the first chapter when celestial soul mates are sent to earth to help prevent a catastrophic event on earth. Their souls are incarnated into their hosts: an abused wife who has been almost choked to death and a Navy Seal who has mortal wounds. Memories from their past lives are erased and replaced with memories of Brad and Sarah, who are both on the brink of death. Brad and Sarah recover from their wounds and begin a new life. Sarah leaves her husband, who has dubious connections to terrorists. Brad finds a new career in civilian life as a writer. Brad is approached by a CIA agent to gather information about Sarah and the activities with her former husband. However, when they meet, they inexplicably fall in love with each other. As their love grows, Brad is torn that he is withholding the truth about his connections with the CIA. Their lives are thrown into a whirlwind when an attempt in made on their lives. The action accelerates as the conspiracy to assassinate the President of the United States is revealed, but they don’t know who to trust. The climax ends in a twist, tying back to the original mission of the celestial soul mates.

Authors Howell and Plano have taut writing styles that moves quickly from scene to scene, but the romance is heartfelt. The characters are engaging, and I cared about what happened to them. The authors are able to blend suspense, romance, and paranormal elements to make this a riveting thriller mixed with reflections about what each person learns on his/her life’s journey.

Read the reviews and buy the book: https://www.amazon.com/Contract-between-heaven-earth/dp/0996911588/

And Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Contract-between-heaven-earth-ebook/dp/B07CZQ8WKH/

 Read the reviews and buy the books: https://www.amazon.com/John-W.-Howell/e/B00HMRWO6C

and on Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/John-W.-Howell/e/B00HMRWO6C

Read more reviews and follow John on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7751796.John_W_Howell

You can connect to John on his website: https://johnwhowell.com/

Also by Gwen Plano

Read some of the reviews for the book: https://www.amazon.com/Letting-into-Perfect-Love-Extraordinary-ebook/dp/B00K7WYTW6/

And Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Letting-into-Perfect-Love-Extraordinary-ebook/dp/B00K7WYTW6/

Read more reviews and follow Gwen on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7341478.Gwendolyn_M_Plano

You can find out more about Gwen on her website: http://www.gwenplano.com/

My final author with a recent review for her memoir My Life at Sweetbriar : A Life Changed by Horses, is Deanie Humphrys-Dunne.

About My Life at Sweetbriar

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?

One of the recent reviews for the book

Jun 18, 2019 Debra Cox rated it Five Stars

Life is tough, sometimes. But, Deanie Humphrys-Dunne proves to readers in My Life at Sweetbrier, that if they persevere, anything is possible. The author encourages children to set goals and reach for their dreams, as one day they may even beat the odds, like she did. Diagnosed with cerebral palsy at the age of three, doctors were convinced that Deanie would never be able to walk. Deanie’s Daddy refused to accept their opinion and shortly after, made the decision that changed Deanie’s life, for good. He thought that learning to ride would help Deanie’s legs get stronger so she could walk. Her determined father helped Deanie not only to learn how to ride and to walk, but to also follow her dream of becoming a champion horseback rider. Ultimately, it’s Deanie’s fighter spirit that makes her a winner.

The writing style is a little repetitive, but from a child’s perspective the language is aimed accurately, and it flows well. The fact that the author is very honest and speaks to the reader like a friend, adds to the story’s charm. I actually appreciated all the equine terminology, since I know nothing about horse riding. The old black and white photos capturing moments of Deanie’s life, help the reader immerse into Sweetbrier, too.

I was moved by this inspirational true story. My motto is also, ‘Never give up,’ and now, I’m certain, it’s definitely the right attitude to have in life. Children will be motivated to try their best, definitely recommending it!

Read all the reviews and buy the book: https://www.amazon.com/My-Life-Sweetbrier-Changed-Horses-ebook/dp/B0711P67DM

And on Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/My-Life-Sweetbrier-Changed-Horses-ebook/dp/B0711P67DM

Also by Deanie Humphrys-Dunne

Read all the reviews and buy the books: https://www.amazon.com/Deanie-Humphrys-Dunne/e/B003FFS15S

And Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Deanie-Humphrys-Dunne/e/B003FFS15

Follow Deanie Humphrys- Dunne on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/3309880.Deanie_Humphrys_Dunne

Connect to Deanie on her website: http://www.childrensbookswithlifelessons.com

Thanks for dropping in today and I hope you will be leaving with some books under your arms.. thanks Sally.

Smorgasbord Blog Magazine – Guest Writer Linda Bradley – #FREEbook #Bookbub – Montana Bound


Delighted to welcome Linda Bradley as a guest writer today, sharing her research for her books in the Montana Bound series. Also there is an FREE offer on Maggie’s Way on BookBub and details of that later in the post.

Montana Bound by Linda Bradley

Montana Bound is more than the name of my book series telling the story of a middle-aged Midwestern woman finding her way.

When I began writing Maggie’s story, I knew she’d encounter a sprawling ranch alive with horses and cattle, a place much different than her suburban Michigan home. A faint childhood memory of being in the back of a 1972 Buick station wagon staring into the blue Montana skies prodded me to embed the beautiful land into my work.

My first research trip took me to Gallatin Gateway, Montana. My twenty-two-year-old son was my travel companion and just as eager for the adventure. We chose Bozeman as our destination, then packed our bags. I knew I had to ride with the wranglers, experience a chuck wagon, and explore the land to connect with its history and the hearts of my characters.

When my son and I arrived, it was close to midnight. We had no idea of the terrain on the hour drive ahead of us. When I’d called ahead to confirm our stay at the 320 Guest Ranch, the receptionist assured me that the animals would all be sleeping at that hour, and the drive was easy. I chuckled to myself thinking about mountain roads and deep gorges. As the door of the plane opened, the aroma of sage drifted in, and I knew I’d chosen somewhere special to write about even though its beauty was blanketed in darkness.

As we drove away from the airport, the eyes of a bobcat shone into our headlights, then it scurried into the tall grass. Without hesitation, I rolled down the windows and listened to the stillness. The rambling sound of a river running wild was the music we traveled to. My nerves settled, and the drive was peaceful. I knew if I had the courage to navigate the unknown road ahead, Maggie would surely find her happy ending, too.

In the morning, mountains dotted with Quarter Horses and wildflowers welcomed us. I couldn’t wait to meet the people who’d share their knowledge and experiences with me. Sure, I’d done some reading about the land, Montana demographics, and history, but no article connected me to its rich life like the wranglers I met along the way and the excursions on horseback. Talking to the trail guides and wranglers taught me more than I ever expected. The conversations seeded a personal foundation, much more meaningful than any book or article.

Image Linda Bradley

I’d inquired about the cattle in Western Montana and was informed that most cattle lived in the eastern part of the state due to the terrain. One wrangler I chatted with tipped his hat and said, “But you’ll find the Ancient White Park on the other side of this mountain ridge.” Our trip didn’t allow time to make the trek, so I booked another trip the following summer and stayed at the B BAR Ranch where the cattle thrive. I didn’t realize there was such a breed and quickly grew fascinated by their Celtic roots. They were brought to the states prior to World War II as a preventative measure because Nazi troops were expected to invade. After being herded to different parts of the states and Canada, the cattle found their way to Montana.

Their migration and hard road to survival prodded me to cast them as the 617 Ranch’s main staple. For me, the history of these great heifers parallels the struggles of humanity. They symbolize strength and pure intention.

Researching Montana was more than an opportunity to learn about the setting in my Montana Bound Series. The trek brought me closer to my characters. While discovering their roots, I learned a few things about myself. The experience was much like reading a great book. I was hooked. I wanted more blue sky, more sunshine, more adventures on horseback, more huckleberry jam, more wildflowers, and more tales about the men who planted rosebushes in the hills to mark their treasures of gold.

Not only was my main character, Maggie Abernathy, Montana Bound, so was I.

Image Linda Bradley.

Research included:

Book: We Pointed Them North, Recollections of a Cowpuncher by E. C. Abbott (Author), Helena Huntington Smith (Author)

Websites:

http://www.bbar.com/Stewardship/white-park-cattle
https://www.yellowstonenationalpark.com
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yellowstone_National_Park

Riding excursions:

https://www.320ranch.com
https://www.hellsaroarinoutfitters.com

©Linda Bradley 2019

About Linda Bradley

Linda’s inspiration comes from her favorite authors and life itself. Her women’s fiction highlights characters that peel away outer layers of life to discover the heart of their dreams with some unexpected twists and turns along the way. Her writing integrates humor found in everyday situations, as well as touching moments, thus creating avenues for readers to connect with her characters.

About Maggie’s Way

Middle-aged, Maggie Abernathy just wants to recuperate from cancer during the solitude of summer vacation after a tiresome year of teaching second grade. Maggie’s plans are foiled when precocious seven-year-old Chloe McIntyre moves in next door with her dad, John. Maggie’s life changes in a way she could never imagine when the pesky new neighbors steal her heart. With Maggie’s grown son away, her ex-husband in the shadows, her meddling mother’s unannounced visits, and Chloe McIntyre on her heels, somehow Maggie’s empty house becomes home again.

One of the reviews for the book on Goodreads

Jun 03, 2017 Barbara Wall rated it it was amazing –Recommends it for: Romance readers

Maggie’s just been hit with a summer full of middle age life’s worst surprises: breast cancer, finding out her the love of her life husband is gay, divorce and a needy seven year old whirlwind moving in next door. On top of all of this Maggie realizes that she has compromised her own dreams away and now is time to figure out what she wants while battling cancer and being tired from radiation treatments. This is not a depressing read, it’s actually a romance novel with a probable happily ever after. There is another book that continues Maggie’s journey that I haven’t read yet, but this one feels complete

The book is FREE at Book Bub until July 2nd: https://www.bookbub.com/books/maggie-s-way-by-linda-bradley?ebook_deal

Also by Linda Bradley

Read all the reviews and buy the series: http://www.amazon.com/Linda-Bradley/e/B00JUIS2FS

And on Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Linda-Bradley/e/B00JUIS2FS

Read more many reviews and follow Linda on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6498473.Linda_Bradley

Connect to Linda

website: http://www.lindabradleyauthor.com
Twitter: https://twitter.com/LBradleyAuthor
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Linda-Bradley/389688594534105

Linda would love your feedback and questions.

Thank you for dropping in today and I am sure you have enjoyed visiting Montana as much as I have, and I hope you will take up the offer for Maggie’s Way.

Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore – New on the Shelves – Pedal: Sometimes a bicycle is built for two by Linda Bradley


Delighted to feature the latest release by Linda BradleyPedal… Sometimes the bicycle is built for two.

About Pedal.

Burdened by heartache, can a whisper from beyond give middle-aged Paula Murphy the courage to just pedal?

Coming back to her Bay View summer home in northern Michigan means more than planning picnics at the beach and working in her daughter-in-law’s bicycle shop. Her avoidance to embrace her grown son’s death isn’t the only tribulation weighing on this self-reliant social worker’s mind. Reluctant to believe the unfathomable, Paula Murphy’s world is turned upside down when she’s reunited with the only man she’s ever loved.

One of the early reviews for the story

Amazon Customer 5.0 out of 5 stars Love always wins June 25, 2018

Wonderful short story. Made me think of past memories lost loves and a chance of renewal

Head over and buy the book: https://www.amazon.com/Pedal-Linda-Bradley-ebook/dp/B07DS4X3W5/

And on Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Pedal-Linda-Bradley-ebook/dp/B07DS4X3W5/

Also by Linda Bradley

One of the recent reviews for Maggie’s Way – Book One of the Montana Bound series

5 stars Maggie’s Way on April 16, 2018

Absolutely one of the best stories I have had the pleasure of reading in a long time. This is a writer I will be reading again. Emotional upheaval, rejection, disbelief, life’s struggles with unexpected medical news and a young child who will not let go. I do not want to spoil this story for anyone who chooses to read it. But this is a writer that will capture your attention.

Read all the reviews and buy the series: http://www.amazon.com/Linda-Bradley/e/B00JUIS2FS

And on Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Linda-Bradley/e/B00JUIS2FS

Read more many reviews and follow Linda on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6498473.Linda_Bradley

About Linda Bradley

Linda’s inspiration comes from her favorite authors and life itself. Her women’s fiction highlights characters that peel away outer layers of life to discover the heart of their dreams with some unexpected twists and turns along the way. Her writing integrates humor found in everyday situations, as well as touching moments, thus creating avenues for readers to connect with her characters.

Connect to Linda

website: http://www.lindabradleyauthor.com
Twitter: https://twitter.com/LBradleyAuthor
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Linda-Bradley/389688594534105

Thank you for popping in today and if you have a new release coming out in the next couple of months then please let me know so I can put in the Cafe and Bookstore diary. sally.cronin@moyhill.com thanks Sally.

Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore – Author Update – Melissa Maygrove, Timothy L. Phillips and Linda Bradley


Welcome to Friday’s author update and our first author is celebrating the release of an anthology. Full Dark is a collection of eleven short stories of the paranormal including Retribution by Melissa Maygrove.

FULL DARK is a benefit anthology. 100% of the proceeds will be donated to the Gary Sinise Foundation, an organization that does many wonderful things for our country’s active military, its veterans, and the countless first responders who sacrifice so much to keep us safe: https://www.garysinisefoundation.org/

About Full Dark

What happens in the dark will come to light.

Full Dark is a collection of eleven short works with impressive depth and range. Twisted tales of ghosts, villains, and the paranormal await you—mystery, heinous fantasy, and pure suspense. Acclaimed and award-winning authors as well as a few talented newcomers have joined forces to be your guide. Venture into the dark if you dare.

Just A Matter Of Time by Loni Townsend
Forerunner by David Powers King
Taking Care Of You by Carrie Butler
The Apartment by Lisa Buie-Collard
The Caricature by Nick Wilford
Shifting Sands by Elizabeth Seckman
Shadows Falling On Rainbows by Celeste Holloway
Meringue, Murder or Marzipan by Tonja Drecker
Haunted Lake by Michelle Athy
Soul Coin by Laura Rich
Retribution by Melissa Maygrove

Early reviews for the anthology

You may love one story on November 1, 2017

With an anthology, you never know what you’re going to get. You may love one story, only to hate the next. You may smile and chuckle, then turn the page and cringe in disgust. I suppose that’s what makes an anthology so much fun, and this one definitely sparked a full spectrum of emotional reactions. Without reservation, I can say this is a collection I would recommend. It’s a quick, easy read with everything from moments of laughter to horror, magic to murder, sweetness to surprises. I enjoyed every piece enough I thought I’d share my thoughts on them all:

  • Just a Matter of Time – Loni Townsend: This was a cute piece that intrigued and kept me guessing. The first line left me with a question that wasn’t answered until the last second, and wow. Loved it!
  • Forerunner – David King Powers: A very down-to-earth character in a feels-like-reality setting, but something is going sideways. Very interesting.
  • Taking Care of You – Carried Butler: This was one of my favorites because it took me so much by surprise. It goes on the “super cool” shelf.
  • The Apartment – Lisa Buie-Collard: I loved the concept of this story so much that I wanted it to continue. I wanted more, especially the history of the apartment and how it came about, but I didn’t need more. A great read.
  • The Caricature – Nick Wilford: I had to pause after this one and look back at my life, wondering if there were any moments I might (in this fictional realm) regret. An awesome angle.
  • Shifting Sands – Elizabeth Seckman: This character, she’s something. Angel…such a great name for a memorable person–one I had to like even if I wouldn’t like her in reality. There’s a sign of great storytelling.
  • Shadows Falling on Rainbows – Celeste Holloway: I’m a sucker for a happy ending, and this story, while a bit longer, was worth it for that conclusion.
  • Meringue, Murder or Marzipan – Tonja Drecker: Are you in for a touch of the unexpected? This did not go the way I’d anticipated it would–the way the author leads the reader intentionally. What a great sleight of hand!
  • Haunted Lake – Michelle Athy: Language warning on this one, but what an interesting trip through time. It took me back to my days working at a camp lodge in the mountains with some of its own legends.
  • Soul Coin – Laura Rich: This was the most unique tale in the collection. Super fun to dive into a whole different culture for an unexpected tale. Easily one of my favorites.
  • Retribution – Melissa Maygrove: This story was a great tease, because I want to see more of this character. Whew! Talk about awesome.

All in all, there were many dark moments, some tales that ended as true horror does (without a happy ending), and some that just left me thinking. This was a perfect Halloween read, but a book lovers of the paranormal genre would appreciate all year round.

Content warning: Some language, dark themes, minimal gore, etc. Recommended for mature readers.

Read the reviews and buy the anthology – all proceeds to The Gary Sinise Foundation: https://www.amazon.com/FULL-DARK-Anthology-Melissa-Maygrove-ebook/dp/B076P2BFGF

And Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/FULL-DARK-Anthology-Melissa-Maygrove-ebook/dp/B076P2BFGF

Available in Epub at Nook:  https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/full-dark-melissa-maygrove/1127276312?ean=2940158565977

Also by Melissa Maygrove

Read all the reviews and buy the books: https://www.amazon.com/Melissa-Maygrove/e/B00JL4UPCY

And Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Melissa-Maygrove/e/B00JL4UPCY

And read more reviews and follow Melissa on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/8103285.Melissa_Maygrove

Make contact with Melissa via her publishing site: http://www.truelovepress.com/

The next author today with an update is Timothy L. Phillips who has released the print version of his book My Camino Walk: A Way to Healing.

CoverPageAbout the book

Timothy Phillips celebrated his sixtieth birthday by hiking Spain’s Camino de Santiago. The almost eight hundred kilometer trek became a month-long test of physical stamina, with weather extremes, a range of fellow pilgrims, and hours of introspection that caused him to question his childhood, his life, and many long-held ideas and beliefs. These challenges shook loose the very foundations of his being. Timothy brings a photographer’s eye to detailed descriptions of the trek that appeal to all the senses and invites the reader to join him on his healing journey.

The record of a journey through a mythic landscape is a staple of world literature. In My Camino Walk Timothy L. Phillips describes his personal journey across the rugged terrain between France and Spain. Along the trail, he meets an international cast of characters, each drawn with the same precision as his exquisite landscape writing. My Camino Walk is a journey his readers will share and treasure forever.

A Review for the book

The Camino de Santiago is an ancient pilgrimage across northern Spain to Santiago de Compostela, burial place of St. James. It generally starts from the Pyrenees, but there are other traditional starting points, and it can be from much further afield if one wishes. Pilgrims have been walking the Camino for over a thousand years, but in recent times their number has shot up. A glance at the wonderful Wikipedia tells me that, according to the Office of Pilgrims in the city, it was just 690 in 1985, rising to just under 10,000 in 1992 and the following year, a Holy Year, nearly 100,000. In 2015 it was over a quarter of a million although it was not a Holy Year. In 2010, which was, it was some 272,000. Timothy L. Phillips was one of them. My Camino Walk: A Way to Healing is his account. He was 60 and, as the title implies, he wanted to walk and reflect on his life.

I was offered an e-copy to review on publication and was a little cautious, as I thought the book would be introspective, rather than an account of the Camino as such. On the other hand I’m also nearing 60 and understand why one would then want to walk, think and digest everything that has gone before. Also, I was curious about the Camino. And despite some reservations, I liked this book and I recommend it.

Phillips begins his journey in south-west France, crossed the Pyrenees and did pretty much the whole journey, doing only one day’s walk by bus after some leg trouble. He walked about 500 miles all told. Not bad for a man of 60 (and he was to do it again at 65 in 2015, though the book’s about his earlier walk). Along the way he thinks back on his life. English-born, he’s the child of alcoholic parents, including a mother who seems to have had little interest in him. The relationship between his parents – the fights, the drinking, the burned dinners – is well described. In later life, he does well in the hotel and restaurant business, emigrating to Canada in the process. But his first marriage fails early and he feels unfulfilled. In middle age he throws up his career and becomes a holistic therapy practitioner.

My Camino Walk does have a lot to say about Phillips’s life and spiritual journey, and it is indeed introspective. He also says little about his surroundings (except the weather; he was walking after all! Oddly, he does not say what time of year). Now and then Phillips is emotional. In particular, there is an occasion when he finds that someone has left pictures of their dead children, on a mound on a mountain pass; it sparks a catharsis in him and he cries. And he does talk about his past and his feelings a lot.

Yet his introspection is not self-absorption. He gets to know his fellow-pilgrims as they walk together, he learns a lot about them and is genuinely interested in their lives, and the reasons for their journeys. Inevitably, he gets on better with some than with others. At one stage he inadvertently offends a young fellow-pilgrim, and she does not tell him why until much later. But he forms friendships, hears stories and breaks bread with other walkers at the end of the day. In fact, I think Phillips may be rather good company. Certainly he doesn’t think a “spiritual journey” is an excuse to be miserable. Beginning his walk at Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port, near the Spanish border, he shoulders a couple of wine-bottles and “a wine knife. I don’t want to be in the middle of nowhere without the means to open the bottles.” This is a spiritual journey I can relate to.

Moreover, although Phillips doesn’t seem to notice the scenery much, he does convey a real flavour of the Camino. He stays in refugios, or albergues – hostels provided for pilgrims, friendly but basic. You can find yourself sleeping on a mattress on the floor beside tens of other people, and there may or may not be somewhere to wash your clothes and cook. Now and then, arriving late, Phillips finds there’s no room at the inn – in fact he often has to hurry to claim a space; it’s a busy year. Sometimes he resorts to an hotel. More often, though, he takes his chances, and occasionally cooks not only for himself but for others. In the morning he heads out with a pilgrim he hasn’t met before or more likely someone he already knows; or sometimes they disengage themselves from each other tactfully, sensing that one or the other would like to walk alone today. Given the length of the walk, it becomes a way of life.

As someone who dislikes introspective or self-referential writers (and is wary of alternative medicine), I should not have liked this book. In fact I did, on the whole. I thought it a good introduction to what has now become a popular journey. And although I didn’t especially read it for the spiritual aspect, I did “get” the need to walk and take stock. As I said earlier, I’m of the same age. It also helped that this book is well-written, and properly proofread and edited; those shouldn’t be something to remark upon, but nowadays they sadly are.

I think any reader planning on walking the Camino would learn much from this book. But I also feel that anyone coming to the end of their working lives, and wondering what it has all been about, will relate to Phillips’s journey and feel – as I did – that it might be a chance to think, to take stock, and to move into the later phases of their lives.

You can buy the print version and Ebook: https://www.amazon.co.uk/My-Camino-Walk-Way-Healing/dp/1927950104

And on Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/My-Camino-Walk-Way-Healing-ebook/dp/B01FY6XIIU

TimConnect to Tim Phillips via his website: http://www.caminodetim.com/

The last author today with an update is Linda Bradley with a novella, A Montana Bound Christmas: Ho,ho, Home for the Holidays (Book 4 in the Montana Bound Series)

About the book

Chloe and John McIntyre await Maggie Abernathy’s arrival at the 617 Ranch, but snowfall has halted flights from Michigan to Montana. While Maggie and her mother prepare for a delayed departure, eight-year-old Chloe prepares for disappointment by inviting her Hollywood mother to the ranch in hopes of filling the void. Brook’s unexpected acceptance raises the stakes for John who longs for the perfect Christmas. This cast of misfits bands together in true Montana Bound style when unexpected guests arrive and a curious dog goes missing.

Buy the book: https://www.amazon.com/Montana-Bound-Christmas-Home-Holidays-ebook/dp/B0772BBQ4W

And Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Montana-Bound-Christmas-Home-Holidays-ebook/dp/B0772BBQ4

Also by Linda Bradley

A recent review on Goodreads for the series so far

Debbie Oliphant rated it 5 stars.

I was pleasantly surprised by this series and it is highly recommended to read the three books. It is so worth it. The pace of the series keeps you engaged and by the third instalment, I found myself trying to slow my pace so I can savor the ending.

Maggie has battled and survived cancer during the same time her husband leave her. She is unsettled and doesn’t believe happiness is in her future and if it is, could she take the risk of a broken heart. It is during these changes that she befriends a precocious seven year old girl who attaches herself to her. Maggie can’t seem to shake little Chloe and the two find they have a bond. Chloe is finding a place in Maggie’s heart and soon Chloe father, John, is finding his place, too.

This journey was wonderful and you’re elated as Maggie and John find their way to o e another and you’re cheering for both of them because they deserve this second chance, but the real gem is the relationship between Maggie and Chloe. Chloe has wisdom beyond her years and is so self aware and she seems to find the right words and feelings to reach Maggie. I loved how the story took its time as you begin to love these characters as the author intended

Read all the reviews and buy the series: http://www.amazon.com/Linda-Bradley/e/B00JUIS2FS

And on Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Linda-Bradley/e/B00JUIS2FS

Read more reviews and follow Linda on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6498473.Linda_Bradley

Connect to Linda via her website: http://www.lindabradleyauthor.com

Thank you for dropping by today and I hope you will head over and check out the authors and their books.. thanks Sally

Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore – Author Update – D. G. Kaye, Deborah A. Bowman and Linda Bradley


Welcome to the first of the updates for autho’s in the bookstore this week and before I get started just a reminder that D.G. Kaye has her book Words We Carry FREE for the next couple of days.

Head over to download your copy:  https://www.amazon.com/Words-We-Carry-Obsession-Self-Esteem-ebook/dp/B00OQJGE42 and dowload your copy.

Our first update is for Deborah A. Bowman with Annie’s Story: Blessed with a Gift which was released earlier this year.

About Annie’s story

This story of love and faith by “different” people—now called “special” people—begs to be told. “Annie’s Story” is about a dwarfed, mentally slow child growing up in Colonial America, who is “Blessed With A Gift” from the Spiritual Universe. In Annie’s lifetime, babies born with birth defects and their mothers were banished or put to death—their names cleansed from all church and legal records. Annie’s message is timeless, and her shining spirit reveals that “History Does Repeat Itself” in the treatment, abuse, labeling, and bullying of women, children, and individuals with special needs.

Factual research has confirmed what many generations have tried to eradicate or conceal as was done in the Salem Witch Hysteria of 1692-93, nearly half-a-century “after” Annie lived. JOIN THE ANNIE MOVEMENT to continue the fight for women’s rights, cure birth defects, and stop bullying. Have perceptions changed all that much since the mid-1600s? Have they changed enough? Sadly, they have not. Purchase the book to support women and children. Please, write a review and contact the author. Fundraiser opportunities available.

A recent review for Annie’s story

A unique story on June 25, 2017

Annie’s Story provides a unique insider’s look into the world of newly emigrated people, the Scots, to a free land where they could safely continue worshipping their faith—Catholicism. For Annie, born into a world where one’s physical differences and abilities were considered the child of the devil, it was life threatening.

Annie was raised by her grandmother, a renowned Scottish healer, after her parents died from the plague. This story highlights the hardships endured by immigrants in a world vastly different to their own, who contend with harshness of the land, weather and hiding their beliefs from their neighbours—the Puritans.

Annie was a dwarf and a healer, born in the mid-17th century in Colonial America. Her family left Scotland to avoid the harsh and imperial rule of the English King Charles II, migrated to Massachusetts Bay area, not far from a Puritan settlement. Her grandmother, taught Annie the art and skills of ‘pagan’ medicine after witnessing her miraculously heal a man who almost died.

Annie’s grandmother, her best friend Janey, her parents and the Scottish community protect and shield Annie from outsiders, who don’t understand her physical and mental disabilities. The young girl heals a boy from the Puritan township, which they later become friends and then fall in love.

One of the subjects I am not overly familiar with is American history. The Civil War was perhaps its greatest exponents, as was Abraham Lincoln, and so when I started reading this book, I wasn’t sure what to expect. I read historical fiction, but tend to go for books that predate Christianity.

What intrigued and drew me to the story was that it was premised on a past-life regression, in this case, the author’s. Bowman prefaces the book with background information that she underwent an “age” regression, and in follow up sessions, learnt she lived in another time and went by the name of Annie. The book has facts interwoven within the story, about Annie, the period and the way people who were different were treated. It is evident a great deal of research has gone into the story, describing what life was like during Colonial America for migrants, the Indians and how the Puritans lived.
The use of Scottish phrases and terms is great and it remains true to the characters, but I would have preferred a glossary at the end of the book rather than the explanation within the narrative.

For readers who know little about America’s early history, Annie’s Story is a good introduction to life during a period of unrest in Colonial America. For those who know a lot more, you will enjoy the various historical elements that feature in this story.

Read the reviews and buy the book: https://www.amazon.com/Annies-Story-Blessed-Deborah-Bowman/dp/1520487398

Also by Deborah A. Bowman

Read all the reviews and buy the books: https://www.amazon.com/Deborah-Bowman/e/B00MDD6QMS

Read other reviews and follow Deborah on Goodreads : https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7980347.Deborah_A_Bowman

Connect with Deborah via her blog: https://www.bowmanauthor.com

The next update is for Linda Bradley and the third book in her Montana Bound Series: Maggie’s Montana which has received some great recent reviews.

About Maggie’s Montana

Maggie Abernathy, best friend Judy, and Judy’s two young sons travel cross country to visit John McIntyre and daughter Chloe at their Montana ranch. Maggie’s convinced herself that she’s only making the trip to fulfill her promise to visit Chloe, but once there she can’t help but fall in love with the horses, the land, the ranch, and the Montana ways of life. With Chloe’s loving antics, Winston’s gift, and a handful of wranglers showing her the ropes, will Maggie have the heart to say goodbye?

One of the recent reviews on Amazon

I enjoyed this series and the people Bradley brought to life. I have known everyone of them at different times. The story was romantic in it’s restraint, with desire. I do get a little bored with some romance novels repeating the same scene, different people. I also have lost 2 great friends as well as my mother and grandmother to cancer. Sometimes when everything you care about caves in, after the shock, you have to dig yourself out and up. Only you can decide to try to love again. And if you are lucky enough, you will say yes again and again to children, animals, family and friends. But when you find a really good man, a partner, you will understand that it is by far the most Important decision you will ever make, even the second time around.

A recent review on Goodreads

Debbie Oliphant rated it 5 stars.

I was pleasantly surprised by this series and it is highly recommended to read the three books. It is so worth it. The pace of the series keeps you engaged and by the third instalment, I found myself trying to slow my pace so I can savor the ending.

Maggie has battled and survived cancer during the same time her husband leave her. She is unsettled and doesn’t believe happiness is in her future and if it is, could she take the risk of a broken heart. It is during these changes that she befriends a precocious seven year old girl who attaches herself to her. Maggie can’t seem to shake little Chloe and the two find they have a bond. Chloe is finding a place in Maggie’s heart and soon Chloe father, John, is finding his place, too.

This journey was wonderful and you’re elated as Maggie and John find their way to o e another and you’re cheering for both of them because they deserve this second chance, but the real gem is the relationship between Maggie and Chloe. Chloe has wisdom beyond her years and is so self aware and she seems to find the right words and feelings to reach Maggie. I loved how the story took its time as you begin to love these characters as the author intended

Read all the reviews and buy the book: https://www.amazon.com/Maggies-Montana-Bound-Book-ebook/dp/B01M6VA5J1

Also by Linda Bradley

Read all the reviews and buy the series: http://www.amazon.com/Linda-Bradley/e/B00JUIS2FS

Read more reviews and follow Linda on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6498473.Linda_Bradley

Connect to Linda via her website: http://www.lindabradleyauthor.com

Thanks for dropping in today and please help share the reviews for these authors far and wide.. thanks Sally

Are you an author in the Cafe and Bookstore? – Have you recently released a new book or are about to? Have you recently received great reviews? Email me on sally.cronin@moyhill.com

 

Smorgasbord Book Promotion – Air your Reviews – Paige Addams and Linda Bradley


Welcome to the place where you can share your reviews from Amazon, Goodreads and when posted on a blog. I do go hunting for them but it helps me out time wises if you can remember to drop a link to your new reviews to sally.cronin@moyhill.com…. you have nothing to lose but a little time and any publicity is a good thing.

The first review today is for the debut novel of Paige Addams and her book Tales of Ejoma that featured here a few weeks ago.

About the book

Ejoma and Thavos are immortal and human realms, held separate from one another by a magical barrier. Ejoma is a world of magic, danger, and beauty that humans have long forgotten exists. The shimana can change their shape or bend the elements to their will, and have filled their countless years with learning. Thavos is a world of science and machines. Always striving to invent new things and understand the world around them, humans became strong.

Balance has been maintained between the two realms for millennia, for the safety of immortals and humans alike. But a deadly enemy is growing steadily more powerful with dark magic. Soon, neither realm will be safe.

Becky reviewed on Goodreads.

Tales From Ejoma is a book of three short stories of a realm Ejoma and their people Shima. There just like humans, besides the fact that the can grant wishes, change shapes, master the elements. Humans use technology and continue to invent while the Shima use energy. Of course they are looking for their prasuri, their eternal love.

A great book for short stories. The author did a great job bring the stories together in very little time. Not too much, but definitely enough to get to know the characters and have a connection and still fully enjoy the stories. I give this a four star read. Looking forward to more with these characters and new ones a well.

Reviewer for Romance Authors That Rock

Find Paige on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/16733044.Paige_Addams

Buy the book: https://www.amazon.com/Tales-Ejoma-Dual-Realms-Book-ebook/dp/B06ZZ66C1C

The second book with some new reviews is Maggie’s Montana which is the third book in the Montana Bound Series by Linda Bradley.

About the book

Maggie Abernathy, best friend Judy, and Judy’s two young sons travel cross country to visit John McIntyre and daughter Chloe at their Montana ranch. Maggie’s convinced herself that she’s only making the trip to fulfill her promise to visit Chloe, but once there she can’t help but fall in love with the horses, the land, the ranch, and the Montana ways of life. With Chloe’s loving antics, Winston’s gift, and a handful of wranglers showing her the ropes, will Maggie have the heart to say goodbye?

Some of the recent reviews

Perfect ending to the trilogy. This book focused more on Maggie and John’s relationship as well as Maggie’s inner struggles to take a chance on love and a giant leap to faith leaving everything she knows. I enjoyed book 3 very much. great trilogy and I look forward for more books from this author. Excellent story telling, lovable characters, and all around wonderful read.

I just finished reading the third book in this series and thoroughly enjoyed all of them. These were good, clean stories with great characters

and I loved it! What on February 21, 2017

Just finished Maggie’s Montana, and I loved it! What? No “Maggie’s Christmas in Montana? Or “A Montana Wedding?” Really enjoyed all three of the series! Thank you!

Read all the reviews and buy the book: https://www.amazon.com/Maggies-Montana-Bound-Book-ebook/dp/B01M6VA5J1

Also by Linda Bradley

Read all the reviews and buy the books: https://www.amazon.com/Linda-Bradley/e/B00JUIS2FS

Find Linda Bradley on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6498473.Linda_Bradley

Thanks for stopping by and if you have a recent review that you would like to share let me know sally.cronin@moyhill.com

New Series – Sally’s Cafe & Bookstore Christmas Update – New books and Reviews


sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-updateWelcome to Sally’s Cafe & Bookstore Christmas Update. Recently I asked  the 120 authors in the bookstore to check their entries to make sure that I have their latest books on the shelves.. If you did not check perhaps you could do so and then let me know sally.cronin@moyhill.com

During the next six weeks to Christmas I will be posting an update two or three times a week featuring as many of the authors on the shelves as I can.. I will be checking each author on Amazon for latest books or reviews of their most recent published book but it would be helpful if you could give me a heads up in advance.  Just email me with your Amazon Link and I will do the rest.

To be in the bookstore you will need to have been promoted during the year at some point.

On with the update….

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A new release from Richard M. Ankers. Book 2 in  The Eternals Series – Hunter Hunted.

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About the book.

As soon as Jean stands in the sun’s ruby light, he and Princess Linka are drawn into a world of darkness. The Nordic royalty – albino Eternals of supposed myth – transport their guests deep beneath the Arctic ice to the legendary city of Hvit.Their mother, Queen Serena, offers the pair sanctuary, but all is not right.

Betrayed by the royal family and almost drowned in an orca hunt, Jean is forced to leave Linka behind. His mood is darker than ever and the world will feel his fury. Renewing old acquaintances, both good and bad, Jean must solve the mystery of who manipulates him and the deepening saga of his parents’ deaths. Now, Jean fights for more than just himself; he fights for love.

Once again, aided and abetted by the increasingly manic Merryweather, and the mysterious beauty that is Princess Aurora, Jean seeks retribution. Both hunter and hunted, trapped between wolves of land and sea, all directions point north. Jean must return to Hvit, the cloying, lavender stench of death, and the never-ending quest for blood.

Also by Richard M. Ankers.

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Buy the books and connect to Richard

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Richard-M.-Ankers/e/B01GEM7690
Websitehttps://richardankers.com/

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Great reviews for Linda Bethea’s first book Everything Smells Like Poke Salad

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About the book.

51qb8fm4dql-_ac_us240_ql65_1Born to a struggling farm family in the deepest of The Great Depression, Kathleen enjoys a colorful childhood, enhanced by her imagination, love of life, and the encouragement of her family. She’s determined to build a better life for herself, getting herself into hilarious situations all along the way.

Distinguishing herself in school and the community, she never takes her eyes off her goal. Just as she’s about to get started, she meets Bill, the man who is going to help her on her way. Everything changes. And then changes again.

The true story of a remarkable woman who will inspire you, make you laugh, and see life from a new perspective.

One of the latest rave reviews.

Definitely 5-stars   By Dr. M on July 31, 2016

Very nicely woven tales of one family through the eyes of one girl born in depression era and still alive. She not only shares the stories but also helped illustrate the book. The author paints a very vivid yet poignant picture of what went on in lives of ordinary Americans during depression, such that it seems that you actually seeing the scenes happen rather than just reading.

Even the epilogue is a memorable one in its own way. Kathleen, now in her eighties says this about not remarrying after death of her husband decades ago, “There’s nothing wrong with men. I just don’t want to marry another one. They keep breathing in and out!”

Those who whine all the time about money issues for no good reason should read the book to see how America survived the depression and came out stronger because of great Americans like the heroine in this book.

Buy the book and connect to Linda.

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Everything-Smells-Just-Like-Salad-ebook/dp/B01IVUXROQ

Blog: https://nutsrok.wordpress.com/

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An update on reviews for Ritu Bhathal’s Poetic Rituals published earlier in the year.

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About the book

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Delve into a book of verse exploring different topics and different genres, all with a RITUal twist.A collection of poetry drawing on the experiences of the writer, ranging from matters of the heart, love for the family, situations in life and some verses written with a humorous twist.

One of the latest reviews.

A woman’s life in poems  By Diana on September 14, 2016

Bhathal’s Poetic Rituals is a collection of poems that explores life’s rituals, those of a mother, wife, lover, and teacher. There are real gems in here with lovely imagery, humor, passion, and ambivalence. My favorite poems were the lighthearted rhymes about being a mother of young children. A great read to visit and browse throughout the day.

Buy the book and connect to Ritu.

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Ritu-Bhathal/e/B01H5F3KE0

Blog: https://butismileanyway.wordpress.com/

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Latest release from Linda Bradley Maggie’s Montana the third in The Montana Bound Series

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About the book

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Maggie Abernathy, best friend Judy, and Judy’s two young sons travel cross country to visit John McIntyre and daughter Chloe at their Montana ranch. Maggie’s convinced herself that she’s only making the trip to fulfill her promise to visit Chloe, but once there she can’t help but fall in love with the horses, the land, the ranch, and the Montana ways of life. With Chloe’s loving antics, Winston’s gift, and a handful of wranglers showing her the ropes, will Maggie have the heart to say goodbye?

The latest review from Goodreads – Kayla rated it it was amazing

This book gave me the feels for the love between John and Maggie. I felt like I was in Montana right along with the characters. You can feel the strain Maggie is facing in deciding what her future holds and you hope that she picks what is best for her in the end. Great book to read to relax!

Also by Linda Bradley

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Buy the books and connect to Linda Bradley.

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Linda-Bradley/e/B00JUIS2FS
Websitehttp://www.lindabradleyauthor.com

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A review update for Untangled by Alexis Rose.

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516anwju-ml-_uy250_2A story of Resilience, Courage, and Triumph.
Recalling her life, the author takes us on a journey of unimaginable abuse with continued explicit threats that eventually led to her being sent overseas on an impossible mission. She repressed the memories of her past until a family tragedy forced her to face what her life had been. A history of abuse, torture, and threats to maintain her silence or be killed could no longer be denied.

This is the story of facing the truth and risking the consequences of breaking the silence. The author learns to accept the effects of the trauma that echo through her daily life as PTSD.
Through years of self-exploration, she learns to live her life fearlessly, with eyes wide open. Ultimately this book is about resilience; hope for victims who have suffered trauma and for the people who support them.

One of the reviews for the book.

Couldn’t Put Down   By Francie Nolan on March 21, 2016

I discovered this book on the writer’s blog. Although I don’t normally read accounts of trauma because they tend to trigger me, I downloaded a sample and found the narrative so compelling, I bought the book.This is an amazing story. I cannot conceive of how the author survived all she went through. An incredibly strong and resilient spirit! The memoir is well-written and the story flows easily. It was a couldn’t-put-down book. When her husband tells the mother she has to leave the house at one point, I cheered. And cheered for the author all the way.

I connected with the author especially when she mentioned the physical pain that manifested at the same time as the unblocking of her emotions and memories. Highly recommended.

Buy the book and connect to Alexis

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Untangled-story-resilience-courage-triumph/dp/1514213222/ref=asap_bc?ie=UTF8

Blog. https://atribeuntangled.com/

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I hope that you have enjoyed this first of the Cafe & Bookstore updates and that it will give you some inspiration for the gift of books for family and friends this Christmas and also your own TBR.

Your feedback would be very welcome and also if you could share on your own social media it would be amazing. Sally