Smorgasbord Book Promotion – Air Your Reviews – Colleen Chesebro, Bette A. Stevens and Luna Saint Claire


This twice weekly post is open to any author in the Cafe and Bookstore or not, who would like to share their most recent great review. Reviews are a form of word of mouth and are to be treasured.. but keeping them to yourself is not making the most of them. You know where to find me.. sally.cronin@moyhill.com

The first author to receive another terrific review for her book The Swamp Fairy is Colleen Chesebro.

About the book

Fourteen-year-old Abigale Forester, recently orphaned and a ward of the State of Illinois moves from Chicago to Florida to live with her aunt, her last living relative. Magnolia Forester becomes her legal Guardian, and together they claim an ancient inheritance; land that belonged to Abby’s mother’s family for generations.

Holding onto the only piece of her mother Abby has left, a calcite pendant and her mother’s most sacred possession, she discovers the truth of her legacy. The pendant is more significant than she could possibly imagine. Forged from a giant mystical heart-shaped stone found on the very swamp land Abby now owns, it holds the power of her ancestors.

But with that power comes greater responsibility, one that pits her against Rafe Cobb, a greedy land developer, who will stop at nothing to own Abby’s swamp land.

As Abby learns to be part of a family again and explores her love of horses with friends, Savanna, and Blake, the swamp slowly gives up some of its secrets. She is summoned by a primeval nymph, who teaches Abby that her true destiny is to protect the nymphs from evil in an ever-changing modern world.

Can Abby save the swamp and the Naiad Nymph Clan from certain destruction before it is too late?

The most recent review for the book on Goodreads

Jun 24, 2017 Robbie Cheadle rated it 5 Stars

This book contained absolutely everything I could wish for in a book including an orphan girl, a trained guide dog, horses, wonderful friends, a kind and loving Aunt and, best of all, fairies. The main character is an fourteen year old orphan girl, Abby, who moves to Florida to live with her unmarried and childless Aunt after living her entire life in the city of Chicago.

Abby has an unusual gift in that she can hear and communicate with all forms of animals and insects and, as she discovers soon into her new life, the ability to see and talk to fairies. Abby relocates with very little to her name other than a calcite pendant that is given to her just before she leaves Chicago by her Mother’s best friend and the papers to a piece of land that has been in her Mother’s family for generations. Abby soon discovers that this piece of swamp land, while seeming to be of little financial value in its current state, is the home to a clan of nymphs who play a vital role in ensuring the continued ability of humanity of fight diseases with medicinal plants. The land is, however, very enticing to an unethical and greedy land developer who seems determined to get his hands on Abby’s swamp regardless of anything and anyone standing in his way.

Abby gradually comes to realise that her gifts come with a great responsibility and that it is her destiny to protect the fairy clan that live in the swamp from the current threat.

The book contains some beautiful haikus and descriptive passages. It is not very often in modern books that you get to enjoy language that brings into play all of the senses in such a delightful way. A few of the passages that particularly enchanted me are as follows:

“Her heart beat rapidly in her chest when she glimpsed the butterflies and the resplendent dragonflies. She was ready for the cacophony of sound that vibrated inside her head. These were the communications of those who shared the swamp with her. And, yet, the acoustics overwhelmed her.”

“The late afternoon was hot, and the air felt thick. The smell of ripe grasses filled her nose. She spotted blue and red dragonflies darting in the field. Their wings sparkled in the sunlight as they perched on the wire fence sunning themselves.

I would recommend this book for children, particularly girls, from the ages of 11 years to 111.

Read all the reviews and buy the book: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Heart-Stone-Chronicles-Swamp-Fairy-ebook/dp/B01MU69MXT

Find out more about Colleen Chesebro, read more reviews and follow on Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/16254415.Colleen_M_Chesebro

Connect to Colleen via her website: https://colleenchesebro.com/

Now for another amazing review for Dog Bone Soup – A Boomer’s Journey by children’s author Bette A .Stevens.

About the book

Whether or not You Grew Up in the 1950s and 60s, you’ll find DOG BONE SOUP (Historical Fiction) to be soup for the soul. In this coming-of-age novel, Shawn Daniels’s father is the town drunk. Shawn and his brother Willie are in charge of handling everything that needs to be done around the ramshackle place they call home—lugging in water for cooking and cleaning, splitting and stacking firewood…But when chores are done, these resourceful kids strike out on boundless adventures that don’t cost a dime. DOG BONE SOUP is the poignant tale of a dysfunctional family struggling to survive in America in the 50s and 60s, when others were living The American Dream.

Read all the reviews and buy the book : http://bit.ly/1HGpCsZ

Here is the 5 star review by Balroop Singh on Goodreads on July 3rd 2017.

Dog Bone Soup by Bette A. Stevens is not just the story of Shawn and his struggle to get a decent life, it is a family saga of adventures, sacrifices, togetherness and resilience. It is inspiring as well as poignant, a rare combination to create. Henrietta emerges to be a wonderful mother, giving all the care and attention to her kids though she had zero moral support from her self-centered and alcoholic husband, more interested in watching T.V. than looking after his own children.

The story is set in the 50’s when moccasins could be freely used to discipline children! Despite the challenges of poverty and meagre food, nobody has any complaints except Mr.Daniels. Life was hard and Shawn being the eldest in the family suffers the most yet he stands like a rock when he is old enough to handle his father’s violence.

A streak of thin light shimmers throughout the story, assuring the reader that struggles bring the best out of us. The hope never dies, as kind people keep trickling in to provide work and life-time lessons to Shawn and Willie. Characterisation has been handled very well and one person who stands out is Mrs Ashley, an old lady with the heart of gold, a book lover who fed the poor boys, read stories to them and even taught them how to use a typewriter when they accompanied their uncle to help in cutting the trees.

This book is relevant for the present generation for two reasons—one it acquaints them with history and the way people strived to wriggle out of domestic violence, lack of love and tough situations. Two, how comfortable life is today for children with no fear of moccasins! ~Balroop Singh, author

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Also by Bette A. Stevens

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Connect to Bette via her website: https://4writersandreaders.com/

For the final review today author Luna Saint Claire and a review for her book The Sleeping Serpent

About the book

Whether by free will or fate, Luna’s encounter with Nico provokes a storm that shatters her perceptions of identity, duty, morality, and self-worth. The storm didn’t blow in from the outside. She was the storm. Its turbulence within her, forcing her to confront the darkness, uncovers her secrets and her pain.

Luna Saint Claire has a loving husband and an enviable career as a Hollywood costume designer. Still, something is gnawing at her. Bored with her conventional and circumscribed existence, she feels herself becoming invisible. When she meets Nico Romero, a charismatic yoga guru, his attentions awaken her passions and desires. Dangerous, but not in a way that scares her, he makes her feel as if anything is possible. Infatuated, she becomes entangled in Nico’s life as he uses his mesmerizing sexuality to manipulate everyone around him in his pursuit of women, wealth, and celebrity.

Immensely erotic and psychologically captivating, The Sleeping Serpent is the compelling story of a woman’s obsession with a spellbinding guru and the struggle to reclaim her life. At its heart, it is a painfully beautiful exposition of unconditional love that makes us question what we truly want.

“She realized in an instant that being around him awakened her, stirring the sediment that had long ago settled at the bottom of her well. He made her feel a part of him–of something larger, and somehow more alive.”

One of the recent reviews for the book

For the first time I’m not sure I can provide an adequate review for this mind blowing book. The amount of details about Yoga, Native American culture and Spiritual healing was remarkable and provided the perfect backdrop to see how a narcissistic ego of our main character Nico would function in a society today. We tend to believe and trust people that have a perceived position of power which causes us to not think clearly and make bad decisions.

Throughout this book keeping track of all of the smart, talented and successful women Nico was with was difficult at best. I kept thinking how can you be so naïve to think he is only with you and loves you. The pattern of behavior had me scratching my head the entire time. Then I learned about cording (fascinating by the way) and what the impact is on an individual. The pull is extremely difficult to deny and hard to escape.

I will admit the topic is way over my head when it comes to healers and yoga but this book keeps me engaged anyway. The intensity of this book is like nothing I have experienced to date. I can only speculate that yoga has a dark seedy side that can persuade people to go against their better judgment with what I can describe as magic and potions. Luna was a main character throughout the book and I got a sense she was able to keep Nico calm most of the time. She was the only one who didn’t have a physical relationship with Nico and was able to keep the clearest head on her shoulders. Her saving grace also was she was married. I have my own theories on why but I won’t put that in my review.

Here is what I can say. Nico was able to find women he thought could further his dreams of fame and fortune. When they were slow or didn’t follow thru (his perception) then you got to see another side of him. The he got into a downhill spiral that he was not able to recover from. I can only imagine what it would be like to be with a person who can change on a dime and be soft, sweet, attentive and provide so much pleasure to only turn around and become uncontrollable.

If you are looking for psychological thriller, then this is for you. I will caution you if you are looking for HEA this is not going to fill that need.

Read some of the 115 reviews for the book and buy: https://www.amazon.com/Sleeping-Serpent-womans-struggle-obsessive-ebook/dp/B016LUUB1K

Find out more about Luna Saint Claire and her work: https://www.amazon.com/Luna-Saint-Claire/e/B017DN9Y4Y/

Connect to Luna Saint Claire via her website: http://www.compelledbooks.com/

Thank you for dropping in today. Have you received a great review recently for one of your books… let me know….sally.cronin@moyhill.com.

Smorgasbord Book Promotion – Air Your Reviews – Sally Cronin and Luna Saint Claire


I am going to take advantage of this promotion this morning… I was so delighted to receive a great review from Paul Andruss for Just an Odd Job Girl that I wanted to share here.

About the book

Imogen was fifty. She had been married to Peter for over twenty years and having brought up her children she was living in a wonderful house, with money and time to spare.

Suddenly, she finds herself “traded-in” for a younger model, a ‘Fast-Tracker’. Completely devastated, she retreats to a small house on the edge of Epping Forest, where she indulges in binge eating and self-deprecation. Finally, when she can no longer fit into her clothes, and there seems to be no hope, she discovers a way forward.

Helped by a new friend, she rediscovers herself, making a journey to her past that enables her to move on to her future.

Paul’s Review post can be read in full here: http://www.paul-andruss.com/just-an-odd-job-girl/

One of my favourite types of novel is a bildungsroman. It is a posh word for a coming of age book where a youngster grows by overcoming challenges and facing responsibilities.

So what’s that to do with a middle-aged woman?

I’ll tell you.

Only by reacquainting herself with the girl she was, can Imogen leave the recent past and become the woman she is in her own right. Not a wife, not a mother; Imogen.

I admit I am prejudiced when it comes to Sally Cronin. This is the third of her books I have read and reviewed. Each and every one has been a delight. However, this is my favourite.

Sally Cronin skilfully plays emotions like a virtuoso, drawing the reader into characters’ lives; making them part of you. It is written with her usual lean elegant prose and easy readability. There is a host of likeable warm characters; witty turns of phrase and comic situations that leave you smiling or laughing out loud.

As a woman of mid-life, finding her feet, most of us readily identify with Imogen, if not for ourselves, then maybe because our loved ones have been through something similar; while, heart-broken, we helplessly watched them struggle and prayed they would not fail.

In an entertaining light-hearted way, and without a hint of preaching, Sally Cronin gives valuable life lessons with Imogen. And in the end makes Imogen’s triumphs our own.

I started out saying I met many Imogens in my life. I will end by saying it is nice to finally meet the original. I feel like I have a new friend.

This is a highly recommended and unputdownable read. It is light enough for the bus to work, lounging by a pool on holiday or even with your morning coffee and guilty biscuit.

Out of FIVE STARS I give it…

FIVE STARS PLUS

What else!

Read the reviews and buy the book: https://www.amazon.com/Just-Odd-Girl-Sally-Cronin-ebook/dp/B00M10F4O4

Also by Sally Cronin

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Author Luna Saint Claire continues to receive rave reviews for her book The Sleeping Serpent.

About the book

Whether by free will or fate, Luna’s encounter with Nico provokes a storm that shatters her perceptions of identity, duty, morality, and self-worth. The storm didn’t blow in from the outside. She was the storm. Its turbulence within her, forcing her to confront the darkness, uncovers her secrets and her pain.

Luna Saint Claire has a loving husband and an enviable career as a Hollywood costume designer. Still, something is gnawing at her. Bored with her conventional and circumscribed existence, she feels herself becoming invisible. When she meets Nico Romero, a charismatic yoga guru, his attentions awaken her passions and desires. Dangerous, but not in a way that scares her, he makes her feel as if anything is possible. Infatuated, she becomes entangled in Nico’s life as he uses his mesmerizing sexuality to manipulate everyone around him in his pursuit of women, wealth, and celebrity.

Immensely erotic and psychologically captivating, The Sleeping Serpent is the compelling story of a woman’s obsession with a spellbinding guru and the struggle to reclaim her life. At its heart, it is a painfully beautiful exposition of unconditional love that makes us question what we truly want.

“She realized in an instant that being around him awakened her, stirring the sediment that had long ago settled at the bottom of her well. He made her feel a part of him–of something larger, and somehow more alive.”

on May 1, 2017

I was pulled into this book from the first page. It is for sure a psychological book with a lot of hot scenes. The characters were well written and Nico was the man you loved to hate. It follows along how Nico controls some of his yoga students. This man has issues. Lol. This is a story that made me want to grab characters by their faces and say what in the world are you doing? It was written in POV of the women and Nico. Usually i get all confused when reading from a whole bunch of POV’s but this was pretty easy to follow along. I cant wait for more from this author and would recommend this book to a lot of people. – Mandi

The dark side of yoga leaps front and center in this action-packed spiritual/erotic thriller. There’s the constant feeling of being on the edge of your seat as you turn page after page astounded at how deceitful, duplicitous, the human mind can be. As a psychotherapist specializing in treating victims of abusive religion, I thought the writer expertly tapped into the dynamics of a troubled mind at work under the guise of spirituality and healing. I kept wondering how the protagonist could be so taken in; then I realized that such evil takes place all the time, right without us taking seriously what we see in our ashrams, churches, and yoga studios. Readers beware – this powerful read is only for those of daring and intrepid spirit!

Read some of the 111 reviews for the book and buy: https://www.amazon.com/Sleeping-Serpent-womans-struggle-obsessive-ebook/dp/B016LUUB1K

Luna Saint Claire has also contributed to this anthology.

Find out more about Luna Saint Claire and her work: https://www.amazon.com/Luna-Saint-Claire/e/B017DN9Y4Y/

Thank you for dropping by today… Sally

Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore – New on the Shelves – The Sleeping Serpent by Luna Saint Claire


New on the shelves

I am delighted to welcome Luna St. Claire to the Cafe and Bookstore with her book The Sleeping Serpent a novel of narcissism and control that can destroy.

41cnhvv29l-_uy250_About the book.

As thrilling as The Girl on the Train, twisted as Gone Girl, and tortured as Wuthering Heights.

Whether by free will or fate, Luna’s encounter with Nico provokes a storm that shatters her perceptions of identity, duty, morality, and self-worth. The storm didn’t blow in from the outside. She was the storm. Its turbulence within her, forcing her to confront the darkness, uncovers her secrets and her pain.

Luna Saint Claire has a loving husband and an enviable career as a Hollywood costume designer. Still, something is gnawing at her. Bored with her conventional and circumscribed existence, she feels herself becoming invisible. When she meets Nico Romero, a charismatic yoga guru, his attentions awaken her passions and desires. Dangerous, but not in a way that scares her, he makes her feel as if anything is possible. Infatuated, she becomes entangled in Nico’s life as he uses his mesmerizing sexuality to manipulate everyone around him in his pursuit of women, wealth, and celebrity.

Immensely erotic and psychologically captivating, The Sleeping Serpent is the compelling story of a woman’s obsession with a spellbinding guru and the struggle to reclaim her life. At its heart, it is a painfully beautiful exposition of unconditional love that makes us question what we truly want.

Compelling…a gripping masterful account of the seductive manipulations of a sociopath.

“She realized in an instant that being around him awakened her, stirring the sediment that had long ago settled at the bottom of her well. He made her feel a part of him–of something larger, and somehow more alive.”

Two of the 101 reviews for the book

I voluntarily reviewed a copy of this book.

This book completely blew my mind. The complete shock and utter disbelief left me reeling from its all too realistic storyline. Luna Saint Claire did a wonderful job writing this book with so much detail and ease. I was hooked. Even though just about all of the characters made me angry and want to slap them silly I could not put this book down. I was scared to see how it would all end.

The story is based around yoga instructor Nico and his many relationships with different women. Luna did an excellent job shaping each characters personality and displaying the level of narcissism and manipulation that each women went through. It was so sad it was almost tragic. There are people out there like this and I think Luna gave a great example of it in this book. I loved every minute of it while simultaneously hating Nico and these women. This book will definitely get to you psychologically.

I really enjoyed that this book was erotic, dark, and heartrending all in one. I don’t know how Luna made Nico so hot and alluring and oh so hot, but so terrible at the same time. I had so many different emotions running through me while I read this book and I guiltily loved every second of it. I have not read another book like this. I loved that it was different and something I have not read before and that it talks about a serious relationship issue. I applaud Luna Saint Claire for creating this masterpiece. She no doubt did her research. The amount of yoga information in this book totally blew me away. It made Nico seem not so bad at times because he was supposed to be this spiritual and kind person who could never do anything wrong. As much as I thought I had it all figured out, this book took me on a whirlwind of twists and one emotion to the next in a matter of seconds.

I highly recommend anyone read this book. I loved it.

Luna Saint Claire does an outstanding job at conveying the torture of being in a relationship with a sociopath. If you have known such an individual or suspect you are in one, then this book clearly illustrates the manipulation and suffering that always results. Luna Saint Claire inspires hope to the victims by illustrating that no matter who you are, the abuse isn’t personal, but a means of survival as sociopaths deplete personal power and drain life force (sexual energy) from his victims.

The author provides guidance and powerful healing tools for people struggling to escape the grip of pain ensued by such people. Holistic healing such as kundalini yoga and energy healing techniques of shamanistic cord cutting of negative energy between people are explored as one women is desperate to regain her freedom. Perhaps my favorite, is Luna’s healing experience with the hugging saint, Amma. In my opinion, being in her presence is unlike anything or anyone because her Love has the capacity to penetrate ones soul!

This is a real psychological thriller that you cannot stop reading. It will make you stay up beyond bedtime hours. Thank you Luna Saint Claire for sharing your journey with us.

Read all the reviews and buy the book:

US:   https://www.amazon.com/dp/B016LUUB1K
UK:  http://amzn.to/2kqTCEq
AU:  http://amzn.to/2kRBe80
CA:  http://amzn.to/2jw7eyf

BookLinker: myBook.to/SleepingSerpent

Luna Saint Claire has also contributed to this anthology.

61ix6dlkiwl-_uy250_About Luna Saint Claire

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Luna Saint Claire is a costume designer and author residing in Los Angeles with her husband, a philosophy professor. She loves blues rock and Indie music, often setting her Pandora station to Damien Rice. Her personal style can best be described as eclectic bohemian. Though she now enjoys running and yoga, she spent years of her youth in the ballet studio. Her part Native American heritage informs her work as a designer and influences her storytelling.

You can find out more from this small selection of the interviews of Luna about The Sleeping Serpent.

Huffington Post: http://huff.to/2cM8zNo
Know Your Author: http://bit.ly/2diARyH
The Thursday Interview: https://thethursdayinterview.wordpress.com/2016/10/27/luna-saint-claire/

Other Purchase sites

ITunes: http://apple.co/1NoEDib
B&N: http://bit.ly/2fThOcq
Kobo: http://bit.ly/2fdDj89

Connect to Luna Saint Claire

Website: http://www.compelledbooks.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CompelledBooks/
Goodreads: http://bit.ly/1nYeNfk
Amazon author pagehttp://amzn.to/1VwAmjA
Goodreads: http://bit.ly/1nYeNfk