Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore – Buy a Book for Christmas #Historical Frank Parker, Tony Riches #Romance Shehanne Moore and Lyn Horner


We are working through the Cafe and Bookstore but still a lot of authors to feature. Today something for those of you who love History and Romance…

The first author is Frank Parker with the historical novel Strongbow’s Wife. The latest statistics of peoples around the world who claim Irish ancestry is around 80 million with approximately 36 million living in the United States. There were compelling reasons for the mass migrations to the rest of the world, but considering Ireland has a current population of 4.6million, it is safe to claim that the Irish have conquered the world. Ireland has a very rich history and this book would make a great gift for someone with that proud and ancient heritage.

About the book

Do you have Irish ancestry? How much do you know about the act of treachery that gave rise to the centuries long conflict between Ireland and the English?

A century after the Norman conquest of England, the men entrusted with suppressing the Welsh were invited to bring peace to Ireland. The result was the opposite: the commencement of a tumultuous period in the relationship between England, Wales and Ireland that began 800 years of subjugation of the Irish by the English.

Little is recorded about the life of the woman who married Strongbow in return for the latter’s assistance in her father’s quest to regain the kingship of Leinster. The activities of Strongbow, and the other Cambro-Normans who took part in the occupation of Ireland in the twelfth century, have been written about extensively. Of Aoife we know only that she accompanied her father on his year long search for assistance, that, when Strongbow eventually arrived, the marriage took place days after a massacre in Waterford.

This account of those events is presented through her eyes. First as a teenager trying to understand the politics behind her father’s downfall. Then as a young wife caught up in the rivalry between her husband and the other leaders of the invading army. Finally, as a widowed mother worried about her children and the future of her native land.

One of the reviews for the book

Strongbow’s Wife was a pleasant surprise for me, as I sometimes find historical novels heavy on history and light on story. This book has a very balanced presentation. I have only recently discovered, through searching my own family history, that I have Irish roots myself, so I was especially interested in learning some of the early history of the country. This book is obviously well-researched, so I have no doubts that the battles for land holdings and power in the 12th Century are as accurate as can be presented. Many people dipicted in this fictional account were real, and the story is told by the young woman whose personal story was not fully explored in the historical records. The young woman’s narrative voice is as true, for me, as that of any real woman telling her stories of love, loss, fear and pride. I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in Irish history and great story-telling. Author Frank Parker has brought Aoife to life for me.

and on Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/Strongbows-Wife-Frank-Parker/dp/1499601220

Also by Frank Parker

Read the reviews and buy the books:  https://www.amazon.co.uk/Frank-Parker/e/B0076JVE5I

And Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/Frank-Parker/e/B0076JVE5I

Read more reviews and follow Frank on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7834486.Frank_Parker

Connect to Frank via his website and blog: https://franklparker.com/

I have already enjoyed three books written by Tony Riches and this book is no exception. Published in February 2018, Mary: Tudor Princess is the story of the daughter of Henry VII and sister to the newly crowned King Henry VIII.  I am sharing my review from earlier in the year and it would make a fabulous gift for someone who loves that period in history, and you could easily add the other books in the series.

About Mary Tudor Princess

From the author of the international best-selling Tudor Trilogy, the true story of the Tudor dynasty continues with the daughter of King Henry VII, sister to King Henry VIII. Mary Tudor watches her elder brother become King of England and wonders what the future holds for her.

Born into great privilege, Mary has beauty and intelligence beyond her years and is the most marriageable princess in Europe. Henry plans to use her marriage to build a powerful alliance against his enemies. Will she dare risk his anger by marrying for love?

Meticulously researched and based on actual events, this ‘sequel’ follows Mary’s story from book three of the Tudor Trilogy and is set during the reign of King Henry VIII.

My review of the the book from earlier in the year

This book opens in 1509 as the 13 year old Princess Mary witnesses the coronation of her  brother King Henry VIII, who is himself just five years older. Despite his youth, Henry has an expansive and expensive plan to extend his realm, which includes marrying his older brother Arthur’s widow Catherine of Aragon; then 23 years old.

The young Princess Mary is drawn into a diplomatic web of intrigue and alliances; a pawn for barter to the highest bidder. The stakes are enormous and King Henry and his advisors move the pieces around the chess board to achieve the most effective outcome. This includes a strategic betrothal, and finally a marriage for Mary, who finds herself at a distant court, in the middle of a completely different intrigue.

This is not a dry dusty history book with dates and statistics. It is a story of a young girl and events that are beyond her control for most of her life. However, it is clear when you first meet her at 13, that she is very well educated, determined and also brave. She faces the decisions made by others with stoicism in public and it is only when alone do you see the vulnerable and frightened child that she still is. She loves and supports her brother Henry, despite his mercurial nature and treatment of his wife Catherine who she considers a sister. Even knowing his swift retribution for those closest to him that fall from favour, Mary still has the courage to go against his will, fighting to be with the man she loves and her happiness.

We follow the various key events of her life, through her thoughts and words that Tony Riches has created. Sharing the fears, love, despair, grief and triumphs of this young woman, mother and queen in her own right. I would have liked to have met her; I think she was a remarkable woman in her own quiet and determined way. 

The other characters are just as well portrayed. We get to witness the behaviour of the young Henry VIII, who did not expect to become king, and is therefore completely unprepared for his new role. His early reign is a hedonistic mission to spend his inherited finances; surrounded by sycophants who are only too happy to encourage him. Behind the scenes ambitious statesman make deals that will further England’s position in Europe, and their own, irrespective of the impact on the young men and women involved.

Meanwhile Queen Catherine is having child after child in a desperate race against time to provide a male heir who lives beyond childhood. Her already tenuous hold on the crown is at stake as Henry pursues other opportunities.

Do not expect flowery language of the age, but plain English and a clear and descriptive narrative. I enjoyed finding out more about this rarely seen princess who played an important role in the history of the Tudors and also England’s future in Europe. I recommend this book and also the rest of the Tudor Series.

Read the more recent reviews for Mary: Tudor Princess: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Mary-Tudor-Princess-Tony-Riches-ebook/dp/B079K1DLRL

And on Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/Mary-Tudor-Princess-Tony-Riches-ebook/dp/B079K1DLRL

A selection of other books by Tony Riches

Read all the reviews and buy the books: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Tony-Riches/e/B006UZWOXA

And Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/Tony-Riches/e/B006UZWOX

Read more reviews and follow Tony Riches on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5604088.Tony_Riches

Connect to Tony on his website: http://www.tonyriches.com

Now time for some historical romance from Shehanne Moore who has retrieved her books from her previous publisher and has now reissued the books with covers, which are stunning by the way.  Both are in the London Jewel Thieves series. Loving Lady Lazuli and Splendor.

Because of the move to publishing her own books, Shehanne has lost all her reviews on Amazon for the books but you can find them all on her Goodreads Page

I am sure that there will be plenty more on Amazon before too long.  And there is a brand new one for Splendor already.

About Splendor (Lond Jewel Thieves)

The only thing he hates more than losing at chess is marriage…

For Splendor, former servant to London’s premiere jewel thieves, pretending to be someone else is all in a day’s work. So when she learns of a chess tournament—a men’s chess tournament—with a ten thousand pound prize, pretending to be a man is the obvious move. The money will be enough to set her fiancé up in his own business so they can finally marry, and more importantly, it’ll pay off her bills and keep her out of debtor’s prison. But she doesn’t plan on her opponent, the rakish Kendall Winterborne, Earl Stillmore, being a sore loser—and a drunken one, at that. But before she can collect her prize, she finds herself facing the most merciless man in London across a pair of dueling pistols at dawn. Chess may be Splendor’s game, but she’s never fired a pistol before. And dressed as a man with ill-fitting shoes on the slippery grass and borrowed glasses that make it hard to see, she’s certain she’s finally tipped her own king.

Bitter divorcee Kendall Winterborne, Earl Stillmore, is the ton’s most ruthless heartbreaker. And he’s got three pet peeves: kitchen maids, marriage…and losing. So when he realizes the “man” opposite him has entered the chess tournament under false pretenses, he’s in the perfect position to extort the little chit. But that’s before the exasperating woman begins to slip beneath his skin, and soon all he can think about is slipping beneath her skirts. But the confounded woman is engaged to someone else, and worse—she’s nothing but a former kitchen maid, just like the one that lured his father into the marriage that ruined the family name. And his ex-wife taught him more than he cared to know about why marriage was the worst kind of checkmate of all…

One of the recent reviews for Splendor

The London Jewel Thieves series from Shehanne Moore features a collection of some of the feistiest and outrageous Regency women you are ever likely to encounter and Splendor is one of them. Lady Splendor to give her the title she adopted – along with her name. She is out to win ten thousand pounds in a chess tournament. The only problem is, only men are allowed to compete in it. So, what is she going to do? Obvious. She will disguise herself as a man and take on chess champion, Kendall Winterborne, the Earl of Stillmore – a man she despises.

Needless to say, it all goes horribly wrong and, from then on, Splendor and her friend – the consumptive Topaz – embark on a series of increasingly risky plots to get her money and be able to live in the style to which they want to be accustomed. In the background, a supporting cast of characters provide help, hindrance and incompetent bungling, while the bad tempered Earl of Stillmore tries not to develop feelings for the woman who torments his every waking hour – and some of his sleeping ones too.

Shehanne Moore writes historical fiction like no other. Her heroines are more likely to punch their way out of difficulties rather than suffer an attack of the vapours. As a reader, you find yourself cheering them on from the sidelines, wincing as they make a decision you know is going to end in disaster and all the while thoroughly enjoying the rollercoaster ride the author takes you on. A worthy companion to ‘Loving Lady Lazuli’, this book can also be read as a standalone and, even if historical fiction isn’t usually your preferred genre, give this one a go. It’s a great fun adventure that will have you smiling.

Read the reviews and buy the book: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07H69872G

And Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Splendor-London-Jewel-Thieves-Shehanne-ebook/dp/B07H69872G

Also by Shehanne Moore.

Read all the reviews and buy the books: https://www.amazon.com/Shehanne-Moore/e/B00CMBK7BW/

And on Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Shehanne-Moore/e/B00CMBK7BW

Read more reviews and follow Shehanne on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7029905.Shehanne_Moore

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

Now for some paranormal romance from Lyn Horner with book 7 of the Romancing the Guardians Series: Tempting Adam. The perfect gift for both lovers of the paranormal and romance and also to buy alongside the other books in the series.

About Tempting Adam

He walked away from her once meaning to protect her and broke her heart.

Can she forgive him and overcome his stubborn resistance to love?

Guardian of Danu, Adam Dvorak has the power to make plants grow with a mere touch, but will he allow love to grow? An agronomist teaching better farming methods in a semi-desert region of northern Kenya, he has an accident and ends up in the local hospital where, to his shock, his former love Ellie Graham is a nurse. He’d never expected to see her again.

Ellie is equally shocked to see him. How could fate be so cruel, putting her in Adam’s path again? Her bruised heart tells her to avoid him, but circumstances dictate otherwise, and their mutual attraction soon flares to life. Will the temptation to accept Ellie as his mate conquer Adam’s fear for her? The High Guardian’s arrival and the pernicious Hellhounds may force him into a difficult decision as this saga builds toward a climax in the eighth and final book, A Might Chieftain.

The series so far: There are seven Guardians, each possessing a unique psychic talent and an ancient scroll containing a secret prophecy not to be revealed until mankind is ready to listen. Vicious “Hellhounds” seek to steal the prophesies and use them for their own evil ends. When romance enters the picture, expect adventure, suspense and sizzling adult love scenes.

One of the recent reviews for Tempting Adam (Romancing the Guardians book 7) on Goodreads

Sep 22, 2018 Linda rated it Five Stars

Adam Dvorak is a Guardian of Danu who has the power to make plants grow with a mere touch. He also understands the danger that comes with being a protector of his family’s ancient scroll. He has devoted his life to help desert area inhabitants develop profitable farm lands with their limited water supply. He is in Kenya in a remote village teaching and helping form crop terraces on the side of a small hill to increase crop yields. While in Kenya Adam is injured and knocked unconscious when moving a large boulder. Ikeno, his assistant and translator, and the farmer, Jebril, rush him to the nearest hospital.

Ellie Graham is a nurse in the small hospital. Two years ago Adam broke her heart by leaving her when he felt like being in a relationship with him could cause her harm. His intent was to protect her, but he wouldn’t or couldn’t explain to her why. When she recognizes Adam her heart is torn open again. She treats him while he is unconscious, but as soon as he awakens she changes schedules with another nurse to avoid speaking to him. However, he is crafty and sly and manages to find where she lives. He wants to apologize for the way he left her two years ago. Then he complicates their relationship again when he gets drunk and finds her at a tribal celebration with a man he doesn’t like. Yeah Adam is a mess, but a likeable character with baggage.

The plot is an emotional roller coaster as it twists and turns in unexpected ways. Ellie refuses to let Adam leave her behind again. However, she is in for a rude awakening when they are chased by the Hellhounds after Conn and Lara come to bring Adam back to the states to be with the rest of the guardians. Tension is ratcheted up as they are chased across the desert with very few places to hide. Back in the states the Hellhounds are quickly on their tail again, and are zeroing in on the Guardians’ hidey-hole. More hints are dropped about who has organized the Hellhounds. I also foresee that Lara will have some difficult decisions to make. The showdown between the Guardians and the Hellhounds is imminent. Better get ready to hold on tight.

Read the reviews and buy the book: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07FBBHQ32

And on Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Tempting-Adam-Romancing-Guardians-Book-ebook/dp/B07FBBHQ32

A selection of other books by Lyn Horner

Read the reviews and buy the books: https://www.amazon.com/Lyn-Horner/e/B004CY506Y

And on Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Lyn-Horner/e/B004CY506Y

Read more reviews and follow Lyn on Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4639926.Lyn_Horner

Connect to Lyn via her website: http://lynhorner.com

Thank you for dropping in today and I hope you have found some gift ideas amongst all these books. It would be great if you could share.. thanks Sally

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Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore – Christmas Book Fair – Linda G. Hill, Teri Polen, Lyn Horner, Heather Kindt and Teagan Riordain Geneviene


Welcome to another Christmas Book Fair featuring authors from the bookstore and the books that would make wonderful gifts for all ages.  With 160 authors to feature it is time to pack the shelves.

The first author is Linda G. Hill and her book The Magician’s Curse: A Paranormal Romance – The Great Dagmaru Book 1.

About the book

When Herman Anderson leaves home to make a better life for herself, she doesn’t expect to meet a tall, dark stranger with whom she’ll fall hopelessly in love.

Charming and mysterious, Stephen Dagmar is a stage magician seeking an assistant. The moment he sets eyes on Herman, he knows she’s the one. He brings her home to his Victorian mansion where they embark upon an extravagant romance. Yet a shadow hangs over their love. Will the curse on his family end Stephen and Herman’s happily ever after, before it really begins?

Amidst lace and leather, innocence and debauchery, The Magician’s Curse begins the Gothic tale of The Great Dagmaru. Magic and romance await.

One of the most recent reviews for the book

Modern Day Gothic on November 16, 2017

The Magician’s Curse is a modern day gothic romance. We meet Herman, who is traveling to start a new job, and Stephen, a successful magician. There is an immediate attraction between the pair, and so begins a tale of romance, intrigue, heartache, and possible danger. This is the first book I have read by Linda G. Hill, and I enjoy her style. The pace is steady, the writing flows smoothly, and the characters become people you care about. I was left wanting more, and I’m activly wishing for book two. Highly recommended.

Read all the reviews and buy the book: https://www.amazon.com/Magicians-Curse-Paranormal-Romance-Dagmaru-ebook/dp/B0721ZH2KN

And Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Magicians-Curse-Paranormal-Romance-Dagmaru-ebook/dp/B0721ZH2KN

Also by Linda G. Hill

Read all the reviews and buy the books:https://www.amazon.com/Linda-G.-Hill/e/B01K2LICL0

And Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Linda-G.-Hill/e/B01K2LICL0

Read other reviews and follow Linda on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/15577348.Linda_G_Hill

Connect to Linda via her website: https://lindaghill.com

The next author I would like to feature is Teri Polen and her book Sarah which was published in December 2016.

41jwrqyo45l-_uy250_About Sarah

Seventeen-year-old horror fan Cain Shannon thought helping a ghost find her killers would be the supernatural adventure of a lifetime. Now, he just hopes to survive long enough to protect his family and friends from her.

A bet between friends goes horribly wrong, resulting in Sarah’s death. When she returns to seek justice against those responsible, Cain agrees to help her. But when he discovers Sarah has been hijacking his body, he realizes she wants retribution instead of justice.

Terrified of what could have happened when he wasn’t in control, Cain commands Sarah to leave his house – but exorcising her isn’t that easy. She retaliates against her murderers in bloody, horrific ways, each death making her stronger, then sets her sights on Cain. With the help of friends, Cain fights to save himself and his loved ones and searches for a way to stop Sarah before she kills again.

One of the recent reviews from Goodreads

F.R. Jameson Nov 15, 2017 F.R. rated it really liked it

In the day or so since I finished reading SARAH, I’ve been trying to figure out what it does right so as to utterly grip me. After all, this is a YA novel about the ghost of a teenage girl, and the other teenagers who encounter her. Written baldly like that, most people are going to feel that it’s something they’ve seen before/read before. (Teenage girl ghosts seem to be two a penny, why aren’t there more 1890’s escape-artist ghosts?) But Polen takes something that’s in danger of tipping into hackneyed cliché, and creates a book which builds up slowly until its genuinely edge of the seat stuff.

So how does she do this? Part of it is that in the character of Sarah, our titular ghost, Polen has created a spirit – who in the first part at least – is genuinely amorphous. You’re never quite sure where you are with her and so even without overly sinister goings on, the reader is already put that little bit on edge. And that leads into the second element which really makes this book stand out, Polen is a superb writer of suspense. She understands how and when to raise the tension, to maintain it and twist the nerves that little bit more. Even the ending, which in other hands might be a rote trip to predictability, Polen still finds discordant keys to play even as us readers turn to the last page.

Just one note, the narrative does end but there’s a coming next time hint, which is normally something with the capacity to really irritate me. This one though is so clever and deliciously evil that it’s more than whet my appetite for more.

The book is in Print, Ebook and also Audible.

Read all the reviews and buy the book: https://www.amazon.com/Teri-Polen/e/B01MYOUA6V

And on Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Sarah-Teri-Polen-ebook/dp/B01NBIFRF4

Read more reviews and follow Teri on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/16114393.Teri_Polen

Connect to Teri via her Website:  https://teripolen.com/

The next author with a book for all romantics this Christmas is Beguiling Delilah: Romancing the Guardians Book Six by Lyn Horner which was published in July.

About the book

He’s a Navajo sworn to bring her to America;
She’s a sexy genius in a race with him across France

Delilah Moreau, the glamorous French Guardian, possesses a miraculous mathematical talent that provides her a privileged life, but it can’t give her what she truly wants: lasting love. Leon Tseda, a Navajo whose homeland serves as a hidden gathering place for the Guardians, vows to bring Delilah to safety, thwarting thugs sent to capture her and the valuable scroll she guards. Opening in Paris, the story whisks the pair in a life-and-death chase across France to Nice and Monte Carlo on the breathtaking Côte d’Azur.

Both Delilah and Leon have lost loved ones, and they’re no longer youngsters, but they are not too old for a second chance at love. Their journey is fraught with danger, excitement and steamy, mature romance. Will it lead to love – if they live long enough?

The series so far: There are seven Guardians, each possessing a psychic gift and a precious scroll containing a secret prophecy handed down from ancient Irish seers. Not to be revealed until mankind is ready to listen, the prophesies are in danger of being seized by vicious “Hellhounds” who want to use them for their own evil ends.

One of the recent reviews for the book

I loved this book for several reasons. The biggest reason was the characters. It was refreshing to read about characters closer to my own age rather than sweet young things in their twenties. Delilah is a mathematical genius and a business woman. Pairing her up with a rugged American Indian couldn’t have been easy. But Lyn pulled it off with flying colors. They weren’t shy about expressing their extreme differences but maturity gave them the advantage of the wisdom of how to overcome those differences and still enjoy a romantic relationship that would last a long time. But have to say, having a Leon was easy to fall for. He’s proud and protective at the same time and he knew a good woman when he saw her.

Another reason I really enjoyed the book is the French location. I’ve visited the settings in this book and it was fun to revisit them through this book as the Hell Hounds (bad guys) chase them through the French countryside to gain access to the secret scrolls Delilah protects. With each of her books in this series, Lyn takes us to a new world location and it keeps this series fresh. I recommend that fellow readers read this entire series for better understanding but I’m certain none will be disappointed. Each book gets us closer to the secrets and the big battle that is sure to happen when the Hell Hounds, descend to steal the secrets along with the power of the knowledge they contain. Can’t wait!

Read all the reviews and buy the book: https://www.amazon.com/Beguiling-Delilah-Romancing-Guardians-Book-ebook/dp/B073XPVHSP

And Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Beguiling-Delilah-Romancing-Guardians-Book-ebook/dp/B073XPVHSP

A selection of other books by Lyn Horner

Read the many reviews and buy the books: https://www.amazon.com/Lyn-Horner/e/B004CY506Y

And on Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Lyn-Horner/e/B004CY506Y

Read more reviews and follow Lyn on Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4639926.Lyn_Horner

Connect to Lyn via her website: http://lynhorner.com

And now time to catch up with Word Weaver Contest winner Heather Kindt whose debut novel Ruby Slips and Poker Chips was published a couple of weeks ago.. It is now in both eBook and print versions. It has also attracted some excellent early reviews.

About Ruby Slips and Poker Chips

Second-grade teacher Dottie Gale lives in the tiny town of Quandary, Kansas, which is pretty much smack dab in the middle of nowhere. No mountains. No ocean. No life. Her ex-boyfriend and current school board member, Corbin Lane, cheated on her, making school functions more than a little awkward. But worst of all, a tornado named Maxine Westward rips through Dottie’s school as the new principal and has made her life at work a living hell.
When Dottie is chosen to go to a teacher’s conference in Las Vegas, she knows her life is going to change.

Driving from Quandary to Vegas, three strangers enter her life. Through a string of situations involving poppies, flying monkeys, and a life-size sculpture of an iconic rock star the four soon become inseparable. So, when Westward arrives on her broom in Vegas, Dottie is ready for battle. Her boss black mails her with stories of incarceration, thievery, and a steamy relationship with her travel companion, but Dottie knows that those who hurl insults shouldn’t hold secrets of their own.

One of the early reviews for the book.

Cynthia Tatum 5.0 out of 5 stars It’s a fun read! December 2, 2017

Dottie Gale is a snappy second grade teacher in a small town in Kansas who is about to get swept up into a whirlwind cross-country road trip on the way to a teacher conference. She makes some new quirky friends on her trip and finds herself in the most bizarre of situations by no fault of her own. Add to the mix a new principal with higher aspirations than staying at a small school in Kansas and an old cheating high school boyfriend and the adventure begins!

I found this to be a fun read with many chuckles throughout as Dottie was a wise-cracking main character that kept the pace moving quickly. I enjoyed the parallels between Dottie and Dorothy of The Wizard of Oz and found the author to give just the right balance between references to the old classic and this story. I highly recommend this book if you are looking for a not-so serious, yet very enjoyable, read curled up in front of a fireplace with a warm blanket and a mug of tea on a cozy evening.

Read the reviews and buy the book: https://www.amazon.com/Ruby-Slips-Poker-Chips-Dorothy-ebook/dp/B077Q8HWV3

and Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Ruby-Slips-Poker-Chips-Dorothy-ebook/dp/B077Q8HWV3

Smashwords for other Ebook versions: https://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/hmkindt

Connect to Heather via her website at http://heatherkindt.com/

Another great read for Christmas is by Teagan Riordain Geneviene with her latest release Murder at the Bijou.

About Murder at the Bijou

Long ago I developed a writing exercise. I would ask friends to give me three completely random things. Then I would write until I had mentioned all the things. I brought that exercise to my blog, but I had the readers send me their things. I let the random things drive every detail of a serial story, setting, plot, and characters. That resulted in The Three Things Serial Story, which gave birth to this culinary mystery. However, this time the “things” are food related — or ingredients.

As with the first serial, Murder at the Bijou — Three Ingredients I is a spontaneously written, pantser story. I let the “ingredients” readers sent each week drive every aspect of a new serial story. This is the “bookized” version of that serial.

This time the Jazz Age setting is Savannah, Georgia where our flapper, Pip is “sentenced” to live with her grandmother and learn to cook. Pip gets caught up in a layered mystery that includes bootleggers, G-men, and the varied challenges of being a young woman in changing times. She meets new friends including some animal characters.

If you have not read The Three Things Serial Story, be warned. This adventure contains a bit of a spoiler, but does not go into detail about it.

One of the reviews for the book

This is a very enjoyable murder story set in the 1920s. Pip, Granny Phanny and a whole bunch of alliterated characters populate the story of surprisingly strong suspense with equally surprising turns of events.

This is hugely enjoyable and definitely recommended to anyone with a sense of fun and humour.

I loved this book when it was published in parts on the blog and loved it even more re-reading it as a whole in one sitting. Yes, one sitting.

I only now realised just how much work had gone into the individual parts. I often forgot from one week to the next what certain references mean or what they allude to. The novel is hugely enjoyable and a fun read thanks to many quirky expressions, usage of words off the beaten track, fabulous character names and many more delicious ingredients.
The writing is very original and the story line is fun and always manages to surprise you.
That’s in part because of the randomness of the supplies ingredients, but also due to the author’s creative powers.

I’m so glad this was released as novel so I can enjoy the continuity and apprefciate just how well composed this ‘fragmented’ story actually is.

Murder at the Bijou is available in paperback and eBook: https://www.amazon.com/Murder-Bijou-Teagan-Riordain-Geneviene-ebook/dp/B074S5ZK7L/

and on Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Murder-Bijou-Teagan-Riordain-Geneviene/dp/1974544273

Also by Teagan Riordain Geneviene.

Read the reviews, buy the books : https://www.amazon.com/Teagan-Riordain-Geneviene/e/B00HHDXHVM

and Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Teagan-Riordain-Geneviene/e/B00HHDXHVM

Connect to Teagan via her blog: https://teagansbooks.com/

Thank you for dropping in today and it would be great to get your feedback. Thanks Sally

 

Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore – Author Update – Phillip T. Stephens, Susan M. Toy, Lyn Horner


As I missed the usual Monday post because of the Bank Holiday and the end of summer party so herewith is the Cafe and Bookstore Update.

First author with a great review recently is Phillip T. Stephens for his book Cigerets, Guns & Beer.

About the book

Dodd breaks up a convenience store robbery when his car breaks down in Sweet Water Falls, Texas. What’s the thanks he gets? The sheriff won’t let him leave, the car lot can’t find the parts and everybody wants him for something—sales pitch, church membership, and even stud pony.

But most of all, it seems a family named Dodd were shot down robbing the bank in 1949 and the half million they stole remains missing. Everyone thinks Dodd returned to dig up the loot and no one intends to let him leave until he finds it—along with (or so the legends go) a long lost flying saucer.

Here is the most recent review.

The cover of Cigerets, Guns & Beer by Phillip T. Stevens catches the eye immediately. Beer and cigarettes are present, necessary for any good breakfast. While a gun is not displayed, bullet holes are, perhaps from the night before. A reader might predict that this will be a “good ol’ boy” novel replete with rednecks. The reader would be correct. This novel will make those who grew up in a small town nostalgic; a place where there might be only one law enforcement officer who also read water and electric meters, sold alcohol in defiance of Sunday “blue laws,” was a source of under-the-table porn, and served as a de facto judge deciding what town residents could and could not get away with.

This was the case with Sweet Water Falls, Texas. Joe Bob Meeker was the law. Brother Ralph Meeker was the mayor and JP (Justice of the Peace). Ralph also owned a general store, a car dealership, an insurance agency, and a hotel. Both men along with banker Mal Rafferty completely controlled the town. All served on the town council and exercised rezoning authority to force businesses to relocate or cease operations. The three would then buy the pieces left of the defunct property and open the businesses again under a new name and ownership.
The three men had gotten greedy, some of their business dealings were fraudulent. Up to now, geographic isolation had blocked an investigation. A series of robberies and shootings had never been thoroughly investigated by anyone other than Sheriff Joe Bob. An impartial investigation would have placed the sheriff in the category of a suspect. Any small business owners left in Sweet Water were under control of one of the three powerful men; they were forced to follow any rules formulated by the trio. There was resentment but no organized opposition had surfaced. That was about to change.

Dodd was just passing through town on the way to his new job as a partner in a law firm. The township that employed him as an intern lawyer didn’t want him to continue after his parole was up. The idea of a lawyer who obtained his education in prison was bad for publicity. Dodd was moving on to join a firm at the invitation of a former colleague. He hadn’t planned the gas leak that necessitated car repair and a stop in Sweet Water. It was just coincidence that more than decades previously Sweet Water was a town with history for a family named Dodd. Three brothers named Dodd had robbed a bank of USD 500 000. Two of the brothers were shot and killed and the third got away to hide the money before being shot and killed days later. Sheriff Joe Bob, possibly with the collusion of Ralph, had shot the first two Dodd brothers. The money was never found.

Dodd entered the town to repair his car. He entered Ralph’s store to buy supplies as he continued his trip. The store was being robbed by a nervous 17-year-old and Dodd, an ex-convict, decided to defuse the situation by recounting to the teenager the joys of prison life while attempting to convince him to surrender. Successful in foiling the robbery, Dodd was now stuck in the town until a statement could be prepared for Sheriff Joe Bob for adjudication by brother Ralph. This would take a few days. Meanwhile, town residents would speculate on the coincidence of a Dodd reappearing in the town. Was he there to find the money? Or was he there to find the UFO?

After the initial set-up for the story, all eyes are on Dodd. Especially female eyes. He either has sex with every female or is invited to but turns them down. It seems there is little else to do in a small town. They seem to be the frontline agents for finding out if he is related to the Dodd robber family, a claim Dodd will deny throughout the book. Dodd (first name) Dodd (last name) middle initial D. will apply home style wisdom combined with prison savvy in an attempt to right wrongs in this thoroughly corrupt community. He might even look for the missing money as he tries to find the UFO.

This book has laugh-out-loud understated humor in its description of small town insular life. There are several surprises to keep the reader from putting the book down. Although there seems to be a lot of sexual activity going on, offensive language is MOSTLY absent. Readers will only have to shield their sensibilities for approximately six pages of the 376-page novel.

Read the other reviews and buy the book: https://www.amazon.com/Cigerets-Guns-Beer-Phillip-Stephens-ebook/dp/B00QLI1Q3K

A selection of books also by Phillip T. Stephens

Read the reviews and buy the books: https://www.amazon.com/Phillip-Stephens/e/B0091XK7HS

Read more reviews and follow Phillip on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/583139.Phillip_T_Stephens

Connect with Phillip via his website: https://ptstephens.com/

The next review is for One Woman’s Island by Susan M. Toy which I read and reviewed last year.

About the book

Running away from Canada, Mariana hopes to forget a failed marriage and the death of her husband by embarking on a whole new life. She moves lock, stock, and two cats to the small Caribbean island of Bequia. But the move brings more than she could have imagined. New friends ask her to help solve a recent murder in the expat community. And then there’s the problem of her neighbours, a young woman and her children. Seemingly abandoned by family and friends, Mariana believes they need her help! By becoming involved, Mariana is carried along from wanting to simply “live with the locals” to being overwhelmed by their culture, one so vastly different to what she had left behind in Canada that she doesn’t know who among her expat friends she can turn to for advice. So she carries on regardless and discovers that Bequia isn’t exactly the tropical paradise it had promised to be.

One Woman’s Island is the second novel in the Bequia Perspectives series that picks up again a few months in time after the first novel, Island in the Clouds.

The most recent review for the book

One Fine Book  on July 19, 2017

Like her Island in the Clouds, Susan Toy’s second Bequia Perspective novel is a complex story. On the surface, it’s a crime novel. Mariana, a Canadian woman in her forties, arrives on the island of Bequia running away from the ghosts of her past. Her new friends – a small community of expatriates—ask her to help them to solve a murder. In the orderly, organised world that Mariana’s coming from, meddling in the police investigation would be impossible, but rules are different on Bequia. The local police, with very little experience with serious crimes, are slow and inefficient. Mariana is more than happy to help. She needs a distraction anyway…

Beneath this first layer there is an intimate story of a lonely and deeply hurt woman, whose seemingly safe and comfortable world collapsed when her husband died, leaving her to deal not only with his unexpected demise, but with his emotional betrayal as well.
Mariana’s choice of her temporary exile is not random: years ago, when she was young and happy, she visited the island with her husband. And now she’s back, to heal her wounds, and even more importantly—to look for the happy woman she once was and reconnect with her.

It won’t go smoothly. The seductive, exotic and unique world of Bequia knows how to throw out a challenge and headstrong and stubborn Mariana, with her North American set of values, will have many clashes with the island’s mentality and customs before she realizes that she should stop trying to fix things that others don’t see as broken.

Yet, in spite of all the up and downs, the Bequia experience will have a profound influence on Mariana. Instead of that young, happy woman who once visited the island, Mariana will find—and accept—herself, firmly grounded in here and now.

And in a subtle way, she’ll will leave her own imprint on Bequia—I’m sure that young Philbain and Ayayla will never forget Mariana and the stories she read to them.

Read the reviews and buy the book: https://www.amazon.com/Womans-Island-Bequia-Perspectives-Book-ebook/dp/B01M27PD14

Also by Susan M. Toy

Read all the reviews and buy the books: https://www.amazon.com/Susan-Toy/e/B008WXIJ46

Read more reviews and follow Susan on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/1316805.Susan_M_Toy

Susan was a guest at the End of Summer Party and she is offering three lucky winners the chance to read one of her three titles. All you have to do is put a comment in the reblog on Susan’s blog, with a chance to win and Susan will announce the three names on September 1st.  I have read both Bequia novels and reviewed them with five stars so it is well worth heading over.

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Connect to Susan via her website: https://islandeditions.wordpress.com/

My next author with an update is Lyn Horner, whose latest release Beguiling Delilah: Romancing the Guardians Book Six which was published in July, is receiving great reviews.

About the book

He’s a Navajo sworn to bring her to America;
She’s a sexy genius in a race with him across France

Delilah Moreau, the glamorous French Guardian, possesses a miraculous mathematical talent that provides her a privileged life, but it can’t give her what she truly wants: lasting love. Leon Tseda, a Navajo whose homeland serves as a hidden gathering place for the Guardians, vows to bring Delilah to safety, thwarting thugs sent to capture her and the valuable scroll she guards. Opening in Paris, the story whisks the pair in a life-and-death chase across France to Nice and Monte Carlo on the breathtaking Côte d’Azur.

Both Delilah and Leon have lost loved ones, and they’re no longer youngsters, but they are not too old for a second chance at love. Their journey is fraught with danger, excitement and steamy, mature romance. Will it lead to love – if they live long enough?

The series so far: There are seven Guardians, each possessing a psychic gift and a precious scroll containing a secret prophecy handed down from ancient Irish seers. Not to be revealed until mankind is ready to listen, the prophesies are in danger of being seized by vicious “Hellhounds” who want to use them for their own evil ends.

One of the recent reviews for the book

I loved this book for several reasons. The biggest reason was the characters. It was refreshing to read about characters closer to my own age rather than sweet young things in their twenties. Delilah is a mathematical genius and a business woman. Pairing her up with a rugged American Indian couldn’t have been easy. But Lyn pulled it off with flying colors. They weren’t shy about expressing their extreme differences but maturity gave them the advantage of the wisdom of how to overcome those differences and still enjoy a romantic relationship that would last a long time. But have to say, having a Leon was easy to fall for. He’s proud and protective at the same time and he knew a good woman when he saw her.

Another reason I really enjoyed the book is the French location. I’ve visited the settings in this book and it was fun to revisit them through this book as the Hell Hounds (bad guys) chase them through the French countryside to gain access to the secret scrolls Delilah protects. With each of her books in this series, Lyn takes us to a new world location and it keeps this series fresh. I recommend that fellow readers read this entire series for better understanding but I’m certain none will be disappointed. Each book gets us closer to the secrets and the big battle that is sure to happen when the Hell Hounds, descend to steal the secrets along with the power of the knowledge they contain. Can’t wait!

Read all the reviews and buy the book: https://www.amazon.com/Beguiling-Delilah-Romancing-Guardians-Book-ebook/dp/B073XPVHSP

A selection of other books by Lyn Horner

Read the many reviews and buy the books: https://www.amazon.com/Lyn-Horner/e/B004CY506Y

Read more reviews and follow Lyn on Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4639926.Lyn_Horner

Connect to Lyn via her website: http://lynhorner.com

Thank you for dropping in today and I hope you will head over and check out these authors and their books.. Thanks Sally

Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore – Collaborative anthologies – The Posse – Guest Post – Lyn Horner


Today I am delighted to welcome author Lyn Horner to the blog with a guest post on the recently published collaborative anthology The Posse perfect for romance and western fans.

Sally, thank you for hosting me today on Smorgasbord. I’m grateful for this chance to introduce your lovely readers to THE POSSE, a collaborative anthology containing eight tales of the American Old West.

Early in the fall of 2016 I received an online call for short stories in the western genre to be part of an anthology. The request came from a micro publisher located in Alabama, USA. Eight stories were needed, each to feature a posse. Intrigued, I submitted a story idea, and to my delight, it was accepted.

I’ve self-published twelve books and had stories included in two other anthologies, but this is my first time with a traditional publisher, so I’m quite excited. Finding myself in the company of several acclaimed western authors makes the endeavor that much sweeter.

The project evolved into a western historical romance anthology. Meeting deadlines, editing and collaborating to promote the upcoming book launch on March 15th hasn’t always been easy. Especially while working on my contemporary series, Romancing the Guardians, at the same time. But I wouldn’t trade the experience for anything.

My short story, “The Schoolmarm’s Hero,” is set in 1880 Colorado. It stars Mattie Schoenbrun, a spinster schoolmarm, and Trace Balfour, the handsome marshal who sees past her spectacles and drab brown dress to the shy, lovely woman underneath. He has just come to realize how much he respects and desires her when she is kidnapped by a pair of drunken cowboys.

Here is an excerpt to whet your appetite.

Arriving at Sunday’s church picnic on Trace Balfour’s arm, Mattie imagined she floated over the ground. Could this be real? Did she dream strolling beside the most handsome man in town, the man she adored in secret ever since he arrived to serve as the town marshal a year ago? Her emotions reeled as if she lived one of the fairytales her grandmother once enthralled her with as a child.

To please Trace, she wore her hair down, held back by a blue ribbon that matched her blue calico dress, the prettiest one she owned. She’d also left her spectacles in her room at the boarding house where she lived. She needed them only for reading, but wore them every day since accepting her teaching position in Lentzburg four years ago. They made her look more studious, a desirable quality when facing a roomful of fractious students, or their parents. The eyeglasses also served as a barrier between her and the world, a blessing for a shy spinster.

“Where do you want me to spread the blanket?” her tall, raven-haired escort asked.

“Maybe under the trees along the creek?” Away from the people who stared at them, at her, to be more precise.

“Un-uh, we’re not gonna hide. I want to show off my pretty gal. How ’bout over there in that sunny patch?” He pointed to a spot surrounded by picnickers, then led her through the crowd, nodding and greeting townspeople, thereby forcing Mattie to do likewise. She didn’t want to appear unhappy beside him.

Once they settled on the blanket, she opened her picnic basket. She lifted out a tin pan of fried chicken before gathering a clay bowl of potato salad she’d prepared, along with smaller side dishes.

“Mattie, this is a feast,” Trace said, his eyes bright.

“I hope you like it.” Smiling, she loaded a plate, handing it to him.

He bit into a drumstick, closed his eyes, and chewed blissfully. “Delicious,” he declared after swallowing. “Woman, not only are you beautiful, but you can cook. You’d do a man proud as his wife.”

Dumbstruck, she choked on a mouthful of potato salad, dropping her fork on her plate with a clatter. Coughing, she dabbed at her watering eyes with the cuff of her sleeve.
Trace chuckled, patting her back. “Didn’t mean to make you choke, honey.”

I’m sorry,” she wheezed, unable to look at him. “Y-you took me aback. I’ve never thought of myself that way.”

“You mean as becoming a man’s wife?”

Nodding, she retrieved her fork, pushing food around on her plate.

“I don’t know why not.” He used two fingers to lift her chin, urging her to meet his caressing gaze. “You best start thinking about it, Matilda Schoenbrun, because–”

Gunshots rang across the churchyard.

*****

The summary for all the stories in the anthology

“One Way or Another” By Frank Kelso
A bitter water dispute twists two Texas cattle ranches one way or another after the son of one rancher takes a shine to the other rancher’s daughter, new from the east.

“The Schoolmarm’s Hero” By Lyn Horner
The Sheriff leads a posse after two drunken cowboys who kidnapped the spinster schoolmarm. The chase forces him to realize how much he loves her.

“Bad Day at Round Rock” By cj petterson
The pursuit of stolen gold culminates in a “Bad Day at Round Rock”–a story of greed, death, and love torn from pages of West Texas history.

“The Reckoning” by Charlene Raddon
A half-breed boy seeks his place in the world—with the Shoshone who raised him, or his white aunt and uncle where he has been sent for an education.

“Headed for Texas” By Chimp Robertson
Rowdy Hawkins’s been shot, stabbed, and caught in Custer’s attack on Black Kettle, but it’s the first time he’s ever been in love—with Black Kettle’s granddaughter.

Bonus Story
“The Savage Posse” By JS Stroud
A death-bringer, neither whites nor Apaches wanted her until they needed one full of venom to lead their Savage Posse in rescuing stolen children.

Set a Thief” By Chuck Tyrell
The man who stole Kimberly’s prize pinto returns the mare. “Let the man have his say,” her Pa says. “Don’t expect to come courting,” she warns.

“Tibby’s Hideout” By Frank Kelso
After the Civil War, Bess Newcomb, a single mother, wants to remarry, but Tibby, her eight-year old son, isn’t sure he wants a new dad—he decides to hideout.

The anthology has already received some excellent review and here are two of them.

The Posse, An Anthology of Historical Western Romances, by seven authentic western writers, is a romping wild ride into the wide open ranges of America’s west – filled with thrills and romance. Each of the stories in this anthology capture the essence of life back in the wild, as yet, untamed west. The Posse embraces the history of this rugged land and the lifestyle lived, the spirit and courage of the people who tamed its vast ranges, as well as the beauty and color of the flora, the wildlife and the sheer expanse, and even brutality, of its mountain ranges, arroyos and endless desert patches, all of which whisk the reader off to another world.

Each of the eight short stories in this book is unique. In true western style, they pit good versus bad, but they also remind us that this was a challenging frontier and age, and that death was just a gunshot away. The qualities and merits of virtue, nobility, principle and a man’s word are weaved throughout these stories – reminding us that civility and the essence of who we are as people played an important formative role during these rugged times. Pick up the book, read a story a night, and be entertained by great western storytellers, people who know these lands, whose very lineage springs from the great western frontier and who lived to tell the tale. If you like classic westerns with an historical and romantic touch, The Posse is the book for you.

If you like real life western events, this is the book for you. These are rough and tumble old west stories full of the true nature of the people who populated the western frontier before it became a civilized country. People get killed! People get hurt! People fall in love! Men do things out of greed that are incomprehensible. This book is not for the faint of heart. I enjoyed most of it. Some parts are hard to read, others were great. These authors tell it like it is. I’m just a fan of HEA books. This book was given to me. The review stated is my own.

Read all the reviews and buy the anthology: https://www.amazon.com/Posse-Historical-Western-Romances-ebook/dp/B06XCBBCS7

Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B06XCBBCS7

Amazon Canada: https://www.amazon.ca/Posse-Historical-Western-Romances-ebook/dp/B06XCBBCS7

Amazon Australia: https://www.amazon.com.au/d/B06XCBBCS7

A selection of books by Lyn Horner

Read the reviews and buy all of Lyn’s books: https://www.amazon.com/Lyn-Horner/e/B004CY506Y

Connect to Lyn.

Website: https://lynhorner.com
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If you have been involved in a collaborative anthology then please contact me and you are very welcome to do a guest post in a similar format to Lyn’s to showcase it. Let’s talk about it first sally.cronin@moyhill.com

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Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore Update -John W. Howell, D.G. Kaye and Lyn Horner


Sally's Cafe and Bookstore Update

Welcome to my Cafe and Bookstore Update and the first author is John W. Howell.  My husband bought me all three of John’s book in December as part of my Christmas wish list and I made sure that I took the time to read My GRL the first in the series about John Cannon.

If I could just make a quick note about reviews. I do review every book that I read, but  unfortunately, whilst I do make time for this very essential part of my life, I cannot accept books for review.  There are some great reviewers on WordPress that I suggest you might approach and if you google ‘book review sites’ you should also get some good recommendations.

So here is my review for My GRL by John W. Howell.

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About the book

John J. Cannon a successful San Francisco lawyer takes a leave of absence from the firm and buys a boat he names My GRL. He is unaware that his newly-purchased boat had already been targeted by a terrorist group. John’s first inkling of a problem is when he wakes up in the hospital where he learns he was found unconscious next to the dead body of the attractive young woman who sold him the boat in the first place. John now stands between the terrorists and the success of their mission.

My review for My GRL

I like books that are written in the first person, as I think it allows for a more intimate connection with the main character. In the case of John Cannon, it leads to more of a ‘we’ are in this mess together kind of relationship!  From the moment he wakes up in hospital, until the last page, you are dragged into a number of incidents that would be terrifying and seemingly impossible to resolve. However with careful consideration and some keen observational skills, John achieves some interesting solutions to the problems.

John Howell maintains the tension throughout the book and has you sitting on the edge of your seat as he takes you through John Cannon’s predicament. There are also some flashes of humour from the protagonist, who uses wit to deffuse potentially lethal interactions.

The mystery is centred around his new boat that he plans to sail the high seas during his sabbatical, but My GRL is the key to a terrorist plot that could cause carnage. The characters in the story are all believable and demonstrate many of the human frailities from vulnerability to power hungry evil.

This is the first book in the series and I am looking forward to John Cannon’s next outing in Our Justice.

There are nearly 60 reviews for the book – Buy: https://www.amazon.com/My-GRL-John-W-Howell-ebook/dp/B00HV3QECW

Also by John W. Howell

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

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

Sally's Cafe and Bookstore Update

My next update is for D.G. Kaye also known as Debby Gies... Late last year Debby published her memoir P.S. I Forgive You – A Broken Legacy, and it has been receiving a great deal of attention. Time to update the book with its latest review.

P.S. I Forgive You by D.G. Kaye

About P.S. I Forgive You – A Broken Legacy

“I hurt for her. She wasn’t much of a mother, but she was still my mother.”

Confronted with resurfacing feelings of guilt, D.G. Kaye is tormented by her decision to remain estranged from her dying emotionally abusive mother after resolving to banish her years ago, an event she has shared in her book Conflicted Hearts. In P.S. I Forgive You, Kaye takes us on a compelling heartfelt journey as she seeks to understand the roots of her mother’s narcissism, let go of past hurts, and find forgiveness for both her mother and herself.

After struggling for decades to break free, Kaye has severed the unhealthy ties that bound her to her dominating mother—but now Kaye battles new confliction, as the guilt she harbors over her decision only increases as the end of her mother’s life draws near. Kaye once again struggles with her conscience and her feelings of being obligated to return to a painful past she thought she left behind.

The latest review for the book

How to survive life (and death) with a narcissistic parent  By Jacqui Murray VINE VOICE on January 2, 2017

Originally a sequel to Conflicted Hearts: A Daughter’s Quest for Solace from Emotional Guilt, PS I Forgive You (Amazon Digital Services 2016) became a stand-alone final chapter to D.G. Kaye’s emotional story about surviving a narcissistic mother. You can feel Kaye’s strength as she’s forced to break off communication with her mother as a last-ditch effort to protect her own mental health–even as her mother is dying.

If you come from a loving supportive family (like I do), it’s very difficult to understand the damage caused by this sort of emotional abuse, but through Kaye’s eyes, I felt it. Suffered it. At one point, Kaye mentioned a concern that her mother might read what admittedly was a less than flattering book about her, but I already knew enough about her mother to know that she would never either read her daughter’s published words or listen to them.

That is how powerful this story is: I feel like I knew both Kaye and her mother well by the time I turned the last page. Highly recommended by anyone with a narcissistic family member. This will help you.

Read all the reviews and BUY the book: P.S. I Forgive You

Also by D.G. Kaye

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Connect to D.G. Kaye via her website: http://www.dgkayewriter.com

Sally's Cafe and Bookstore Update

The final update today is for award winning author Lyn Horner and her book Profiling Nathan – Book Five – Romancing the Guardians.  The book was published in October 2016.

Lyn HornerAbout the book

Nathan Maguire is a Guardian of Danu, and he possesses a deadly psychic gift. He also has a checkered past. As a young man, he spent time in prison, where he learned the rudiments of tattooing, a skill he has built into a successful business in Tampa, Florida. He’s content with his life – until a beautiful FBI profiler walks into his shop.

Talia Werner has come to deliver an urgent message from one of the other Guardians. The trouble is no one outside that select group is supposed to know they exist. Nate doesn’t believe Talia and suspects she is up to no-good. Meanwhile, she finds out a woman was brutally murdered not far from Nate’s shop. This is the third such killing in the past two months. A serial killer is loose in Tampa.

Working with the police, Talia discovers all three of the victims bore a blue butterfly tattoo, one of Nate’s designs. Suspicion falls on him but quickly points to other tattoo artists. Enlisting his aid in meeting and interviewing them, Talia develops a growing attraction to the man, who isn’t at all what he seems to be on the surface. Nate returns her feelings and their relationship heats up.However, the killer is still on the hunt, and he knows Talia is after him.

Will the stubborn woman accept Nate’s protection or will she be the murderer’s next victim?

A review for the book.

Good and Balanced, Starts Fast and Keeps Going.By Craig A. Hart on December 2, 2016

Lyn Horner doesn’t waste any time getting into the meat of the story with this book. One thing that bothers me about a lot of writers is that they take forever to get to the actual story–not an issue here!I also enjoyed the characters. Nathan Maguire, a psychic tattoo artist, and Talia Werner, a sexy FBI profiler are both larger than life and help move the story along.

The story itself is a good mix of romance and murder mystery, so there’s something for everyone! Horner also does a good job of creating some great Florida atmosphere, although early on in the book, I got hungry for a Cuban sandwich and had to stop reading to eat something!

A great read!

BUY the book: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01MG3S4ZY

A selection of books by by Lyn Horner – please visit her author’s page for the full list.

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Read the reviews and buy all the books: https://www.amazon.com/Lyn-Horner/e/B004CY506Y

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Connect to Lyn via her website: https://lynhorner.com/

How to get into the bookstore

The first step is to have an individual promotion for your latest book which will also feature your other books and some examples of reviews. Please read the following post with the information that I need to do your book justice.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/01/03/new-series-sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-new-on-the-shelves/

If you are an author already in the bookstore then your new releases and recent reviews will be featured in one of these regular Cafe and Bookstore updates.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/01/02/smorgasbord-author-promotion-2017-if-you-are-in-sallys-cafe-and-bookstore/

Thanks for dropping in today and please help spread the news from these three authors. thanks Sally