Smorgasbord Book Promotion – Air Your Reviews – Teagan Riordain Geneviene and M.C.V. Egan


The first author to have received a great review recently is Teagan Riordain Geneviene with her Three Things Serial Novella.

About the Three Things Serial Novella

Everything about this story was determined by the random “things” readers sent. Absolutely nothing was pre-planned. First came the narrator, Pip, aka Paisley Idelle Peabody. I imagined the voice of Lucille Ball as Pip, telling a story of her youth. Then came the 1920s setting, inspired by oscillating fan. Next the “things” brought characters, particularly Andy who came back for another serial. Eventually a thing gave me the Florida setting. I think you get the idea of how this worked.

Pip, a modern woman — a flapper, begins the first of several adventures. In this story a mysterious white-haired woman is kidnapped. Pip finds a bent key, a scrap from a special quilt, strange tattoos and other “things.” Later, Pip and her friends find themselves on a luxurious yacht where they encounter figures from history and celebrities of the era. The mystery comes to the forefront when they reach the destination, the gilded mansion, Ca d’Zan.

Here are two recent reviews for Three Things Serial: Ballerina, Fireman, Movie Star.

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The Three Things Serial Story is a spontaneously written (“pantser”) story. Everything in it — characters, setting, plot, was driven by “things” left by readers of the blog Teagan’s Books, episode by episode. Each week readers left three more things. The story evolved according to what those random things inspired. The serial began with oscillating fan, which brought me the vision of the 1920s setting. The era and narrator continued in two more serials that followed. While it was not great literature, it sure was a fun ride! Here’s a trailer to put you in a Roaring Twenties mood.

Author Teagan Geneviene has spun a delightful little mystery. “The Three Things Serial Story: A Little 1920s Story” takes the reader back in time with characters and dialog that ring true. The story not only kept me guessing right from the start, it offered a charming tale with lots of surprises along the way. Well done!

Read all the reviews and buy the book: https://www.amazon.com/Three-Things-Serial-Story-Little-ebook/dp/B01MRRC0B2

and at Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Three-Things-Serial-Story-Little-ebook/dp/B01MRRC0B2

Also by Teagan Geneviene

Read the reviews, buy the books and find out more about Teagan Geneviene: https://www.amazon.com/Teagan-Riordain-Geneviene/e/B00HHDXHVM

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

For the second update today new reviews for M.C.V. Egan’s book published in January 2017; Death of a Sculptor in Hue, Shape and Color

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Color coded love stories and revealing female anatomies lead to the murder of world renowned sculptor, Bruce Jones.

In life, the artist loved women, almost as much as women loved him. Adored for his art and colorful personality, Bruce is mourned by the world at large. The tale is launched with the multifaceted perspectives of four ex-wives, the current wife, and his new love interest and their children.

Mary , Bruce’s wealthy first love, is always in perfect pink; the color of love. Mother of Clair the famous actress and Aaron the corporate lawyer.

Leslie The Second’s color is yellow for her sunny nature as much as for her fears and insecurities. Her only son Bobby is vulnerable and lost. Mourning his father’s death, he finds himself.

Petra The Third, is outstanding in orange, representing not only her native Holland but also her love of the fruit. Cherished her freedom and had no children of her own.

Toni The Fourth is a vibrant passionate Italian red and part of the eventual glue that creates and solidifies this dysfunctional Jones family. Her teenage daughters Tina and Isa are as different as night and day.

Brooke The Fifth a gold-digger. Green, her color, reflects the color of money and envy. Her young son’s Kyle and Caleb are too young to understand why their world has been turned upside-down.

Mara, as blue as the ocean was the last woman to steal Bruce’s heart. Mother to newborn Baby Peter is the unexpected gift and surprise.

Bruce Jones’ eight children speak out, too. They are as distinctive as the women he loved, their mothers.

Loose ends are tied up by the insights of Sylvia, Aaron’s wife and a trusted keeper of secrets; Scott, the private investigator and family friend; Nona, the quintessential grandmother everyone loves but to whom few are truly related; and Detective Jim Miller who will not rest until he discovers Bruce Jones’ murderer.

The most recent review for the book

Seriously, how is it that I thoroughly enjoyed this color coded story of the death of a loved one? I SURE DID! Not that I wanted a character to die, it was the crafting of this story by the author that was fantastic.

This is the first book I’ve read by this author and I feel that M.C.V. Egan did a remarkable job at telling a beautiful story of Bruce, the Sculptor, his loves which were his ex-wives, his current wife, his current love and his children.

WOW…I had never read a story before where each chapter was devoted to an individual character in the story. I was given unique insight into each character by the author doing this and the story flowed beautifully!

This was not a somber read at all. Actually, quite enlightening and even some chuckles. Although the total number of pages in this story are short, I didn’t feel it was a short story at all.

This author wrote this story very artistically in a manner perfect so that even those not familiar with the “art world” could very easily envision and understand. Well done M.C V. Egan, a highly recommended read by me!

Read all the reviews and buy the book: https://www.amazon.com/Death-Sculptor-Hue-Shape-Color-ebook/dp/B01MZ3Z8TC

Also by M.C.V. Egan

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Read all the reviews and buy the books: https://www.amazon.com/M.C.V.-Egan/e/B0069W9NY2

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If you are in the Cafe and Bookstore and have a new release or a great new review you would like to share contact me sally.cronin@moyhill.com

Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore Author Update – John Howell, Janice Spina and M.C.V. Egan


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Welcome to the Cafe and Bookstore Update and today I am going to review another book that I received at Christmas as a gift.. the second book by John W. Howell, His Revenge starring John Cannon.

His Revenge John Howell

About the book.

America loves John Cannon, its newest hero, and the President wants to present him with the highest civilian medal for bravery for saving the Annapolis midshipman from a terrorist plot to destroy them. While in Washington for the award ceremony, John unwillingly becomes an accomplice in another plan by the same group to attack the credibility of the US President and the stability of the worldwide oil market. There is no way out as John either becomes a traitor to America or causes thousands of innocent people to die if he refuses.

The second John J Cannon Thriller moves from a barrier Island off the coast of Texas to Washington DC, then to Northern California, and finally to Ecuador. John is on the receiving end of an offer he cannot, refuse. His avowed enemy Matt Jacobs now wants John to help him shake the reputation of the US in the world political arena. If John refuses, Matt plans to murder innocent Americans including John’s latest relationship. John’s only way out is to pretend to go along with the plan and hope for a miracle.

My review for His Revenge.

I received all three of John W. Howell’s books featuring John Cannon as a gift at Christmas and so was able to follow up on the first book My GRL quite quickly. I think that was a benefit as some of the characters that follow John Cannon into the second book were familiar. There was some recap in the first couple of chapters and that helped get the action packed book off to a good start. 

John Cannon is not your typical hero, and for those used to the Steven Segal or Arnold Schwarzenegger approach to villains, it may make you wonder how he is going to survive. He does so by using brain power rather than brawn and manages to manipulate himself in and out of situations cleverly.  With a the stability of the US at stake and the lives of thousands, including someone he loves, John Cannon is faced with a seemingly impossible choice.

The action is non-stop and the pace is maintained throughout the story.   I am looking forward to the third book Our Justice and to share John Cannon’s next adventure. Overall I would recommend His Justice to those who enjoy a good thriller.

Read the reviews and buy the book: https://www.amazon.com/His-Revenge-John-W-Howell-ebook/dp/B016P42OH6

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 website: http://www.johnhowell.com

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Now time for an update on Janice Spina’s latest adventure for Davey & Derek Junior Detectives which was published in December 2016. The Case of the Brown Scraggly Dog is the fourth book in thise popular children’s series.

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Davey and Derek Donato are at it again in this new book. In this case they come across a brown scraggly dog with blood on its paw but when the boys try to stop the dog, it runs away. Aunt Gigi is here once again to assist the boys with their magic and provide some new spells. Clues surface that suggest that someone may be injured and in need of help. The boys will have to use their skills and a little magic to solve this case.

Reviews for the book

This time junior detectives Davey and Derek have a new adventure when a mysterious Scraggly dog appears in their neighborhood with blood on her paw. What happened? Where is her owner? Readers will love this mystery and be anxious to find out what happens next. The twins’ Aunt Gigi has her own magic to share and the boys learn more about amazing ways to travel.The story is engaging, as are all of Janice Spina’s tales.There’s even a surprise ending. Be sure to get your copy today.

*I received a free copy of this book and chose to review it. Reviewed by children’s author, Deanie Humphrys-Dunne

The twins are learning a new magic spell & stumble on the Mystery of the brown scraggly dog! The dog has blood on its paw & the clues seem to lead to someone being injured. What Davey & Derek find is NOT what they thought! Love the twists this takes. Very good again, Janice! I am giving an honest review for a copy of the book as an advance reader. 

Read the reviews and buy the book: https://www.amazon.com/Brown-Scraggly-Davey-Junior-Detectives/dp/0998240419

A selection of other books by Janice Spina

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And as J.E. Spina

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Read all the reviews and buy the books: https://www.amazon.com/Janice Spina/e/B00HNET4HG

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Connect to Janice via her website: https://jemsbooks.wordpress.com/

For the last update today new reviews for M.C.V. Egan’s book published in January 2017; Death of a Sculptor in Hue, Shape and Color

M.C.V Egan

About the book

Color coded love stories and revealing female anatomies lead to the murder of world renowned sculptor, Bruce Jones.

In life, the artist loved women, almost as much as women loved him. Adored for his art and colorful personality, Bruce is mourned by the world at large. The tale is launched with the multifaceted perspectives of four ex-wives, the current wife, and his new love interest and their children.

Mary , Bruce’s wealthy first love, is always in perfect pink; the color of love. Mother of Clair the famous actress and Aaron the corporate lawyer.

Leslie The Second’s color is yellow for her sunny nature as much as for her fears and insecurities. Her only son Bobby is vulnerable and lost. Mourning his father’s death, he finds himself.

Petra The Third, is outstanding in orange, representing not only her native Holland but also her love of the fruit. Cherished her freedom and had no children of her own.

Toni The Fourth is a vibrant passionate Italian red and part of the eventual glue that creates and solidifies this dysfunctional Jones family. Her teenage daughters Tina and Isa are as different as night and day.

Brooke The Fifth a gold-digger. Green, her color, reflects the color of money and envy. Her young son’s Kyle and Caleb are too young to understand why their world has been turned upside-down.

Mara, as blue as the ocean was the last woman to steal Bruce’s heart. Mother to newborn Baby Peter is the unexpected gift and surprise.

Bruce Jones’ eight children speak out, too. They are as distinctive as the women he loved, their mothers.

Loose ends are tied up by the insights of Sylvia, Aaron’s wife and a trusted keeper of secrets; Scott, the private investigator and family friend; Nona, the quintessential grandmother everyone loves but to whom few are truly related; and Detective Jim Miller who will not rest until he discovers Bruce Jones’ murderer.

One of the recent reviews

I absolutely loved how the author wrote this story. This author has always had a unique style of writing and can reel in and capture her audience with her words on paper and this story is no different. This story was so much fun to read!! It was a magnificent mystery full of surprises, and a few giggles, that I didn’t see coming, with a remarkable twist to it at the end. The characters were incredible and the story-line was just fantastic.

I loved how we got to know the thoughts and feelings of each individual character that played a roll in Bruce’s life. I also loved how each ex-wife was a different color in the sculptor’s mind and how the death of Bruce brought the whole family together in the end. This was a great work of art and I can say that I believe that this author is a complete genius!!

I highly recommend this story to all adults to enjoy!!

Read all the reviews and buy the book: https://www.amazon.com/Death-Sculptor-Hue-Shape-Color-ebook/dp/B01MZ3Z8TC

Also by M.C.V. Egan

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Read all the reviews and buy the books: https://www.amazon.com/M.C.V.-Egan/e/B0069W9NY2

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 Connect to Catalina Egan via her website: http://thebridgeofdeaths.com/

If you are in the Cafe and Bookstore and have a new release or a great new review you would like to share contact me sallygcronin@gmail.com

Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore Christmas Update- Paulette Mahurin, M.C.V. Egan and Jean M. Cogdell


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

The first book to be updated is set in one of the darkest times in our modern history.  At this time of year we use the expression ‘Lest we Forget’ to remember all those who gave their lives in time of conflict. There are still those alive who remember this time in their lives all to well. But, they are few and it is up to the storytellers to keep their memoires alive. The Seven Year Dress by Paulette Mahurin

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One of the darkest times in human history was the insane design and execution to rid the world of Jews and “undesirables.” At the hands of the powerful evil madman Adolf Hitler, families were ripped apart and millions were slaughtered. Persecution, torture, devastation, and enduring the unthinkable remained for those who lived.

This is the story of one woman who lived to tell her story. This is a narrative of how a young beautiful teenager, Helen Stein, and her family were torn asunder, ultimately bringing her to Auschwitz. It was there she suffered heinous indignity at the hands of the SS. It was also there, in that death camp, she encountered compassion, selfless acts of kindness, and friendship.

Written by the award-winning, best-selling author of His Name Was Ben, comes a story of the resilience of the human spirit that will leave you thinking about Helen Stein and The Seven Year Dress for years to come after the last page is shut

The book has over 200 reviews and here are just two of the most recent.

This story is full of heartbreak and hope. By Alathia Morgan on July 6, 2016

This book while fictional made history come alive with the story of Helen. A Jewish, young woman caught in a time of horror for her people and nation.Taken back to the beginnings of Hitler’s rise to power, Helen is protected from the growing issues with Jewish and undesirables who are being purged from society. Her friend, Max is considered undesirable because of his desires for those of his sex. When he is offered a position with the Hitler youth, he takes it to blend in and offer Helen and her family aid.

As things change with the lose of her father’s job, schooling at home and little to no medical care; they continue to make ends meet by adapting to their environment. One night a phone call has Helen quickly leaving the house in an act that will save her life.

Hiding for several years, she is discovered and taken to a camp where she tries to survive in any way possible.This story is full of heartbreak and hope. It proves there are good people out there willing to help even in the darkest of times.

Simply Superb By Rea on July 29, 2016

When it comes to writing about the Holocaust it is a very difficult and emotional subject, especially when the story is told through the eyes of a young Jewish woman. Mahurin is simply a superb craftsperson who draws you into the story and wraps it around you.

I cried, I yelled in anger and frustration and I wept with joy, much like Helen, the poor subject of the story. Simply put, this is an unbelievably fantastic read that although hard and at times very difficult to stomach, is so reaffirming of humanity, that you simply cannot look away.

I would recommend this book as compulsory reading to anyone jaded by the twenty-first century. Learn from our past. Brilliant work Mahurin.

Also by Paulette Mahurin

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Read all the reviews and BUY the bookshttps://www.amazon.com/Paulette-Mahurin/e/B008MMDUGO/

Profits from Paulette’s books go to help rescue dogs from kill shelters.

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Connect to Paulette:https://thepersecutionofmildreddunlap.wordpress.com/

During these devastating years there were a number of mysteries that have still to be solved and one such event took place in 1939. My next book today, The Bridge of Deaths, is by M.C.V. Egan (Catalina Egan) and has a very personal connection to her family.

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About the book

On August 15th, 1939, an English passenger plane from British Airways Ltd. crashed in Danish waters between the towns of Nykobing Falster and Vordingborg. There were five casualties reported and one survivor. Just two weeks before, Hitler invaded Poland. With the world at the brink of war, the manner in which this incident was investigated left much open to doubt.

The jurisdiction battle between the two towns and the newly formed Danish secret police created an atmosphere of intrigue and distrust. The Bridge of Deaths is a love story and a mystery. Fictional characters travel through the world of past life regressions and information acquired from psychics as well as archives and historical sources to solve “one of those mysteries that never get solved.”

Based on true events and real people, The Bridge of Deaths is the culmination of 18 years of sifting through conventional and unconventional sources in Denmark, England, Mexico and the United States. The story finds a way to help the reader feel that s/he is also sifting through data and forming their own conclusions. Cross The Bridge of Deaths into 1939, and dive into cold Danish waters to uncover the secrets of the G-AESY.

The book has over 80 reviews across two editions and here is a recent one.

A deeply personal, meticulously researched, unique story. By Eleanor Parker Sapia on June 16, 2016

On August 15, 1939, the cabin of a US-built British aircraft caught on fire and crashed near a bridge in Denmark under mysterious circumstances. The pilot survived and all the passengers perished. The group of passengers on board included: a German corporate lawyer, two employees of Standard Oil of New Jersey, additional crewmember, an English Member of Parliament, and the grandfather of the author, M.C.V. Egan.

Shortly afterward, World War II began.Under a shroud of secrecy and mystery, the author embarked on a twenty-year labor of love of meticulous, copious research and interesting interviews in search of answers. This unique novel, which could easily fall under historical fiction, mystery, and memoir, introduces the reader to an interesting cast of characters that include, the author; Bill, a real man the author has never met; a fictional young woman named Maggie; and of course, a few psychics who specialize in past life regression.

You’re in for quite a ride with this unique story!

Does the author solve the mystery? You’ll just have to read “The Bridges of Death” to find out. I heard there is a sequel in the works, which should make for an interesting read. I recommend this well-researched mystery romance about a little known historical event to readers of history, historical fiction, mystery, and autobiography. I look forward to more from this author.

Also by M.C.V.Egan

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Connect to M.C.V. Egan via her website: http://thebridgeofdeaths.com/

On a lighter note a new book from Jean. M. Cogdell – published on November 12th it is already receiving rave reviews. A Reluctant Little Prince a book for all young boys.. and girls and those of us who enjoy a well written story.

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This little boy wants to know what he will be when he grows up. An astronaut or maybe the President? One thing he knows for sure, he can’t be a “Little Prince,” if his mommy’s not a Queen. What will he be when he grows up?

This story is written in simple rhyme and filled with sweet illustrations of a “Little Prince” with a big imagination and a lot of questions.

Young boys will enjoy hearing how one “Little Prince” discovers a world of possibilities.

Two of the early reviews for the book.

Highly Recommended By Tricia Pimental on November 21, 2016

My first response after finishing this well-crafted ebook was, “I hope the author produces a print copy that I can give to my grandchildren.” (Fortunately, it’s in the works.) Ms. Cogdell has combined engaging illustrations with prose stimulating enough for adults yet simple enough for children. She uses some sophisticated rhyming (“listen” with “permission”) and a fun allusion to Mohammed Ali, when the young boy states he will “sting like a bee.”
A treat for every reader.

Simply beautiful By ReadaholicUK on November 15, 2016

I’ve just read the reluctant prince and the reluctant princess, and about to read it again. So far my thoughts are that it is a beautiful book for children. I love the flow, the rhyme technique throughout the book, this not only opens children to understand language from a different perspective but also opens them to enjoy learning. The rhyme throughout is easy to catch especially for little children. I can already see them being able to pick up the lines and recall them throughout the day whilst playing. I like the theme, of what he wants to be, many options to choose from, I love the way the book has incorporated boxing, and the infamous line ‘sting like a bee’ by Mr Ali. I personally loved it.

Beautiful images and colourful too, a book for girls and one especially for it’s too is an excellent initiative for each gender to personally enjoy their book.
Would love to see this in hardcopy.

Read all the reviews and BUY the book: https://www.amazon.com/Reluctant-Little-Prince-Jean-Cogdell-ebook/dp/B01N04H3KR

Also by Jean M. Cogdell

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BUY all the books: https://www.amazon.com/Jean-M-Cogdell/e/B00OBR7QG4

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Connect to Jean: www.jeanswriting.com

I hope that you have enjoyed today’s updates of authors in my Cafe & Bookstore. It would be great if you could share on your own social media to spread the word far and wide.

thanks Sally