Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore – Author Update – Teri Polen, Colleen Chesebro and Sally Cronin


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Welcome to the first update of the week.. and as an author on the bookshelves I get to share my news too today.  But first a catch up with two other authors.  I am taking a look at some of the authors who have entered the bookstore since the begining of December over the next week. Unless of course any of you reading this who are in the bookstore have news of a recent release or great review.  Get in touch sallygcronin@gmail.com

The first author update is for Teri Polen who released her debut novel Sarah at the beginning of December 2016. Since then she has received 26 reviews and here is one that is right up to date.

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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.

 A Spine-Tingling Tale You Won’t Want to Miss on February 5, 2017

Teri Polen’s SARAH is the stuff that will keep you up at night. It’s the perfect blend of lighthearted teenage banter and blood-curdling horror elements. Shades of the television show Supernatural will keep fans of theWinchester brothers engrossed from the beginning through the last spine-tingling word of the epilogue.

Cain starts out as an affable teenage boy who too soon has become the man of the house because of the untimely death of his father. The addition of his best friend Finn creates a dynamic duo—the two clearly are as thick as biological brothers and their interactions are so enjoyable. Cain has typical teenage problems—love, academics, sports—until his life changes for the worse.

There is a ghost in his house.

The ghost, Sarah, has a dramatic character arc, something that infatuated me. Her change from beginning to end was something I couldn’t tear my attention from. Cain, Finn, and Lindsey are a trio that rivals Harry, Ron, and Hermione. The barbs they exchange are funny and believable, but these kids are loyal to each other to a fault. Watching those relationships solidify was a true pleasure.

I love a good ghost story, and SARAH is one of the best ones I’ve read in a while. I blew through it—it was such an easy and exciting read that I finished it in one afternoon. But I’m left fervently wishing for a sequel, because I don’t want to say goodbye to these characters.

If you like horror, you’ll love SARAH. It’s a must read.

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

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

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We head over to Marjorie Mallon’s wonderfully eclectic blog about books, writing, photography, magic haiku and inspiration. Not only has Marjorie posted a terrific view for the recently released The Heart Stone Chronicles – The Swamp Fairy by Colleen M. Chesebro, but she has also availed herself of the exclusively designed pendant.

the-heart-stone-chroniclesAbout The Heart Stone Chronicles – The Swamp Fairy

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?

Marjorie Mallon’s Review for the book.

What’s not to love? I knew I would love The Swamp Fairy and I did. For me, it has two magical ingredients: a crystal pendant, ( I just love crystals!!!) and fairies! My only regret is that when I turned the last page of The Swamp Fairy I was left feeling bereft. I wanted more!!! Thank goodness Colleen will satisfy this sense of loss with the second book in this series…

I’d recommend The Swamp Fairy to young ‘tween’ girls who love the magical realm of fairies, and the power and mystery of crystals exemplified in Abigale’s pendant , a precious piece of the sacred calcite heart stone.

Gutsy young heroine Abigale Forester will do anything to save the swamp fairies and the Pink Sundew plants. Right from the start, it’s obvious that she’s no pushover, even though she has had to deal with more pain and loss than the average fourteen-year-old. After her mother Kathryn’s death and her drug addict father’s disappearance she is sent away to stay with her distant aunt Magnolia. It’s not just the weather that changes. Chicago girl Abigale’s new destination is Blackberry Ridge, Florida. She has to get to know her aunt, acquaint herself with a new school, meet new friends, Savanna Brook, Blake Barrett, and Cash Book, (Savanna’s brother.) But all that’s nothing compared with having to cope with the nasty jibes of the mean Kramer brothers, and it doesn’t end there. A greedy, ruthless land developer, Rafe Cobb is determined to get hold of the swamp land bequeathed to her by her deceased mother.

Abigale refuses to buckle under Rafe Cobb’s threats even when she realises that he will go to the most desperate and deadly ends to get what he wants.

Abigale has a special relationship with the fairies, (the Naiad Nymph Clan,) a unique bond with horses, (especially Sand Dollar,) and the many other animals in the story. She can hear what they are saying, and can speak to them too!

This is such an enthralling, sweet story, with excitement a-plenty. There are beautiful descriptions of the swamp fairies, dragonflies, and hummingbirds. Plus the added bonus of beautifully crafted haiku poems at the start of each chapter. 

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Read the other recent reviews and buy the book: https://www.amazon.com/Heart-Stone-Chronicles-Swamp-Fairy/dp/1541015967

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Now I get to do a little self-promotion since I am on the shelves of the bookstore!  I released my latest short story collection, What’s in a Name, last Friday and was delighted that Linda Bethea dived in and gave the book its first review over the weekend.. Absolutely thrilled as you can imagine.

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About What’s in a Name

There are names that have been passed down through thousands of years which have powerful and deep-rooted meaning to their bearers. Other names have been adopted from other languages, cultures and from the big screen. They all have one thing in common. They are with us from birth until the grave and they are how we are known to everyone that we meet.

There are classical names such as Adam, David and Sarah that will grace millions of babies in the future. There are also names that parents have invented or borrowed from places or events in their lives which may last just one lifetime or may become the classic names of tomorrow.

Whatever the name there is always a story behind it. In What’s in a Name? – Volume One, twenty men and women face danger, love, loss, romance, fear, revenge and rebirth as they move through their lives.

Anne changes her name because of associations with her childhood, Brian carries the mark of ancient man, Jane discovers that her life is about to take a very different direction, and what is Isobel’s secret?

I rushed to buy this as soon as I saw it was released. I have read and loved Sally’s books before and this one did not disappoint. Read it through in one sitting. I loved the crooks and twists. The characterizations are wonderful. Do yourself a favor and grab this one, but I doubt you’ll get much done once you start!

Buy the book: https://www.amazon.com/Sally-Cronin/e/B0096REZM2

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Connect with me here and on social media: https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/connect-with-me-on-social-media/

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Thank you for dropping by and as always your feedback is appreciated.

#Girllove Blog Challenge – Thanks Marjorie Mallon and D. G. Kaye


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#Girllove Blog Challenge

I was very honoured this week to be nominated for the #Girllove Blog challenge by two exceptional fellow bloggers. Marjorie Mallon and D.G. Kaye also known to us as Debby Gies.

I realise that some of those that I nominate may not accept awards or may be too busy as this time but I would like you to accept instead my gratitude for your support and that this is recognition for your great blog. I will leave some flowers for you at the end of the post.

#Girllove challenge, launched by Lilly Singh, a.k.a. Superwoman, on her YouTube Channel. Lilly Singh is a Canadian vlogger, actress, comedian, and rapper, age 27. She is tired of ‘girl-on-girl hate’ in schools, workplaces, and social media, so she decided to reverse trends by promoting #GirlLove. In her empowering video young women speak out about their respect and gratitude for other women in their lives. Proceeds from video views will go to the Malala Fund to help educate girls around the world. The goal of the fund is to “enable girls to complete 12 years of safe, quality education so that they can achieve their potential and be positive change-makers in their families and communities”.

Lilly’s challenge was to compliment other women in social media using the hashtag #GirlLove.

Firstly I would like to thank Marjorie Mallon or Marje at https://kyrosmagica.wordpress.com whose blog is all about the magic of writing, her love of books and the intriguing elements of crystals. Marje has completed one YA fantasy novel and is in the process of writing her second and if that was not sufficiently busy, she also is very active and supportive here on WordPress. She enjoys a cross section of genres including YA, Contemporary, Romance, LBGTQ, Fantasy and Science Fiction.

She loves travel and visits her relatives across the globe as far flung as Australia and Singapore which is her birth place. She is married to a Black Sheep (read more about that in her post https://kyrosmagica.wordpress.com/tag/mother-in-laws/) she seems very happy with this arrangement and has two lovely daughters. You will be entertained and also value Marje as a good friend her in our online community.

The second empowered and empowering lady that I would like to thank is Debby Gies, author D.G. Kaye who combines her commonsense writing on relationships and life’s adventures with a terrific sense of humour. She is a sun-loving traveller through the world and life and shares those experiences with us on her blog http://dgkayewriter.com/ and in her books. This includes her latest Have Bags, Will Travel.. A must read for all packers, shoppers and lovers of airport protocol! Buy all of Debby’s books from her author’s page on Amazon. http://www.amazon.com/D.G.-Kaye/e/B00HE028FO

Debby must have jet fuel instead of blood in her veins as she manages to zip in and out of our blogs with supportive comments and shares across social media. Her sense of humour is definitely evident in her Facebook posts and you will find her here: https://www.facebook.com/debby.gies. I am particularly grateful for her motivational comments that make blogging even more of a pleasure.

If you do choose to pass this award on then please take a look at these guidelines and please mention the outstanding work of Lilly Singh.

Here’s what you do for the #GirlLove Challenge:

1 Tell your followers who inspires you, a famous woman who may be dealing with negativity on a daily basis.

2 Tell your followers who inspires you in real life, a woman you always interact with.

3 Tag five women bloggers who you love. Compliment them and tell them why you love them, and comment under their latest post with the link to your #GirlLove post!

 If you get tagged, do the post on your own blog. If you want to do it anyway, do it anyway! Add the tag ‘Girl Love’ to your post, so we can see them all! Let’s start 2016 with LOVE for each other!

My thoughts……..

My favourite #Girllove celebrity who inspires so many other young women to achieve despite physical disabilities is Amy Purdy. Amy is an actress and as snowboarder (would not even attempt with two good legs) and won a bronze medal at the 2014 Paralympics.

When only 19 Amy contracted bacterial meningitis which resulted in the devastating loss of both legs below the knee, both kidneys and her spleen. Sepsis shock causes a shut down of all organs and at one point Amy was only given a 2% chance of survival. She showed how strong she was by surviving that and the following challenges. Two years later she received a kidney from her father.

Apart from her incredible physicality on snowboards, she also proved that she could dance beautifully when she competed in Dancing with the Stars. Very brave young woman and she motivates others with her professional speaking dates and in her writing. Learn more about her at http://amypurdy.com/

Here she is in the Freestyle part of the competition with her partner Derek Hough.

My real life #Girllove person is not one person but every single one of the women who welcomed me on my arrival here in blogworld, took the time to teach me the ropes, commented, shared and reblogged. They gave me awards at times when I wondered if anyone was reading my posts or enjoying them, and they did not fall by the wayside but are still with me today. I will mention them in the list of bloggers that I am nominating today and of course one was of course the delightful Debby Gies.

Here are my #Girllove nominees and I could not stop at five or with the names that I have chosen as I have so much gratitude for so many of the wonderful ‘girls’ in the community. As I mentioned earlier there is no need to go further than accepting the bouquet of flowers at the end of the post. This might be the case if you have already been mentioned in another of the #Girllove awards.

Here is a small selection of those that I have reason to be grateful to.

Jo Robinson of https://africolonialstories.wordpress.com has become a dear friend and for those who are regular visitors to her blog will have seen that her husband tragically died on Boxing Day. Although she is not currently online there is no way that I would leave her off this list of wonderful women that are part of my blogging life. Jo has not only written some wonderful articles, posts and books but also freely given her knowledge of formatting and publishing on Kindle and Createspace in a step by step series. This is now a book available on Amazon. The Absolute Indie is a wonderful ‘How To’ for anyone who wishes to self-publish using Kindle. http://www.amazon.com/dp/B014V3CEKA We all hope that she will be back with us soon.

Another blogger who has been by my side for much of the time is Olga Nunez Miret and this talented author has a great deal of offer on her blogs. I say blogs as she has recently moved to a new address so for those of you who have not bookmarked it then here it is. http://authortranslatorolga.com/. Olga translates all her own books into Spanish and her blog is bi-lingual too. She writes amazing reviews that are in such detail there is no doubt in your mind when you have finished as to whether you will buy or not… Her books can be found on her author page on Amazon and you will find a wonderful eclectic mix. http://www.amazon.com/Olga-Núñez-Miret/e/B009UC58G0

Teagan Riordain Geneviene has been spreading mega hugs around blog world for some time and I was very lucky when she dropped into mine one day a couple of year’s ago. Since then I have been enjoying her weekly serials that take fantasy, ordinary kitchen ingredients and our imaginations to the next level. Here is an example to get you started. https://teagansbooks.wordpress.com/cookbook-2-three-ingredients-serial-home/ you will be hooked. She is a hugely supportive friend to have as a blogger and out of the virtual world. Her debut novel Atonement Tennessee is being followed up with Atonement in Bloom and whilst we wait for the sequel, we are kept entertained with some behind the scenes posts on characters and locations in the town that she has built from scratch. You can buy Atonement Tennessee at her authors page http://www.amazon.com/Teagan-Riordain-Geneviene/e/B00HHDXHVM

Judith Barrow is one of my favourite authors and I read her three books that begin during the Second World War through to the 60s in the last few months. I was delighted to review and if you enjoy stories that follow through with their characters over their lifetimes then here is the link http://www.amazon.com/Judith-Barrow/e/B0043RZJV6 start with Pattern of Shadows, followed by Changing Patterns and then Living in the Shadows. Judith can be found on her blog and usually dropping in and sharing those she follows. http://judithbarrowblog.com/ Please follow and find out for yourself how delightful she is.

Ali Isaac : Ali has brought the wonderful and ancient legends of Ireland to life with her books, articles and blog posts. An ambassador for the home of myths who brings a great deal of knowledge and colour to her tales. I hope to meet her in person this year at the Annual Bloggers Bash on June 11th in London. http://aliisaacstoryteller.com/. You can buy Ali’s Conor Kelly books at her author’s page..http://www.amazon.com/Ali-Isaac/e/B008TV9ECW

Last but not least – Annette Rochelle Aben – https://annetterochelleaben.wordpress.com/ who is a more recent acquaintance but very special all the same. Like one or two of the others that are in this list, Annette and I seem to have crossed in a previous life and picked up where we left off. Annetter is an author, broadcaster and has mastered the tricky art of Haiku.. Today I reviewed her latest book released yesterday. PhoKu which marries beautiful photographs with Haiku. https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2016/01/17/new-book-fanfare-and-a-review-phoku-visual-perspective-haiku-by-annette-rochelle-aben/

If you enjoy a sense of humour combined with an infinity with the spiritual side of life both in writing and the airwaves you had better head over and follow Annette.

Finally.

There are so many more women that I could mention and to be fair a list of men who are equally important to me both on and offline. Hugh Roberts recently responded to the #Girllove award with one for the guys which is here. http://hughsviewsandnews.com/2016/01/12/the-mens-really-hard-hat-awards/

As promised a bouquet of flowers for all nominees rather than a statue (Oscars coming soon) and if you are not in a position to respond to the award then please accept the blooms with my thanks and recognition of your wonderful support and blogs.

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