Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore – New on the Shelves for Christmas – Mo: The Spotlight Tales by S. Pearce


I am delighted to welcome a new author to the Cafe and bookstore and to feature his books as part of the Christmas promotion. I am featuring the first book in The Spotlight Tales series by S. Pearce.

The series of stand-alone tales which take a critical look at our society. Extremism, nationalism and environmental concerns all come under the spotlight in this remarkable series. The tales will take you to the precipice and leave you dangling there. Get ready to question your thoughts, your actions, and wonder what those about you are planning.

About Mo

Will he listen to the extremist rhetoric, enticing him to commit unspeakable horrors? Will he heed the calmer and more softly spoken voice, coming from an unexpected source?

Catapulted out of the sheltered world of infancy into the raw – sometimes brutal – environment of new adolescence, Mo finds himself abandoned by cherished childhood friends and subjected to racial insults, bullying and general torment.Confusion and anger follow, compounded by an inability to confide in those close to him. All the while, sinister forces are beckoning him to follow a violent path. And yet, another mysterious voice is attempting to guide him. Mo hovers tantalisingly between fantasy and reality, between horror and wonder.

It describes how a young boy tries to find his way as family, friends, and strangers tug at his conscience with their conflicting demands.S Pearce’s enigmatic tale skilfully examines notions of identity in an unsettled world. Delving at times into the supernatural and at others into violent extremism, this intriguing and intelligent story can be seen as a modern day morality tale which will keep readers guessing throughout. This book will challenge your notions of right and wrong. It will take you, with the protagonist, to a cliff edge. You will feel uncomfortable, you will feel wronged, you will feel like Mo.

One of the reviews for the book

An unusual novel, this. The protagonist is a young Muslim boy facing a future he finds unattractive for many reasons. At first, I wondered if this book was meant for children, but that opinion was quickly squashed by the complex language and general tone of the story. The book is aimed, I imagine, at parents, teachers, and, perhaps, those leaders of Islamic groups who might benefit from the ideas it contains.

The character of the young lad is well drawn and it’s easy to form empathy with him. His rather distant father who begins as a man who shows little understanding of his son, and his devoted mother, caught between the needs of her lad and the demands of the father, slowly develop as characters as the story progresses. The other main character, an idiosyncratic and lonely old man with a kind heart and a fascination for moths and other wildlife, is another beautifully drawn player.

The story deals with bullying, isolation, prejudice, the grooming of terrorists, and the dangers of obsessive gaming, which is why it’s a very good read for concerned parents and teachers.
There were odd times when I was a little jarred by a passage of what almost amounted to preaching, but this happened only very rarely. For the most part, the story moves well and the reader is fully engaged.

Either the author has engaged in substantial research, or he has used imagination coupled with some personal experience to get into the head of Mo as well as to understand the methods used by groups wishing to subvert innocents to their cause.

This is an absorbing story; well told and full of events and discussions that provoke thought. Not an easy read, it has much of value to say on the injustice and ignorance that drives certain individuals to extreme action.

Read the reviews and buy the book: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Mo-Spotlight-Tales-S-Pearce/dp/1974168883

And Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/Mo-Spotlight-Tales-S-Pearce/dp/1974168883

Also by Simon Pearce

One of the recent reviews for Exit Velocity

marvelous whodunnit, on November 20, 2018

Sometimes, but not often, a new writer pops up from nowhere who is gifted with natural talent. Mr S Pearce has talent by the bucket load. In this, his second book, I’m reminded of the old school essays we had to write about the adventures of a penny as it changed hands. In this case, the pennies are deadly poisonous sweets! As the story daisy chains between the lives (and deaths) of all those effected, we’re left to work out which of them is the perpetrator. Exit Velocity is a marvelous whodunnit, well written, quick to read, and engrossing. Highly recommended. 

Read the reviews and buy the books : https://www.amazon.co.uk/S-Pearce/e/B077WVLJ9H

And on Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/S-Pearce/e/B077WVLJ9H

Read more reviews and follow Simon on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/14620497.S_Pearce

About Simon Pearce

Simon Pearce was born in the south of England and spent most of his formative years growing up on the Isle of Wight. He then went on to read English and German at the University of Wales, Swansea, and then wrote his Ph.D. in German history and literature at the University of Nottingham. Finally, he completed a PGCE and spent many years living in Chesterfield, working at schools in Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire and South Yorkshire. He now lives near Berlin.

Connect to Simon Pearce

Website: http://www.thespotlighttales.com

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Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore – New on the Shelves for Christmas -#Mystery – Murder on the Books by HL Carpenter


Another new book just in time for Christmas a #mystery from mother and daughter writing team HL Carpenter.  A Murder by the Books.

About the book

A letter from beyond the grave brings accountant Fae Childers face to face with murder, embezzlement, romance, and a hidden family legacy.

Certified public accountant Fae Childers is not an embezzler, despite the belief of the accounting firm that fires her for stealing.
But proving her innocence is harder than convincing an IRS agent to allow a deduction. She’s lost her mother, her job, her fiancé, and her self-respect. She’s running out of money and the lease is about to expire on her apartment.

Then the fortune-telling grandmother Fae never knew existed, whose name and psychic abilities she now learns are also hers, issues a challenge from beyond the grave—a challenge that brings Fae face to face with murder, embezzlement, romance, and a hidden family legacy.

When the mystery of Fae’s past collides with the troubles of her present, the situation veers out of control. Her very life is threatened. Who can she trust? The man she’s falling in love with? The former fiancé who has already betrayed her once? Or only herself?

With justice, romance, and her future at stake, Fae must overcome personal and professional obstacles to save herself and those she loves. And she’s going to have to do it fast, before someone else dies.

An early review for the book

A good plot but still felt a bit let down. The embezzlement at her old firm was still unpunished and her name was still tarred by suspicion. Nice twists although I must admit that i did have my suspicions as to the killer. The characters were vivid and clear although wish that she had had a bit more get up and go.

She’s been fired under suspicion of embezzlement, her fiance has ditched her and with her mother’s death only a few months ago she feels as if she drowning. A letter from a solicitor has her driving to a small community after hearing that she’s her Grandmother’s heir. A grandmother she know nothing about. Everyone talks about her Grandmother’s gifts but she doesn’t believe she has any. Now she is drawn into the recent death which left a neighbour as heiress to millions. When her neighbour dies after being attacked she starts looking into why.

Break-ins, attacks and threats seem to be flying around the small community. Is the solicitor she feels drawn too involved? What does a past embezzlement case have to do with anything? As she prepares the estate financial reports for the dead neighbour she notices some things that cause her to question things further. Will they find the killer before more people die?

Head over and buy the book: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07KQB9XP8

And on Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Murder-Books-mystery-HL-Carpenter-ebook/dp/B07KQB9XP8

A selection of other books for adults, YA and children by HL Carpenter

Read the reviews and buy the books: https://www.amazon.com/default/e/B007SHS9LA/

And on Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/HL-Carpenter/e/B007SHS9LA/

You will find a lot more reviews on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5820921.H_L_Carpenter

About HL Carpenter (Helen and Lorri)

HL Carpenter is a mother/daughter duo who writes family-friendly fiction from their studios in Carpenter Country, a magical place that, like their stories, is unreal but not untrue. When they’re not writing, the Carpenters enjoy exploring the Land of What-If and practicing the fine art of Curiosity

Their website also offers opportunities for promotion for other authors and here is a link to one of their latest guest posts Looking Within to Overcome Challenges – Elle Smith

Connect to HL Carpenter

Website and blog: https://www.hlcarpenter.com/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/hl_carpenter
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/hlcarpenter/
Google+: https://plus.google.com/102212877836673370583
Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/hlcarpenter/

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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.

By Vashi Quiroz-Vega: Author Spotlight

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

M.C.V EganAbout 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.

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

61axflh-oml-_ux250_ 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 sally.cronin@moyhill.com

Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore – New on the Shelves – Frank Immersed: A Frank Rozzani Detective Novel (Frank Rozzani Detective Novels Book 5) by Don Massenzio


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Delighted to feature Don Massenzio today with his books and in particular the fifth book in the Frank Rozzani Detective series; released just before Christmas 2016. If the number of excellent reviews for book one and the rest of the series are an indication, Frank Immersed is likely to be just as popular. This book was written in collaboration with  Kent Arceneaux

51jyfophdxl-_uy250_About Frank Immersed: A Frank Rozzani Detective Novel (Frank Rozzani Detective Novels Book 5)

Frank and Jonesy are back. This time the case will require all of their talents. Young female passengers are disappearing from luxury cruise ships. After young twin daughters disappear during a family cruise, Frank and Jonesy must go undercover to find out what’s happening.The stakes are high and the odds are against them. Will this case prove to be more than they can handle? Luckily, the twins’ father, Jim Mason, has special training and associates from his past that will be called upon as the search for the girls escalates.

Follow Frank and Jonesy on this ocean-going adventure as they search for the twins and dredge up powerful bad guys from one of their past cases in this latest adventure, Frank Immersed.

One of the top reviews for the book.

Well researched, good character display and great suspense…! By pwrbrkr38 on January 9, 2017

This was one of the first fiction books I’ve read in quite awhile. I was immediately captured by the in-depth character formation. The authors do a great job at personalizing each character and spending just enough time on the back story, depth, and substance of each character. In my opinion, this is where many writers have either too much characterization which is cumbersome to read, or they don’t spend enough time on a character and you never really feel empathetic or understand a point of view. This book does a great job of this. In addition, this book tackles come interesting issues regarding the sex trade, the cruise industry, the military, and law enforcement.

I was particularly impressed with the writers knowledge of the inner workings of the cruise line industry. My brother has worked in the cruise industry for years and many of the descriptions in the book regarding staffing, the logistics of the boats themselves, and how passengers and other matters are handled, were spot on. As a lawyer I appreciated the authors interpretation of law enforcement matters and how certain situations were handled by “Frank” and his associates.

In closing, this book was well researched, intertwined a great storyline amongst a good cast of characters, and did so in a succinct manner that made this reader very happy. I hope you have the same experience.

Read all the reviews and buy the book: https://www.amazon.com/Frank-Immersed-Rozzani-Detective-Novels-ebook/dp/B01NBBUMIH

A selection of books by Don Massenzio

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One of the reviews from a fan of the Frank Rozzani series.

Great story line! on April 30, 2016

This series just keeps getting better and better. Frank and Jonesy think they have a case that is pretty clear cut. But all of us know it may not be what it seems. Characters and dialogue flow well. Very good storyline with suspence that makes it hard to put down. I’ve read every book from this series and this is the best to me. I was given a copy in exchange for an honest review.

Read all the reviews and buy the books: https://www.amazon.com/Don-Massenzio/e/B00JJVN0UI

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About Don Massenzio

Don Massenzio was born in Syracuse, New York, to first generation Italian American parents. He is an avid reader. Some of his favorite authors include Harlan Coben, David Morrell, Stephen King, and Hugh Howey. His favorite book of all time is ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’. Don began writing as a way to combat the long hours of travel and numerous hotel stays that are part of the ‘glamorous’ world of corporate travel. He uses writing as a therapeutic outlet.

He recently took the jump to sharing his work with others. His first published long work was the novel, Frankly Speaking. The first in what has become a series of books focused on the character, Frank Rozzani, a Florida private detective. The series is a throwback to the days of pulp detective novels with a tip of the hat to Jim Rockford from 70’s television and The Rockford Files.

Connect to Don.

Blog: https://donmassenzio.wordpress.com
Twitter: https://twitter.com/dmassenzio
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/dmassenzio
Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/8157756.Don_Massenzio

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Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore – New on the Shelves – Naked Alliances: A Richard Noggin Novel (The Naked Eye Private Investigator Series Book 1) by S.K. Nicholls


New on the shelves

A riveting romp through Central Florida, Naked Alliances air-drops you into the seedier side of Orlando that the amusement park industry tries to keep under wraps. Naked Alliances: A Richard Noggin Novel (The Naked Eye Private Investigator Series Book 1) by S.K. Nicholls

51kkwa1-0nl-_uy250_ About the book

When a young immigrant woman and an exotic dancer are fleeing men with guns and have no place to hide, Richard Noggin, P.I., can’t turn his back on them, even if helping them makes him a target.

Richard plans to impress an aspiring politician by taking on a big white-collar case with the potential of getting him off the streets and into air-conditioned offices. Instead, he’s handed a cold case and quickly finds himself sucked into a shadowy world of sex, secrets and…murder.

Marked for a bullet and stretched thin by his investigations, he reluctantly teams up with the unlikely, brassy custodian of the young woman on the run. With bodies piling up, they go undercover in a nudist resort, determined to catch the killer and bring down the mastermind of the Alliance before someone else dies.

From the dark corners of Orlando’s Little Saigon, to the sunny exposure of Leisure Lagoon, the Naked Eye juggles to keep his balls in the air.

One of the recent reviews for the book

I’m hooked and will be waiting impatiently for Book Two. Nicholls’ got a great idea here for a mystery series–adventurous mysteries that feature the nudist resort Leisure Lagoon and diverse Orlando as backdrops. What an original concept. And one S.K. understands since her “family owns and operates one of the oldest and largest nudist resorts in the nation.”

The book is fast-paced and plausible. The mystery itself takes some twists and turns and always seems to have one more twist ahead (even at the end). Richard Noggin (yes, think about it) is a semi-stable, humane, and very human protagonist, and his at-first-unwilling helper Brandi has a colorful personal style. I hope we see more of the two of them teamed up solving crimes. Not sure Richard can do without Brandi’s assistance!

Maybe the most glowing praise I can pin on this book is that I kept envisioning everything as if it were a movie playing out before my eyes.

Read all the reviews and buy the book: https://www.amazon.com/Naked-Alliances-Richard-Private-Investigator-ebook/dp/B01LFW4XAE

Also by S.K. Nicholls

51thhsg13tl-_uy250_ One of the editorial reviews – there are also 41 customer reviews for the book.

Red Clay and Roses is a beautiful and inspiring Southern story…Nicholls has crafted an incredibly touching piece of written art…The author has blended fact and fiction together very well to write a compelling story. The characters are so interesting and believable that you cannot help but be drawn into their tales and both sympathize and connect with them

… A clear portrayal of the Deep South’s early 20th century past…In the end, it makes me think hard about our present society; how far have we come. I definitely recommend it. ~ Reader’s Favorite

Read all the reviews and buy both books: https://www.amazon.com/S.K.-Nicholls/e/B00C8EX4GS

71gtrdqi9bl-_ux250_About S.K Nicholls

S.K. Nicholls is a crime romp and historical fiction novelist that lives in Central Florida where her family has owned and operated Cypress Cove, a nudist resort, since 1964. A Registered Nurse and former Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner, (S.A.N.E.), she has a special interest in sex-trafficking. Social issues are at the forefront of her writing. When she’s not writing, she can be found tracking down Snorlaxes, wandering city parks with the homeless, or sipping margaritas on the bow of a boat. She is a member of Sisters in Crime, Florida Writer’s Association and Writers of Central Florida…or Thereabouts.

Connect to S.K. Nicholls.

Blog: https://sknicholls.wordpress.com/
Website: http://www.sknicholls.com/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/sknicholls1

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Smorgasbord 2016 in Review – Open House – Meet author Claire Fullerton


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This was the top viewed Smorgasbord Open House in 2016 for the interview with author Claire Fullerton.

My guest today is Claire Fullerton author of Dancing to an Irish Reel which is set in Connemara, Ireland and A Portal in Time, a paranormal mystery across two time periods, set on California’s Monterey Peninsula in the famous village of Carmel-on-Sea, both published by Vinspire Publishing.

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Claire is a three- time award winning essayist, a former newspaper columnist, a contributor to magazines including Celtic Life International and Southern Writers Magazine. She is a five-time contributor to the “Chicken Soup for the Soul” book series and can be found on Goodreads as well as the website under her name. She is currently working on her third novel and you can find out more about that later in the post.

First a look at Claire’s books beginning with her latest release in 2015, the wonderfully titled Dancing to an Irish Reel set in Connemara.

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About the book.

On sabbatical from her job in the LA record business, Hailey takes a trip to Ireland for the vacation of a lifetime. What she finds is a job offer too good to turn down.

Her new job comes with one major complication—Liam Hennessey. He’s a famous Irish musician whose entire live has revolved around performing. And Hailey falls in love with him. Although Liam’s not so sure love is in the cards for him, he’s not willing to push her away completely.

And so begins Hailey’s journey to a colorful land that changes her life, unites her with friends more colorful than the Irish landscape, and gives her a chance at happiness she’s never found before.

Some of the many reviews for the book also now in audio.

Dancing to an Irish Reel is awesome!!!!! By Amazon Customer on February 5, 2016 Format: Audible Audio EditionVerified Purchase

A lovely, leisurely trip to Ireland from my couch By Sophie Quist on January 24, 2016 Format: PaperbackVerified Purchase

Distinctive and Convincing Writing By Gracelikestoread on December 13, 2015 Format: Kindle Edition

 Direct Links to Purchase “Dancing to an Irish Reel”

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Barnes and Noble Books and Nook

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Now a look at A Portal in Time released in November 2013.

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When we are inexplicably drawn to love and a particular place, is it coincidence, or have we loved before?

Enigmatic and spirited Anna Lucera is gifted with an uncanny sixth-sense and is intrigued by all things mystical. When her green, cat-eyes and long, black hair capture the attention of a young lawyer named Kevin Townsend, a romance ensues which leads them to the hauntingly beautiful region of California’s Carmel-By-The-Sea where Anna is intuitively drawn to the Madiera Hotel. Everything about the hotel and Carmel-By-The-Sea heightens her senses and speaks to Anna as if she had been there before. As Anna’s memory unravels the puzzle, she is drawn into a past that’s eerily familiar and a life she just may have lived before.

Claire has received some great reviews for this book.

A Wonderful Page-Turning Romance By Ellen Comeskey on December 11, 2013

I highly recommend this enchanting book. By virginia muller on December 19, 2013

Direct link on Amazon to buy A Portal in Time. Amazon

Claire’s Essays on her website.

If you click on the link to Claire’s website you will not only find out more information on her writing in general but some wonderful published essays. She feels a deep connection to Ireland and this is evident in her essay Irish Connections. Irish Connections

Whilst you browse all her essays I also recommend that you read Carmel. Claire has a personal connection to Carmel as she spent her honeymoon there and she returned on her first anniversary. This essay was published in the Carmel Living Magazine. Claire and her husband spent part of their time after this and the history and atmosphere of the town provided the inspiration for her first novel A Portal in Time. Having stayed their one weekend myself I can also recommend that you visit if you are on the west coast. Delightful place with a huge amount of places of historical interest and charm; perfect setting for a book.

Before we move onto Claire’s interview questions, here is how she describes herself and her Southern upbringing in a previous interview last year. Sunday Lunch

‘I grew up in the Deep South, that part of the US that many consider the last romantic place in America. And it is; the region has its own culture that is so steeped in tradition, it seems that time has stood still. At the heart of the ways and means of the South is an iron-clad code of manners handed down at birth. It is an imperative code of civility that is society’s glue, and there is no more egregious error one can commit than to display bad manners.

When people talk about Southern hospitality, what they’re talking about is how a Southerner will treat a guest, even if that guest is only someone a Southerner accidently brushes up against while walking down the street. The most salient characteristic of Southern hospitality is the ability to extend oneself, which means putting another first, to focus such a high beam of gregarious concern that anyone caught in the headlight will think they’re the most important soul on earth. But you have to be born into the South to know this, for the guidelines of Southern ways are taught through the power of example, wrought through simply observing the glittering Southern people that come before you, who never lower themselves to a gauche confession of their inner-workings, but prefer to walk the line of implication instead in a “show-don’t tell” manner. It is a way of being in the world that is confident enough in its own animal grace to know the unspoken influence of its own attraction’.

So welcome Claire and delighted that you could drop by this morning… Over to you.

What genre do you read and your favourite authors?

My idea of heaven is to immerse myself in the works of contemporary Southern writers, especially when they write in the first person.

Three authors stand out for me: Pat Conroy, Ann Rivers Siddons and Donna Tartt. I am in awe of these writers and could ace a blind test wherein I was given a sentence by each and asked to name who wrote it. All three are considered Southern writers by virtue of the fact that they were born in the American South, and I’ve been pondering this term of late because I am a writer who hails from Memphis, Tennessee.

Not to get off point by digression, but my first two novels have nothing to do with the South, yet my third is set in Memphis and thematically about the repercussions of the culture. This has led me to ponder what it truly means to be a Southern writer. One hears this categorization bantered about, and it does evoke classification that has to do with regional setting, but to me, it is so much more. When a writer hails from the South, they cannot help but carry a certain frame of reference from which they view and interact with the world. This frame of reference is unknown to outsiders and therefore often misunderstood. I say this because I am now a transplanted Southerner living in California. I am well aware that the accent I wield invites assumption.

People “out here,” as any Southerner would label a region north of the Mason Dixon line, think the South is more back woods than it actually is. They don’t know that the South maintains a soft gentility passed down in families, that there is an iron-clad code of civility, and that there is nothing more unforgivable than bad manners. I’ve heard it said that the South is the last romantic place in America, and I believe it to be so. The romance hangs in the air with Southern humidity and informs everything from the way people move to their speech. I have had the great largess of growing up with many a flamboyant Southerner in my immediate circumference.

I will generalize here for the sake of clear explanation by saying those that affected my childhood were proud Southerners intent on perpetuating the social mores of the South, whose heart maintains the love of story. Southerners are a long winded lot, intent on detail and incapable of making any point without offering fifteen minutes of background. But they are bright, upbeat creatures who exist in packs and feel a moral obligation to entertain both literally and figuratively. In the South, great importance is placed on connections, which includes familial lineage, ties to the land, and the jury of one’s peers. They are ever mindful of the value of relationships and measure themselves in relation to one another.

This constitutes a certain regional consciousness and gives rise to a tacit, cultural paradigm that eludes the casual observer. What outsiders don’t know about Southerners is that they are in love with the peculiarities of being Southern, and will defend their Southerness to the hilt. All three of the authors I have mentioned know well of these Southern eccentricities, and it flavours their writing. All three are masters of lyrical language and are sensitive to and sing praises of the nuances of the South.

Which book in your opinion is the best you have ever read and why?

Hands down, Pat Conroy’s “The Prince of Tides.” It’s first two sentences read, “My wound is my geography. It is my anchorage, my port of call.” We’ve all read brilliant writers, but what gets me about Conroy is he takes a knife to the soul and can open up unhealed, dormant wounds that we all carry ( of this I am convinced) and explains them to us through the love of words and story. In the two sentences I have quoted above, he covers everything about what it means to be a product of a family born to a region that defines you and explains everything about who you are. “The Prince of Tides” is the ultimate “sins of the father” story, whose theme of cause and effect perpetrated within the family draws the lines of each character and shapes the course of each of their life.

But it is Conroy’s lyrical use of language throughout the book that sets the mood of the story. It is languid, sonorous, and fluid in a way that is commiserate with the tides of South Carolina’s low country, which is the setting of the book. Not content with economy of language, Pat Conroy takes the reader into the undertow of this family saga and invites them to fend for themselves through the story’s ebb and flow, until they are cast upon the shore panting for breath. This book blew my world wide open. It showed me what is possible with the written word.

What kind of music do you listen to and who are your favourite musicians?

Sally, you’re a woman after my own heart with this question! Here we go: being raised in Memphis, which is literally “The home of the Blues” and having had the good fortune of growing up with a brother named Haines, who was eighteen months older than me, and who picked up a guitar at the age of eight and never put it down, music was the only thing I ever cared about for the first twenty some-odd years of my life! I came into the world that The Beatles defined, and lived in the region that was the hot seat of the impetus of that definition! By this, I mean Elvis Presley. Elvis took the Delta Blues and created Rock-n-Roll, and The Beatles took Rock-n-Roll and revolutionized it. It all came from Memphis; The Beatles knew this, The Rolling Stones knew this, and to one degree or another, contemporary music has Memphis to thank.

I’m a fan of “Pop music” and could keep you here all day naming names. Instead, I’ll tell you I spent nine years as a music radio DJ in Memphis; that I worked in the music business in Los Angeles discovering bands that went on to “make it big” and will now mention that my brother, Haines, was instrumental in the formative years of The Dave Matthews Band.

Okay, let me give you the respect of answering your question and name a few names: The Beatles, The Who, Led Zeppelin, Peter Gabriel, David Bowie, Crowded House, Neil Finn solo, Toad the Wet Sprocket, anything Glen Phillips does, who could not see the merits in U2, Cold Play is not actually the U2 rip-off many proclaim them to be, Ed Sheeran thrills me; don’t judge me, but I’m a fan of Country Music; Keith Urban comes to mind; I’m in love with Mike Scott and love The Waterboys, as well as Karl Wallinger (you’re in the know if you know their connection.) Lastly, I applaud Irish traditional music; it speaks to my genetic lineage, and I’ll now say that if you don’t have a copy of “A Place among the Stones” by Davy Spillane, then you’re at a complete disadvantage.

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What are the top five experiences or activities that you feel that everyone should complete in their lifetime?

I’ll provide a list here in no order of importance.

  1. Move to a foreign country and stay. Submerge yourself in the culture until it makes you forget where you came from.
  2. Study dance and incorporate it into your way of being in the world.
  3. Share your life with a dog. Love it, tend to it, be responsible for it, let it love you, and you will know the nature of unconditional love.
  4. Arrive at a clear idea of how to be of service to others. Identify your peculiar, individual gifts that you came into the world carrying, and get about the business of using them to the benefit of others.
  5. Stay connected to God as you know Him, which means cultivate a daily spiritual practice that’ll lend itself to daily renewal, humility, hope, faith, and a healthy perspective.

Tell us about your work in progress, plans for your blog in the next year any special events that are coming up that are very special to you.

I recently completed my third novel, which is a Southern family saga set in 1970’s and 1980’s Memphis. Its title is “Mourning Dove,” and it is written in the first person voice of Millie Crossan, as she tells about growing up with her brother, Finley, in their mother’s genteel world, where all that glitters is not gold.

I wanted to tell a family story set in post-civil- rights Memphis that depicts the opulent South, where the region is changing, yet a certain sect of society still clings to old world manner and form, even in the face of tragedy. The themes in “Mourning Dove” are a search for place, a search for identity, and ultimately a search for God. It was my aim to capture the era in which I grew up. Much has changed now, as has the world, but I was well aware of the uniqueness of the Memphis I was born into while I grew up; I found it beautiful and very specifically civilized, yet in a cloistered way.

And as life is life no matter where you set it, how people handle life’s vagaries is often dictated by social customs, and the adherence of those customs colors the experience. Currently, the book is under review.

My thanks to Claire for providing us with an insight into her life and what inspires her to right. Also a big thank you for suggesting we listen to the beautiful Celtic music of Davy Spillane.

Find details and buy links to Claire’s books via her website and of course the usual online bookstores including: Amazon Author Page: http://www.amazon.com/Claire-Fullerton/e/B00HRJEUJ4

Connect with Claire on her website and social media.
Website: http://www.clairefullerton.com
Author Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/clairefullertonauthor
Twitter: https://twitter.com/cfullerton3
Dancing to an Irish Reel – Facebook page: Link
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Thank you for dropping by and it would be wonderful if you could sign the visitors book… and also before you leave spread the word about Claire Fullerton across your own networks.

If you would like to be a guest on Open House it is very straightforward.. here is the link that tells you about the interview and also has the questions that you can choose from.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/sunday-open-house-writers-artists-musicians-guest-spot/

Enjoy the day.. thanks Sally

 

New Book Fanfare Revisited- My Father and Other Liars by Geoff Le Pard


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A new book by Geoff Le Pard out on the 14th but available on pre-order. No good deed goes unpunished after Maurice Oldham saves and American scientist…

My Father and Other Liars by Geoff Le Pard

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About the Book.

When British freelancer Maurice Oldham saves American scientist Lori-Ann Beaumont from a pack of journalists at a ProLife conference in San Francisco, neither expects to see the other again. But six months on, Lori-Ann is on Maurice’s doorstep, bruised, penniless and desperate to find her boyfriend, Peterson, who has gone missing in England. Maurice soon realises nothing is as it seems with Lori-Ann.

Why is she chasing Peterson; why has her father, Pastor of the Church of Science and Development sent people to bring her home; what is behind the Federal Agency who is investigating Lori-Ann’s workplace in connection with its use of human embryos; and what happened in Nicaragua a quarter of a century ago that is echoing down the years? For Maurice and Lori-Ann the answers lie somewhere in their Fathers’ pasts.

Finding those answers will take Lori-Ann and Maurice from England via America to Nicaragua; in so doing they will have to confront some uncomfortable truths about their Fathers and learn some surprising things about themselves.

Reviews for the book

A Global Setting for a Thought-Provoking Book By Charli Mills on October 27, 2015 Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
“My Father and Other Liars” is a thoughtful book full of twists and complex characters. The way author Geoff Le Pard develops characters to be both flawed and evocative is becoming a hallmark of his writing. The suspense in the book rises from a multitude tensions at the heart of which is political intrigue in regards of the use of stem cells in research. One of the thought-provoking aspects of the story is the crossroads between theology and science. It’s handled in such a way as to be believable and not offensive (unless one has a highly sensitive nature in regards to religion used as a medium in fiction). The author even shares (at the end of the book) how he developed his fictional theology. Another tension arises from the idea of adult orphans and those who have absentee-fathers or poor relationships. It’s a theme that crosses global borders just as the book itself is set in England, America and Nicaragua. The pace is steady and picks up so that it is hard to deny the next chapter. This is the second published novel by Geoff Le Pard and while it is different from his first, “Dead Flies and Sherry Trifle,” his voice comes through as a writer and someone I will continue to follow as a reader.
Format: Kindle Edition
I was on team Lori-Ann from the first page on. Mr. LePard’s book masterfully encompasses several settings. He pulls off the complicated challenge of a religious thriller in which the main characters find mirror images of their own family issues in each other’s story. I would highly recommend this book to anyone. But don’t read it at night — your mind will race too much and you’ll keep pulling it off the shelf until the sun comes up.

 

Buy the book – Amazon

Also by Geoff Le Pard

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 About Geoff Le Pard

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 I have been writing creatively since 2006 when at a summer school with my family I wrote a short radio play. That led to a novel, some more courses, more novels, each better than the last until I took an MA at Sheffield Hallam, realised you needed to edit, edit and then edit some more; the result is my first published book in 2014. I once was a lawyer; I am now a writer. When I’m not writing and thinking about writing, I’m blogging (which is a sort of writing); I cook, I walk, I read (but not enough) and I walk some more. The dog approves of my career choices.

Connect with Geoff

Blog: http://geofflepard.com/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/geofflepard
Google+ : https://plus.google.com/+GeoffLepard01/posts

Thanks for dropping by and revisiting Geoff’s book.. Please feel free to share..thanks Sally

 

 

 

 

Smorgasbord Open House – Author and Translator – Olga Nunez Miret


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Today I am delighted to welcome my guest Olga Nunez Miret, a prolific author of a number of books across several genres.

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Olga was born in Barcelona and moved to the UK to study in the 1990’s. She is a doctor and also a Forensic Psychiatrist until recently, when she gave this up to pursue her dream of writing full time. Her fiction covers a number of genres including crime thriller, family saga, para-normal and romance. Olga is also a translator and works with other authors to introduce their books to a new and wider audience.

Olga is not just a supportive friend to all of us here in blog world but also to any Indie author that needs a boost. Her blog posts are informative, entertaining and her reviews are honest and show a great critical eye. If Olga says read this book.. Then you should.

She is a prolific author and here is a brief overview of her books to date most of which are in both English and Spanish.

41v+ZeNQzgL._UY250_Her first book Escaping Psychiatry is a collection of three stories in the psychological thriller genre with the same protagonist, Mary, a psychiatrist and writer. She is trying to develop her literary career but circumstances and friends conspire to keep dragging her back to psychiatry.

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This was followed by The Man Who Never Was and Twin Evils?

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Then came Click Me Happy! : Do you believe in love at first sight or first click? Do you think your life should be a romantic novel? Would you like to be able to choose the ending? If you’ve answered YES to any of these questions or feel intrigued by them, this novel offers you a unique opportunity. You can choose what kind of ending you want: unhappy, happy or neutral.

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This was followed by Family, Lust and Cameras which is now available in audio as well as in text formats. Here are the links to audible but it will also be available on Amazon and i-Tunes shortly.

Audible.com: http://www.audible.com/pd/Mysteries-Thrillers/Family-Lust-and-Cameras-Audiobook/B01BH6VTTQ/
Audible.co.ukhttp://www.audible.co.uk/pd/Crime-Thrillers/Family-Lust-and-Cameras-Audiobook/B01BH6TE0M/
Sample in soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/olga-nm-1/family-lust-and-cameras-sample

For those who love cookery shows and romance; here is the perfect book –  I Love Your Cupcakes.

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Her latest book is the Novella Escaping Psychiatry. Beginnings.

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How far would a writer go for a killer story? This is the question psychiatrist Mary Miller must answer to solve the first mystery/thriller of her career. You can get to know the main characters of this psychological thriller series for FREE and test your own acumen and intuition in this novella about the price of ambition.

Dr Mary Miller is a young psychiatrist suffering a crisis of vocation. Her friend Phil, a criminalist lawyer working in New York, invites her to visit him and consult on the case of a writer accused of a serious assault. His victim had been harassing him and accusing him of stealing his story, which he’d transformed into a best-selling book. The author denies the allegation and claims it was self-defence. When the victim dies, things get complicated. The threshold between truth and fiction becomes blurred and secrets and lies unfold.

Escaping Psychiatry. Beginnings is the prequel to Escaping Psychiatry a volume collecting three stories where Mary and her psychiatric expertise are called to help in a variety of cases, from religious and race affairs, to the murder of a policeman, and in the last case she gets closer than ever to a serial killer.

If you enjoy this novella, don’t forget to check Mary’s further adventures. And there are more to come.

One of the reviews for the book

Recommended Psychological Mystery  By Diogenes on 28 Mar. 2016 Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase

Having read, and enjoyed, the author’s trilogy of stories featuring psychiatrist Mary Miller, I was very happy to see this prequel novella pop up on Amazon – and even more enthused to see it as free! (Who says there is no such thing as a free lunch?)

Anyway, Olga Nunez Miret is bang on form with this tale of the death of a ‘stalker’, where all is not as it seems. This is a great introduction to an empathetic protagonist. Grab a copy quickly before the author changes her mind about its pricing.

Recommended for those who like a good psychological mystery with some human foibles thrown in to keep things real.

Read for Free Escaping Psychiatry. Beginnings.
Amazon:  relinks.me/B01BDG102Q
Kobo: https://store.kobobooks.com/en-us/ebook/escaping-psychiatry-beginnings-prequel
Apple: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/id1080374488
Nook: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/escaping-psychiatry-beginnings-olga-n-ez-miret/1123346318?ean=2940152837902
Page Foundry: http://www.inktera.com/store/title/31c8e420-7a4f-4b36-91b1-fb7f9ee3909c
Scribd: https://www.scribd.com/book/297494413/Escaping-Psychiatry-Beginnings-Prequel

Now it is time to hand over to Olga to find out which of the questions she chose to answer including who she would like to have a conversation with from the past.

Welcome back to the blog Olga and who would you like to meet from the past who you would like to have a conversation with. What would you tell them about their behaviour that you admired or disapproved of?

There are quite a few people from the past I’d like to talk to. Definitely quite a few writers I’d like to ask questions to, or simply hang around with (I’m fascinated by Herman Melville, I love Louisa May Alcott…), but I finally decided I’d love to talk to Michelangelo.

When I was a child I lived with my parents and my grandparents in a street of Barcelona that has his name and I’ve always been a great admirer of his art. I recently visited Florence, and I’ve also been to Rome and it’s even better when you see it close up and personal. I’ve always been curious about the publicised bad relationship he had with Leonardo Da Vinci, but more than anything I’d like to tell him how much I admire his work and to ask him about his art and how he felt when he was creating it.

I understand that at the time he worked under patronage and had to work on the projects commissioned, but which ones were his favourites? Was there something he would have liked to work on but didn’t have time to or the opportunity to? I wonder what he would have done with the means we have today. From reading some of his letters I get the sense he would be an interesting and amusing person to meet.

What is your favourite all time television series?

This is a difficult question as I’ve loved many at different times in my life, and it might depend on what mood you catch me when you ask me, but Brideshead Revisited http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0083390/  comes to mind.

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I loved the Granada Television series when I saw it in Spain (I think I was 16 or 17), and I remember talking to all my friends about it. I read the Evelyn Waugh’s novel later on, and it’s a beautiful and compelling story, complex, with characters who struggle with their identities, their feelings and their place in society.

The series has a cast to die for (Jeremy Irons in the first big role I ever saw him in, but also Sir Laurence Olivier, Sir John Gielgud, Claire Bloom, Anthony Andrews…), the settings are gorgeous too. Oxford looks so beautiful, they visit Venice early on in the story, and Castle Howard, the Brideshead of the title, is such a wonderful place.

I remember at the time I recorded the episodes in a VHS video and went through the titles to find out where it was (no Google then) and decided I would visit it. And I have done so quite a few times. It’s a great place – http://www.castlehoward.co.uk/ – I’ve since watched a more recent movie version that I thought wasn’t bad, but can’t really compare to the original. I’ve recommended it to a few people who’d never watched it at the time and everybody has enjoyed it. So if anybody hasn’t watched it yet, go for it.

In your lifetime what event or invention has most impacted your own life or work?

I guess I had to say computers. I know they were invented before I was born (yes, I’m old but not quite that old) but the personal computer and its expansion has definitely made a big difference to all of our lives. I remember my mother wanted to buy me an electrical typewriter for one of my birthdays when I was 16 or 17 and I told her to hold on because I had the feeling that it would be better to wait and see what computers could do as typewriters might be on the out.

I remember going to a course on how to use computers in the office many years back and being told about ‘Windows’ that was going to revolutionise everything. Were they right or what? Of course it hasn’t only changed the experience of writing, but I remember the process of typing something, making a mistake and having to go through the whole piece or page again, correcting was a very slow process, checking facts or doubts meant having to find books on the subject, visiting libraries or finding people prepared to talk to you about it. And locations, places…

What is the one big adventure that you would like to experience?

I’ve talked about wanting to visit Alaska, but I guess I’d like to experience living doing something completely different for a while. Recently I found a site – https://www.helpx.net/index.asp – where you offer to help in exchange for food and accommodation, and you work in hostels, farms, help with animals… Some of the stays are short, some can be quite long, and they have offerings for very different parts of the world.

I suspect I might be a bit too old for it, but I think it could be a great experience and offer plenty of new material for quite a few books. I also read a book about a woman who goes to a Buddhist convent in China that made me wonder how that would be like.

With regards to new projects, I’ve just published the prequel to my series Escaping Psychiatry which you will find links to in the introduction. This is available free to offer people a taster of the main characters and see if they’d be interested in reading the rest of the series. I finished writing the draft of the next instalment in the same series (that for the moment is going by the title of Escaping Psychiatry. The case of the swapped bodies) but I’m letting it rest for a while and I suspect the process of editing and translating will take me a while.

I’m also wondering about writing a non-fiction book about my experience as a woman living on my own (I’ve started putting a few ideas together, but it’s only the bud of an idea). I’m refreshing my blog and I’m planning on promoting my translation services by offering a lucky author a major discount (in exchange for signing up to my new translation matters newsletter). If everything goes according to plan that will be next month.

Oh, and I almost forgot a reminder about the audio book Family, Lust and Cameras  which has been released on audio. Only 1:30 hours, so if anybody fancies listening to a pretty dark suspenseful revenge story…

Thanks so much for inviting me to blah, blah, about myself, and thanks to your readers for their patience.

My thanks to Olga for an interesting choice of questions and I think that if she does head off to Alaska we can expect some great posts about the adventure.

Here are links to buy all of Olga’s books and she has a number of selling sites to suit your requirements.. Also the various social media platforms that you can connect on.

Links and contact

Subscribe to my newsletter: English: http://eepurl.com/bAUc0v
Website: http://www.OlgaNM.com
Amazon author page: http://www.amazon.com/Olga-Núñez-Miret/e/B009UC58G0
Twitter  https://twitter.com/OlgaNM7
Blog:  http://www.authortranslatorolga.com
Facebook: http://OlgaNM.wordpress.com
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Thanks for dropping in today and we would both appreciate your sharing the Open House on your own blog and social media. Enjoy the rest of the day.. Sally

 

New Book In Series – Resolution – Huck Finn’s Greatest Adventure by Andrew Joyce


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Today the featured book is Resolution – Huck Finn’s Greatest Adventure – the latest book by Andrew Joyce.

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It is 1896 in the Yukon Territory, Canada. The largest gold strike in the annals of human history has just been made; however, word of the discovery will not reach the outside world for another year.

By happenstance, a fifty-nine-year-old Huck Finn and his lady friend, Molly Lee, are on hand, but they are not interested in gold. They have come to that neck of the woods seeking adventure.

Someone should have warned them, “Be careful what you wish for.”

When disaster strikes, they volunteer to save the day by making an arduous six hundred mile journey by dog sled in the depths of a Yukon winter. They race against time, nature, and man. With the temperature hovering around seventy degrees below zero, they must fight every day if they are to live to see the next.

On the frozen trail, they are put upon by murderers, hungry wolves, and hostile Indians, but those adversaries have nothing over the weather. At seventy below, your spit freezes a foot from your face. Your cheeks burn—your skin turns purple and black as it dies from the cold. You are in constant danger of losing fingers and toes to frostbite.

It is into this world that Huck and Molly race.

They cannot stop. They cannot turn back. They can only go on. Lives hang in the balance – including theirs.

Buy the book 

Amazon     Smashwords      Barnes & Noble     Kobo     iTunes

Other books in the series  by Andrew Joyce and what the readers are saying.

51wekGJV+4L._UY250_Twice Read, Twice The Fun  By Susan L. Jones-Savka on May 1, 2015 Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Stayed up all night last night reading Redemption for a second time. I finished Molly Lee recently and went back to Redemption only intending to clarify a few points between the two stories that I might have missed during the first run. I say run because that is what I find myself doing when the story gets exciting or tense, running through the passages, eager to discover how the situation is resolved or what possibly could happen next. And finding nuances that I might have overlooked during the first reading of the story is always a plus..

Needless to say, I had as much satisfaction from the story on the second time around as from the first time.

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I have waited for this book for so long! After reading the author’s first book, Redemption: The further adventures of Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn, which took me back to the adventurous 19th-century life of the two Mark Twain characters, I couldn’t wait to read another great adventure by Mr. Andrew Joyce. I was surprised it was a woman’s adventure, but he proved he could do that amazingly well! Molly, at the beginning of the story, is a naive 18-year-old youngster growing into such a brave woman who has to go through a lot more than I was expecting.

It really was exciting reading and, as in his first book, I loved how fiction is intertwined with history. The reader gets to experience the way life was in those days. This is a great book, and I so wish my German friends knew enough English to be able to read it. Unfortunately, they will have to wait for a German edition.

I hope I won’t have to wait another two years for the sequel announced in the epilogue!
I purchased the book through Amazon Germany.

About the author

Andrew

Andrew Joyce left high school at seventeen to hitchhike throughout the US, Canada, and Mexico. He wouldn’t return from his journey until decades later when he decided to become a writer. Joyce has written four books, including a two-volume collection of one hundred and forty short stories comprised of his hitching adventures called BEDTIME STORIES FOR GROWN-UPS (as yet unpublished), and his latest novel, RESOLUTION. He now lives aboard a boat in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, with his dog, Danny, where he is busy working on his next book, YELLOW HAIR.

Connect with Andrew

Website      Andrew’s Blog      Andrew on Facebook        Twitter

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What’s In A Name – Beatrix – Short Story


Today the story is about a woman called Beatrix. It is a Latin name and means Bringer of Joy. Sometimes we choose our own name for one reason or another. It can be a facade to hide behind.

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What’s In A Name – Beatrix – Bringer of Joy

Beatrix De Carlo took her final bow before the audience that filled the theatre to capacity. There had been four curtain calls; as those who had watched her last performance of this critically acclaimed production, showed their appreciation and adoration.

Beatrix remained in character, gently smiling and waving her arm regally at both cast members and audience in turn. Her silver hair shone in the stage lighting and the fake diamonds around her neck sparkled as if to deny their false nature.

Finally, the curtain came down for the last time and members of the cast rushed forward to clasp her hands and utter niceties to her. One after another they politely offered their thanks before heading off to embrace their fellow cast members. Beatrix could hear them making arrangements to meet up for drinks in the pub around the corner.

‘So privileged to have worked with you Miss De Carlo,’ whispered the leading man whose breath smelt of mints. She smiled graciously and disengaged herself from his sweaty hands. ‘You too Gerald and please give my regards to your lovely wife.’ Discouraged the elderly actor turned and sauntered across the stage intent on joining the younger generation for last orders.

She glided away through the stage crew as they cleared the set and made her way to her dressing room.

She closed the door behind her and looked at the cluttered space. Two costume changes lay untidily across the sofa and armchair and instead of the usual welcoming tray of sparkling mineral water and chocolate digestive biscuits; there was a dirty coffee mug containing bitter dregs. She leaned back against the door and closed her eyes wearily. How she missed Mabel.

The theatre management had offered the services of one of their experienced dressers for this last performance, but that would have been unacceptable. Mabel was the only person who knew exactly what Beatrix needed and had been by her side for the last fifteen years without missing a single performance. She moved towards the dressing table and sat on the velour stool and looked at herself in the mirror.

Removing her bouffant silver wig, she placed it carefully on the foam model head beside her. She then began the painstaking task of removing the make-up that had transformed her into a seventy year old dowager queen. Finally she was bare faced and viewed her reflection. Having removed one face she must now apply another.

As she slipped her arms into her leather coat and patted her platinum blonde hair into place there was a knock on the door.

‘Miss De Carlo, it’s Jack Johnson can I come in for a moment?’

Beatrix went across and opened the door for the theatre director and smiled at him.

‘Hello Jack,’ she laid a hand on his arm. ‘I hope you were happy with the final performance this evening?’

He stepped into the dressing room and took in its untidy appearance.

‘Sorry to hear about Mabel,’ he perched on the back of the armchair. ‘Spraining her ankle like that was a great shame but I’m sure she will be back on her feet again very soon.’

Seeing that Beatrix was ready to leave, Jack escorted her to the stage door where she signed out for the last time. She slipped Tony the porter an envelope and he winked back at her in thanks. Leaving the two men behind she walked into the cold night air and slipped into the back seat of the waiting taxi.

For a moment Jack stood with his hands in his trouser pockets before turning to Tony. ‘She really is an amazing woman isn’t she,’ He paused for a moment and shook his head. ‘It is hard to believe that she has stayed at the top of her game for the last forty years.’ Tony nodded his head in silent agreement as he slipped the envelope into his pocket.

The taxi driver opened the back door of his cab and assisted the elegant middle aged woman onto the slick pavement. She paid the fare and tipped him generously with a gracious smile. She let herself into the luxury mews cottage where she had lived for the last seventeen years. Carefully she closed the door behind her and let out a sigh of relief.

She could see that there was a light still on in the living-room and she popped her head in and viewed the occupant.

Hi mum,’ she smiled at the woman with her foot up on a stool in front of her armchair. ‘Can I get you anything before I get out of this clobber?

‘No Brenda love, clean that muck off your face and get into your PJs,’ she smiled at her daughter mischievously. ‘I want to hear all about the last night, I was so gutted to have missed it.’

Ten minutes later her daughter sat on the sofa with her bare feet up on the coffee table… Her auburn hair in a short bob framed her youthful face and she held the cup of hot chocolate between her clasped fingers.

The two generations of the acting legend known as Beatrix De Carlo then shared the glory of the latest triumphant performance.

©sallygeorginacronin 2015

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