Smorgasbord Blogger Daily – Monday November 18th 2019 -#Afghanistan Mary Smith, #WIP Jacqui Murray, #BookMarketing Nicholas Rossis with Kurt Walker


The first post is another of Mary Smith’s adventures in Afghanistan when working in a leprosy clinic far from civilisation but very close to local dangers.. This is the 9th post in the series and I can recommend that you check the links to catch up with those you have missed.

MarySmith’sPlace – Afghan adventures #9

One night, only minutes after I’d turned off my lamp, the usual silence was shattered by the sound of firing. This wasn’t the normal reminder from Hisb-i-Islami on their mountain, to which we had long since become accustomed. This was very much louder and uncomfortably close to home. For a brief moment I considered it might be to announce the birth of a son – proud fathers were often given to firing off volleys from their Kalashnikovs on such occasions. The sound of rockets, seemingly directly overhead soon put paid to the idea that this was a celebration.

In the dark I groped for my glasses, wrapped my chaddar securely about me, then, feeling my preparations for any eventuality were somewhat inadequate, but not knowing what else to do, I crouched on the mattress. I expected Hussain to appear to reassure me, to tell me what was going on – but he didn’t appear. And I was certainly not going looking for him. After what seemed like hours everything went quiet. In the sudden silence I could hear my heart thudding – a phenomenon I’d never experienced before.

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Head over to find out what was going bump in the night….Mary Smith’s Afghan Adventures #9

Mary Smith, Buy: Amazon US
Website: Mary SmithGoodreads: Goodreads

Please visit Amazon or Mary’s website to view all her books.

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Now time to catch up with Jacqui Murray who is deep in the past as she develops the third book in the Crossroads Trilogy.. I loved the previous two books and very excited to read the third when available.

How I’m Doing on Against All Odds–2

How I’m Doing on Against All Odds–2

When I started the final book of my Crossroads trilogy, I had no idea how to wrap things up. I spent many days–weeks–researching the Iberian Peninsula (where my main character Xhosa now lived with her People) 850,000 years ago, hoping if I drenched myself in the setting, I’d understand the challenges my people faced.

It worked. The land–I found out–was not just challenging and primeval but life-threatening in ways I’d never imagined. What I envisioned as a peaceful settling of Xhosa and her People into their new life wasn’t. Not even close.

Here’s what I have done the past month: Jacqui Murray – How I’m Doing

Jacqui Murray, Buy: Amazon US Website:Worddreams BlogGoodreads: Goodreads Jacqui Murray

The next post is on the blog of Nicholas Rossis from guest Kurt Walker… on 9 Free ways to market your book.

9 Ways To Market Your Book With No Money

This is a guest post by Kurt Walker. Kurt is a digital marketer and a college paper help writer at Easyessay.org. Besides that, Kurt is a guest blogger at AustralianWritings, UK.bestessays.com, and Superior Paper writing service. Kurt specializes in email and social media marketing. He is the father of three kids and a passionate New York Knicks fan.

Books | From the blog of Nicholas C. Rossis, author of science fiction, the Pearseus epic fantasy series and children's books

While publishing has never been easier, selling one has never been harder, especially for independent authors who have to rely on their own skills and professional networks. A report claims that 2.2 million new titles are published worldwide each year, so you definitely have a lot of competitors to deal with.

The situation gets even more difficult for authors who want to promote their works on a shoestring budget. It’s a very tricky situation, but don’t fall into despair. Remember that the year is 2019 and you can count on so many channels of promotion that won’t cost a thing.

So, what are the most practical ways authors can market a book with no money whatsoever?

Head over to find out: Nicholas Rossis – 9 Ways to Market your Book with no money

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Please visit Amazon or Nicholas’s website to view all his books.

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Thank you for dropping in today and I hope that you will head over to read the posts in full…thanks Sally

Smorgasbord Blogger Daily – Monday 14th October – Nicholas Rossis #Bookblurb – Charles F. French with Robbie Cheadle #1984 and Susannah Leonard Hill #Halloween Children’s story competition.


This series is an opportunity to showcase posts from around our community and the brilliant bloggers who share with us. It would be amazing if you would follow the links to the post I have highlighted and whilst visiting follow and support the blogger.

The first post today comes from Nicholas Rossis who has a wonderful archive of posts about writing, publishing, blogging and software. Nicholas hosts guest Ashley Halsey, writing about the importance of having an effective blurb for your book.

 

This is a guest post by Ashley Halsey. Ashely is a professional writer at Luckyassignments.com and Gumessays.com and is also involved in several nation-wide projects. A mother of two, she enjoys reading, traveling, and attending business training courses!

Today, she tackles one of the most annoying things about being an author: writing the blurbs to your books! I have shared some nice tips on writing blurbs in the past, but the whole subject still seems to be a nightmare for most authors, so I hope you’ll get inspired by her tips.

Top Tips on Writing a Book Blurb That Really Sells

They say not to judge a book by its cover – but let’s be honest, we all do exactly that. The cover and blurb are crucial in drawing in potential readers, sparking their interest and, in many cases, can be the difference between a sale and a missed opportunity. Bearing this in mind, hook your reader from the start with a blurb that sells!

Head over and read the rest of this post for all authors to ensure that our books stand out from the crowd: https://nicholasrossis.me/2019/10/11/top-tips-on-writing-a-book-blurb-that-really-sells

Nicholas Rossis, Buy: http://www.amazon.com/Nicholas-C.-Rossis/e/B00FXXIBZA
Blog:http://nicholasrossis.me/ Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7426506.Nicholas_C_Rossis

Please visit Amazon or Nicholas’s website to view all his books.

The next post on from the blog of author Charles F. French, whose guest is a familiar face over here.. Robbie Cheadle, with her debut post for the Underground Library Society dedicated to opposing book censorship and book banning.. Robbie explores the futuristic and frighteningly prophetic 1984 by George Orwell.

Underground Library Society

Thank you to Robbie Cheadle for her post on 1984 by George Orwell. With this entry, Robbie has joined the U. L. s., the Underground Library Society, dedicated to opposing book censorship and book banning. Please visit her blog Robbie’s inspiration .

If a society similar to that depicted in Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury were to somehow come into existence and all books were banned, I would want to be part of any group involved in preserving books. If that meant learning a book off by heart, I would be prepared to do that. The big question for me would be what book to choose.

Out of all the wonderful and amazing books out there, my choice is 1984 by George Orwell. My over view of this book and my reasons as to why I believe it is still relevant to us are as follows:

1984 is a dystopian novel that was written years ago to portray a possible future for mankind as envisaged by the author in 1949. Why would anyone want to read this book now? 1984 passed more than thirty years ago so why would this book still be a worthwhile read today? The answer is that the content and ideas presented in this book are still relevant and it portrays a future that is still a possible outcome for humanity if the threats to our existing lifestyles and our planet are not resolved and harsh totalitarian measures need to be introduced as a last desperate measure to save our world. The threat of world destruction using nuclear weapons is much less likely now than in 1949, but modern people merely face new threats and obstacles which are also of our own creation.

Head over to read the rest of this fascinating post by Robbie Cheadle: https://charlesfrenchonwordsreadingandwriting.wordpress.com/2019/10/07/a-new-u-l-s-member-and-a-post-on-1984-by-george-orwell/

About Charles F. French
I am a writer, novelist, and a professor of English Literature. I live in Pennsylvania. I am a devoted lover of nature, including hiking and fishing. I love reading, movies, cooking, and eating. I enjoy comic books and superheros as well as horror novels and movies.

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Charles-F-French/e/B01M5BZZ6BGoodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/15997896.Charles_F_FrenchBlog: https://charlesfrenchonwordsreadingandwriting.wordpress.com

Robbie and Michael Cheadle, Buy: https://www.amazon.com/Robbie-Cheadle/e/B01N9J62GQ Blog: https://robbiesinspiration.wordpress.com/Goodreads: Robbie Goodreads

Head over to Amazon to find all of Robbie’s books

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And the last post today is news of a Halloween children’s story competition from author Susanna Leonard Hill.

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It was a dark and stormy night!

Ghostly shadows lurked among the grave stones…

…and from the mist-shrouded forest a ghastly voice shrieked, “BOO!!!!”

Please ignore the fact that it’s morning and the kitchen smells comfortingly of fresh coffee and toast with strawberry jam and the only sound is your preschooler singing the alphabet song. We’re setting a mood here! 🙂

And I bet you can guess why!

Because it’s time to announce the rules for. . . The 9TH Annual HALLOWEENSIE CONTEST!!!

Head over to get the full submission details: https://susannahill.com/2019/10/10/boo-announcing-the-9th-annual-halloweensie-writing-contest/

About Susannah Leonard Hill

Susanna Leonard Hill grew up in New York City with her mom and dad, one sister and two brothers, and an assortment of cats. She went to the Brearley School for K – 12, then received her B.A. in English and Psychology from Middlebury College. She then went on to get her M.A. and M.Ed. in Counseling Psychology and Special Education of Children With Learning Disabilities from Teacher’s College, Columbia University.

She worked for many years teaching dyslexic students, but stopped after her third child was born. Now she spends her time being a mom, writing, teaching writing, and visiting schools whenever she gets the opportunity.

Susannah is the author of twenty children’s books and you can find them all on Amazon.

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Susanna-Leonard-Hill/e/B001JS4H3I/Blog: https://susannahill.com/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/susanna.hill.7

Thank you for dropping in today and I hope you will head over to enjoy the posts in full.. thanks Sally.

Smorgasbord Posts from Your Archives – #Potluck -#Book Review My Kyrosmagica Review of Nicholas Rossis’s Runaway Smile by M.J. Mallon


Welcome to the series of Posts from Your Archives, where bloggers put their trust in me. In this series, I dive into a blogger’s archives and select four posts to share here to my audience.

If you would like to know how it works here is the original post: https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/04/28/smorgasbord-posts-from-your-archives-newseries-pot-luck-and-do-you-trust-me/

This is the third post from author Marjorie Mallon (M.J Mallon) and this week I have selected one of the over 100 book reviews in her archives from 2015. This book is by another author in the Cafe and Bookstore Nicholas Rossis.. for Runaway Smile.

My Kyrosmagica Review of Nicholas Rossis’s Runaway Smile by M.J. Mallon

Goodreads Synopsis:

“I woke up this morning and I had lost my smile and it wasn’t my fault and I looked everywhere and it was gone. Then I met a workman and a king and the best salesman in the world and a clown and no-one wanted to give me theirs. At school, I asked Miss to give me hers, but she gave us a pop quiz instead, and then no-one was smiling and…”

A little boy wakes up in the morning and realizes he has lost his smile. After spending the entire day trying to find it, he learns the truth behind smiles: the only real smiles are the shared ones.

My review:

The title to this children’s book really intrigued me, Runaway Smile. How can a smile runaway? Nicholas did make this little boys smile runaway, but thankfully he returned it to him in the end!

It is a wonderful children’s book, an enthralling and heartwarming journey to search for one little boy’s lost smile. Nicholas introduces us to a whole host of eccentric characters. (What an imagination, Nicholas!!) The boy’s dog wears glasses, smokes a pipe, and drives a car but has lost his sense of smell, there’s a closet monster who eats all of the boy’s clothes, and even a bunch of surf boarding ants!

In his quest to find his smile the little boy talks to a bunch of characters who just can’t help him. There’s a workman walking his goldfish in a bowl on a small cart! Hey, I see this everyday too. Just regular workman kind of activity! A king with a wide smile. A salesman with an even wider one, and a clown with a painted on smile. I particularly liked the character of the salesman whose smile disappears, and ages, when he realises that he can’t sell the boy anything. “The salesman took a mirror from his pocket and stared at his image. All of a sudden he looked very old and tired, and the boy wondered how he could have missed the thinning hair, deep wrinkles, and expanding waistline.” That one’s for my husband he’s worked in Sales all his life and well let’s just say it’s tough. Being a Sales Manager, isn’t all it’s cracked up to be!

I’m digressing here a bit. In desperation, the boy turns to his teacher hoping that she will be able to help him. But she doesn’t think that a classroom is the right place to keep a smile! So, by the time he gets home to his mum he is in tears and has given up hope of finding his smile. But of course his mother is the only person that can help him, because the only true smile that exists is a genuine one straight from the heart. The final reflection that greets the boy is not a false one like the salesman’s reflection. “The boys eyes opened wide. He ran to the mirror to check his reflection. She was right! A wide smile had finally appeared on his face!”

The secret to keeping his smile is to share it with those he loved. Absolutely. That’s the secret.

“She tussled his hair. Anything you give with love, multiplies. No-one can take it from you then.”

So the boy promptly goes off to share his smile with his dog. Of course!

The book finishes with a lovely Ode to a runaway smile.

So, definitely recommended, a very sweet book and lovely illustrations too.

My rating:

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Nicolas C. Rossis From his About page on WordPress:

I was born in 1970 in Athens, Greece. I love books and write fantasy, children’s books and science fiction. Except for my books, I have had numerous science fiction short stories published in Greek magazines and in an anthology.

I hold a doctorate in digital architecture from the University of Edinburgh, where I lived for a number of years before returning to Athens, where I currently live with my wife, dog and two very silly cats, one of whom is purring on my lap as I type these lines.

Runaway Smile is his first children’s book. Mad Water, the third book in his epic fantasy series, Pearseus, was published in July 2014. He has also published The Power of Six, a collection of short sci-fi stories.

Authors Website: http://nicholasrossis.me/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/NicholasCRossis
Free book for those following Nicholas’s Blog: http://nicholasrossis.me/2014/12/07/my-first-childrens-book-runaway-smile/

Illustrator: Dimitris Fousekis

Dimitri Fouseki, is an artist of Greek origin who makes innovative illustrations. Since 2003 he has successfully focused on illustrating mainly children’s books. He already has numerous publications in Greece in this field (nine so far, with a number of further publications pending). Since 2010, Dimitri has been living on the beautiful island of Hydra, where he teaches art and works on his first major exhibition as a painter, when not illustrating.

Website: http://www.dimitrisfousekis.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/dimifous/

© M. J. Mallon 2015

Have you read Runaway Smile? Please comment below Marjorie would love to hear from you, it certainly would put a smile on her face…

 

About Marjorie Mallon

I am a debut author who has been blogging for many moons: https://mjmallon.com. My interests include writing, photography, poetry, and alternative therapies. I write Fantasy YA, and middle grade fiction as well as micropoetry – haiku and tanka. I love to read and have written over 100 Book Reviews

My alter ego is MJ – Mary Jane from Spiderman. I love superheros! I was born on the 17th of November in Lion City: Singapore, (a passionate Scorpio, with the Chinese Zodiac sign a lucky rabbit. I grew up in a mountainous court in the Peak District in Hong Kong.

As a teenager I travelled to many far-flung destinations. It’s rumoured that I now live in the Venice of Cambridge, with my six foot hunk of a Rock God husband, and my two enchanted daughters.

When I’m not writing, I eat exotic delicacies while belly dancing, or surf to the far reaches of the moon. To chill out, I practise Tai Chi. If the mood takes me I snorkel with mermaids, or sign up for idyllic holidays with the Chinese Unicorn, whose magnificent voice sings like a thousand wind chimes.

About The Curse of Time

On Amelina Scott’s thirteenth birthday, her father disappears under mysterious circumstances. Saddened by this traumatic event, she pieces together details of a curse that has stricken the heart and soul of her family.

Amelina longs for someone to confide in. Her once carefree mother has become angry and despondent. One day a strange black cat and a young girl, named Esme appear. Immediately, Esme becomes the sister Amelina never had. The only catch is that Esme must remain a prisoner, living within the mirrors of Amelina’s house.

Dreams and a puzzling invitation convince Amelina the answer to her family’s troubles lies within the walls of the illusive Crystal Cottage. Undaunted by her mother’s warnings, Amelina searches for the cottage on an isolated Cambridgeshire pathway where she encounters a charismatic young man, named Ryder. At the right moment, he steps out of the shadows, rescuing her from the unwanted attention of two male troublemakers.

With the help of an enchanted paint set, Amelina meets the eccentric owner of the cottage, Leanne, who instructs her in the art of crystal magic. In time, she earns the right to use three wizard stones. The first awakens her spirit to discover a time of legends, and later, leads her to the Bloodstone, the supreme cleansing crystal which has the power to restore the balance of time. Will Amelina find the power to set her family free?

A YA/middle grade fantasy set in Cambridge, England exploring various themes/aspects: Light, darkness, time, shadows, a curse, magic, deception, crystals, art, poetry, friendships, teen relationships, eating disorders, self-harm, anxiety, depression, family, puzzles, mystery, a black cat, music, a mix of sadness, counterbalanced by a touch of humour.

One of the recent reviews for the book

Forget your vampires and the dystopian future worlds, where you have to do some strange stuff for an undisclosed reason, I prefer a story that starts from a known place. You can get as weird as you like but please, make it a logical progression, not just the lazy ‘we’re in the future; civilisation as we know it is dead, this (insert some random game or test) is what happens these days, for no apparent reason’, sort of premise.

So, we meet Amelina, she’s just your standard teenage girl, I had three daughters; I get the comparison. And she’s a very well written character, as they all are. A little family weirdness, parents who have changed, from her perspective at the start it’s hard to see why. There’s a black cat who appears and a girl trapped in the mirrors in the house. And the obligatory interesting relative.

Then we come to her peers, a wannabee rock band and the strange guy called Ryder, who saves her from a couple of potentially dangerous boys. As the story develops, we see him in different shades, is he a good guy or not?

It turns out that Amelina may have the solution to all the problems that seem to beset her family. It’s all to do with crystals and gaining the knowledge to use them.

The story never falters, set around Cambridge and its landmarks, we follow Amelina’s journey as she seeks to uncover the reason for her father’s disappearance, why is he so different now that he’s back? Surely, this must also hold the key to her mother’s behaviour, explain why she’s so uptight and unwilling to talk about anything.

She must learn to use the power that she discovers she has; while dealing with all the other things that your average teenager has going on. The narrative is well thought out and we can see the development of Amelina as we are pulled by the strength of the writing towards the final pages.

All the characters are all well drawn and fit together perfectly. The things that Amelina finds and uses, from her paints to her drums are well thought out and well described. There’s a bit of fantasy, as well as some beautifully written dream sequences.

The overall world-building creates a wonderful, spiritual atmosphere. There’s a bit of poetry at the start of every chapter, a nice touch which leads us into the action. The story bravely tackles issues of mental health and self-harm, but in such a sensitive way that it can only help improve understanding.

Overall, I enjoyed the book, it resonated on so many levels, I understand a sequel is in progress, that will be on my list.

Read the reviews and buy the book: https://www.amazon.co.uk/M-J-Mallon/e/B074CGNK4L

And on Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/M-J-Mallon/e/B074CGNK4L

Find more reviews and follow M.J. Mallon on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/17064826.M_J_Mallon

Connect to Marjorie

Website/Blog: https://mjmallon.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/marjorie.mallon
Facebook: Authors/Bloggers Rainbow Support Club
Twitter: https://twitter.com/Marjorie_Mallon

My thanks to Marjorie for allowing me access to her wonderful archives and I hope you will head over and explore more for yourself. Thanks Sally.

 

Smorgasbord Christmas Posts from Your Archives – Merry Christmas and Season’s Greeings from Nicholas Rossis


Nicholas Rossis has delved into his archives and come up with a quiz of a different kind.. There are a number of story boards below that relate to a particular Christmas Story.. There are no prizes but you can show off if you like in the comments to let us know how many you got… and you can give yourself a pat on the back…Over to Nicholas and Season’s Greetings!

Season Greetings | From the blog of Nicholas C. Rossis, author of science fiction, the Pearseus epic fantasy series and children's books

#UnplagChallenge | From the blog of Nicholas C. Rossis, author of science fiction, the Pearseus epic fantasy series and children's books

I managed to get four right (dreadful)… Both Nicholas and I would love to hear how many you managed to get..

©Nicholas Rossis 2015.

Nicholas has been watching Christmas videos with his baby daughter and has chosen this one for all of you who are young at heart out there.

I have selected Runaway Smile by Nicholas to feature as being a book that would brighten anyone’s Christmas.

About Runaway Smile

Where do smiles come from? And where can you find a new one if you have lost yours?

Winner of the Gelett Burgess Children’s Book Award, in the Young Adult Fiction category. Award-Winning Finalist in the “Children’s Fiction” category of the 2015
International Book Awards, Award-Winning Finalist in the 2015 Independent Author Network Book of the Year Awards.

“I woke up this morning and I had lost my smile and it wasn’t my fault and I looked everywhere and it was gone. Then I met a workman and a king and the best salesman in the world and a clown and no-one wanted to give me theirs. At school, I asked Miss to give me hers, but she gave us a pop quiz instead, and then no-one was smiling and...”

A little boy’s smile runs away until its owner learns that an unshared smile is a wasted smile.

One of excellent reviews for the book

A young boy wakes up to find his smile has run away. Where could it have gone? And how will he get it back?

This is such a lovely story which made me both smile and laugh at some of what happens. The story follows the boy who wakes to find he has lost his smile. On his journey to school and back home he meets lots of interesting characters who are smiling and asks them to help him. I won’t give away more of the story as it will spoil it, but there is a lovely heartwarming ending to the tale and it certainly brought a smile to my face as I read it.

The story is fun and actually made me laugh with some of the silliness, such a as book-reading, glasses-wearing dog, a sausage tree and the closet monster which was very funny. I love reading stories that are a bit weird like that and it just added to the humour. There are fun illustrations throughout the book and surrounding the text. These illustrations look like the one on the cover and are the same style, and by the same illustrator, as ones I’ve seem in ‘Musiville’ another lovely kids tale by Rossis and they just add to the overall fun and humour of the story.
There’s an extra bonus bit at the back of the book which was also a fun addition to the story, an Ode to a runaway smile!

The ending of the story is one that I really loved and it’s a predictably happy book but I think so many kids and adults would love to read this. I was feeling quite down the day I read this and it put an instant smile on my face and cheered me up and I didn’t think any book could. I was so cheered up I read it again and enjoyed it even more. A lovely book I really recommend to everyone of every age!

Read the reviews and buy the book: https://www.amazon.com/Runaway-Smile-unshared-smile-wasted/dp/150534310

And Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Runaway-Smile-unshared-smile-wasted/dp/150534310

A small selection of other books by Nicholas Rossis.. some of which are available in box sets.

Read the reviews and buy all the books: https://www.amazon.com/Nicholas-C.-Rossis/e/B00FXXIBZA

And Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Nicholas-C.-Rossis/e/B00FXXIBZA/

Read more reviews and follow Nicholas on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7426506.Nicholas_C_Rossis

About Nicholas Rossis

Nicholas C. Rossis lives to write and does so from his cottage on the edge of a magical forest in Athens, Greece. When not composing epic fantasies or short sci-fi stories, he chats with fans and colleagues, writes blog posts, and enjoys the antics of two silly cats and his baby daughter, all of whom claim his lap as home. His books have won numerous awards, including the Gelett Burgess Children’s Book Award.

In addition to his best-selling series, Pearseus, he writes short science fiction/speculative fiction stories, many of which have appeared in various collections and anthologies. These include Infinite Waters, which was voted one of the best 50 Indie books of 2015.

Connect to Nicholas.

Blog: http://nicholasrossis.me/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/Nicholas_Rossis
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/nicholas.rossis

Thanks to Nicholas for sharing this quiz with us and don’t forget to add your answers to the comments. thanks Sally

Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore Author Update – Deborah A. Bowman, Gigi Sedlmayer and Nicholas Rossis


Welcome to the first of the Cafe & Bookstore updates this week. If you are an author in the bookstore then please let me know when you have a new release or would like to share a great review…or if your book is on offer. All the details for the promotions are in this link.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore/

The first featured author is Deborah A. Bowman with her book Annie’s Story, Blessed with a Gift, released in January 2017.

About Annie’s Story, Blessed with a Gift

“Annie’s Story, Blessed With A Gift” is based on life in Colonial Massachusetts from 1630 to 1648. Annie’s message is timeless and her shining spirit reveals that “History Does Repeat Itself” with the treatment, abuse, labeling, and bullying of women, children, and individuals with special needs. In Annie’s lifetime, babies born with birth defects and their mothers were banished or put to death—their names cleansed from all church and legal records. Yet, have perceptions changed all that much? Have they changed enough? The answer is a resounding, “No!”

Annie came to me in an age regression that somehow slipped into a past-life regression by an Instructor of The National Guild of Hypnotists. Instead of returning to my childhood—WHAM! like hitting a brick wall—I was in someone else’s body, crushed in a pitch black hole, surrounded by wood and earth. This is how I met Annie; or rather I should say, I became Annie.

The Colonists laughed at Annie’s dwarfed appearance and sluggish way of talking. My conscious mind of the 21st century, however, realized that Annie was mentally slow, stunted in growth, and lacking in social and emotional development. I also knew she was innocent and childlike as well as an incredible telepathic savant, blessed with a gift from the Spiritual Universe. Hence, began a quest that has spanned years. I made amazing discoveries about a time in American history that many generations have tried to eradicate or conceal as was done with the Witch Hysteria of 1692-93, nearly half-a-century “after” Annie lived. This story of love and faith, coupled with the inequality of different people—now called “special” people—begs to be told. “Annie’s Story” is about an unusual child growing up in Colonial America, who is “Blessed With A Gift.”

A recent review for Annie’s Story.

I read this book a couple of months ago. It is the story of a little girl who was born in the 17th century in North Eastern United States, a time of trouble, war, fury, cold, hunger, suffering, sorrow and a lot of joy too. The little girl seemed to be immune to most of the negative human emotions that trouble human beings. She was brought up lovingly and with care by her grandma, she having lost her parents as she was born. But having been blessed with a sixth sense and the ability to perceive things which are not in the dimensions we human beings know, she was far advanced for her age, time and space. She was well versed in native medicine as was her grandma.

Times were hard but Annie, the little girl grew up as a Blythe spirit. She was physically handicapped but mentally she had the development of people far beyond other human beings. In addition she could speak to animals and nature.

This story is about love, and hope and courage and survival.

It gives us hope that in spite of all ills and disabilities, man can still live and live well. Dorothy Bowman the writer writes in a clear language and has done her research into the time period well. She has tried to use the language of the times and that increases the authenticity of the content.

Buy the book: https://www.amazon.com/Annies-Story-Blessed-Deborah-Bowman-ebook/dp/B01N9NRYMU

Also by Deborah A. Bowman

Read the reviews and buy the books: https://www.amazon.com/Deborah-Bowman/e/B00MDD6QMS

Connect to Deborah via her blog: https://www.bowmanauthor.com

My next update is for Gigi Sedlymayer and her series Talon. All the books have received terrific reviews but Talon, Connected has had two excellent ones in the last couple of weeks.

About Talon, Connected.

Talon, Connected, the fourth book inthe Talon series. In this book you’ll find Matica feels more mature andresponsible. She also begins to understand the idea of getting older andpassing away. This is a great story of love, trust and how families and groupsare connected.

The characters of Talon, Tamo andTima are recognized as being members of the family, they are all connected, asElcano, the elder of the village said just before he died. They are remarkablebirds. Crayn, for one, admits the birds saved his life.

Two of the most recent reviews for Connected.

When Matica’s Dad Crayn is gravely injured by a large spider that bites him twice, the Condors come to the rescue. They bring him the mysterious healing leaves which save his life. What are these special healing leaves? Where do the Condors find them? Matica wonders how the Condors know what the leaves do and how to use them. She meets with the village eldest and wisest man Elcano, who tells her ‘we are all connected to each other, Matica’s family and the Condors’. What a wonderful thought! I loved reading how the birds are intelligent, caring and playful. Danger is back as the poachers have returned, and they want the Condors. Will they get them? I received this book in exchange for an honest unbiased review. All opinions are my own.

Gigi Sedlmayer has written another remarkable tale about Matica and her family. Matica adores her family, her friends, and her amazing condor birds. She and the birds have an incredible connection. They keep astounding the Indians, and even Matica’s parents, and younger brother with their understanding and wisdom. Will the “You know who” capture Talon, Tima, or Tamo? Readers of every age will keep turning the pages, eager to see what happens next. In this story, we are reminded “We are all connected.” Those are wise words, don’t you think? This is a heartwarming, engaging tale with many words of wisdom. I highly recommend it. Congratulations, Gigi on completing another remarkable story. Thank you for sharing your gift with so many others. Reviewed by children’s author, Deanie Humphrys-Dunne

Read all the reviews and buy the book: https://www.amazon.com/Talon-Connected-Gigi-Sedlmayer-ebook/dp/B00HY4ISJU

Also by Gigi Sedlmayer

Read all the reviews and buy the books: https://www.amazon.com/Gigi-Sedlmayer/e/B003U8G4WC

Connect to Gigi via her new website: http://gigised.com/

The final update today is for Nicholas Rossis and Pearseus: Endgame the final book in the Pearseus epic fantasy series

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About Endgame

Cyrus will risk everything to gain back his throne. But new enemies are waiting for him; enemies that will stop at nothing to destroy humanity once and for all. With the Capital invading Anthea and the north in turmoil, every step of the journey is fraught with peril. In a world falling apart, can Cyrus and his friends prevent humanity’s extinction?

One of the most recent reviews for the book and the series.

I got an Advance Review Copy but didn’t manage to get to this book until mid January. With much anticipation, having thoroughly enjoyed the first three books in the series, I finally got started. Because a fair amount of time had passed since reading the preceding books, I had to reread them to more fully appreciate this one. So buy the set; don’t try to read this as a standalone. What stands out about this series is the character development and the conflict between the characters. It’s epic fiction of a sort without the massive complexity of GRR Martin’s A song of Ice and Fire. You can actually follow the characters.

Much like with other books that end a series, I felt both eager and sad for the resolution to come. For me, it’s hard for any author to end a series well–no matter who they are and how much I enjoyed what came before.This conclusion to the series moved along at a faster pace than the books that preceded it. On that note, some new characters introduced in this book may seem less developed or as accessible. But I still strongly recommend it and the entire series as very well written, readable and entertaining.

Read the reviews and buy the book: https://www.amazon.com/Pearseus-Endgame-book-epic-fantasy-ebook/dp/B01N5AKBU6

Endgame is also available as part of a bundle for the series – and a small selection of Nicholas’s other books.

Read all the reviews and buy the books: https://www.amazon.com/Nicholas-C.-Rossis/e/B00FXXIBZA

Connect to Nicholas via his website: http://nicholasrossis.me/

Thank you for dropping by and the next update is Friday.. If you have some news you would like to share or an offer on one of your books please let me know as soon as possible.  sally.cronin@moyhill.com  Thanks