Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore – Author Update #Reviews -J. E. Pinto, Charles E. Yallowitz, Pamela Wight, Fiona Tarr

Welcome to the Friday edition of the Cafe and Bookstore Update with reviews for authors on the shelves

The first author with a number of recent reviews is J. E. Pinto for her YA novel The Bright Side of Darkness.

About The Bright Side of Darkness

What is a family? Rick Myers is a despondent seventeen-year-old who just lost his parents in a car wreck. His family is now the four teenage buddies he’s grown up with in a run-down apartment building. Fast with their fists, flip with their mouths, and loyal to a fault, “the crew” is all he has.

At least he thinks so until he meets Daisy, an intelligent, independent, self-assured blind girl. Her guts in a world where she’s often painfully vulnerable intrigue Rick, and her hopeful outlook inspires him to begin believing in himself.

But when the dark side of Daisy’s past catches up with her, tragedy scatters the crew and severely tests Rick’s resolve to build his promising future. Fortunately, his life is changed by a couple with a pay-it-forward attitude, forged out of their personal struggle with grief and loss. Their support makes all the difference to Rick and eventually to the ones he holds most dear as they face their own challenges.

“The Bright Side of Darkness” is a story of redemption and the ultimate victory that comes from the determination of the human spirit.

One of the recent reviews for the book

Realistic, Heartwarming, down to earth. Those are only three of the many words that come to mind when I think of describing this amazing book. The author shows her understanding of what life is like for the types of persons their characters are based on.

By using her own personal background thus writing what she knows, Jo E. Pinto paints a colorful picture of the Crew and their lives. No predictable outcomes, or contrived plots are to be found in this fast-moving, suspenseful, heartwarming, and sometimes humorous book. I read this book on Audible, and found the narration gave each character a life of its very own, which only increased my reading pleasure.

I recommend this book for anyone Tween-aged and up. Furthermore, I feel families would do well to turn off the TV gather together read and discuss this book.

If you’re a high-school teacher or work with children in some way this book is a must.
I’d love to see the author do a follow-up book of some type. Maybe write about Rick and has newly opened café, sprinkling it throughout with a combo of reality-based adventures and recipes.

This book is most definitely going on my favorite reads of 2019.
Not read this book. What are you waiting for?

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The next author is Charles E. Yallowitz for his latest release Rivalry (War of Nytefall Book 3)

About Rivalry

Seeking the pleasure of revenge, an ancient rumor will reveal herself to be a deadly legend.

Lurking within the shadows for centuries, the Vampire Queen has been drawn to the conflict that surrounds Clyde. Only whispers have been spread about this elusive figure, who has amassed a kingdom that can rival Nyte and Nytefall. All that she is missing is the strongest vampire to crown as her king. In one fell swoop, she has taken the most powerful of her kind, including Clyde and Xavier Tempest. Hosting a tournament where the rules seem to change at her whim, the Vampire Queen threatens to shatter the already strained world that lurks beneath Windemere’s surface. Yet, there is more to her desires, which seep from a soul that is pulsing with fury. For her kingdom can never be complete until she holds the head of the one who wronged her centuries ago.

Can Mab stand against her ancient rival and save her beloved partner?

One of the early reviews

Another gem from the author of the Legends of Windemere series. Here you follow the two warring factions as they are forced to join together to face a challenge neither can take on by themselves.

The reader is taken deep into the world of Nyte and Nytefall in this book. The competition between Clyde and Xavier is always just bubbling below, if not bursting through, the surface. The character of Jewelz is a very well crafted Big Bad who is very easy to hate almost the second the reader meets her.

For this reader, the characters of Mob, Clyde and Lost are the highlights. The premise of the all-powerful Jewelz being able to dominate all without anyone being able to stop her went on just a little too long for this reader’s enjoyment.

The finale was, in my mind, a touch too quick. If a big bad is going to lord themselves all over and cause pain and suffering for hundreds of pages, then I need a good thirty pages of the big bad being slowly, painfully, humiliatingly taken down inch by excruciating inch with nothing it can do to stop it.

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A selection of the most recent books by Charles Yallowitz


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The next author to receive a recent review is Pamela S. Wight for her romantic suspense Twin Desires…

About the book

Twin Desires, a romantic suspense set in San Francisco and the quiet CA town of Stinson Beach, follows Sandra Eastman and the two men who almost destroy her world.
Blake Sinclair, Sandra’s boss and president of a prestigious investment firm, is successful and charismatic. But his twin brother, Alex, is his opposite – a twisted, tormented soul. Sandra becomes a pawn in a deadly game between these powerful opposing forces.
In this fast-paced thriller, Sandra is scooped up into a whirlwind of suspense from the mansions of the S.F. elite to a remote beach house 30 miles north. As each page turns, she becomes more entangled with the skeletons in the Sinclair closets while desperately confronting her own skeletons and discovering strength she never knew she possessed.

A recent review for the book

As a follower of Wight’s blog, I’m familiar with her brilliant writing ability and unique style. I hadn’t read any work by Brandt, but the two writing together certainly created an exciting page-turner in Twin Desires. I’m always impressed by novels that are co-written and curious about their process. The authors did a wonderful job developing both the main characters as well as the secondary. As a fan of both

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Also by Pamela S. Wight

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The final author today with a recent review is Fiona TarrDelilah and the Dark God: The Eternal Realm Book 2

About the Book

Delilah is young, poor and inexperienced. Discovering Samson’s secret might not be as easy as she thinks!

When Delilah is compelled to discover the source of Samson’s divine strength, she becomes torn between her desire for wealth and growing feelings she cannot yet understand. She has no idea that the Eternal Realm is at war, but she quickly realises there is more at play than religion and politics.

The Goddess Asherah knows Delilah is the key to future peace in the heavens, yet she is forbidden from meddling with humanity….. But when the Dark God Dagon grows obsessed with Delilah, she must choose a side.

Will Asherah risk revealing herself to protect the ancient prophecy and secure peace for her brethren?

Delilah and the Dark God is the second book in The Eternal Realm series; a religious fantasy series that mixes mythology and intrigue in epic fantasy style. If you like strong characters, intricate plots and action, then you will love Fiona Tarr’s contemporary take on this old biblical classic.

Buy Delilah and the Dark God to today discover what really goes on within the eternal realm!

One of the recent reviews for the book

Delilah is thrown into poverty when her father Fajer speaks out against the king. She steals a purse full of coins off Samson who is visiting Sorek. Later she will live to regret these actions. She gives the money to the temple to be blessed by Dagon. I loved Dagon, a fantastic demon or dark angel who deceives Delilah for his own ends. She is told wealth will come to whoever discovers the source of Samson’s strength. With this knowledge, she allows herself to become his ward.

This is a beautiful, well-crafted book. It has great pace and a host of wonderful characters. I enjoyed the friendship between Aviv and Samson. Their arguments and conversations were entertaining and believable. The ending is both sad and joyful. I always like the original story, but this really brings that world to life.

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Also by Fiona Tarr

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Thank you very much for dropping in today and I hope you are leaving with some books under your arm.. Sally.

Sally’s Cafe & Bookstore Christmas Update – FREE offer and new reviews

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

I have actually read four of the books here today and can recommend them as gifts to yourself or to lovers of a great read.

The first book today is FREE from today through to December 2nd. Have Bags, Will Travel is by D.G.Kaye also known as Debby Gies who is an ardent supporter of Indie authors and bloggers in our community.  Elegant and sassy she keeps us all on our toes in the the glamour department as well as writing superb memoirs that hit home.


About the book

D.G. Kaye is back, and as she reflects on some of her more memorable vacations and travel snags, she finds herself constantly struggling to keep one step ahead of the ever-changing guidelines of the airlines–with her overweight luggage in tow. Her stories alert us to some of the pitfalls of being an obsessive shopper, especially when it comes time for D.G. to bring her treasures home, and remind us of the simpler days when traveling was a breeze.
In her quest to keep from tipping the scales, D.G. strives to devise new tricks to fit everything in her suitcases on each trip. Why is she consistently a target for Canada customs on her return journeys?

D.G.’s witty tales take us from airports, to travel escapades with best friends, to reflections on how time can change the places we hold dear in our hearts. Her memories will entertain and have you reminiscing about some of your own most treasured journeys–and perhaps make you contemplate revamping your packing strategies.

My review

This is a not a long book but you will find D.G. Kaye packed it the same way that she does her suitcases when on one of her frequent trips. Overflowing with hilarious encounters with custom officers and bemused check-in agents, crammed with memories of travelling companions and skillfully closed with an in-depth look at one of her favourite destinations; Las Vegas.

International travel is no longer straightforward; so a little humour goes a very long way. D.G. Kaye relives those halcyon days when passengers were welcomed with open arms, allowed some leeway on number of bags and their weight instead of being herded through various lines to be interrogated. But if you are going to travel, then take advice from an expert; relieve some of the stress.

Like many women, I find that shoes, handbags and the odd bit of jewellery have an added touch of glamour when you are infected with holiday fever. It seems almost impossible to pass by and not take home a memento. Trouble is today the airlines have weight and size of both check in baggage and carry-on locked down tight. This is where the expertise of the seasoned traveller comes in. And D.G. Kaye is certainly that. Having learned lessons from her run-ins you can benefit from her ‘how to’ pack your bags to get a little extra through the system.

I have visited Las Vegas a number of times through the decades but not for the last fifteen years so I was intrigued by the up to date review. Not sure that I am tempted to go there again but it was great to revisit through D.G’s experiences.

Overall Have Bags, Will Travel is a delightful book and a terrific read on the outbound flight so that you can strategize for your return.

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Next a romantic suspense set in San Franciso and a quiet California town. The book has an updated review since it was promoted on the blog earlier this year. Twin Desires by Pamela Wight and Ashley Brandt.

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Twin Desires, a romantic suspense set in San Francisco and the quiet CA town of Stinson Beach, follows Sandra Eastman and the two men who almost destroy her world.

Blake Sinclair, Sandra’s boss and president of a prestigious investment firm, is successful and charismatic. But his twin brother, Alex, is his opposite – a twisted, tormented soul. Sandra becomes a pawn in a deadly game between these powerful opposing forces.
In this fast-paced thriller, Sandra is scooped up into a whirlwind of suspense from the mansions of the S.F. elite to a remote beach house 30 miles north.

As each page turns, she becomes more entangled with the skeletons in the Sinclair closets while desperately confronting her own skeletons and discovering strength she never knew she possessed.

The most recent review for the book.

As I have said before, I don’t usually read romance novels because there doesn’t seem to be anything new and exciting. REFRESH! Adding the suspense of the twin brothers brought a whole new light to the subject. There was a whole lot of suspense, and just enough romance to keep the reader interested in both. I found myself reading well into the night when I really should have been sleeping.

Being a twin myself, I was able to relate to the feelings of the twin brothers. And it is true my friends, that a twin can feel the pain of their sibling. It has happened to me on more than one occasion. Of course, in this story we have a good twin and an evil twin, constantly leaving the reader wondering what the evil twin would do next.

The authors do a great job of building not only the main characters but the secondary characters as well. As an avid reader, I enjoy getting to know each of the characters, not just the main ones, So I especially enjoyed the character development from the beginning right through til the end. I am definitely looking for more from these authors in the future and I highly recommend Twin Desires.

Also by Pamela Wight


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The last update today is for the third book in the series about Mary and her family and follows their lives and challenges from the devastation of war through to the more liberal 1960s. Living in the Shadows by Judith Barrow.  I have read and reviewed all three books in the series so far and can highly recommend them.

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Sequel to the acclaimed Changing Patterns and Pattern of Shadows. It’s 1969 and Mary Schormann is living quietly in Wales with her ex-POW husband, Peter, and her teenage twins, Richard and Victoria. Her niece, Linda Booth, is a nurse – following in Mary’s footsteps – and works in the maternity ward of her local hospital in Lancashire.

At the end of a long night shift, a bullying new father visits the maternity ward and brings back Linda’s darkest nightmares, her terror of being locked in. Who is this man, and why does he scare her so? There are secrets dating back to the war that still haunt the family, and finding out what lies at their root might be the only way Linda can escape their murderous consequences.

One of the excellent reviews for the book and series.

This is the third and final book in the series that follows a family’s lives from the early 1940’s to the 1970’s as Judith Barrow wraps up all the threads that have woven this, sometimes, intense story. Mary, living in contentment in South Wales is dragged back to her home town as a dark part of her past resurfaces. Judith wracks up the tension slowly as the younger generations make decisions that will have you shouting at them not to.

This is no romance; it’s a realistic tale of society’s rules, love and marriage played out within this family.

As with the previous two books, the research she has done shows through as the reader is taken through the fast paced changes of the era. From tasting the coal dust in the small two up two down terrace houses, to the fashions, sexualities and culture of an era not always understood by the parents, Judith has it spot on.

An excellent book to finish the story, it’s good to read a book that doesn’t play with the reader and leave you frustrated with the not knowing.

Apart from one thing…. When is your next story Judith Barrow?

The two other books in the series.


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Thank you for dropping by today and please help spread the word about these three authors books. Don’t forget to let me know if you have a new review for your most recent book or you have a new release so that it can be promoted.