Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore – New on the Shelves – Denny Ryder Paranormal Crime Series by Deborah A. Bowman


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Today the featured author is Deborah A. Bowman and a look at the Denny Ryder Paranormal Crime Series beginning with Stroke of Fear. This book is age appropriate for teens, young adults and adults interested in the paramormal.

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Stroke of Fear starts off with a bang! Denise Ryder is in the midst of a gruesome car accident. She’s thrown against the door, pitched to the floor, twisted upside-down, falling, as she claws her way out of a shattered window. She hears loud crashes, hysterical screams, screeching metal, and the voices of two dear friends. Her stomach heaves, and she’s choking, gagging, can’t breathe! Blood is everywhere.

10 YEARS LATER: Pleasant memories of her childhood. She grins at the antics of the two sisters, different as night and day. Denny is just waking up from a soothing, happy dream. She’s had “dreams come true” since she was a child. Sounds like a fairy tale, right? Wrong! It’s her nightmares from that come to life! Yet, she does everything in her power to deny the images.

Denny becomes embroiled in a missing child investigation. When a dream shows her where the boy is, she won’t let herself believe it. A twist of fate reveals that the dream “could” be true. She’s scared, but relieved that she can take action based on fact. She meets Detective Ted Collins, an investigator who doesn’t scoff at the paranormal. The two of them use facts, clues, and intuitive visions to piece the case together. Will they be able to save Jeremy?

A new piece of evidence pulls Denny into another horrific dream. She fears she’s had an out-of-body experience where she meets the psychopathic serial killer who feeds on the blood of innocent children. Denny isn’t even sure whether she believes in astral projection or not, but somehow she becomes caught between the dreamscape and reality. She knows she can’t be both places at the same time. Where does she go from here, and what about Jeremy?

Here is a review for the series as well as for Stroke of Fear.
 

The “STROKE OF” novella series is unlike anything else I’ve ever read. I don’t read a ton of Paranormal literature, but I’ve read enough to have covered most of the major tropes in the sub-genre. STROKE OF FEAR employs several common tropes to great effect, including a physically disabled psychic, lucid dreams, second sight, and dreams a harbingers of future (or current) events. What makes STROKE OF FEAR unique isn’t the setup or the characters, but rather the style of the writing and the way the story is told.

BOWMAN has found a way to marry some pretty dark thematic material to a lighthearted writing style. Somehow it works. I didn’t know what to think of it at first, but BOWMAN won me over, and by the time I finished this relatively short novella, I was ready to read the next two.

Though the author indicates that each of “STROKE OF” novellas is a standalone book, I found that they’re more a serialization of a longer plot arc that deals with a missing boy. Yes, each novella has a self-contained plot arc as well, but the three novellas are all required to finish the longer, most compelling plot line. Go into this first book knowing that you’ll need to buy the next two to have your curiosity satisfied fully.

These are interesting, unique novellas and worth the read if you enjoy paranormal. Even more so if you eschew gore; while the novellas don’t shy away from the darker aspects of the story, BOWMAN steers clear of anything too graphic, which I for one appreciated.

Read all the reviews and buy the book: https://www.amazon.com/STROKE-Novella-Denny-Ryder-Paranormal-ebook/dp/B00CFWYAX4

The other books in the series

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Also by Deborah A. Bowman

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

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About Deborah A. Bowman

Deborah Bowman has been sharing her stories and poems her whole life–her first poem published in a 4-H magazine at just 12 years old. She loves just about all genres of fiction and collects classical literature. Deborah’s recent selections are close to her heart. She has a passion and a crusade for the headline-driven factual material which she weaves into novels and novellas. She is also child-like and whimsical!

Deborah is also a professional editor and you can find out more about this essential writers resource here.  https://bowmanauthor.com/editorial-and-publishing-services/

Connect to Deborah on her blog and social media

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7980347.Deborah_A_Bowman
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/bowmanbooks
Blog: https://www.bowmanauthor.com
Twitter: https://twitter.com/Bowmanauthor

Thank you for dropping by and please feel free to leave your feedback and to share Deborah’s work around the usual haunts.. thank you Sally

If you are not currently in the bookstore then it is very easy… here are the details of the promotions available for authors and bloggers on Smorgasbord.

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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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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.

Buy A Place Amongst the StonesA place amongst the stones

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
Dancing to an Irish Reel -Google+ page:Link
Claire on Pinterest:Lin

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

 

Short Story – A Loss in Time by Janice Spina


short-stories-twoToday millions will be getting together with families and friends to celebrate and give thanks for all that they have. However, many will have faced loss this year of someone they loved, and will find it difficult to reflect on the good things that they shared rather than the pain. It is hard to imagine that there can be a future without them. Janice Spina’s story is about loss but also about hope.

A Loss in Time by Janice Spina

She didn’t see him as he walked into the bakery. She didn’t notice the way he looked at her. She was oblivious of her surroundings, only absorbed in her thoughts. She concentrated on her coffee as the cream swirled around in her cup making circles as she mechanically stirred without really seeing it.

He moved closer to her table while he continued to observe her catatonic state. He only wished he could bring her out of it somehow. The accident had occurred over nine months ago and she had recovered physically but not emotionally. If only he had not called his brother for help…it would all be different now.

She drank down her last sip, picked up her unfinished muffin and deposited both in the trash before leaving the bakery shop. She never looked up as she passed by the observer. He reached out to take her hand but barely missed it. He shook his head and picked up his coffee and doughnut and followed her out the door.

Gretinasha or Greta, as most knew her, had begun to remember bits and pieces of her life after the accident. When she woke up in the ICU she was in extreme pain with her body broken and bandaged. She had cried out to the gray images that kept floating by her for help. One of these images bent over Greta taking her wrist in cool hands and running these same cool hands over Greta’s feverish forehead. Greta sighed exhausted and confused and tried to speak but nothing came out of her mouth. These unspoken words stayed in her head trapped as she was in her broken body.

Days, weeks, months went by and she grew stronger in body but still broken in thought. She could finally speak a few words but then would get confused and forget words and their meanings. Doctors, nurses and other medical staff passed by her room daily and stopped in to evaluate her progress and offered words of encouragement. But one day it was as if a dark cloud had finally lifted off of her mind. She called out his name…”Drew!”

There was a rush of staff into Greta’s room as bells and clicks could be heard of machines and other apparatus as they signaled their responses to her speech and renewed state of awareness. Greta was now fully alert and ready to move on but would she be able to handle what they would tell her?

“Where is he? What happened?” The questions flew out of her mouth now familiar with their sounds.

Doctor Gleason stepped closer and gently took her hand. “Welcome back, Greta! We’ve been waiting to talk to you for a long time.”

“Long time? How long have I been here? And…where is here?”

“Here is…New York. And…how long…six months.”

“What happened to me? Where is Drew?” Greta’s voice was shaky and rising.

“Greta, I am Dr. Gleason, the doctor on call when you came in. I have been treating you along with many other hospital staff. Some are here with me now to say ‘hello,’” Dr. Gleason took a breath before continuing, “Greta, you must take it easy now. One step at a time and you will be back to your former good health.”

“No, no, I want to know now! What happened to me and where is my fiancé, Drew Baylor?”

A gray-haired, distinguished man stepped forward and replaced Dr. Gleason at Greta’s side. He, too, took her pale hand in his as he began, “Hello, Greta, I am Dr. Roman. Let me try to explain. You were involved in a headon collision with another car. You suffered from two broken legs, a concussion, broken right collar bone and numerous contusions and abrasions. As for your fiancé, Drew, I’m sorry but he didn’t pull through. Since he was driving he received the full impact of the crash. The person who hit you was killed instantly. He was drunk at the wheel.”

“Noooooo, no, no! He can’t be dead! We were going to get married next June,” Greta screamed and tried to sit up and get out of bed but the myriad of machines were holding her back.

“Please Greta, lay back. You are not ready to get up yet. We need to bring you down for some tests and x-rays and then begin therapy on your legs. They are healed but not strong enough to hold you up.”

“I don’t care! I don’t want to live without Drew! Leave me alone!”

Dr. Gleason ushered everyone out of the room and left Dr. Roman with Greta. After all, Dr. Roman was her psychiatrist and Greta needed him now more than ever. After two more months of therapy both for her legs and her mind she was released.

Greta moved along the sidewalk as she headed back to her small apartment. Opening the door she nearly tripped over her cat, Pumpkin, named for his color and plumpness. Pumpkin followed Greta closely in hopes of getting a treat which she ate too many of already.

Greta went into her sparse and plain bedroom and lay down. She felt exhausted from the short walk to Drew’s favorite bakery. She went there every morning just to be close to the memory of Drew. In a matter of minutes she was fast asleep and dreaming.

They were on their way to Drew’s brother’s house to help him move into his new house. Greta laughed over a new joke Drew had just told her. He loved to hear her laugh and watch her green eyes sparkle with delight. Greta touched his face and Drew took his eyes off the road for just a second. Screeching tires, crunching metal and breaking glass was the cacophony that she now heard in her head. The next second everything went black. She felt herself floating and outside the car looking in at two broken bodies. She screamed and woke up in a cold sweat. She had remembered what happened.

Greta cried tears of relief at finally remembering that day and at the same time deep emotional and painful grief over her loss. If only she hadn’t distracted Drew from his driving. She would have to live with this forever.

There was a knock at her door and her cat meowed to get her attention. Moving through a cloud of sadness she approached the door and looked through the keyhole. She gasped as she saw Drew standing there. She pulled open the door and rushed into his arms. He hugged her back but then moved away as he came into the room.

“Greta, I know you think I am Drew but I’m not. I’m his brother, Darren. I went to visit you almost every day at the hospital but you don’t remember, do you?”

“No, I don’t…I’m sorry.”

“I thought it was time we met, we both have a lot to share about my brother. I miss him too. Can we talk?”

“Okay. I can’t believe how much you look like Drew. Are you identical twins?”

“Yes. Do you want some coffee? We can go to my favorite place.”

“Where is that?”

“Oh I think you already know…”

Greta smiled.

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About Janice Spina

 Author Janice Spine

Janice Spina is an award-winning author with eleven children’s books, Louey the Lazy Elephant, Ricky the Rambunctious Raccoon, Jerry the Crabby Crayfish, Lamby the Lonely Lamb, Jesse the Precocious Polar Bear, Broose the Moose on the Loose, Davey & Derek Junior Detectives, Book 1 2 and 3, Sebastian Meets Marvin the Monkey, Colby the Courageous Cat, copy editor and writer of novels and poetry. Hunting Mariah is her first novel to be published under J.E. Spina. She published her second novel, a paranormal/mystery/romance, How Far Is Heaven, July 2016. Book 3 of Davey & Derek Junior Detectives was published in August 2016.

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

Janice has received a Silver Medal from MOM’S Choice Awards for Lamby the Lonely Lamb and the Pinnacle Book Achievement Awards for Davey & Derek Junior Detectives Book 1, The Case of the Missing Cell Phone, and Book 2,The Case of the Mysterious Black Cat, and an Honorable Mention from Readers’ Favorite for Book 1, The Case of the Missing Cell Phone.

She is working on two more children’s books, book 4 of Davey & Derek Junior Detectives Series, editing a YA fantasy, finishing up a mystery/romance, and a historical novel, and wants to begin a mystery series for PT girls. All of these books, over the next few years, hopefully, will be published.

Her logo is Jemsbooks – books for all ages! Her motto is – Reading Gives You Wings to Fly! Come soar with Jemsbooks! Happy reading!

Janice’s hobbies besides writing are crocheting, exercising to keep in shape, loves going to the movies with her husband or out to lunch or dinner, reading, book reviewing, blogging and spending time with her five grandchildren who are her writing inspiration.

Connect to Janice

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7222888.Janice_Spina
blog: http://jemsbooks.com
Website: http://jemsbooks.wordpress.com
Twitter: https://twitter.com/janice_spina
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/janice.spina.9/about

Thank you for dropping in today and I hope that if you are celebrating Thanksgiving with family and friends that you have a wonderful day.

Smorgasbord Summer Reading – Wake-Robin Ridge Series by Marcia Meara


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Today I am featuring the Wake-Robin Ridge Series by Marcia Meara and the great news is that book one is currently on offer for only 99c on Amazon.

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Marcia Meara, author of Swamp Ghosts and Finding Hunter, has set Book One of her Wake-Robin Ridge series amid the haunting beauty of the North Carolina mountains, where ghosts walk, ancient legends abound, and things still go bump in the night.

“A PHONE RINGING AT 2:00 A.M. never means anything good. Calls at 2:00 A.M. are bad news. Someone has died. Someone is hurt. Or someone needs help.”

On a bitter cold January night in 1965, death came calling at an isolated little cabin on Wake-Robin Ridge. Now, nearly 50 years later, librarian Sarah Gray has quit her job and moved into the same cabin, hoping the peace and quiet of her woodland retreat will allow her to concentrate on writing her first novel. Instead she finds herself distracted by her only neighbor, the enigmatic and reclusive MacKenzie Cole, who lives on top of the mountain with his Irish wolfhound as his sole companion.

As their tentative friendship grows, Sarah learns the truth about the heartbreaking secret causing Mac to hide from the world. But before the two can sort out their feelings for each other, they find themselves plunged into a night of terror neither could have anticipated. Now they must unravel the horrifying events of a murder committed decades earlier. In doing so, they discover that the only thing stronger than a hatred that will not die is a heart willing to sacrifice everything for another

Beautifully written By KemF on August 28, 2013

This book was a happy surprise for me. Since I have read very few books of this genre, when offered the opportunity to read this book I stepped into the waters just a toe at a time. But I was quickly submerged… involved… and found the book to be quite a page turner. I was thoroughly impressed with the depth of the characters. I believed them, I cared for them, I feared for them and I wanted things to work out well. The author has a wonderful command of language, and her descriptive passages are so well done that you will feel as though you have truly been whisked away to the Blue Ridge Mountains.

BUY Wake- Robin Ridge Book 1 for only 99c : https://www.amazon.com/Wake-Robin-Ridge-Marcia-Meara-ebook/dp/B00ET2QR1Q

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In Book 2 of the Wake-Robin Ridge series, Marcia Meara, author of Swamp Ghosts and Finding Hunter, returns to the rugged beauty of the North Carolina mountains, introducing a little boy whose remarkable gift will change the world for everyone he meets.

“Evil’s comin’, boy…comin’ fast. Look for the man with eyes like winter skies, and hair like a crow’s wing. He’s the one you gotta find.”

The remote mountain wilderness of North Carolina swallowed up the ten-year-old boy as he made his way down from the primitive camp where his grandparents had kept him hidden all his life. His dying grandmother, gifted with the Sight, set him on a quest to find the Good People, and though he is filled with fear and wary of civilization, Rabbit is determined to keep his promise to her. When he crosses paths with Sarah and MacKenzie Cole, neither their lives nor his, are ever the same again.

The extraordinary little boy called Rabbit has the power light up the darkness, and the resourcefulness to save himself from the one person his grandparents had hoped would never find him. His dangerous and bittersweet journey will touch you in unexpected ways, and once you’ve let Rabbit into your heart, you’ll never forget him.

Unexpected and delightfully wonderful sequel to Wake-Robin Ridge By Nicki Forde on December 26, 2015

A Boy Named Rabbit is the second book in the Wake-Robin Ridge series, and it was a great read. A very interesting and unusual follow-up to Wake-Robin Ridge, this book sets the stage for more to come. I can’t wait to read the next book in this series! It’s almost a coming-of-age story, but there’s much more to it than that. The story continues with Sarah and Mac, but nine year old Rabbit is the central character, and boy what a character he is. Marcia Meara has a real gift for creating the kind of imagery in her stories that put the reader right there in the middle of everything. Rabbit is endearing, his struggles feel real, and his willingness to find the people his grandmother set him out to find – against all odds – makes for a captivating story.

41wGFUbWCUL._UY250_Continuing in the tradition of Wake-Robin Ridge and A Boy Named Rabbit, Marcia Meara’s North Carolina mountain series takes a shivery turn with the Appalachian Legend of Ol’ Shuck, the Harbinger of Death.

“. . . he felt the wet slide of the dog’s burning hot tongue on his face, and the scrape of its razor sharp teeth against the top of his head. A white-hot agony of crushing pain followed, as the jaws began to close.”

The wine-red trillium that carpets the forests of the North Carolina Mountains is considered a welcome harbinger of spring—but not all such omens are happy ones. An Appalachian legend claims the Black Dog, or Ol’ Shuck, as he’s often called, is a harbinger of death. If you see him, you or someone you know is going to die.

But what happens when Ol’ Shuck starts coming for you in your dreams? Nightmares of epic proportions haunt the deacon of the Light of Grace Baptist Church, and bring terror into the lives of everyone around him. Even MacKenzie Cole and his adopted son, Rabbit, find themselves pulled into danger.

When Sheriff Raleigh Wardell asks Mac and Rabbit to help him solve a twenty-year-old cold case, Rabbit’s visions of a little girl lost set them on a path that soon collides with that of a desperate man being slowly driven mad by guilt.

As Rabbit’s gift of the Sight grows ever more powerful, his commitment to those who seek justice grows as well, even when their pleas come from beyond the grave.

Harbinger: Wake-Robin Ridge By Pamela Lee Jones on June 5, 2016

Book three in an excellent series! Marcia’s descriptions put you into each character making it feel as though you are living the book. This book is filled with love and laughter with some sad and scary in between. The special character of Rabbit just grabs you and doesn’t let you go. You do not need to read the series in order, but you will wish you had! When I read the first one I immediately bought all of her other published books. Every story is unique and leaves you wanting more. Harbinger tugs and tugs at you to keep reading to find the answer to the puzzle. I was delighted to be chosen to proof this book and provided a free copy for an honest review.

BUY and read all the reviews for Marcia Meara’s bookshttps://www.amazon.com/Marcia-Meara/e/B00EUCXRU4

Also by Marcia Meara

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About Marcia Meara

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Marcia Meara is a native Floridian, and lives in Sanford, just north of Orlando, with her husband of 30+ years, four cats, and two dachshunds. When not working on her books and blogs, she spends her time gardening, and enjoying the surprising amount of wildlife that manages to make a home in her suburban yard.

At the age of five, Marcia declared she wanted to be an author, and is ecstatic that a mere 64 years later, she finally wrote “Wake-Robin Ridge,” her first novel. Making up for lost time, she published four more novels in the next three years:

Marcia has also published a small chapbook of poetry, Summer Magic: Poems of Life and Love, and her work has been included in six Silver Birch Press Anthologies.

Her philosophy? It’s never too late to follow your dream. Just take that first step, and never look back. At age 72, when many people are slowing down, Marcia’s new career is just taking off. She plans to keep on writing until she falls face down on the keyboard, and would, in fact, consider that a pretty good way to go.

You can reach Marcia through her blogs and other social media:

The Write Stuff:  https://marciamearawrites.com/
Bookin’ it blog: https://marciameara.wordpress.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/marcia.meara.writer
Twitter: https://twitter.com/MarciaMeara
Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/marciameara/

Thank you for dropping in today and as always delighted to have your feedback and also if you would share on your own networks. Thanks Sally

 

New Book Fanfare – How Far Is Heaven by J.E. Spina


New book fanfareToday the featured book is How Far Is Heaven a paranormal mystery and the latest novel from J.E. Spina who also writes highly successful children’s books as Janice Spina.

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Parker and Priscilla Wilfork are happily married with two children. Life seemed perfect and peaceful until Parker goes on a business trip and does not return. Priscilla finds her world turned upside down when she searches for answers to how and why Parker disappeared.

One night Priscilla has a dream that Parker is an angel. Does this mean that Parker is now dead? After two years and no sign of Parker except in her dreams, Priscilla makes the decision to tell her children that their father has gone to Heaven.

Priscilla tries to get their lives back together until one day Deanna disappears too. Now Priscilla must go on a quest to find her daughter before it’s too late. She fears her daughter’s disappearance might be connected in some way to her husband’s. Can Priscilla go on with her life if she loses Deanna too?

With the help of a handsome police Sergeant, Blake Furelli, they work together to try to find Deanna and solve the mystery behind Parker’s disappearance. During this trying time, Blake, who suffered a loss of his own, feels drawn to the ethereal beauty of Priscilla.

Here is the trailer for the book produced by Christopher Graham.

An early review for the book.

Love Beyond Death By Michele Rolfe on June 6, 2016

More implied violence & sexual content. Very tastefully written. I was a Beta Reader & LOVED this. The The love of a person for his family transcends death especially when his family is in danger. Gave me goose bumps. Awesome read.

Buy the book:  http://www.amazon.com/Janice-Spina/e/B00HNET4HG

Also by J. E. Spina

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What some of the readers are saying.

A heart-pounding thriller By Clark Slomin on March 28, 2015

I had known Janice Spina as the author of charming, award-winning children’s picture books. So when her thriller novel “Hunting Mariah” hit the market, I was quite surprised! The next surprise (shock, in fact), came in reading the book’s opening. Raw and brutal, yet Spina tells it like it’s completely natural –thereby setting up getting the reader into the mind of the killer. This book started off with a bang!

The twists and turns this tale takes keep the reader off-guard as Mariah retells the events she slowly recalls after surviving her attacker – a man (and there are several men in Mariah’s life in the story) whose identity the reader is unsure of for most of the book. Devious poetry accompanies the text, as the killer verbalizes his justification for his savage desires, intentions, and actions.

This story runs the reader through the gamut of human emotions as Mariah, her friends, and family experience and endure what would be life’s normal course shattered by tragedy at the hands of a psychopath. I found myself deeply moved at one completely unexpected tragic point in the story.

I won’t give much more of the story away. After all, it IS a mystery/thriller, and I want you to be as surprised and entertained as I was.

THE DARK SIDE OF LIFE  By  Robert on November 13, 2014

Do you want to walk inside the mind of a serial killer? What makes him tick? What makes him lust for blood? HUNTING MARIAH is a chilling and action filled tale from the dark side of life. This is a far cry from Janice Spina’s other books – from children’s books to sinister murderer. Being a writer of mysteries I liked the pacing. The characters and wondering why. Who did it is not the question. Blood and guts, twisted, you will long for justice – but does it come?

A selection of children’s books as Janice Spina.

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About Janice Spina.

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Janice Spina is an award-winning author with nine children’s books, Louey the Lazy Elephant, Ricky the Rambunctious Raccoon, Jerry the Crabby Crayfish, Lamby the Lonely Lamb, Jesse the Precocious Polar Bear, Broose the Moose on the Loose, Davey & Derek Junior Detectives, Book 1 and 2, Sebastian Meets Marvin the Monkey, copy editor and writer of novels and poetry. Hunting Mariah is her first novel to be published under J.E. Spina. She published her second novel, a paranormal/mystery/romance, How Far Is Heaven, available now.

Janice has received a Silver Medal from MOM’S Choice Awards for Lamby the Lonely Lamb and the Pinnacle Book Achievement Award for Davey & Derek Junior Detectives Book 1, The Case of the Missing Cell Phone.

She is working on two more children’s books, and working on books 3 & 4 of Davey & Derek Junior Detectives Series. Janice will eventually publish these books over the next year or two.

Her logo is Jemsbooks – books for all ages! Her motto is – Reading Gives You Wings to Fly!

Janice’s hobbies besides writing are crocheting, exercising to keep in shape, going to the movies with her husband or out to lunch or dinner, reading, book reviewing, blogging and spending time with her five grandchildren

Buy all Janice’s books and connect with her on social media.

Amazon authors page: http://www.amazon.com/Janice-Spina/e/B00HNET4HG
Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7222888.Janice_Spina
blog: http://jemsbooks.com
Website: http://jemsbooks.wordpress.com
Twitter: https://twitter.com/janice_spina
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/janice.spina.9/about

Thank you for dropping by and it would be great if you could leave your feedback for Janice and also hit a few share buttons.. thanks Sally

New Book in Series – Paranormal Detective Series Book Two – Miranda’s Rights by Lily Luchesi


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Today a book for loves of horror, vampires and the paranormal.. Join retired detective Danny Mancini as he battles a powerful adversary from the past.

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About the Book.

The dead don’t always rest easy…

Retired detective Danny Mancini is haunted by nightmares after he found out that paranormal creatures exist. All he wants is to forget them…especially a certain half-vampire. When cursed werewolves show up trying to kill him, he is forced to go back to the Paranormal Investigative Division for help against a powerful old enemy. What he was not expecting was a dead ex showing back up after twenty-six years.

Watch the Book Trailer

Some of the early reviews.

Great story, picking up where the first left off … By kdawnms on January 8, 2016 Format: Kindle Edition

I so wasn’t expecting that!!!

Great story, picking up where the first left off with ease. Awesome action and twists. Danny is human, a retired police officer. He’s been asked to step in and help the paranormal department of the FBI again – to help his past lover and wife, Angelica who is half/half vampire & human. Just to spice things up a bit, let’s throw in Danny’s long ago love, Miranda.

Great mix of werewolves, vampires, humans and witches! All the fun that can be had when one witch is bent on getting her evil way.

Cliffhanger alert!

Suspense and the unexpected make this a great read! By snscuster on January 7, 2016 Format: Kindle Edition

The twists in this book kept me fully engaged, I read this in one sitting. There is action, surprises, and more of my favorite characters. If you have read the first book in The Paranormal Detectives series, you’ll enjoy this one as well. I recommend this book (and series) to anyone who likes vampires, supernatural creatures and mysteries.

Buy both books from Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Lily-Luchesi/e/B00GBFAE0E

Book One in the Paranormal Detective Series.

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Danny Mancini is on a case, following a murder suspect. When he catches him, he finds out that the perp isn’t even human: he’s a 200 year old rogue vampire!

What the readers are saying.

A fun twist on the paranormal – Vampires, Werebeasts, and Witches…not to mention Hunters. By Dana Busenbark on January 19, 2016

Thrilling, energetic and gripping throughout By Stella Coulson Author of Whitby After Dark – Volume 1 on January 18, 2016

Interesting Twist on Paranormal Relations By Nicole Belanger on May 19, 2015

A Supernatural Story Definitely Worth Checking Out By Annette Huss on May 20, 2015

About Lily Luchesi.

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Lily Luchesi is a young author/poet born in Chicago, Illinois, now residing in Los Angeles, California. Ever since she was a toddler her mother noticed her tendency for being interested in all things “dark”. At two she became infatuated with vampires and ghosts, and that infatuation turned into a lifestyle by the time she was twelve, and, as her family has always been what they now call “Gothic”, she doesn’t believe she shall ever change. She is also a hopeless romantic and avid music-love who will always associate vampires with love, blood, and rock and roll.

Her interest in poetry came around the same time as when she was given a book of Edgar Allan Poe’s complete work. She then realized that she had been writing her own poetry since she could hold a pen, and just had not known the correct terms. She finished her first manuscript at the age of fourteen, and now, at twenty-one, has two contributing credits in anthologies and her debut novel, Stake-Out (Paranormal Detectives Series Book One), was published by Vamptasy Publishing on May 19th, 2015. Book two, Miranda’s Rights, will be released on January 8th, 2016.

She has a short story, “Undead Ever After” in the Crushing Hearts and Black Butterfly anthology Love Sucks (released on June 13th, 2015). Her first erotic short story, “Have No Fears”, was published in the Hot Ink Press anthology Naughty Bedtime Stories: In Three Words on October 10th. She will also have a short erotic horror story, “The Devil’s Dozen”, in the upcoming Hot Ink Press anthology Death, Love, Lust, which will be released in February of 2016.

Connect with Lily on her blog and social media.
Website: http://lilyluchesibooks.wix.com/lilyluchesi
Amazon Author page: http://amazon.com/author/lilyluchesi
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/27798885-miranda-s-rights
Twitter: www.twitter.com/LilyLuchesi
Facebook: www.facebook.com/LilyLuchesi
Instagram: www.instagram.com/lilyluchesi
Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7369101.Lily_Luchesi

Christmas Grotto – Episode One, The Boy and the Shopkeeper: Delilah, Astral Investigator Infinity Series by Deborah A. Bowman


Christmas GrottoToday the books by Deborah A. Bowman and a feature on her latest book The Boy and the Shopkeeper, Book One of the Delilah, Astral Investigator Series. Definitely one for the Young Adults/Teen Paranormal, Fantasy and Time Travellers in your lives.

Episode One, The Boy and the Shopkeeper: Delilah, Astral Investigator Infinity Series

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About the book

A Paranormal Fantasy & Time-Travel/Astral Projection Novel for teens/YA/Adults!
Delilah (“Dee”), a modern teenager, saves the life of Bartholomew (“Bartie”), a Colonial American from 1774, unknowingly bringing him to the 21st century. Dee’s vivid dreams are really astral projections that she can’t control. Together with Dee’s intuitive cat, Mollie, the Astral Investigation Team returns to the past to aid the boy and the shopkeeper, who are caught in a time warp of death and betrayal. This is but the first episode of their adventures.

They will be able to travel back in time and to the future, never knowing where or when they’ll be going or how to help doomed souls. If they don’t stop the repetitive vicious cycle, these damaged, bitter entities will be reborn to destroy society as we know it. As the series begins, there is much they have to learn about each other and the astral plane. Can history be rewritten, even after the fact? Can the future be changed to prevent the predicted apocalypse? Not all souls can be saved, and some do not wish it. Join these Astral Investigators on their sojourns to different realities and other planes of existence.

What the readers are saying.

For those who want to travel to different worlds! By R. Corona on April 16, 2015 Format: Kindle Edition

This is a very interesting story about a dream traveler. The book touches on the concepts of lucid dreaming and astral projection. People that are interested in these topics will get to travel along with Delilah, the main character, and follow her experiences and the characters she meets along her adventures. Overall, the story is fun and different from most plots out there. However, the dialogue is sometimes difficult to understand due to the English dialect, but it fits very well with the storyline.

A delightful fantasy with a contemporary take on time travel … By Paul on October 28, 2015 Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase

A delightful fantasy with a contemporary take on time travel. A precocious modern teenager teams up with her mystical cat and an idealistic young man from the era of the American Revolution. Their mission to right wrongs where their astral projection dreams may find them. Future installments will likely be as sure to please inquisitive young minds.

Buy the book.

http://www.amazon.com/Episode-One-Boy-Shopkeeper-Investigator-ebook/dp/B00TVULOQY/ref=asap_bc?ie=UTF8

Some other Books by Deborah A. Bowman

41BL4VWjitL._UY250_51DZSqrPPnL._UY250_51WlYwCeLsL._UY250_ I have just bought Quill and Ink by Deborah Bowman for my own Christmas Stocking.

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Are you a creative person who loves the paranormal; The Spiritual Universe; ancient myths and legends; fantasy; and the healing, playful energy of pets/animals? You are not alone! Do you know someone that you would love to share a gift with that needs inspiration, motivation, personal growth, and meditation in their personal life or career? Quill and Ink is just the book for you or your creative friend or family member. Written in poetry, essays, short stories, this book opens with a song by the author and ends with a Creative Visualization for relaxation through the power of your mind. Even the cover is an original oil painting by the author. Enjoy, enjoy, enjoy!

Buy all of Deborah’s Books
http://www.amazon.com/Deborah-Bowman/e/B00MDD6QMS

About Deborah A. Bowman

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Deborah Bowman has been sharing her stories and poems her whole life–her first poem published in a 4-H magazine at just 12 years old. She loves just about all genres of fiction and collects classical literature. Deborah’s recent selections are close to her heart. She has a passion and a crusade for the headline-driven factual material which she weaves into novels and novellas. She is also child-like and whimsical!

Deborah is also a professional editor and you can find out more about this essential writers resource here. http://bowmanauthor.com/editorial-and-publishing-services/

Connect to Deborah on her blog and social media

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7980347.Deborah_A_Bowman
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/bowmanbooks
Blog: https://www.bowmanauthor.com
Twitter: https://twitter.com/Bowmanauthor

Thank you for dropping by and please feel free to leave your feedback and to share Deborah’s work around the usual haunts.. thank you Sally

 

Christmas Grotto – A Little Elfy in Big Trouble and An Elfy on the Loose by Barb Caffrey


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Today the fantasy, paranormal and urban books by Barb Caffrey. Barb has a great portfolio of books that would make great gifts this Christmas and you might consider packaging the featured books together. Barb’s latest book published last month A Little Elfy in Big Trouble and the first in the series An Elfy on the Loose.

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Following on from Barb Caffrey’s popular first book.. Elfy on the Loose, we pick up the adventure of the one elfy on the entire planet!

Young Bruno the Elfy and Sarah, his mostly-human teenage girlfriend, are in deep trouble. Bruno’s Elfy mentor Roberto the Wise is about to be sacrificed by a Dark Elf, and Sarah’s parents have decided to help the Elf rather than the Elfy. Things look bleak and are getting worse by the minute, but Bruno and Sarah have a number of allies — human, Elfy, and ghosts — that the Dark Elf can’t possibly expect.

Can young love, desperation, and great unexpected power win out despite it all?

Buy the book: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B018B4699W

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About An Elfy on the Loose

One Elfy for an entire planet?

He’s supposed to be the Watcher for his people, the representative on Earth from his dimension, but the small being known to his enemies as “Jonny-Wonny” wakes up to big trouble — trapped in a bizarre house in Knightsville, California with humans straight out of reality TV. Jon knows that something has gone dreadfully wrong — he’s starving, lonely and dressed in funny clothes.

Enter the couple’s ten-year-old diminutive daughter, who is “Not Daisy!” but is brilliant, sweet…and using high level magic with ease. She’s also desperately in need of a friend.

Insisting her name is really Sarah, and christening him Bruno, his new friend asks him how they’re going to get out of there.

What the readers are saying.

Fantastic genre crossover! By Stephanie Osborn, Novelist on April 12, 2014 Format: Kindle Edition

This book has almost everything: fantasy, mystery, romance, suspense, thriller, paranormal, you name it — and that sounds like it would be a hodgepodge, doesn’t it? But it isn’t. Everything flows together beautifully, leaving a fascinating story that will keep you on the edge of your seat! I highly recommend it, and since I don’t usually write book reviews, that’s saying a good bit!

Fresh, innovative, daring and very different from the rest. By M.M. on November 21, 2014

Beware the Elfy Trap! By Jonathan R. Lightfoot on October 18, 2014

Discover more books by Barb Caffrey

http://www.amazon.com/Barb-Caffrey/e/B00H8EROC8

About Barb Caffrey

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Barb Caffrey is a writer, editor, and musician from the Midwest. She holds two degrees, is an inveterate and omnivorous reader, and is the writer of the comic urban fantasy romance AN ELFY ON THE LOOSE.

Her stories and poems have appeared (or will appear) in many places, including the forthcoming STARS OF DARKOVER, HOW BEER SAVED THE WORLD, BEDLAM’S EDGE, and the BEARING NORTH anthology, at the Written Word online magazine, at Joyful! Online, at Midwest Literary magazine, at e-Quill Publishing, and at Vision online magazine (a publication of the Forward Motion Writers Group). She reviews books for Shiny Book Review and, more occasionally, at Amazon for their Vine program. And once upon a time, she was an opinion columnist and arts and entertainment reporter for both the Daily Nebraskan and the University of Wisconsin-Parkside Ranger News; additional op-eds were published by the Racine Labor Paper and by the Racine Journal-Times (under the previous married name).

Connect to Barb on her blog and social media.

my blog: http://elfyverse.wordpress.com
Google-plus: https://plus.google.com/101403408003727584589/posts
Twitter: http://twitter.com/BarbCaffrey
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/barb.caffrey.1

For the other books in the Christmas Grotto please pop into the directory here.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/christmas-grotto-2015-books-and-gifts/

Would love your feedback and also if you could share Barb’s books that would be amazing. Thank you and enjoy the weekend. Sally

 

Saturday Morning Coffee with Olga Nunez Miret, D.G. Kaye and Teagan Riordain Geneviene


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Friendship can sometimes be hard to define as we, as individuals, play different roles in the lives of others. We are daughters, sons, brothers and sisters, mothers and fathers, bosses and employees, husbands and wives, lovers and friends. I was browsing the web looking at opinions on the subject and found this post by Alex Lickerman MD author of the book The Undefeated Mind: On the Science of Constructing an Indestructible Self. http://www.amazon.com/Alex-Lickerman-MD/e/B008UT77MW

Here is an excerpt from the post and you might like to pop over and read the full article as I felt it summed up what I feel about friendship including those that I have developed online with fellow bloggers.

https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/happiness-in-world/201312/the-true-meaning-friendship

The Japanese have a term, kenzoku, which translated literally means “family.” The connotation suggests a bond between people who’ve made a similar commitment and who possibly therefore share a similar destiny. It implies the presence of the deepest connection of friendship, of lives lived as comrades from the distant past.

Many of us have people in our lives with whom we feel the bond described by the word kenzoku. They may be family members, a mother, a brother, a daughter, a cousin. Or a friend from grammar school with whom we haven’t talked in decades. Time and distance do nothing to diminish the bond we have with these kinds of friends.

The question then arises: why do we have the kind of chemistry encapsulated by the word kenzoku with only a few people we know and not scores of others? The closer we look for the answer the more elusive it becomes. It may not in fact be possible to know, but the characteristics that define a kenzoku relationship most certainly are.’

WHAT DRAWS PEOPLE TOGETHER AS FRIENDS?

  1. Common interests.
  2. History.
  3. Common values.
  4. Equality.

WHAT MAKES A FRIEND WORTHY OF THE NAME?

  1. A commitment to your happiness.
  2. Not asking you to place the friendship before your principles.
  3. A good influence.

HOW TO ATTRACT TRUE FRIENDS

‘This one is easy, at least on paper: become a true friend yourself. One of my favorite quotations comes from Gandhi: “Be the change you wish to see in the world.” Be the friend you want to have.’

Time to pour the coffee….

With that in mind I would like to share this morning’s coffee break with three women who have been connected to me in this amazing online world for the last year or more. You will find the official biographies on their websites and I do hope that if you are not already following these extraordinarily talented and supportive women that you will head over and do so today.

We live on a mountain in Spain and have wonderful friends in neighbouring houses who have been hugely supportive to us in the last fifteen years and we have had some riotous fun on occasion. We all love music, food and dancing and being in Spain, lunchtimes can sometimes extend to midnight and since dinner does not usually begin until 10.00pm, you can end up dancing until the wee hours of the morning.

They certainly epitomize the word ‘friendship’ but whilst we all share a lot of interests and affection we also have our own individual passions and requirements. This is where I feel the Internet comes in and more specifically blogging.

Over the last two years I have noticed that my contacts and my interactions with them has polarized into specific categories that include health, writing, reading, humour, music. Some of these have evolved further into friendships with fellow bloggers who are like-minded and share the same philosophy in life. In essence Kenzoku...family and community.

You met three of those who I consider to be an essential part of my community last week. Judith Barrow, Jo Robinson and Christopher Graham the Story Reading Ape.

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This week my guests for coffee are all talented, strong women who write about life in one form or another in non-fiction, fantasy, para-normal, romance and thrillers. Apart from interacting online we also share our lives offline and you could not find three more supportive and wise friends.

So time to meet my guests and as I mentioned earlier you will find the full bios over on their blogs.

Olga Núñez MiretAmericano with Tostada with Tomato.

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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.

Friday is one of the days to mark in your calendar as you will meet new and classical authors and always discover the unexpected. Yesterday’s post on Rudyard Kipling, one of my childhood heroes, revealed that he spent some of his childhood years in my hometown of Portsmouth in an area called Southsea, a fact that I did not know… Also that he spent the last years of his life in the next county of Sussex.

https://olganm.wordpress.com/2013/12/06/guest-classic-author-rudyard-kipling-india-british-colonialism-and-childhood-memories/

Olga is a prolific author and here is a brief overview of her books to date most of which are in both English and Spanish. 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. This was followed by The Man Who Never Was and Twin Evils?

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. This was followed by Family, Lust and Cameras and for those who love cookery shows and romance; I Love Your Cupcakes.

Olga’s latest release is a trilogy of Young Adult fiction in both English and Spanish– Angelic Business

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You can find out more about and buy Olga’s books from these links.

Amazon –https://www.amazon.com/author/olganm
Goodreads –http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6562510.Olga_N_ez_Miret

Find out more about this talented writer on her blog.

WordPress :https://olganm.wordpress.com/about/

Connect with Olga via Social Media

Website –http://www.olganm.com/
Facebook –https://www.facebook.com/OlgaNunezMiret
Twitter- https://twitter.com/OlgaNM7

D. G. Kaye – Soy Latte and Gluten Free Apple cake.

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D.G. Kaye (Debby) is a Canadian nonfiction/memoir author. She was born, raised, and resides in Toronto, Canada. Kaye writes about her life experiences, matters of the heart and women’s issues.

Debby’s life as a child was challenged and like many of us, she found it difficult to be the daughter her mother expected her to be. Narcissism is common. We will excuse it away in those we are meant to love but when between a child and parent it can cause long lasting damage and guilt. Debby’s first book, Conflicted Hearts is a memoir, written about her journey to seek solace from living with that guilt. For many women this book has been a revelation and also an opportunity to rebalance a difficult mother and daughter relationship.

Debby has gone on to write other books that reflect our lives at various stages including a humorous look at something all of us go through.. Menopause… Meno-What? This was followed up by Words We Carry focused on women’s self-esteem issues and finally this week a book all females can relate to: Have Bags, Will Travel – Excess Baggage, adventures and shoes..

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Her insightful view of life and particularly women’s issues is reflected in her blog posts where you can also find out more about this delightful and supportive writer.

http://dgkayewriter.com/about/

All of Debby’s posts are worth reading but this particular one struck a chord with me as I have visited Las Vegas (Lost Wages) a number of times but not for about fifteen years.. If you are thinking of visiting after a long absence you might like to digest this first.

http://dgkayewriter.com/lost-vegas/

Links to buy D.G. Kaye’s books and connect.
Author page on Amazon – http://www.amazon.com/D.G.-Kaye/e/B00HE028FO

Social Media

Twitter – http://www.twitter.com/pokercubster
Blog – http://www.dgkayewriter.com
Facebook –   http://www.facebook.com/dgkaye
Google   –   http://www.google.com/+DebbyDGKayeGies

Last but not least; Teagan Riordain Geneviene – Hot Chocolate and Almond Croissant.

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Teagan has a demanding day job working in the US capital and I have no idea how she juggles her time so that she can write a weekly serial as well as respond so positively to those she is connected to. Often it is late at night and I am tidying up my sites ready for bed when a comment will pop up on WP. ‘Just love the story, hope you have had a thriving Thursday, mega hugs.’  It is a great way to end the day.

You will find similar notes on LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter and this for me shows a wonderfully caring personality that despite being tired from a long day in the office still finds time to spread her bubbly nature across our world.

Apart from being a very talented blogger and a huge support to others Teagan is one of the most creative writers I have come across… Her imagination and use of ‘ingredients’ is inspired.

Teagan, a southerner by birth, was “enchanted” by the desert southwest of the USA when she moved there. She had always devoured fantasy novels of every type. Then one day there was no new book readily at hand for reading — so she decided to write one. And she hasn’t stopped writing since. Her first novel  Atonement, Tennessee has received great reviews and those who read it are eagerly awaiting her next book, Atonement In Bloom.

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‘Esmeralda Lawton is sick of the big city. “Ralda” was betrayed until trust became a theoretical concept. So it’s a dream come true when she buys an old estate, complete with historic cemetery. Okay, she isn’t excited about the cemetery, but she’s strangely drawn to the estate. Atonement, Tennessee, a quaint town, seems like the perfect place for her. However, her new life isn’t quiet.

The house is full of antiques. Some have extraordinary properties — a brass bed causes strange dreams, and a mirror shows the truth of who you are.’

Teagans writing is colored by her experiences in both the southern states and the southwest. Teagan writes many types of fantasy, from what she likes to call “quest type” fantasy, to urban fantasy, to fantasies with a dash of mystery. Her blog “Teagan’s Books” contains serial stories written according to contributions from viewers.

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Currently we are enthralled by Copper, The Alchemist and The Woman in Trousers and here is the link to the whole series so far to enable you to catch up with this wonderful story.

https://teagansbooks.wordpress.com/copper-the-alchemist-the-woman-in-trousers-serial-home/

Links to buy Atonement and to connect on her blog and social media.

Amazon Author Page: http://www.amazon.com/Teagan-Riordain-Geneviene/e/B00HHDXHVM

Blog and social Media

http://teagansbooks.wordpress.com/home/
http://teagansbooks.wordpress.com/three-things-serial-story/
http://teagansbooks.wordpress.com/three-ingredients-serial-homepage/

Twitter : https://twitter.com/teagangeneviene

Here is the link to last week’s first post in the new series and I hope you will drop by next week to meet three more guests who have contributed so much to this blog in the last two years.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2015/09/19/new-series-saturday-coffee-morning-guests-jo-robinson-judith-barrow-and-chris-the-story-reading-ape/

I hope you have enjoyed coffee at my house and please feel free to comment and share.

See you next time.  Sally

New Book Fanfare – The Experimental Notebook of C.S. Boyack


My deepest apologies to Craig Boyack. This was due to go out yesterday, but in a senior moment I scheduled in my diary and calendar for today instead and I only realised at midnight.

Please therefore help me make up for this by sharing the news of his upcoming collection of short stories, The Experimental Notebook, as far and wide as possible.

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About the book.

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The Experimental Notebook of C. S. Boyack is a collection of short stories and micro-fiction. Boyack is a speculative fiction author, and touches upon fantasy, science fiction, and paranormal in this book. The whole thing can be read in one sitting, but the stories are well suited to a coffee break or a car pool moment.

The book is only 99c which is a great price for so many stories in this collection, and it serves as a good jumping on point to explore Craig’s work if you are new to his books.

This book is available as a pre-order on Amazon right now. The books will download on September 15. The link is http://www.amazon.com/dp/B014S2BA4U

Other Books by Craig Boyack

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Find out more about and buy Craig’s books

Amazon Author Page : http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B00ILXBXUY

About Craig Boyack

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I was born in a town called Elko, Nevada. I like to tell everyone I was born in a small town in the 1940s. I’m not quite that old, but Elko has always been a little behind the times. This gives me a unique perspective of earlier times, and other ways of getting by. Some of this bleeds through into my fiction.

I moved to Idaho right after the turn of the century, and never looked back. My writing career was born here, with access to other writers and critique groups I jumped in with both feet.

I like to write about things that have something unusual. My works are in the realm of science fiction, paranormal, and fantasy. The goal is to entertain you for a few hours. I hope you enjoy the ride.

Connect with Craig.
Blog: http://coldhandboyack.wordpress.com
Twitter: https://mobile.twitter.com/Virgilante
On Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/9841203.C_S_Boyack

There are a number of ways that you can promote your blog, books, art and music on Smorgasbord.  Look forward to hearing from you.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2015/08/25/book-blog-promotion-and-guest-posts-just-a-few-minutes-away/

Please feel free to comment and share Craig’s new collection of short stories.

Thank you for dropping by.. Sally