Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore – Book Reading and Interview – C.S. Boyack


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Welcome to the Saturday book reading and interview. My guest today is fantasy, science fiction and paranormal author C.S. Boyack. As well as novels, Craig has released a number of collections of speculative fiction and co-presents a series of guest interviews with Lisa Burton.. one of his most alluring characters.

First let’s have a look at the official biography and Craig’s books before we put him in the hot seat. This is an interactive interview and Craig is looking forward to responding to your questions and comments in the next couple of days.

About C.S. Boyack.

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.

Books by C.S.Boyack

About The Experimental Notebook of C.S. Boyack

A speculative selection of micro-fiction and short stories. These were designed to be short reads for your commute, coffee break, and other times when readers are pressed for time. This book contains a bit of science fiction, some fantasy, and paranormal stories.I’m excited to see short fiction returning in popularity. I hope you will enjoy these stories as much as I did.

A recent review for Volume One.

May 10, 2017 Don Massenzio rated it 5 stars

I am a huge fan of short stories, both creating and reading them. The problem is, not many writers do them well. Stephen King has published several collections and even his stories are sometimes hit and miss.This is not the case with C.S. Boyack. In his Experimental Notebook he scores with one great story after another. Many of them have a pattern of reeling the reader in and then leaving you breathless with a surprise ending. From the very first story, Jack O’ Lantern, to gems like The 50 Gallon Drum, Boyack sets up the reader and then delivers some surprise that leaves you smiling.For anyone who enjoys short stories, this book is a must.

One bit of false advertising appears in the Goodreads blurb. The author states that the book was designed to provide short reads. I stayed awake in my hotel room telling myself, “just one more” until I had finished the book and then downloaded the second one.I highly recommend this book and will be reading more by this author. He shows a depth and breadth to his writing seldom found in the indie author community. Please give his stories a try and spread the word like wildfire.

And a review for the second volume on Goodreads

Karen rated it 5 stars

This anthology comprises fifteen different stories, taking you on fifteen very different trips; some will make you happy, some will make you sad, others will make you wonder. There is one thing that they all have in common: They are unforgettable. I cannot tell you more about this anthology as it would spoil the fun of reading it yourself.With The Experimental Notebook of C. S. Boyack II, C. S. Boyack presents us with fifteen little gifts. Each story is skilfully elaborated, has its own great flow. Ernest Hemingway once stated “When writing a novel a writer should create living people; people not characters. A character is a caricature.”

C. S. Boyack shows this masterly with every story – he created living people instead of mere characters. I was drawn into the stories right away, close to the protagonists – sometimes too close for comfort. I could easily envision the characters and locations. I had a great time reading The Experimental Notebook of C. S. Boyack II. It is a very enjoyable read.This is for you if you like short stories, adventures with a humorous streak, paranormal events, horror stories, a remarkable science fiction story, very likeable characters to cheer on, surprises and food for thought – all packed in micro-fiction and short stories.This is a book to read again. Highly recommended!

Read all the reviews and buy the books: https://www.amazon.com/C.-S.-Boyack/e/B00ILXBXUY

Find more reviews and follow C.S. Boyack on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/9841203.C_S_Boyack

Time to turn this over to Craig and don’t forget to leave your questions in the comment section.. this is your interview too.

I’ve said before that I’m kind of like a creature of the night – you have to invite me inside. I love getting invitations, and am excited to do this interview. Thank you for asking me.

You are very welcome Craig and can you tell us about your chosen genre of books that you write and why?

That’s kind of funny, because I’m in denial. I call myself a speculative fiction author. This means all of my stories have something fantastic about them. I claim that’s my genre, but it isn’t true. I’m a multi-genre author, because I bounce from science fiction, to fantasy, to paranormal. Sometimes I mix them together.

To make matters worse, I write novels, short stories, and micro-fiction. These are all different animals, and it’s the challenge that motivates me. It’s a challenge to write a fantasy short story, but I’ve done it.

What appeals to you about writing short stories?

I’m getting known for my short form fiction. I love this medium for several reasons. I like the feeling of accomplishment. It might take me a year to write a novel, but it might only take a long weekend to whip out a short story. I enjoy the challenge of bringing an entire story in with the lower word count. You still have to have plot, characters, and environment to these stories. Take a shortcut on any one, and the story won’t work.

Where would you like to be in 5 year’s time?

My goal has always been to have enough writing income to supplement retirement. Even $500 per month would go a long ways. I’m ten years from retirement, so in five years, I’d like to be bringing in $250 per month from book sales.

It’s become kind of unrealistic to derive full time income from being self published. Any of us could catch lightning in a bottle, but to aim for supplemental retirement income seems fairly realistic to me. It becomes more realistic as my catalog grows, and it will continue to grow over that time.

Can you tell us more about Lisa Burton radio and how you came up with the concept, and perhaps share the link to one of your favourite interviews that gives us an idea of the format?

I had this really strong character just lounging around and doing nothing. I started including her in some of my writing posts, and she was really popular. I got the bright idea of using her as a spokesmodel to promote my books. I checked with her artist, and he was excited about the idea. These promos turned out to be more popular than the ones I appeared in.

An author friend, John Howell, proposed the idea of having Lisa interview him and we put that together. The post was so popular I couldn’t just stop. Then it dawned on me that maybe other authors would like to promote using their characters. About this time, I was writing a short story about a late night radio station, and the whole idea came together. Now Lisa interviews fictional characters on her radio show, and they have been super popular.

It’s hard to get enough guests to keep a regular schedule, but I generally manage every Thursday. I can’t single anyone out as the best one, so I’m going to give you the link to the Lisa Burton Radio category: https://coldhandboyack.wordpress.com/category/lisa-burton-radio/

Explain more about the Idea Mill and what is the strangest prompt you have developed into a short story or character?

These posts may amuse me more than everyone else, but I still keep posting them. I have a collection of RSS feeds, and online magazines that let me customize content. I regularly get articles on archeology, cryptids, science breakthroughs, and more. These feed my Muse, because I like to have a tiny bit of realism behind the stories I write.

I started posting them as The Idea Mill whenever I get three good ones. My theory was they might inspire other authors too, since I can’t use them all. I’ve used several in short stories, and as elements in novels. I was most inspired by a group of posts about bio-hackers. These are people with basement labs that largely experiment on themselves. It all sounded so Jekyll and Hyde that I couldn’t resist. I have most of an outline of a science fiction novel I’m calling Grinders, which is the slang name they give themselves.

Can you tell us something about your next project?

I’m a sucker for a personal challenge, and set a personal goal for every story I’ve ever written. This time I want to write a couple of novellas. One is going to be a paranormal superhero origin story, and the other one is a science fiction based spin on the lifeboat story.

I have no idea whether they will come in as long short stories, or as short novels, but I’m going to try it.

Craig as chosen an extract from his novel The Yak Guy Project for his book reading. It’s sort of an alternate world fantasy with a coming of age story.  The book is due out later in the year.

Throbbing pain in my head.

Heat. Not like The Strip at two o”clock PM, more like a pizza oven.

The dirt burnt my face, and dust particles smelled like salt.

I rolled over, and the earth crunched under me. When I opened my eyes, everything swirled bright white, yellow, and blue. I rubbed my eyes, and my forehead was soaked with sweat.

My vision swirled again when I sat up. Salt encrusted flat as far as I could see, which wasn’t far. The heat waves turned everything into a swirl again.

Snow capped mountains rose above the heat waves when I lifted my head. There were no tire tracks around me, no footprints, nothing. How did I get here?

One black dot jumped back and forth in the heat waves. Maybe it was a Jeep. I forced myself up and waved. “Over here!”

I had no idea where to go, but the mountains looked cooler than this place. I made three weak steps. I felt like someone kicked me in the balls, and I went down.

I don’t know how long I was out, but when I pushed myself to my elbows, the dot was closer. It was moving, help was on the way.

I managed to move into a sitting position and crossed my arms. I winced at the pain. My arms were covered with blisters and hot to the touch. I looked at the sun. A vulture moved across the sky so high up I doubted he saw me, but I knew he had. It’s a race then, the Jeep or the vulture.

The Jeep resolved itself into a lone cow. Oh, fuck. How the hell was I going to get out of here now? The cow was coming straight at me.

I managed to stand again, but fell after a few steps. A tiny breeze picked up, but it only made things hotter.

The cow took on some detail. It was black with a white blaze on its forehead, white legs, and it had long hair that moved in the breeze. Ranchers put cows on the range, but one with long hair was unheard of here.

Still, it came closer. Long sharp horns resolved on the sides of its head the closer it got. They were nearly four feet from tip to tip. Would it hurt me?

“Shoo! Get out of here.”

The cow kept coming.

I curled up in a ball, and hoped it would keep walking. I couldn’t outrun it, and those horns looked worse than the scorching heat.

It stopped about five feet away and turned sideways. It wore a saddle and reins.

Then it said, “There’s a waterskin hanging on the side.”

©C.S.Boyack 2017

Connect with Craig.
Blog: http://coldhandboyack.wordpress.com
Twitter: https://mobile.twitter.com/Virgilante

And the delectable Lisa Burton

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/lisa.burton.7121

My thanks to Craig for joining us today and he is looking forward to answering your questions which you can leave in the comments section.  Thank you Sally

You will find the other interviews in this series in this directory

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Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore – New on the Shelves – Dracula’s Mistress by Carmen Stefanescu


Welcome to new author on the shelves Carmen Stefanescu, with her gothic paranormal Dracula’s Mistress. Only released on March 15th it is already receiving great reviews.

About Dracula’s Mistress

From the day that the powerful, brave and merciless Vlad III Basarab, a descendant of the Draculesti family—better known to most people as the infamous vampire Dracula—ascends the throne, he knows only battles, betrayal and intrigue.

Evil grips the town of Targoviste, capital residence of Walachia. The secrets behind the stone walls of the palace are as dark and violent as a winter’s night, as terrifying as the prince’s deeds. Dead bodies, drained of blood and missing their little finger keep appearing in the streets at night.

Lovely, smart, determined, Angela Oltenescu ignores all the aggressive rumors and her mother’s warning regarding Vlad. Will she suffer the consequences of falling in love with a man nicknamed Dracula by his enemies—an infamous creature of the night?

Rich, sly, treacherous, Marin Craioveanu, a powerful landlord, craves the same woman loved by Vlad. Marin’s hatred toward the prince will make him an ally to Handsome Radu, Vlad’s brother and Sultan’s friend, ready to sell the country to the Ottomans to get rid of his rival.

Dracula’s Mistress will awe legions of fans of Gothic literature, paranormal and historical fiction.

Two of the recent reviews for Dracula’s Mistress

Enjoyable read on April 3, 2017

Dracula’s Mistress Kindle Edition by Carmen Stefanescu (Author) starts out in 1462 with the introduction of Angela who is at the palace with her father Gregore, a military man and confident to the Prince. Tension and action is instantly introduced to the story conflicting the thrown and wealthy noblemen with mention of the blood shed in building the castle by many not used to hard labor died. The walls of the palace are proverbially “haunted” with their blood. The tension of who will succeed or maintain the thrown adds to the tension.

The story progresses on and enters the love interest who ascends to the throne, a descendant of the Draculesti family—more widely known as Dracula, the vampire. And here is where the dark, secret story behind the palace’s walls comes alive. Angela, young and naïve and clearly enamored with the story’s love interest, Dracula, ignores the rumors.

As if that’s not conflict enough there is a love triangle involved to complicate matters further. The story progresses at a fast clip that holds interest. Interspersed on the action and story line are beautifully crafted clothing, manners, and appropriate historical factors. Without retelling this entire well-written story, suffice it to say it will hold interest and for me was very enjoyable. A must read for Gothic paranormal fans

on April 4, 2017

This book was an unusual deviation for me, but I occasionally get in the mood for historical fiction, and lately I’ve watched a ton of old Dracula movies, so I was drawn in by this title.

Lots of betrayal and secrets scattered throughout this gothic tale, kept my interest although I did have to stop reading sometimes to get the hairs on my neck to go down. We are dealing with Dracula’s descendant, so we expect dark eeriness and lifeless bodies, but author Stefanescu wove an unusual story together that keeps readers intrigued despite its gory details.

I appreciated the character, Angela, being a brave woman. Every novel needs one. But I almost jumped out of my skin during her exploits and going out into the dark evenings might become more rare for me.

Read all the reviews and buy the book: https://www.amazon.com/Draculas-Mistress-Carmen-Stefanescu-ebook/dp/B06XNW7RXD

Also by Carmen Stefanescu

One of the excellent reviews for Till Life us Do Part

A compelling novel that delves into the arena of past life regression and reincarnation. The author has put an original twist on the subject of souls crossing decades, even centuries. Barbara Heyer is gifted with the ability to communicate with spirits of the departed. But when her brother is suspected of murdering his girlfriend, Barbara’s life careens with others in ways she never expected—particularly when handsome detective Patrick Fisher is assigned to the case.

The author deftly juggles multiple storylines and plots throughout this engaging novel—Barbara and Patrick, a young girl named Catherine who knows far more than possible for her age, a doomed centuries-old love affair, and deceptive dealings in Patrick’s police department. Part murder mystery, part romance, and part supernatural journey, TILL LIFE DO US PART is a book filled with multiple twists, turns, and surprising revelations. The author’s take on reincarnation is uniquely presented and richly rewarding for the reader.

When the book shifts in time, you are transported to another age, as vividly realized as present day in the author’s capable hands. The historical setting is superb, a time when just whispers of witchcraft could send someone to the stake. Tie all of these elements together for an explosive finish in the present day, and you have a riveting story that stays with you long after you close the cover.

About Carmen Stefanescu

Carmen Stefanescu was born in Romania, the native country of the infamous vampire Count Dracula, but where, for about 50 years of communist dictatorship, just speaking about God, faith, reincarnation or paranormal phenomena could have led someone to great trouble – the psychiatric hospital if not to prison.

Teacher of English and German in her native country and mother of two daughters, Carmen Stefanescu survived the grim years of oppression, by escaping in a parallel world, that of the books.

She has dreamed all her life to become a writer, but many of the things she wrote during those years remained just drawer projects. The fall of the Ceausescu’s regime in 1989 and the opening of the country to the world meant a new beginning for her. She started publishing. Poems first, and then prose. Both in English.

Connect to Carmen

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6624397.Carmen_Stefanescu
Blog: http://shadowspastmystery.blogspot.ro/
Twitter:  https://twitter.com/Carmen_Books
Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/carmens007/
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Carmen-Stefanescu-Books/499245716760283
Google: https://plus.google.com/117216040843648957646/posts

Thank you for dropping in today and if you would like to join Carmen on the shelves of the bookstore, please check this post. Thanks Sally

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Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore – New on the Shelves – Tales of Ejoma (Dual Realms Book One) by Paige Addams


Welcome to author Paige Addams and her recently released paranormal romance Tales of Ejoma (Dual Realms Book 1)

About Tales of Ejoma (Dual Realms Book One)

Ejoma and Thavos are immortal and human realms, held separate from one another by a magical barrier. Ejoma is a world of magic, danger, and beauty that humans have long forgotten exists. The shimana can change their shape or bend the elements to their will, and have filled their countless years with learning. Thavos is a world of science and machines. Always striving to invent new things and understand the world around them, humans became strong.

Balance has been maintained between the two realms for millennia, for the safety of immortals and humans alike. But a deadly enemy is growing steadily more powerful with dark magic. Soon, neither realm will be safe.

This series of novellas and short stories will introduce you to:

Shauna, an ordinary human dragged across the barrier, who comes face to face with beings she thought only existed in stories. As confusing and strange as this new world is to her, she can’t help her fascination with Ori, a powerful immortal who manifests wishes and hears the dreams and desires of others. When a rogue group of immortals takes an interest in her accidental jump across the barrier, can Ori protect her?

Rina sees a mysterious man reach out to her in her dreams with such a heartbreaking smile that she can’t help but wish he were real. A commander who leads one of the contingents of warriors in the capital city, she should push him out of her mind and focus on her work, but she can’t forget him. When she’s sent to defend a city under siege by rogue immortals, she hears a familiar name…Isaro. How far is she willing to go for him?

Future ruler or not, Mayun would rather die than be stuck with her protector, Toren, while she trains to master her alternate form. He’s overbearing, annoying, and has made it clear that he thinks she’s unfit to become ruler. So why does he seem so determined to stay by her side? And why can’t she stop fantasizing about him? When the enemy begins targeting her, can Mayun and Toren set aside their issues long enough to escape?

Bonus Materials: Also included are a glossary, a bit of the history of Ejoma, and teaser standalone chapters for future books. For the full glossary and history, and blog exclusive

Buy the book: https://www.amazon.com/Tales-Ejoma-Dual-Realms-Book-ebook/dp/B06ZZ66C1C

About Paige Addams

Paige Addams is a pseudonym. She lives with her very patient and amazing husband and their dog in Ohio. When she’s not writing, she’s growing her business as a LMT, practicing Aikido (and trying not to kill herself in the process) and trying to learn contact juggling (like that scene from Labyrinth). Otherwise, she’s generally procrastinating with video games and far more YouTube than is probably healthy.

This is Paige’s first novel, but there will be many more!

Connect to Paige

Amazon author page: https://www.amazon.com/Paige-Addams/e/B071Y7JS4S
Blog:https://paigeaddams.wordpress.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/PaigeAddamsAuthor/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/PaigeAddams

This is Paige’s debut novel and so it would be extra special if you could share this across your networks and spread the word.  I am sure that there will be some reviews shortly to share in the Cafe Updates. Thanks Sally

Smorgasbord Blogger Daily April 4th 2017 – Marlena Smith, Sue Vincent, Granny Moon and Charlotte Kane


Smorgasbord Blogger Daily

Welcome to today’s small selection of blog posts that I have read and enjoyed today. I spend as much time as possible visiting the sites I follow but in case I miss your post please leave a link in the comments.

I am starting with an author interview on author Marlena Smith’s blog where she asks Staci Triolo about family.

What is Family?

Hi, Marlena. Thanks for inviting me to visit with you and your readers today. I’m happy to be here.

I’m one of six authors involved with Story Empire, a group dedicated to pooling our collective writing/publishing/marketing experience and sharing it with others in our fields. This week, we’ve expanded on our industry posts and banded together to take our show on the road. In other words, we’re hosting each other on book tours.

Read Staci’s thoughts on family and the rest of the interview: https://mylife428.wordpress.com/2017/04/03/meet-author-staci-troilo-family/

Sue Vincent’s guest today is G. Michael Vasey author of several books of paranormal with more than a hint of the paranormal. Here he talks about the inspiration behind his latest book..

A recent call with my mother resulted in my latest book. Knowing my interests, my mother surprised me by telling me how on three separate occasions, she had seen her sister. The first time, she was in the kitchen and turned around to see the apparition of her sister. It slowly faded away. The second time, she saw her outside the front door but by the time she got to the door, no one was there. A third instance shook her up quite a bit. Why? Well seeing a ghost is a scary thing but especially if the person whose ghost you see is still alive!

I was hooked – ghosts of the living.

Discover more about the book and other work by G. Michael Vasey: https://scvincent.com/2017/04/04/guest-author-g-michael-vasey-ghosts-of-the-living-and-being-in-two-places-at-once/

Granny Moon brings shares the Karelian Folk Healing which interestingly focuses on the feet as a part of the body where toxins are released during and following sickness. Also the holistic approach using music, movement and rituals.

Various folk shamanic tradition practices are called Folk Healing, like the Grandmothers in this video (in other traditions its called medicine woman). The Slavs, Balkans and North regions like the Karelians pretty much have the same basic rituals for healing. The feet are important because they are both where the greatest amount of our detoxing of sickness releases. The folk singing (chanting and/or spells its called in some traditions) are the direction in which the healing “intent” of the energy is given.

Song, movement, specific parts of the body, water and fire rituals, all work together as the root foundation, be that medicine chanted or spoken into sacred clothing through embroidery, or the folk healer (who whisperers) a directional energy, or our relationship to the spirit (benevolent energies) of earth to work with the healer (in shamanic way), which is closest to our body and soul of the sick.

Read more about these unpatented and therefore often dismissed methods of healing: https://grannymoon.wordpress.com/2017/04/04/karelian-magic/

And finally today an author interview by Charlotte Kane who finds out more about the books of Lynette Creswell.

So tell us about the Magic Trilogy and the world it is set in.

The magic trilogy begins with Sinners of Magic. The story unfolds in a world parallel to our own, a place where immortals are forbidden to procreate with anyone other than their own kind. Amella and Bridgemear, secret lovers within the realm of Nine Winters, are betrayed by someone they trust. This has devastating consequences when Amella is found to be carrying the magician’s child. The Elders banish the newborn babe to the land of mere mortals and Amella is forced to allow her daughter to be raised as a human.

Years pass and dark and troubled times descend upon the Elf realm. Amella’s child whom she named Crystal is now sixteen years old and using old, forbidden magic. The King of the Elves sends an envoy, a shape-changer, who tricks her into believing if she returns to the Kingdom of Nine Winters, she will find the answers regarding her newly revealed birthright.

Read the rest of the interview with Lynette Creswell: https://charlottekane.wordpress.com/2016/06/24/lynette-creswell-interview/

If you would like to share your latest blog post then just leave your link in the comments.

Thanks for dropping by today.. Sally

Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore – New on the Shelves – Author C.S. Boyack


Welcome to another new author on the shelves of the bookstore. C.S. Boyack is a prolific author and popular blogger who supports Indie authors in a number of ways, including with his entertaining and effective Lisa Burton Interviews.

Last time Craig was here in 2015 he was promoting his short story collection which was followed up in September 2016 with the second volume of The Experimental Notebook of C.S. Boyack. Every story can be read in a single session. This time there are a few tributes to the pulp era. Stories include science fiction, paranormal, and horror.

Here is a recent review for Volume II

This anthology comprises fifteen different stories, taking you on fifteen very different trips; some will make you happy, some will make you sad, others will make you wonder. There is one thing that they all have in common: They are unforgettable. I cannot tell you more about this anthology as it would spoil the fun of reading it yourself.

With The Experimental Notebook of C. S. Boyack II, C. S. Boyack presents us with fifteen little gifts. Each story is skilfully elaborated, has its own great flow. Ernest Hemingway once stated “When writing a novel a writer should create living people; people not characters. A character is a caricature.” C. S. Boyack shows this masterly with every story – he created living people instead of mere characters. I was drawn into the stories right away, close to the protagonists – sometimes too close for comfort. I could easily envision the characters and locations. I had a great time reading The Experimental Notebook of C. S. Boyack II. It is a very enjoyable read.

This is for you if you like short stories, adventures with a humorous streak, paranormal events, horror stories, a remarkable science fiction story, very likeable characters to cheer on, surprises and food for thought – all packed in micro-fiction and short stories.

This is a book to read again. Highly recommended!

Read all the reviews and buy the bookhttps://www.amazon.com/Experimental-Notebook-C-S-Boyack-ebook/product-reviews/B01KENADN6

As well as short stories C.S. Boyack also has several novels and here is a YA fantasy Will O’ Wisp.

About the book

There is something evil up Bergamot Holler, and it’s been targeting the Hall family for generations.

Patty Hall is fifteen years old. She loves stargazing, science fiction, and all things related to space exploration. This leaves her perfectly prepared for the wrong problem.

Patty is afraid her mother will send her to a care facility if she tells her what she’s seen. If she doesn’t figure things out soon, she’s going to join her father in the Hall family cemetery plot.

Patty has to come to grips with her own physical handicap, face the wilderness, and an ancient evil all alone if she’s going to survive.

One of the excellent reviews for the book.

Patty is a fifteen year old girl in 1975. Her mother forces her to wear leg braces which makes Patty a target for bullying. Because of this, Patty has learned to trust few and block everything else out. One night while stargazing with some friends, she sees a strange light that almost kills a man. Patty decides to investigate but doesn’t really get too far. Then when her mother and she inherit her uncle’s estate she finds his journal and learns of the curse on the Hall family from a witch during the Revolutionary War. Patty is going to break this curse before it takes both her and her brother’s lives.

I love how easy it is to fall into this story. Patty is a regular teenager during 1975 and does the same thing all teens do. But she finds herself the outsider so she has filled her time with science, science fiction and anything relating to outer space. But when she sees a man almost die from this strange blue light, Patty thinks it can only be aliens. But when she finds her uncles journal she learns the truth.

This is my first book from C.S. Boyack but it will not be my last. This is a great story that anyone of any age will enjoy.

I received Will O’ the Wisp from Reading Addiction Virtual Book Tours for free. This has in no way influenced my opinion of this book.

Also by C.S. Boyack

 Read all the reviews and buy the books: https://www.amazon.com/C.-S.-Boyack/e/B00ILXBXUY

About C.S. Boyack.

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 thanks Sally

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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

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