Time to get back to the Cafe Updates and recommendations for your summer reading.
The first author today is Jacqui Murray whose latest prehistoric adventure Laws of Nature (Dawn of Humanity Book 2) is receiving great reviews.
About the book
A boy blinded by fire. A woman raised by wolves. An avowed enemy offers help. But can they save Lucy’s tribe?***In this second in the Dawn of Humanity trilogy, the first trilogy in the Man vs. Nature saga, Lucy and her eclectic group escape the treacherous tribe that has been hunting them and find a safe haven in the famous Wonderwerk caves in South Africa, the oldest known occupation of caves by humans. They don’t have clothing, fire, or weapons, but the caves keep them warm and food is plentiful. Circumstances make it clear that they can’t stay, not with the rest of her tribe enslaved by the treacherous enemy.
To free them requires not only the prodigious skills of Lucy’s unique group–which includes a proto-wolf and a female raised by the pack–but others who have no reason to assist her and instinct tells Lucy she shouldn’t trust. Set 1.8 million years ago in Africa, Lucy and her band of early humans struggle against the harsh reality of a world ruled by nature, where predators stalk them and a violent new species of man threatens to destroy their world. Only by changing can they prevail. If you ever wondered how earliest man survived but couldn’t get through the academic discussions, this book is for you. Prepare to see this violent and beautiful world in a way you never imagined.
A recent review for the book
Murray’s novels are always filled with a plethora of facts about prehistoric man. What they ate. How they hunted. How they communicated. And how they survived. I can’t begin to fathom the amount of time that goes into researching the worlds she creates. What strikes me the most about her stories is how people—and animals—from different cultures learn to live together. Come together. And form a pack. It’s a wonderful lesson in today’s tempestuous times.
This particular series is about Lucy. A Homo habilis female who takes her place among the men to step up and lead her pack. She does so with both strength and gentleness and earns the respect and loyalty from everyone that follows her.
If you happen to be looking for a book that reaches into the past, has a strong, fearless female, this series is for you. So grab your coffee, put your feet up and prepare to enjoy.
A selection of books by Jacqui Murray
The next review is for Jan Sikes and her short story Satin & Cinders.
A recent review for the story
This is a very short read, but it delivers both a message and a huge warm fuzzy. Told from the POV of Cinders, a wild stallion in love with Satin, a domestic mare, the story delivers a tale of longing, love, and having the confidence to reach for your dream. When Cinders braves the unknown to connect with the mare he has loved from afar in spirit, he and Satin find strength in their devotion to each other. The delivery is sweet and wraps with a lovely and strengthening message about pursuing your dreams, even when it involves stepping out of your comfort zone.
A small selection of other books by Jan Sikes
The final author today with a recent review is Marcia Meara for the first book in her series Wake-Robin Ridge.
About the book
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.
A recent review for the book
Wake-Robin Ridge is the first book in Marcia Meara’s series. The story revolves around two women, decades apart. Sarah Carter is looking for a major life change and decides to get a cabin in rural Colorado and write the novel that she has always wanted to write. She meets MacKenzie Cole, a handsome but mysterious man who has had more than his share of tragedy. MacKenzie has a secret that prevents him from getting close, but his love for Sarah is at odds with his previous plans to live isolated.
Sarah is connected unknowingly to Ruth Carter, a woman who saw an opportunity to flee from her abusive husband, Lloyd Carter, fifty years earlier. While Lloyd is in prison, Ruth runs away to rural North Carolina and lives in the same cabin that Sarah later inhabits. Lloyd hires a guy to track down Ruth so that he (Lloyd) can come back and murder her.
This was an engaging read that involves plenty of suspense with a paranormal angle. I enjoyed this story, and I plan to read the next book in the series.
A selection of books by Marcia Meara
Thanks very much and I hope you will be leaving with some books..thanks Sally.