Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore Update #Reviews – Sarah Brentyn, Mae Clair and Stevie Turner.


Welcome to the Friday edition of the Cafe and Bookstore update featuring recent reviews for authors on the shelves.

The first author is Sarah Brentyn with a great review for her collection of short fiction Hinting at Shadows

About Hinting at Shadows

No One Escapes Life Unscathed

Delve into the deeper reaches of the human condition and the darkness that lives there.A girl haunted by her sister’s drowning. A boy desperate for his father’s affection. A woman forced to make a devastating decision. A man trapped by his obsessions.

Experience tales of love, loss, murder, and madness through this collection of flash and micro fiction.Take a peek behind the smile of a stranger. Get a glimpse inside the heart of a friend. Scratch the surface and discover what is hidden beneath.

These stories will open your mind, tug at your thoughts, and allow you to explore the possibility that, even in the brightest moments, something is Hinting at Shadows.

One of the recent reviews for the book

A real treat!  on October 31, 2018
An explanation on good micro-fiction written by Stephen Hastings-King, begins as follows (this is only a section of the quote): “There is a flat white fog. It is everywhere. There are birds. You can hear them. There are binoculars. You pick them up. You cannot see what you are looking at. You look at another thing to see what you are looking at…” Many of the pieces in Ms. Brentyn’s collection echo the above words. A real treat!

Read the rest of the reviews and buy the Collection: https://www.amazon.com/Hinting-Shadows-Collection-Short-Fiction-ebook/dp/B01N0DVWKO

And on Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Hinting-at-Shadows-Sarah-Brentyn-ebook/dp/B01N0DVWKO

Also by Sarah Brentyn

Read the reviews and buy the Collections: https://www.amazon.com/Hinting-Shadows-Collection-Short-Fiction-ebook/dp/B01N0DVWKO

And on Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Sarah-Brentyn/e/B01N410987

Read other reviews and follow Sarah on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/32998449-hinting-at-shadows

Connect to Sarah via her blog: https://sarahbrentyn.wordpress.com/

The next author whose recent review is receiving rave reviews is Mae Clair for Cusp of Night ( Hode’s Hill Series)

About Cusp of Night

The truth hides in dark places . . .

Recently settled in Hode’s Hill, Pennsylvania, Maya Sinclair is enthralled by the town’s folklore, especially the legend about a centuries-old monster. A devil-like creature with uncanny abilities responsible for several horrific murders, the Fiend has evolved into the stuff of urban myth. But the past lives again when Maya witnesses an assault during the annual “Fiend Fest.” The victim is developer Leland Hode, patriarch of the town’s most powerful family, and he was attacked by someone dressed like the Fiend.

Compelled to discover who is behind the attack and why, Maya uncovers a shortlist of enemies of the Hode clan. The mystery deepens when she finds the journal of a late nineteenth-century spiritualist who once lived in Maya’s house—a woman whose ghost may still linger. Known as the Blue Lady of Hode’s Hill due to a genetic condition, Lucinda Glass vanished without a trace and was believed to be one of the Fiend’s tragic victims. The disappearance of a young couple, combined with more sightings of the monster, trigger Maya to join forces with Leland’s son Collin. But the closer she gets to the truth, the closer she comes to a hidden world of twisted secrets, insanity, and evil that refuses to die.

One of the recent reviews for the book

What a read!  on October 2, 2018

I loved this book, one in the Hode’s Hill series by Mae Claire. It had all the things that make for a good mystery – a historical basis, an unknown murderous entity, a psychic, a touch of paranormal, a growing romantic relationship and great story telling. What’s not to like? It was a perfect summer beach read, only I read it on a boat circumnavigating Iceland…

The story opens in 1900 with a dead-of-rainy-night visit by society woman Charlette Hode to a renowned spiritualist, Lucinda Glass, on whom she has come to depend. She’s been warned that the Fiend – a killer with seemingly supernatural abilities to kill and disappear – may be about, but she pays no mind…

In the present day, Maya Sinclair, recently recovered from a car accident during which she was dead for two minutes, settles in to an old house in Hode’s Hill, Pennsylvania. She soon discovers the house was once owned by the renowned psychic Lucinda Glass, who was called the Blue Lady because of her blue-hued skin and who was killed by the Fiend. When sightings of a strange creature occur at the time of the annual ‘Fiend Fest’ and Maya begins to experience strange happenings in her house, she can’t help but try to learn more of the history of Hode’s Hill and the Blue Lady. She soon meets the son of the current Hode patriarch, who believes her account of the mysterious events in her house, and she also learns of a secret research facility located outside the town.

I won’t say more because I want to leave other readers to the delight and chills of the story. Who was the Fiend? Has it returned to life or is it a more modern version of the legend?
Mae Claire has crafted a gem of a creepy thriller about supernatural occurrences and a centuries-old monster. She creates the perfect turn-of- the- century ambience, and I liked the alternating point of view from the 20th century Lucinda Glass and the modern-day Maya. The author clearly did researched spiritualists, who were so popular in Lucinda’s time, which lends authenticity top that aspect of the book.

The tale, while chilling, is not gory. There is no lurid blood-letting, and Maya and her friend Ivy are authentic characters. The author lays out the clues to the mystery in an agonizing precision – so I had to read faster – and I loved the way the twists and turns in the story came together at the end. A perfect paranormal cozy!
I’m anxious to read the next in the Hode’s Hill series

Read the reviews and buy the book: https://www.amazon.com/Cusp-Night-Hodes-Hill-Novel-ebook/dp/B078LJX83X/

and Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Cusp-Night-Hodes-Hill-Novel-ebook/dp/B078LJX83X/

The Point Pleasant Series

A small selection of other books by  Mae Clair

Read all the reviews and buy the books: https://www.amazon.com/Mae-Clair/e/B009I61ND0

And on Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Mae-Clair/e/B009I61ND0/

Read more reviews and follow Mae on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6468716.Mae_Clair

Connect to Mae via her blog: https://maeclair.net/blog/

The final author today with a recent review is Stevie Turner with A Marriage of Convenience.

About the book

Gerrie Hermann, aspiring rock star from a rich South African family, has an unusual proposal for Sophie Woods when he meets her for the first time in their university canteen. Strait-laced Sophie has never done anything out of the ordinary in the whole of her 19 years. When she decides to take Gerrie up on his offer she has no idea that her decision is going to affect the rest of her life in ways that she could never have foreseen, even in her wildest dreams.

A recent review for the book

Would you marry someone simply to help them out of a dilemma?

This is what Sophie Woods, a university student, is about to do, a business arrangement, nothing more. But what happens afterwards is the stuff that dreams, and Hollywood movies are made of. Sophie, young and naïve, has never done anything risky before and has no idea of what fate awaits her.

Gerrie, a South African student, is an aspiring rock star with wealthy parents, who unfortunately don’t approve of his career choice. Gerrie wants to stay in England and the only way he can do that, is to get married.

Sophie falls in love with her new husband, but circumstances conspire to ruin their unexpected happiness and break both their hearts as well. The tension builds unbearably for them and their future outcome looks decidedly bleak.

There doesn’t seem to be an easy solution to their problems and after so long, can there really be a happy ever after?

Read the reviews and buy the book: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Marriage-Convenience-Stevie-Turner-ebook/dp/B07D7Z37DR/

And Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/Marriage-Convenience-Stevie-Turner-ebook/dp/B07D7Z37DR/

A selection of books by Stevie Turner please visit Amazon to view them all.

Read all the reviews and buy the books: https://www.amazon.com/Stevie-Turner/e/B00AV7YOTU

And Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Stevie-Turner/e/B00AV7YOTU

Follow Stevie Turner on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7172051.Stevie_Turner

Connect to Stevie Turner via her website: http://www.stevie-turner-author.co.uk/

Thank you for dropping in today and I hope you will head over and discover more about these authors and their books. Thanks Sally

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Smorgasbord Blogger Daily – Meet the #Reviewers – Monday 24th September 2018 – Leslie Tate, Olga Nunez Miret and Sue Vincent with Sarah Brentyn


Welcome to the first of the Blogger Daily posts this week and I am going to start with a little self-promotion. I was the guest of author and poet Leslie Tate today and here is a short excerpt from Part One of the interview (as you know I can talk for England and Ireland, so part two is next Monday)

I interviewed Sally Cronin who runs Smorgasbord, a lifestyle blog with 32,000+ followers, and has twenty years of published writing behind her. Sally says about herself: “In 1996. My first book ‘Size Matters’ was a health and weight loss book based on my own experiences of losing 70kilo. I have written another ten books since then on health and also fiction including three collections of short stories. I am an indie author and proud to be one.”

In part one of the interview I asked Sally about her highly successful blog.

Leslie: You publish Smorgasbord an online blog magazine for ‘lovers of health, food, books, music, humour and life in general’. It has 32,000+ followers and you blog several times a day. How did it begin, grow and develop?

Sally: In 2008 I moved back to the UK to look after my mother full-time when she was 90. (She was not really care home material as she was a bit of a character!) In the beginning I was able to combine my nutritional therapy work with radio presenting, something that I had been doing in Spain for the last four years. However, all that went on hold by the time she reached 93 and developed dementia which meant she needed someone with her 24/7.

My husband David joined us to provide much needed support and for the next two years we focused on making my mother as comfortable and happy as possible. She slipped away peacefully overlooking her garden at almost 95; still as feisty as ever. Naturally there is the sorrow of losing a parent, but we all felt a sense of relief that she was no longer suffering the confusion and fear associated with dementia. It had been a very intensive two years, and I had not really appreciated the stress that had accumulated for both of us. Thankfully we had plenty to keep us occupied, and with the rest of the family, we spent the next few months dealing with the official side of bereavement and preparing her house for sale.

I hope you will head over and join us…I know that I am an open book! But you might find out something new…..Sally’s interview with Leslie Tate

Leslie Tate, buy: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Leslie-Tate/e/B07BL5L23B
Website: https://leslietate.com/

Next one of the always insightful and interesting reviews from Olga Nunez Miret for The Truth about the Harry Quebert Affair by Joël Dicker

It is a book that has caused more than a ripple in literary terms with critics and readers alike and is must read for mystery lovers. Here is a snippet from Olga’s review and I hope you will head over and enjoy the rest of the post.

A crime story. A love story. More than 2 million copies sold worldwide.

And now a major 10-part MGM TV series starring Patrick Dempsey and Ben Schnetzer.

August 30, 1975. The day of the disappearance. The day Somerset, New Hampshire, lost its innocence.

That summer, struggling author Harry Quebert fell in love with fifteen-year-old Nola Kellergan. Thirty-three years later, her body is dug up from his yard, along with a manuscript copy of the novel that made him a household name. Quebert is the only suspect.

Marcus Goldman – Quebert’s most gifted protégé – throws off his writer’s block to clear his mentor’s name. Solving the case and penning a new bestseller soon merge into one. As his book begins to take on a life of its own, the nation is gripped by the mystery of ‘The Girl Who Touched the Heart of America’.

But with Nola, in death as in life, nothing is ever as it seems.

The film is directed by Jean-Jacques Annaud (Seven Years in Tibet) and released on 23 August on SkyWitness.

The Baltimore Boys, a follow-up to the bestselling The Truth about the Harry Quebert Affair, is published in paperback.

Head over and discover more about the book and Olga’s review: Review for The Truth About the Harry Quebert Affair by Joel Dicker

Olga Nunez Miret – Buy: http://www.amazon.co.uk/-/e/B009UC58G0
Blog: http://www.authortranslatorolga.com – Goodreads: Olga on Goodreads

Please visit Amazon or Olga’s blog to view all her books.

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Now a guest post on Sue Vincent’s blog by author Sarah Brentyn who is digging in her heels about the traditional vs. Indie published authors.

There are still some snarky individuals out there who enjoy a bit of author bashing. I usually find they have not themselves published anything and are waiting to be ‘discovered’. Self-publishing is here to stay and thank goodness for that. There is rubbish published on both sides of the aisle and I have paid good money for print copies of favourite authors only to be disappointed on several levels.

Anyway here is your starter and I hope you will head over to Sue and give your opinion to Sarah.

In one day, I saw three negative opinions about indie “authors”. (I use quotes here as these opinions implied indies are not actually authors.) One was a blog post and the other two were strings of tweets on Twitter.

They were of the mind that all writers who self publish completely, utterly, and in all other ways suck. They gave “proof”. (I use quotes here as my opinion implies that what they offered was not actually proof.)

Their “proof” (there are those pesky, sarcastic quotes again) is as follows…in a nutty, nutty nutshell:

If indie authors could write a decent book, they would be picked up by a traditional publisher. Period. Full stop. End of story.
“Real” authors (who are traditionally published) think indie authors suck, too. So there!
Indie authors are mucking up the world! Pigs are flying! Hell is freezing over!
Indie authors are so bad, they should stop writing. Now. Because. The mucking up of the world and the pigs and whatnot. Also, they suck. (Oh, and are not traditionally published.)

I have no intention of stopping.

Head over and read the rest of the post: https://scvincent.com/2018/09/23/guest-author-sarah-brentyn-be-the-grain-you-were-meant-to-be

Both Sue and Sarah are authors in the Cafe and Bookstore

Sue Vincent and Stuart France, Buy: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Sue-Vincent/e/B00F2L730W
Blog: http://scvincent.com/

Please visit Amazon or Sue’s blog to view all her books and those written with Stuart France.

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Sarah Brentyn, Buy: https://www.amazon.com/Sarah-Brentyn/e/B01N410987
Blog: https://sarahbrentyn.wordpress.com/

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I hope you have enjoyed today’s selection and back again tomorrow with more talented bloggers. Thanks Sally

Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore – Author Update – Jacquie Biggar, Robbie and Michael Cheadle, Sarah Brentyn and Brigid P. Gallagher


Welcome to the Friday edition of the Cafe and Bookstore author update.

There is a slight change to the format, where the reviewer is also in the Cafe and Bookstore, I will share their entry.

And the first author with a recent review to celebrate is Jacquie Biggar with Hold ‘Em.

About Hold ‘Em

In the game of love all bets are off

When professional poker player Matthew Shaughnessy wins the pot of a lifetime, he didn’t expect to land himself a fiancée.
Cassandra Gardener is left with little choice but to play the part of a Texan’s fiancée for a week if she wants to clear her father’s gambling debt.
Can two people with so much to lose win the biggest bet of all- love?

One of the recent reviews on Goodreads

Apr 15, 2018 Darlene rated it Five Stars.

At the beginning of the book I was a little turned off by the fact that Matt would force someone into such an immoral deal. But it didn’t take long before his motives made me view him in a different light. I soon came to love him and his family, and rooted for them all the way through the book!

Read the reviews and buy the book: https://www.amazon.com/Hold-Em-Gambling-Hearts-Romance-ebook/dp/B073W2RBNN

and Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Hold-Em-Gambling-Hearts-Romance-ebook/dp/B073W2RBNN

A selection of of other books by Jacquie Biggar

Read all the reviews and buy the books: https://www.amazon.com/Jacquie-Biggar/e/B00MSIJQBG

And at Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Jacquie-Biggar/e/B00MSIJQBG/

Read more reviews and follow Jacquie Biggar on Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/8445812.Jacquie_Biggar

Connect to Jacquie via her website: http://jacqbiggar.com

Time for something for children and their parents who enjoy sharing cooking time with them. Robbie and Michael Cheadle with a recent review for Sir Chocolate and the Baby Cookie Monster – Story and Cookbook

About the book

Book 2 of the Sir Chocolate series: Sir Chocolate and Lady Sweet find a lost baby cookie monster. Join them on an adventure to return the baby to its mother and learn how to make some of their delicious recipes at the same time.

One of the recent reviews for the book

In this instalment, Sir Chocolate and Lady Sweet must find the culprit who had caused damage in the town. They set off to in their chocolate cake car to track the baby cookie monster. This book contains more of the innovative fondant icing figurines instead of illustrations which I love and there are some yummy recipes which the young readers can try.

Read the reviews and buy the book: https://www.amazon.com/Chocolate-Cookie-Monster-Story-Cookbook-ebook/dp/B01N2T89RS/

And Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Chocolate-Cookie-Monster-Story-Cookbook-ebook/dp/B01N2T89RS

Books by Robbie and Michael Cheadle

Read all the reviews and buy the books: https://www.amazon.com/Robbie-Cheadle/e/B01N9J62GQ

And on Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Robbie-Cheadle/e/B01N9J62GQ

Read more reviews and follow Robbie on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/15584446.Robbie_Cheadle

Connect to Robbie and Michael Cheadle: https://robbiesinspiration.wordpress.com/

Our next author is Sarah Brentyn with a great review for her collection of short fiction Hinting at Shadows

About Hinting at Shadows

No One Escapes Life Unscathed

Delve into the deeper reaches of the human condition and the darkness that lives there.A girl haunted by her sister’s drowning. A boy desperate for his father’s affection. A woman forced to make a devastating decision. A man trapped by his obsessions.

Experience tales of love, loss, murder, and madness through this collection of flash and micro fiction.Take a peek behind the smile of a stranger. Get a glimpse inside the heart of a friend. Scratch the surface and discover what is hidden beneath.

These stories will open your mind, tug at your thoughts, and allow you to explore the possibility that, even in the brightest moments, something is Hinting at Shadows.

One of the recent reviews for the book

Hinting at Shadows by Sarah Brentyn is sheer poetry in the garb of flash fiction. The emotions flow spontaneously and so succinctly convey the hurt, the guilt, the fear, the regret and a myriad other emotions that each story leaves a room for imagination, yearning for more. Coruscating poetic expressions like ‘where sunlight pools just a few feet away from the shadows,’ ‘Home was a minefield,’ ‘Drifting laughter caresses me,’ ‘Until fingernails become half moons of filth,’ ‘Cold seeped into my heart and even in summer, I could never stay warm’ would leave you spellbound!

Sarah’s characters are stoic, resilient and powerful. Whether it is the grief of losing a child, shattered dreams, a simple regret or serious mental health issue, she writes with the brilliance of an accomplished writer, handling emotions with acumen and touching your heart with just few words.

This book exemplifies how a lot can be said just within few words. True to its name, the book hints at all the shadows around us and bewilders you how they could be compressed into poignant poetic tales. Each one is better than the other but some stand out as exceptional – ‘Closet Space,’ ‘Twilight,’ ‘Maybe’, ‘Bitter Cold’, ‘Mirror, Mirror.’ This is a book to be read leisurely, to be savored slowly and felt deeply.

Read the rest of the reviews and buy the Collection: https://www.amazon.com/Hinting-Shadows-Collection-Short-Fiction-ebook/dp/B01N0DVWKO

And on Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Hinting-at-Shadows-Sarah-Brentyn-ebook/dp/B01N0DVWKO

Also by Sarah Brentyn and anthologies contributed to.

Read the reviews and buy the Collections: https://www.amazon.com/Hinting-Shadows-Collection-Short-Fiction-ebook/dp/B01N0DVWKO

And on Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Sarah-Brentyn/e/B01N410987

Read other reviews and follow Sarah on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/32998449-hinting-at-shadows

Connect to Sarah via her blog: https://sarahbrentyn.wordpress.com/

Balroop Singh is also an author in the Cafe and Bookstore

Balroop Singh, Buy: https://www.amazon.com/Balroop-Singh/e/B00N5QLW8U
Blog: http://balroop2013.wordpress.com

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The final author today with a recent review is Brigid P. Gallagher for her book Watching for the Daisies.

About the book

Millions of people around the world suffer from fibromyalgia; the majority of them are women. As yet, there is no cure.

In this memoir, Brigid P. Gallagher shares her experiences on:

  • The busy life she followed before succumbing to this debilitating disease
  • Stopping and soul searching for answers to her vast array of symptoms
  • Entering a new life of SLOW

Drawing on her knowledge and experience as a Natural Medicines therapist, she seeks out therapies to aid her healing and integrates a variety of self help techniques and lifestyle changes. She also unearths a love of solo travel including Egypt, India, Rome, Lourdes, Carcassonne and Bali…

Brigid learns many insights about LIFE on her journey, the most valuable being: “First learn to love thyself.”

In 2006, she began a new career in Organic Horticulture eventually teaching part time in schools. Although she has now retired from teaching, she continues to pursue her lifelong passion for gardening and watching the daisies.

One of the recent reviews for the book

Brigid Gallagher’s Watching the Daisies (2017) is the soul-baring experience as an active, hard-charging woman’s life is turned upside down by a disease she doesn’t know how she contracted, has no cure, and only gets worse the longer you live. Gallagher starts her story with her completely normal childhood in Scotland as the daughter of loving parents who raise their family to be moral, ethical, and self-responsible. We see Gallagher’s everyday life in school, with her family, and in daily activities, as she grows into a productive and successful adult, made more poignant by knowing what was coming in her future. As luck would have it, maybe even before the first hint that her body carried this nasty disease, she develops a passion for alternative methods of healing. I was fascinated to read the depth of knowledge required for her to be considered capable of serving in this new career. In the midst of her success in this important field, a panoply of misdiagnosed physical ailments prevent her from working (not uncommon for this horrid disease). Gallagher’s disease is finally diagnosed correctly but that’s the only good news. Fibromyalgia is a life-long disease where treatment can improve quality of life but never cure it.

In all of this, Gallagher shares her insights, her experiences, steps she took to try to resolve her physical problems, ranging from drugs and medicine to diet and exercise. She ends the book with her top tips on self-healing illnesses.

This book is highly recommended for anyone with any chronic disease as a real-life example of how to live through it with grace and a positive attitude.

Read the rest of the reviews and buy the book: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Watching-Daisies-Life-Lessons-Importance-ebook/dp/B01N3M9VJ0

and more reviews at Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/Brigid-P-Gallagher/e/B01N8UCYYD

Connect to Brigid via her blog: https://watchingthedaisies.com/

Jacqui Murray is also an author in the Cafe and Bookstore.

Jacqui Murray, Buy: https://www.amazon.com/Jacqui-Murray/e/B002E78CQQ
Website: https://worddreams.wordpress.com/

Thank you for dropping in today and if you are an author in the Cafe and Bookstore with a recent review or a new release, then please let me know. sally.cronin@moyhill.com.. Thanks Sally.

Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore – Author Update – Yecheilyah Ysrayl, Carol Balawyder, Linda Bradley, Sarah Brentyn and Frank Parker


Welcome to the Friday edition of my Cafe and Bookstore author update.. A full house today with new books and new reviews.

The first author today is Yecheilyah Ysrayl and a new release just before Christmas.

About  I Am Soul

I am Soul is a short collection of poetry and prose from Yecheilyah’s PBS Blog covering Black History, Faith, Love and all things Soul.

One of the early reviews for the collection

FIRST THOUGHTS

I was pleased to find out this author had a poetry book up her sleeve for one last release in 2017. Poetry has intrigued me lately and I’ve been trying to read more of it. So I was eager to give this one a try.

WRITING STYLE

As the summary suggests, I Am Soul is a collection of poetry from the author’s blog or personal journal.

These poems are based on African history and literature as well as Women’s literature. It’s interesting to read from such a perspective because I come from a different background than the author. It reads just like a journal and it’s refreshing.

The poetry comes in all shapes and sizes so that it doesn’t get monotonous. Some are long lasting two to three pages while others are just a few lines taking up half a page. Some of them rhymed and some didn’t. Some lines were long reading like prose and others weren’t. It kept my attention and I was able to read it in one sitting, despite how short it is at 96-pages.

OVERALL

If you’re interested in history or even just poetry in general, this is a great book to read.

Favorite Quote:

“But I can write, / articulating the suffering / of the now silent.” –Yecheilyah Ysrayl, I Am Soul

Read the reviews and buy the book: https://www.amazon.com/I-am-Soul-Yecheilyah-Ysrayl-ebook/dp/B078FS2ZJT

And Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/I-am-Soul-Yecheilyah-Ysrayl-ebook/dp/B078FS2ZJT

Other books by Yecheilyah Ysrayl

Read all the reviews and buy the books: https://www.amazon.com/Yecheilyah-Ysrayl/e/B00ML6OHFA/

And Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Yecheilyah-Ysrayl/e/B00ML6OHFA

Read more reviews and follow Yecheilyah on Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/8336941.Yecheilyah_Ysrayl

Connect to Yecheilyah Ysrayl via her website: https://www.yecheilyahysrayl.com/

The next author is Carol Balawyder and a recent review for The Longest Nine Months published in October 2017.

About The Longest Nine Months.

In Getting to Mr. Right, Campbell debunked the Prince Charming myth, only to meet a special man who turned all her assumptions upside down.

Now she’s married to Chand..

But Happily-Ever-After turns out to be another illusion.

Campbell deals with job burnout and struggles to find her place in the world. An unexpected pregnancy and its complications undermine her relationship with Chand and take her to a difficult crossroad. No matter which way she decides to go, nothing will ever be the same!

One of the recent reviews for the book

Carol Balawyder’s The Longest Nine Months (2017) starts with a million dollar question, one every woman I know has faced at least once: Is my life going as I wish it would? Forty-two-year-old Campbell Jones, at the top of her career as a therapist, courageously arrives at the answer I had always wanted to: I quit!! And then, she moves on, taking the steps required to make that choice a reality despite detractors, the most painful being her husband, Chand. Chand doesn’t like change so treats Campbell’s decision as a phase, something she’ll get over, until she adds the exclamation point and becomes pregnant. This he argues against, suggests an abortion, kindly and then aggressively, especially when Campbell finds out that there are complications to the pregnancy. For a long nine months, Campbell addresses the problems of a pregnancy she wants and her husband doesn’t, the worries of raising her child alone, and how to reinvigorate her career in a way that better-serves her changed attitudes.

The gift of this book is that we are with Campbell as she goes from shock over the pregnancy to the joy of a new life. It’s written in a personal first person, present tense, which makes it as intimate as it gets.

This is the final installment of her exceptional women’s fiction series, Getting to Mr. Right, though it stands alone with no problem.

Read the reviews and buy the book: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0765RYGLK

and Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Longest-Nine-Months-Getting-Right-ebook/dp/B0765RYGLK

Also by Carol Balawyder

Read the reviews and buy the books: https://www.amazon.com/Carol-Balawyder/e/B00QYYX008

And on Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Carol-Balawyder/e/B00QYYX008

Read more reviews and follow Carol on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7704883.Carol_Balawyder

Connect to Carol via her website: http://www.carolbalawyder.com

The next book that received recent reviews is A Montana Bound Christmas (book 4) by Linda Bradley.

About the book

Chloe and John McIntyre await Maggie Abernathy’s arrival at the 617 Ranch, but snowfall has halted flights from Michigan to Montana. While Maggie and her mother prepare for a delayed departure, eight-year-old Chloe prepares for disappointment by inviting her Hollywood mother to the ranch in hopes of filling the void. Brook’s unexpected acceptance raises the stakes for John who longs for the perfect Christmas. This cast of misfits bands together in true Montana Bound style when unexpected guests arrive and a curious dog goes missing.

One of the recent reviews for the book

Uncaged Review: When we last left John, Maggie and Chloe in the Montana Bound three book series, we had our happy ending, and it ended in a good place, I was happy with the series. Imagine my excitement when Ms. Bradley sent me this fourth installment – and a Christmas one at that!

I’m not going to give a lot away, but I think I see even better closure for a couple more characters. This book alternates point-of-views each chapter – and I liked seeing in the thoughts of the other characters like John’s father and his ex-wife. If you’ve read the Montana Bound series, this is a welcome addition, and if you haven’t – you can read it as a standalone, but to get the full impact of what these characters have been through, start at the beginning, Maggie’s Way.

Read the reviews and buy the book: https://www.amazon.com/Montana-Bound-Christmas-Home-Holidays-ebook/dp/B0772BBQ4W

And Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Montana-Bound-Christmas-Home-Holidays-ebook/dp/B0772BBQ4

Also in the series

Read all the reviews and buy the series: http://www.amazon.com/Linda-Bradley/e/B00JUIS2FS

And on Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Linda-Bradley/e/B00JUIS2FS

Read more reviews and follow Linda on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6498473.Linda_Bradley

Connect to Linda via her website: http://www.lindabradleyauthor.com

Time to catch up with the latest collection of flash fiction by Sarah Brentyn, On The Edge of a Raindrop

About the collection

When You’re on the Edge, It’s Easy to Fall

These are stories of lives on the edge.

A girl tortured by the world within her. A boy powerless to escape his home. A mother doomed to live with her greatest mistake. A man lost in a maze of grief.

Each raindrop provides a microscopic mirror of ourselves and those around us. But we can’t always trust what we see. The distorted images disorient the mind, altering our view of reality.

This second collection of flash and micro fiction explores the depths of the human condition and the fragile surface of our perceptions.

Dive into these tales of darkness and discover what life is like On the Edge of a Raindrop

Each selection is approximately 100 words, with a bonus section of Microbursts in which each story is told in 50 words or less.

A recent review for the collection

It was Brentyn’s first book, Hinting at Shadows that drew me in to the mysterious world of micro-fiction. This type of writing fascinates me, how a whole story can be painted in so few words, leaving so much to be taken in with pause and reflection.

On the Edge of a Raindrop leaves plenty thought provoking moments from Brentyn – Mistress of Flash Fiction. She can sum up a life in a paragraph and create moments of human awareness with so few words. As she writes, “There is a world inside a drop of fiction.”

This passage in particular resonated with me, “Sugar coated lies, though easier to swallow, have a bitter aftertaste.” Two other stories grabbed at my heartstrings – Puddles and Wishes.

These short bursts of stories pack a real punch and because of the short length are easy to go back and read again and again, and perhaps leave a different impression. Highly recommended, especially for those who enjoy being able to read shorter works without losing the impact of a story.

Read the reviews and buy the book: https://www.amazon.com/Edge-Raindrop-Sarah-Brentyn-ebook/dp/B077QM32S7

and Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Edge-Raindrop-Sarah-Brentyn-ebook/dp/B077QM32S

Also by Sarah Brentyn and anthologies contributed to.

Read the reviews and buy the Collections: https://www.amazon.com/Hinting-Shadows-Collection-Short-Fiction-ebook/dp/B01N0DVWKO

And on Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Sarah-Brentyn/e/B01N410987

Read other reviews and follow Sarah on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/32998449-hinting-at-shadows

Connect to Sarah via her blog: https://sarahbrentyn.wordpress.com/

Although Frank Parker has appeared in the Posts from Your Archives series, I never formally welcomed him into the bookstore. Here is Frank’s latest book released in November 2017 and a recent review.

About the book

A layman’s guide to the worst man made disaster to afflict Great Britain, it’s causes and lessons for the future.

Whilst the British elites were celebrating the achievements of Empire, a million people died from lack of food and housing elsewhere in the United Kingdom.
Is it possible for humanity to achieve the Liberal ideal of the greatest good for the greatest number or are Malthus’s predictions about the relationship between population and food production about to come true?

A recent review for the book

Joseph Willson  Our history is not always pretty. 2 December 2017

I have always wondered about the story behind the cause and effect of the Irish potato famine. Never have I really come across anything at any time that could hold a candle to this in-depth chronology. The way that both government and church played a part in this ‘atrocity’ if one looks closely enough at the events. It begs the question, “Have we as a people truly learned anything from this considering the current state of the world?” Are there still not the exact same things happening all over the world if one just alters the context a little? Makes you wonder.

A well written and well researched work well worth the look for anyone interested in what I shall refer to as social injustices. Our history is not always pretty.

Read the reviews and buy the book: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Purgatory-Misery-Victorian-Liberalism-Disaster-ebook/dp/B077DGJT7G

And Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/Purgatory-Misery-Victorian-Liberalism-Disaster-ebook/dp/B077DGJT7G

Also by Frank Parker

Read the reviews and buy the books:  https://www.amazon.co.uk/Frank-Parker/e/B0076JVE5I

And Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/Frank-Parker/e/B0076JVE5I

Read more reviews and follow Frank on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7834486.Frank_Parker

Connect to Frank via his website: https://franklparker.com/

Thank you for dropping in today and I hope you found something that you would enjoy reading.. thanks Sally

 

 

Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore – New Book for Christmas – On the Edge of a Raindrop by Sarah Brentyn


Delighted to share the new collection of Flash Fiction from Sarah Brentyn published on November 23rd. On The Edge of a Raindrop. Perfect for lovers of short stories with an edge…

About the collection

When You’re on the Edge, It’s Easy to Fall

These are stories of lives on the edge.

A girl tortured by the world within her. A boy powerless to escape his home. A mother doomed to live with her greatest mistake. A man lost in a maze of grief.

Each raindrop provides a microscopic mirror of ourselves and those around us. But we can’t always trust what we see. The distorted images disorient the mind, altering our view of reality.

This second collection of flash and micro fiction explores the depths of the human condition and the fragile surface of our perceptions.

Dive into these tales of darkness and discover what life is like On the Edge of a Raindrop

Each selection is approximately 100 words, with a bonus section of Microbursts in which each story is told in 50 words or less.

An early review for the collection

Intriguing Collection on November 28, 2017

An intriguing collection of vignettes, micro fics and collected thoughts. There is a strong atmospheric sense to the writing and the author’s turn of phrase is alternately lyrical and stark.This reads quickly, but many of these short snippets offer delicious phrasing and unique word choices to ponder. Nicely done.

Buy the book: https://www.amazon.com/Edge-Raindrop-Sarah-Brentyn-ebook/dp/B077QM32S7

and Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Edge-Raindrop-Sarah-Brentyn-ebook/dp/B077QM32S

Also by Sarah Brentyn and anthologies contributed to.

 

Read the reviews and buy the Collections: https://www.amazon.com/Hinting-Shadows-Collection-Short-Fiction-ebook/dp/B01N0DVWKO

And on Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Sarah-Brentyn/e/B01N410987

Read other reviews and follow Sarah on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/32998449-hinting-at-shadows

About Sarah Brentyn

Sarah Brentyn is an introvert who believes anything can be made better with soy sauce and wasabi.

She loves words and has been writing stories since she was nine years old. She talks to trees and apologizes to inanimate objects when she bumps into them.

When she’s not writing, you can find her strolling through cemeteries or searching for fairies.

She hopes to build a vacation home in Narnia someday. In the meantime, she lives with her family and a rainbow-colored, wooden cat who is secretly a Guardian.

Connect to Sarah

Blog: https://sarahbrentyn.wordpress.com/
Website: http://www.sarahbrentyn.com/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/SarahBrentyn/

Have you released a new book since November 1st .. if you are in the Cafe of Bookstore or a new author to the blog please contact me at sally.cronin@moyhill.com

Please help share the news of Sarah’s new book it would make a difference. Thanks Sally

Smorgasbord Book Promotion – Air Your Reviews – Sarah Brentyn, Brigid P. Gallagher, Marcia Meara


Welcome to another post where you can share the news of your latest reviews. Our first author is Sarah Brentyn with a great review for her collection of short fiction Hinting at Shadows

About Hinting at Shadows

No One Escapes Life Unscathed

Delve into the deeper reaches of the human condition and the darkness that lives there.A girl haunted by her sister’s drowning. A boy desperate for his father’s affection. A woman forced to make a devastating decision. A man trapped by his obsessions.

Experience tales of love, loss, murder, and madness through this collection of flash and micro fiction.Take a peek behind the smile of a stranger. Get a glimpse inside the heart of a friend. Scratch the surface and discover what is hidden beneath.

These stories will open your mind, tug at your thoughts, and allow you to explore the possibility that, even in the brightest moments, something is Hinting at Shadows.

The most recent review for the book

Sarah Brentyn is a master at micro-fiction. Her stories written in short 100 words or less don’t require more words, but leave us in deep contemplation. The power of words in small micro-bursts have the ability to reveal a whole story open to the reader’s interpretation.

All Brentyn’s stories reveal a human element reflecting many emotions from fear, abuse, trust, passion, hope and more.

Just a sampling here will demonstrate that although short, this book will give a reader reason to pause and digest these bite-sized chunks of life:

‘They said, “if you talk about it, it will set you free.” She told them. They locked her up.’

“Eventually we learned that his rage was preferable when he lashed out. His silence meant a storm grew within him. And we would pay.”

‘The doctors say insomnia and prescription pills. I say “writer” and pick up a pen.’

Hinting at Shadows is a wonderful, thought-provoking, psychological read about the human condition.

Read the rest of the reviews and buy the Collection: https://www.amazon.com/Hinting-Shadows-Collection-Short-Fiction-ebook/dp/B01N0DVWKO

Read other reviews on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/32998449-hinting-at-shadows

Connect to Sarah via her blog: https://sarahbrentyn.wordpress.com/

The next author who has received a great review is Brigid P. Gallagher for her memoir Waiting for Daisies.

About the book

Millions of people around the world suffer from fibromyalgia; the majority of them are women. As yet, there is no cure.

In this memoir, Brigid P. Gallagher shares her experiences on:

  • The busy life she followed before succumbing to this debilitating disease
  • Stopping and soul searching for answers to her vast array of symptoms
  • Entering a new life of SLOW

Drawing on her knowledge and experience as a Natural Medicines therapist, she seeks out therapies to aid her healing and integrates a variety of self help techniques and lifestyle changes. She also unearths a love of solo travel including Egypt, India, Rome, Lourdes, Carcassonne and Bali…

Brigid learns many insights about LIFE on her journey, the most valuable being: “First learn to love thyself.”

In 2006, she began a new career in Organic Horticulture eventually teaching part time in schools. Although she has now retired from teaching, she continues to pursue her lifelong passion for gardening and watching the daisies.

The most recent review for the book

I didn’t know what to expect when I bought Brigid’s book. What I got though, was the author’s personal journey of discovery ; of places, of the mind and of the soul.

This book is written with remarkable openness and honesty, although the graphic detail of a miscarried pregnancy was a bit too much for my mere male sensibilities. Her drive to seek answers and cures spurred her on to knocking on doors and engaging fully in whatever field she entered.

She committed fully, whether it was complimentary medicine, mystical cultures or matters of Faith.

You could say that her journey was Holistic.

It wasn’t all study,though.

Along the way she had plenty of fun and enjoyment. Although she travelled alone, who travels light, travels quicker, she always seemed to meet up with kindred spirits, who embellished her travels.

Like every life journey, there is sadness and sometimes tragedy. Brigid had her share. It would be natural for someone with her outlook to feel close to nature and so it is with her, as her passion for horticulture testifies.

However, it occurred to me, at the end of the book, that she has found her spiritual home, like many others have, in the beauty of her beloved Donegal…the coolest place on Earth. (c) National Geographic.

Read the rest of the reviews and buy the book: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Watching-Daisies-Life-Lessons-Importance-ebook/dp/B01N3M9VJ0

Connect to Brigid via her blog: https://watchingthedaisies.com/

Now time for a recent review for the poetry collection, Summer Magic by Marcia Meara.

About Summer Magic

Summer Magic: Poems of Life & Love is a collection of contemporary poetry about exactly that–life and love. The first part of the book features poems about the magic a young boy discovers while camping in the Blue Ridge Mountains. The second part of the book has a sampling of poetry about love, life and death, autumn, and dreams coming true.

A recent review for the collection

After having read all Marcia Meara’s books and loved them all, and am patiently waiting for more in near future, I have decided to purchase Poems of Life and Love. Again I was not disappointed. Marcia is a master at getting your feelings of love and appreciation of life’s joys, and frailties sorted out. So many memories are awakened. I did not think poetry would be that interesting to me. I look forward to more.

Read all the reviews and buy the collection: https://www.amazon.com/Summer-Magic-Poems-Life-Love-ebook/dp/B00FNBLIPC

Also by Marcia Meara

Read all the reviews and buy the books: https://www.amazon.com/Marcia-Meara/e/B00EUCXRU4

Follow Marcia Meara on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7242441.Marcia_Meara

Connect to Marcia via her website: http://marciamearawrites.com/

If you have received a great review recently that you would like to share then please contact me on sally.cronin@moyhill.com

Smorgasbord Book Promotion – Air your Reviews – Richard Ankers, Linda Bethea and Sarah Brentyn


Welcome to the first of the review posts this week which is open to all authors and reviewers of books. Those authors in the Bookstore are also featured here between posts.  This is an opportunity to give your previous books a boost and if you have just received a great review in a blog or on Amazon or Goodreads drop me a line. Sally.cronin@moyhill.com

The first recent review is for Richard Ankers and his dark fantasy Hunter Hunted: Book 2 in the Eternals Series

About Hunter Hunted

As soon as Jean stands in the sun’s ruby light, a world of darkness draws him and Princess Linka in. The Nordic royalty – albino Eternals of myth – transport their guests deep beneath the Arctic ice to the legendary city of Hvit.

Their mother, Queen Serena, offers the pair sanctuary, but all is not right. Betrayed by the royal family and almost drowned in an orca hunt, Jean must leave Linka behind. His mood is darker than ever and the world will feel his fury. Renewing old acquaintances, both good and bad, Jean must solve the mystery of who manipulates him and the deepening saga of his parents’ deaths. Now, Jean fights for more than just himself; he fights for love.

Once again, aided and abetted by the increasingly manic Merryweather, and the mysterious beauty that is Princess Aurora, Jean seeks retribution. Both hunter and hunted, trapped between wolves of land and sea, all directions point north. Jean must return to Hvit, the cloying, lavender stench of death, and the never-ending quest for blood.

This was truly a book I found hard to put down. Having read the first in the series, I wasn’t sure if the sequel would be able to match the tension and excitement created by the author in The Eternals. In fact, Mr. Ankers exceeded all expectations with this breathtaking, pulsating follow up to his initial work. Accompanied by the almost ethereal Nordic Princess Aurora, Jean, the stoic, attitude laden Eternal sets out on a quest to try and discover just who is trying to manipulate his life, and why. The surprises come thick and fast in a true roller-coaster of an adventure that left me breathless at times, eager to turn to the next page to see what would happen next.

Jean’s old friend/Nemesis, Merryweather makes an appearance with Jean still unable to decide just whose side he is on and yet again the mysterious monks, the Sunyins have a part to play. In a world teetering on the edge of annihilation, Jean makes uncomfortable discoveries about his past as he attempts to shape the future of his dying world. Another triumph for the author with an ending that leads perfect into the third book in the series. I can’t wait!

Read the reviews and buy the book: https://www.amazon.com/Hunter-Hunted-Eternals-Book-2-ebook/dp/B01N8ODF9T

Also by Richard Ankers

Read more about Richard Ankers, read the reviews and buy the books : https://www.amazon.com/Richard-M.-Ankers/e/B01GEM7690

Connect to Richard Ankers via his Website: https://richardankers.com/

Now for an April 1st review for Linda Bethea’s very popular book Everything Smells Just Like Poke Salad.  And author Patricia Salamone highly recommends.

About Everything Smells Just Like Poke Salad

Born to a struggling farm family in the deepest of The Great Depression, Kathleen enjoys a colorful childhood, enhanced by her imagination, love of life, and the encouragement of her family.

She’s determined to build a better life for herself, getting herself into hilarious situations all along the way. Distinguishing herself in school and the community, she never takes her eyes off her goal.

Just as she’s about to get started, she meets Bill, the man who is going to help her on her way. Everything changes. And then changes again. The true story of a remarkable woman who will inspire you, make you laugh, and see life from a new perspective.

The most recent review for the book

I highly recommend “Everything Smells Just Like Poke Salad”

Linda Swain-Bethea comes from a long line of wonderful storytellers and weaves Kathleen Holdaway-Swains memories into a delightful look at what life was like being raised during the Depression. Living in Cuthand, Texas a small out of the way town, considered the low country. Despite hard times, Kathleen’s parents made sure their children always had a roof over their heads, clean clothes and food on the table, including Poke Salad and received an education. Her detailed description of her family and life in Cuthand will have you laughing and yet there leaves a sadness that folks had to live through such hard times when every penny counted. You will meet the family and neighbors, friends and enemies through the eyes of a youngster from a poor but loving home. How the years of WWII affected her family and her future.

Kathleen gets herself into some precarious situations as a child due to her strict moral values instilled in her by her parents. It will keep you turning the pages to find out what happens next. Her dreams for her future take twists and turns as she forges into the unknown and winds up in Louisiana and finally realizes her dream, only not quite the way she thought it would be.

Kathleen is alive and well and has not lost her sense of humor. She is surrounded by her loving family including her great-grandchildren.

There are also several photos included which put a face to some of the real people in this memoir.

Read all the reviews and buy the book: https://http://www.amazon.com/Everything-Smells-Just-Like-Salad-ebook/dp/B01IVUXROQ

Connect to Linda via her very entertaining blog: https://nutsrok.wordpress.com/

The final review today is for the short story collection Hinting at Shadows by Sarah Brentyn.

About the collection

No One Escapes Life Unscathed

Delve into the deeper reaches of the human condition and the darkness that lives there.

A girl haunted by her sister’s drowning. A boy desperate for his father’s affection. A woman forced to make a devastating decision. A man trapped by his obsessions.

Experience tales of love, loss, murder, and madness through this collection of flash and micro fiction.

Take a peek behind the smile of a stranger. Get a glimpse inside the heart of a friend. Scratch the surface and discover what is hidden beneath.

These stories will open your mind, tug at your thoughts, and allow you to explore the possibility that, even in the brightest moments, something is Hinting at Shadows.

Each selection is approximately 100 words, with a bonus section of Microbursts in which each story is told in 50 words or less.

The most recent review for Hinting at Shadows

I actually read this book some weeks ago, but it has taken me a while to reflect on it. In fairness, it took me a while to read it, but that was a deliberate choice I made.

The book is a collection of short stories or, more accurately, flash fiction, a style of writing that I’m not overly familiar with. I have rediscovered my appreciation of short stories in recent years, which was what brought me to this book. What I found inside was an experience I hadn’t had before. Stories that were over in minutes (sometimes seconds), but that left me thinking. So, although I started out with the intention of ploughing my way through it, I came to realise that I could only read a few at a time. Like a fancy box of chocolates, if I’d wolfed those stories down, I wouldn’t have been able to appreciate them.

As the title suggests, dark places are visited throughout the book. What Brentyn has done here is create intricate experiences that touch nerves through some carefully crafted narratives. This is not a book that will appeal to everyone. My own feeling initially was one of uncertainty. Yet, by being patient, and savouring the morsel-sized tales, I came to appreciate the author’s mastery as a storyteller. There are lessons to be learnt here for all writers.

Read all the reviews and buy the collection: https://www.amazon.com/Hinting-Shadows-Collection-Short-Fiction-ebook/dp/B01N0DVWKO

Connect to Sarah Brentyn via her blog: https://sarahbrentyn.wordpress.com/

Thanks for dropping by.. The next Air your Reviews is Thursday if you would like to share your latest review please email me on sally.cronin@moyhill.com

Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore – New on the Shelves – Hinting at Shadows by Sarah Brentyn


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Today’s author is Sarah Brentyn with a collection of flash and micro fiction. Hinting at Shadows which was released in November 2016.

Author’s Note: Each selection is approximately 100 words, with a bonus section of Microbursts in which each story is told in 50 words or less.

hinting-at-shadows_ebook-cover_sarah-brentyn-resizedAbout Hinting at Shadows

No One Escapes Life Unscathed

Delve into the deeper reaches of the human condition and the darkness that lives there.A girl haunted by her sister’s drowning. A boy desperate for his father’s affection. A woman forced to make a devastating decision. A man trapped by his obsessions.

Experience tales of love, loss, murder, and madness through this collection of flash and micro fiction.Take a peek behind the smile of a stranger. Get a glimpse inside the heart of a friend. Scratch the surface and discover what is hidden beneath.

These stories will open your mind, tug at your thoughts, and allow you to explore the possibility that, even in the brightest moments, something is Hinting at Shadows.

Two of the recent reviews

A string of story pearls on February 12, 2017

I just finished Hinting at Shadows and had to rave a little about this book of short fiction. When Brentyn says short, she means short. Most of the stories are about 100 words, what I refer to as flash fiction. I enjoy flash fiction, but wasn’t sure about reading a whole book of it. I was pleasantly surprised, to say the least.

Every story is a pearl. The writing is exquisite and full of pathos with a focus on the poignancy of the human condition. Hinting at Shadows is the perfect title as each story is a tiny hint at a larger human story, one that is characterized by shadows – sometimes secrets, but more often complex feelings of loneliness, regret, longing, disappointment, and hope.

It would be possible to whip through this book in a couple hours, but I think it’s meant to be savored, just as one might read poetry. So that’s what I did. It’s perfect for someone who enjoys filling their free moments with words or someone who just loves beautiful writing.

A book to savour. highly recommended. By roger waters on February 1, 2017

Although short this book gave me a long read. Rather than read in a single sitting, I preferred to have the thought provoking flash fiction, short stories, micro flash and one liners, wash over me slowly, letting me digest the twists and turns and black places Sarah Brentyn took me. She I s a master at this genre of writing, with twists that are unexpected as they are shocking. no story exceeded 100 words and many, including those that hit hardest, were over in a blink of an eye, yet stayed with you, rocking you to your core.

I am going to give nothing away and hence my review is as short as Brentyn’s book but nowhere near as powerful. I highly recommend this book of psychological shorts.

Read the rest of the reviews and buy the Collection: https://www.amazon.com/Hinting-Shadows-Collection-Short-Fiction-ebook/dp/B01N0DVWKO

Anthologies that Sarah has contributed to.

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Buy all the books: https://www.amazon.com/Sarah-Brentyn/e/B01N410987

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About Sarah Brentyn

Sarah Brentyn is an introvert who believes anything can be made better with soy sauce and wasabi.She loves words and has been writing stories since she was nine years old. She talks to trees and apologizes to inanimate objects when she bumps into them.When she’s not writing, you can find her strolling through cemeteries or searching for fairies.

She hopes to build a vacation home in Narnia someday. In the meantime, she lives in New England with her family and a rainbow-colored, wooden cat who is secretly a Guardian.

Connect to Sarah

Blog: https://sarahbrentyn.wordpress.com/
Website: http://www.sarahbrentyn.com/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/SarahBrentyn/

Thank you for dropping by today and please give Sarah’s collection of stories a boost across the networks. Thanks Sally

If you would like to join the other authors on the shelves in Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore please read the following.

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