Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore Update – Amy M. Reade, Seumas Gallacher and Nicholas Rinth

Welcome to the Friday cafe and bookstore update and we have some great new books to add to the shelves. The first is Highland Peril by Amy M. Reade which was published on 5th September.

About Highland Peril

Trading the urban pace of Edinburgh for a tiny village overlooking a breathtaking blue loch was a great move for budding photographer Sylvie Carmichael and her artist husband, Seamus—until a dangerous crime obscures the view . . .

Sylvie’s bucolic life along the heather-covered moors of the Highlands is a world away from the hectic energy of the city. But then a London buyer is killed after purchasing a long-lost Scottish masterpiece from Seamus’s gallery—and the painting vanishes. As suspicion clouds their new life, and their relationship, Sylvie’s search for answers plunges her into an unsolved mystery dating back to Cromwellian Scotland through World War I and beyond. And as she moves closer to the truth, Sylvie is targeted by a murderer who’s after a treasure within a treasure that could rewrite history . . . and her own future.

An early review of the book

Great Read! on September 5, 2017

Another 5 Star hit from Amy M Reade. The prologue set me off! Intrigue might be a good word to describe it. After reading those first few pages, I could not wait to get into the story. And the story did not disappoint. It was beautifully written, filled with edge of your seat events. And if you think you know what will happen next, think again!

Having read all of Amy’s books, I think I have a good feel for who the murderer is going to be. Expect the unexpected is what I tell myself! But lo and behold, I was wrong as usual. The characters were beautifully developed to give the reader a sense of their emotions; sadness, happiness, disappointment, not to mention helplessness.

Of course Amy never disappoints when it comes to descriptions, which is something I love. The food, the language, the countryside smells, everything a reader needs to be right there with the characters! I have a new favorite Amy M. Reade book and I highly recommend!

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Our next author with a new book on the shelves is Seumas Gallacher with a move from his thriller series starring Jack Calder…Those of us who follow Seumas on Facebook have enjoyed his all too rare poetry posts and so this collection has been published due to popular demand. A Few Poetry Stops in a Life’s Journey was published on August 31st.

About the collection.

An innovative collection of poems with prefaced stories on the genesis of each piece. An established author’s reflections in verse on parts of a journey through a life and career.

And here is an early review for the collection.

I loved the format of this collection and the way each poem is grouped according to subject matter:- reflection, humour, love or, the more general, ‘the madness of man,’ making the book easy to dip into and providing plenty of material to suit a particular mood or occasion. Each is introduced by a brief resume from the author about his life at the time of writing and what prompted him to write it, creating a fascinating potted biographer along the way and increasing anticipation of what is to follow.

For example, as in, ‘The Night Rain,’ a poem in which it adds an extra layer to know that these are the thoughts of a sixteen year old boy, recovering in hospital from an operation and far from home and family:- ‘See the moonbeams, lonely, shine in puddles forming on the ground, reflecting, for no-one, a silvery water-line.’

The book encompasses a life-time, past and present, youth and age, innocence and experience, from the light and tender, ‘To Weep is not a Shame’, to the sense of loss in ‘At Home’, or to the reflective, ‘A Thought or Two on Memories’, a looking back on life in ‘the quiet times/with no one else around’. But all the poems touched my emotion in some way. I particularly liked, ‘Thoughts on a Wild Thing’ and the ‘kindly evening breeze’ that brings a refreshing coolness to the young couple walking home, flushed from the dance. The movement and emotion of the dance, ‘the coil of tousled hair and cheeks, flushed with fast and furious flurry’, is carried on throughout the poem, as in the dancing ‘leaf-laden birches’ and it’s just a sweet and innocent poem.

‘Golden Moments’, a moving tribute to enduring love, is just beautiful, the deep feelings expressed contrasting strongly with the despair of, ‘I asked the Wind’, which is about the hopelessness experienced when a love affair turns sour, leaving one partner bereft.

Of the more general poems, ‘To the Flowers of Tiananmen Square’, stood out for me. We probably all remember the iconic image of the young, flag-bearing student, bravely facing down the tank, but reading this poem, made me remember how I felt at the time, too and catches at the mood exactly. I was also touched by, ‘How many more migrants must we lose?’

The reality of the tragic loss of life really hit home as the voice of the narrator switches from father to child, re-enforcing the senseless waste of a child’s life.

In the preface, Seumas Gallacher talks of the little attention he feels he’s paid to the rhythm, balance and metre of his poetry but on reading his collection, I could only think that this really doesn’t matter. Each poem has its own flow and is expressive of an honest and vivid emotion, carrying the reader along with it with its own force. I think he has a true poet’s heart.

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And another collection of poetry, Sitting in Silence was published on September 2nd by Nicholas Rinth.

About Sitting in Silence.

Sitting in Silence is a collection of poetry and prose birthed during the idle instances of life that allow for noiseless introspection. It’s about the struggles of love, of loss, and of the unsuspecting experiences in between that make life worth living—and worth scorning.

From a beginning filled with bitter ruminations, to an ending that embraces reality and its sufferings, Sitting in Silence is a reminder to accept what the world hurls in your path, and to let those hardships shape you into something better.

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Also by Nicholas Rinth

The most recent review for Heartstone – The Drowned Tower

The drowned tower is the first fantasy novel in the Heartstone Series written about a girl named Sylvie. Sylvie possesses magical powers and works for the Zenith Council by doing their biddings. The Drowned Tower is at the Eastern Branch of the land, which is called, Ferus Terria. The Practitioners Institute of Magic picks one child as the “Chosen” and just like any other institute, it teaches kids to enhance their magical abilities.

Things begin to change when an Elder comes to Ferus Terria. He has a mission and is seeking for people with best abilities. Sylvia is sent to the drowned tower. Those with special blood that have magical powers live in the drowned tower. The Nebbin are called the non-magic folks that live nearby. As Sylvie gets sent to the tower and begins her schooling she begins to make friends and have a better understanding of how the system works. Her path and background are revealed and she has to make some tough decisions about her future.

Everything begins to unravel while she is there and that is where the excitement begins. I particularly liked Sylvie’s personality. Although she was a girl, there was nothing girly about her. Her spirit was strong and her will was even stronger. The story had epic battles and much backstory, creating a well-balanced foundation for any future sequel.

I found the literature standard and the lyrical storytelling to be strong. The plot may not be as novel and unique, however, the picturesque descriptiveness of the book is in my opinion, the reason why this book is special.

I recommend this book to Sci- Fi/ Fantasy lovers and people that like to read on magical encounters.

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Smorgasbord Book Promotion – Air Your Reviews – Seumas Gallacher and John W. Howell

Welcome to the series where you can air your reviews.. As an author you can send me the link to your latest great review and I will post here, or if you are an author in the Cafe and Bookstore I can also post there.  This is series is also for those who review books on their blog and you can submit the link to your post and I will share.. my email is at the end of the post.

Today the featured authors are both in the Cafe and Bookstore.  Seumas Gallacher with his book Savage Payback – A Jack Calder Novel, reviewed by Colleen Chesebro.

Colleen Chesebro posts excellently presented and written reviews and I suggest that you head over and introduce yourself.

This is followed by John W. Howell with my review for the third John Cannon outing.. Our Justice. As I have already reviewed the first two books I will also be giving my overall views on the series.

About Savage Payback

A series of coordinated lethal bomb attacks on a dozen jewelry stores in London’s West End drag former SAS officer, Jack Calder and his specialist security firm, International Security Partners, into a deadly mesh of murder and international drug running.

A black ops explosives expert, an ex-colleague turned renegade mercenary with a twisted lust for revenge, emerges from the past to join forces with a powerful and dangerous drug baron from Eastern Europe.

A major cocaine trafficker from South America compounds the threats as competitive turf issues straddle international territories.

Attacks close to home heighten the urgency for Calder and his team to find and deal with each of the three sinister adversaries in a final savage payback.

The review by Colleen Chesebro for Savage Payback:

I have been a fan of British crime novels since the late 1970’s when I was stationed in England. One day I found a treasure trove of cheap paperbacks at the local outside market, and that was all it took. I was hooked! There is just something about the word usage and the pacing which is always different than American crime novels.

I could hardly contain my excitement when I finally reached the middle of my To Be Read pile of books, and Savage Payback stared back at me. I was apprehensive because it was the third book in the series and I worried if I would be able to pick up enough background information on the characters to understand the plot.

I had nothing to worry about. Savage Payback passed with flying colors as its own stand alone novel. It swept me into a world filled with the violence of drug cartels and the callousness of Drug Enforcement Officers, Special Forces, and the kind of people that kill for money. Beware, the novel is violent, and the descriptions are not for the faint of heart.

The plot is quick, and from the beginning, the reader is thrust into the action when an attack on multiple jewelry stores explodes from the pages. The mystery of who was behind the attack develops at a steady pace. I was pleasantly surprised by many of the twists and turns which helped to move the story forward.

I love characters, and Gallacher’s Jack Calder is one of the best. Jack and his crew from the ISP (an international security firm manned by ex-SAS and other police/special forces personnel) are called in to solve the theft of the jewels and the murders involved in the attack. It doesn’t take long for the reader to find out that the ISP is also targeted.

When an attack is successful against Jack’s wife, Mae Ling, the story pivots and the reader is taken on a rollercoaster of events culminating in a climax of an ending. The suspense was superb!

Now, I need to start from the beginning of the series and learn all there is to know about Jack Calder.
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Now it is my time to share my review for the final book in the John Cannon series, Our Justice by John W. Howell. I have reviewed the previous two books individually but this time apart from giving my views on Our Justice… I will be looking at the series as a whole.

About Our Justice

The terrorist leader and financier Matt Jacobs figured out a plan to eliminate the President.

He is relying on John Cannon’s stature as a hero to help him carry it off. John finds himself walking the fine line of pretending to help Matt while trying to figure out a countermeasure to the plan. The third book in the John J. Cannon Trilogy brings together two strong wills for a showdown. The question to be answered is who will feel the satisfaction that the achievement of justice delivers? John, Matt or neither?

My review for Our Justice and the John Cannon Series.

John Cannon as a character is everything that a hero should be. Handsome, fearless and patriotic. As the final chapter of this series unfolds it would seem that there is little time to take a breath following his last encounter with the secretive and driven Matt Jacobs.  From the start of this third book bullets fly, bombs go off and escape routes are compromised.

John Cannon is a marked man and his nemesis is going to literally move heaven and earth to bring him to heel. It is almost a love hate relationship. Matt Jacobs has buried his roots and his beliefs beneath a veneer of civilisation that is enabled by his vast wealth and his army of followers, who are not all that they seem!  The relationship that these two very committed and determined men have is about to come to a head. If John does not get his act together it will not only he his neck on the line but people he loves and admires.

To spice up the action there of course needs to be some beautiful women and I like the way that John Howell does not go down the traditional route of blonde bombshells who are purely decorative. Both Stephanie and Sarah are bright intelligent women who find themselves embroiled in the lives of these two adversaries and their characters are well portrayed. They are women who are prepared to fight for their survival and the ones they love.

This is a fast-paced action thriller and finishes the series well. Which brings me to my overall view of the life and times of John Cannon.

I suggest you read the three books back to back as I have, because the time span the series covers is only six months and there is barely time to catch your breath.  With so much action it is easy to miss some of the quieter moments that reveal more about the characters and plot, and these are well worth lingering over. The characters are well developed, and if I was to comment on this element, it would be to say that I felt that Ned, who takes John under his wing, not only deserved a medal, but could have perhaps been fleshed out a little more.

Overall I have rated the series a definite 4+ stars and would recommend the series as one to download and read in a ‘John Cannon Fest‘… I do recommend that you buckle up before getting into the action!

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