Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore – New Book on the Shelves – #Sci-fi – Andorra Pett and the Oort Cloud Cafe by Richard Dee


Delighted to welcome a new author to the Cafe and Bookstore – Richard Dee is a science-fiction and steampunk author and today I am featuring the first book in the Andorra Pett series.

About Andorra Pett and the Oort Cloud Cafe

Meet Andorra Pett; with her trusty sidekick, she’s taken over a derelict café. On a mining station. It just happens to be orbiting Saturn!

She’s hoping for a fresh start, away from all the drama of her old life. It’s a chance to relax and start again in a place where nobody knows anything about her or her past.

But the café holds a secret, and secrets have a habit of coming out; whether you want them to or not. And being accident prone doesn’t help. The more you try to pretend that you know what’s going on, the worse it gets.

Andorra’s plans for peace and quiet get lost amid the revelations and skulduggery and she soon realises that the fate of the whole station lies in her hapless hands.
In space, you can still trip over your feet; the question is, will you land upright?

One of the reviews for the book

I was literally bouncing in my chair when I was offered the chance to read Andorra Pett and the Oort Cloud Cafe. I mean, a novel about a feisty woman opening a cafe in a mining station in the rings of Saturn? As someone whose gateway into Science Fiction began with A Wrinkle in Time and continued with The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, this sounded like something I would really enjoy. And I did.

Richard Dee has given us a tale that has everything – humor, suspense, a strong but struggling heroine, a fantastic sci-fi setting, and a truly universal story (no pun intended).

In Andorra Pett, I found a protagonist I would totally love to hang out with, and have coffee with. At times a tough entrepreneur, and at other times a vulnerable woman, she is smart, sassy, and incredibly resourceful. More than that, she embodies hope, something we can all use more of these days. From the moment Andorra walked into the derelict husk of a basement unit that would eventually become her cafe and worried about space spiders, to the final moment of the book, I was hooked on her story, and happy to follow her on her adventure.

With a supporting cast that covers every part of the spectrum of good and evil, Andorra Pett and the Oort Cloud Cafe is a must read for anyone who dreamed about sipping espresso with international spies in Paris… or out in space.

Goes well with coffee and a pastry ring (model of Saturn optional).

Read the reviews and buy the book: https://www.amazon.com/Andorra-Pett-Oort-Cloud-Café-ebook/dp/B075XSGVGQ/

And Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Andorra-Pett-Oort-Cloud-Café-ebook/dp/B075XSGVGQ

Books by Richard Dee – https://richarddeescifi.co.uk/portfolio/

Read the reviews and buy the books from Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/Richard-Dee/e/B00CN4TTCG/

And on Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Richard-Dee/e/B00CN4TTCG/

Read more reviews and follow Richard on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/15289756.Richard_Dee

About Richard Dee

Richard Dee is a native of Brixham in Devon, England He left Devon when he was in his teens and settled in Kent. Leaving school at 16 he briefly worked in a supermarket, then went to sea and travelled the world in the Merchant Navy, qualifying as a Master Mariner in 1986.

Coming ashore to be with his growing family, he used his sea-going knowledge in several jobs, including Marine Insurance Surveyor and Dockmaster at Tilbury, before becoming a Port Control Officer in Sheerness and then at the Thames Barrier in Woolwich.

In 1994 he was head-hunted and offered a job as a Thames Estuary Pilot. In 1999 he transferred to the Thames River Pilots, where he regularly took vessels of all sizes through the Thames Barrier and upriver as far as HMS Belfast and through Tower Bridge. In all, he piloted over 3,500 vessels in a 22-year career with the Port of London Authority.

Richard is married with three adult children and two grandchildren.

His first science-fiction novel Freefall was published in 2013, followed by Ribbonworld in 2015. September 2016 saw the publication of his Steampunk adventure The Rocks of Aserol and of Flash Fiction, a collection of Short Stories. Myra, the prequel to Freefall was published in 2017, along with Andorra Pett and the Oort Cloud Café, a murder mystery set in space and the start of a series featuring Andorra Pett, an amateur detective. He contributed a story to the 1066 Turned Upside Down collection and is currently working on prequels, sequels, and new projects.

Connect to Richard

Website: http://richarddeescifi.co.uk/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/RichardDeeAuthor/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/RichardDockett1

Thank you for visiting today and please welcome Richard to the bookstore by sharing his work… thanks Sally

You can find Richard and all the talented authors in the Cafe and Bookstore in this directory with links to buy their books: https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-free-author-promotion/

Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore – New on the Shelves – The Wake of the Dragon: A Steampunk Adventure by Jaq D. Hawkins


I am welcoming a new author to the bookstore today. Fantasy and steampunk author Jaq D. Hawkins.

The Wake of the Dragon is on sale at 99c until tomorrow 15th March.

About Jaq D. Hawkins

Jaq D Hawkins is a published writer with 9 books in publication in the Mind, Body and Spirit field published by Capall Bann Publishing as well as four Fantasy novels in print and E-book; The Goblin Trilogy which consists of Dance of the Goblins, Demoniac Dance, and Power of the Dance (Combined Trilogy edition available in paperback and only on Amazon in ebook form), also the Steampunk book, The Wake of the Dragon, an airship pirate adventure among the opium trade in an alternative history, also available in audiobook. More coming soon.

About The Wake of the Dragon: A Steampunk Adventure

No sane airshipman will fly near a storm, but the cover of storm edge offers effective concealment for airship pirates who can strike quickly from above before anyone knows a ship is near. With the protection of Aide, the goddess of air travel, one airship defies the elements to seek fortune for the rag tag aerialists who make up the pirate crew.

The elements are the least of their problems when they find themselves saddled with an airsick clerk, a crewmember suspected of working for the East India Company and a love sick farm girl whose headstrong misconceptions compel her to seek adventure where no decent woman would wander unescorted.

Battling businessmen, mechanoids and villagers armed with torches and pitchforks, Captain Bonny must decide who to trust, and whether the only rational course of action is one of apparent madness.

This is the first steampunk book that I’ve read. I didn’t know a genre like this existed before this book. A friend of mine read the book and felt that I would enjoy it and she was right. I do like steampunk or maybe I like this one.

This book led me on a fantastical, magical world of pirates and floating ships. I felt at times that I was caught in a bit of a spin-off from the movie Stardust and I couldn’t help but have Robert de Niro in my head as Captain Bonny. And a little bit of Jack Sparrow maybe. Like these swashbuckling pirates, Captain Bonny is full of style and bonhomie and is a very entertaining character.

I know that all the characters are larger than life because of the magical setting but each of them is multi layered and interesting. Whether it is the irritating clerk, the stowaway, everyone has their own little story which melds into the whole.

There may not have been much of a plot or rather it is a well used plot, but mix it with the magic and it is raised to a whole new level. And the ending is worth the wait. I think I may be into steampunk after this book. If you’re into steampunk, read this book, you’ll love it. If you have no idea what steampunk is, read it, you’ll love it.

I started to read “The Wake of the Dragon,” without knowing what to expect but was quickly drawn into the tale. The story is beautifully written in a style that seems almost classical, and the adventure it leads the reader on is nothing short of imaginative. The loves, fears and addictions of the main characters help them come to life, making it easy to become caught up in their journey. My favorite part was the steampunk aspect that added a different dimension to the traditional pirate tale. Like sea-going pirate ships, flying dirigibles carry their own dangers, and Captain Bonny certainly pushes the limits of his ship and crew throughout the book. I really enjoyed the story and would recommend it to anyone seeking a great adventure—steampunk or otherwise!

Read all the reviews and buy the book: https://www.amazon.com/Wake-Dragon-Steampunk-Adventure-ebook/dp/B0080UVQIW

ON SALE until 15th of March 99cents

A small selection of other books by Jaq D. Hawkins

Read the reviews and buy all the books:https://www.amazon.com/Jaq-D-Hawkins/e/B0034P4BFI

Connect to Jaq D.Hawkins

Website: http://jaqdhawkins.com/
Blog: https://goblinsandsteampunk.wordpress.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/The-Wake-of-the-Dragon-532948003510260
Twitter: https://twitter.com/JaqDHawkins
Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/218599.Jaq_D_Hawkins

If you would like to join Jaq and 155 other authors on the shelves of the bookstore then here is how you can: https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore/

Thank you for dropping by and it would be great if you could spread the word about Jaq’s work. thanks Sally

 

Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore – New on the Shelves – Wind Follower by Carole McDonnell


new-on-the-shelves-updateWelcome to the start of this week’s book promotions and also to a new author on the shelves. Today’s featured author is Carole McDonnell a novelist, a writer of fiction, devotionals, poetry, reviews, and essays. We will take a look at two of her books but I do recommend that you check her other books and writings out via Amazon and her website.

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Light-skinned newcomers are changing the Land of the Three Tribes. Dark-skinned Satha and her husband Loic are torn asunder. With the Creator’s aid there is hope they will be reunited and find their mutual destiny, even if it means losing the love and respect of their families, clans, and tribes.

Two of the excellent reviews for Wind Follower.

The story tells of the love two characters who are quite different from one another By Debra A McCall on February 25, 2015

Wind Follower is a romantic fantasy set in a world rich with the myths and history of colonial Africa. Three clans interact and vie for supremacy while facing incursions from invaders outside their traditional lifestyle. Carole brings out how modern religion migrated throughout colonial countries finding points of similarity in the traditional beliefs of the people and using that to form a strong bond.

The story tells of the love two characters who are quite different from one another,differences in age, culture and economic status are very real and touching and has such a spell binding emotional impact on the reader. Loic falls madly in love with Satha at first sight because of her compassion for others and he is smitten and demands to marry her. Satha has a hard time in believing that someone of his stature would even consider her hand in marriage, let alone the fact that they come from different clans. Their lovemaking is sensual and binding, and draws you right in to “feel” the passion that exudes from them. Despite their differences, both are joined by their belief in the Wind God and the blessings he provides.

As the grow closer to each other, terrible circumstances tear them apart. The tragedy happens when a trusted friend betrays Satha and the family sends them down different roads- with Loic seeking revenge. As events unravel, ancient spirits who have been usurped by demons challenges Satha and Loic’s faith in the Wind God. The speculative part of the story unrolls at the end. Both characters suffer great loss and tragedy and only at the end are they able to recognize each other as the other half of their own strength. Their love is one combined.

Carole McDonnell’s poetic writing, strong characterization, and the mysterious world she created in this book will keep the reader wanting more and more.

Wind Follower  By Green Fire on January 2, 2016

This was the first book I’d read by Carole McDonnell. I loved the cover of the book and admittedly that’s what drew me to the book. However, the cover is only one aspect of wonderful detail and it get more beautiful as you pore through the pages. I was particularly drawn the rich detail of the book. The tribal nature of the narrative as a uniqueness to the book. It’s as if you’re sitting at the feet of the queen and king of the tribe as they relate their story.

More than once I forgot I was reading. I could feel the emotions of the characters so well. Loic was rash, Satha stoic and it makes for a wonderful contrast. The interpretation of the story is left up for grabs but I chose to see it as a parallel of our world and that the gospel was taken to another world so that all could come under the knowledge. Loic and Satha went through so much.

The ending does leave something to be desired but even the ending makes sense. It’s because rarely is life a fairy tale and even with individual happiness and success, the overall picture can be bleak. But then, the story for -us and for the people in the book – is not over yet.

Read all the reviews and buy The Wind Follower: https://www.amazon.com/Wind-Follower-Carole-McDonnell-ebook/dp/B006287M8

A look at Carole McDonnell’s latest book – The Charcoal Bride.

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The Charcoal Bride is the first of a trilogy of short novels called The Hanrisor Chronicles. The trilogy chronicles the rise to power of Hanrisor’s King Skall and the family curse –called “The Hanrisor Legacy–that troubled him and his descendants.

An early review for the Charcoal Bride

I read this in one night. The charcoal Bride is a moral lesson wrapped in a beautiful, captivating, mind blowing, powerful and entertaining story. The wisdom of Prince Torrent had me reflecting on scriptures of the bible and there were other moments in this story that made me think of how people allow sin to take root in their heart. Carole Mcdonnell has proven you can deliver a Christian message without a book being overtly Christian.

Buy The Charcoal Bride: https://www.amazon.com/Charcoal-Bride-Hanrisor-Chronicles-Book-ebook/dp/B01N7NKR98

Also by Carole McDonnell

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Read the reviews and buy the books: https://www.amazon.com/Carole-McDonnell/e/B0034Q3BWG

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About Carole McDonnell

I am a novelist, a writer of fiction, devotionals, poetry, reviews, and essays and my works have appeared in many publishing venues, in print and online. I live in New York with my husband, two sons, cat Freddie and my dog, Hemotep.

I’ve written for as long as I can remember. My Jamaican family was always telling stories and mother had memorized the opening chapters from several books, such as Ivanhoe, A Tale of Two Cities, etc. I was especially good at adapting. Somehow I felt the stories I had inherited from the European tradition (stuff we learned in school or watched on TV) always needed to be tweaked to include (subtly) matters that were important to a little Jamaican girl growing up in a Jewish-neighborhood in Brooklyn. I remember the day I decided I was a writer. It was the day a classmate grasped a poem I had written from my desk and brought it to the teacher who proclaimed the poem “great.” I was hooked.

I studied Literature in college, not creative writing. Because I wanted to write great literature that would be ageless. I still hope my stories will be timeless. My reviews appear in print and at various online sites. My first novel, Wind Follower was published by Juno Books in September 2007. I write in the following genres: African-American fiction, African-American Christian Fiction, Christian Fiction, Science Fiction and Fantasy, Black fiction, African American science fiction, Women’s Poetry, African-American poetry, Black poetry, Steampunk, steamfunk, afrofuturism,

Connect to Carole

website: http://www.carolemcdonnell.blogspot.com/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/CaroleMcDonnell
Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/carole.mcdonnell1
Google+: https://plus.google.com/u/0/+CaroleMcDonnell
youtube: https://www.youtube.com/user/scifiwritir1
goodreads:   https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7770713.Carole_McDonnell

Thank you for dropping by today and as always your feedback is very welcome.. If you are an author and would like to be in the Cafe and Bookstore and enjoy several update promotions over the year then please take a look at the promotions available.

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