Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore – Spring Showcase – Dolly Aizenman, Dan Alatorre, Paul Andruss, Richard Ankers, Carol Balawyder, Andrea Balsara, Judith Barrow, Linda Bethea, Ritu Bhathal, Jacquie Biggar, Christy Birmingham, Sacha Black and Steve Boseley


Welcome to spring….. and there might be a hint of colour in the garden, as daffodils push their way to the surface, but there is plenty of colour on the shelves of the bookstore that I thought I would share with you over the next week.

If you are looking for you next book to read then look no further than these talented authors and over 600 books currently on the shelves.

Instead of the usual Cafe and Bookstore updates on Friday and Monday.. I will be featuring a number of authors each day with their updated reviews.

I will give you their listing which also includes a link to buy the books but also discover others that they have written but are not listed. You will also find a link to their website or blog to find out more information, and as you can imagine… they write great posts too.

Here we go with the first authors of the series….

Dolly Aizenman, Buy: https://www.amazon.com/Dolly-Aizenman/e/B0789FDS7W
Website: https://koolkosherkitchen.wordpress.com/

One of the recent reviews for the book

They say that to properly review a cookbook you should try to make at least five of the recipes. I have to confess that I’ve not made any YET, because Kool Kosher Kitchen is no ordinary cookbook. It’s like sitting down at the table with a friend–wine coffee, whatever your poison–and having a long, warm chat about all kinds of everything. Did you know, for example that some of the French non military personnel stayed in Russia after 1812 and this led to the creation of Apple Charlotte? It’s one story at least. Dolly Aizenman doesn’t just share recipes, every page brims with the story, anecdote or family history, connected to the dish. A tall order but one she doesn’t fail to deliver. Soups, sides, main courses, desserts and bread. Indian, Italian, Jewish, whatever. There’s something for everyone here. Dolly’s gift is in making you believe you’re making the dish as you chat.

Dan Alatorre, Buy: http://www.amazon.com/Dan-Alatorre/e/B00EUX7HEU
Website: www.DanAlatorre.com

Please visit Amazon or Dan’s website to view all his books.

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An Extract from one of the most recent reviews for An Angel on her shoulder

I really enjoyed the audio book version of this story and thought the narrator had a very good voice and reading style.

The style of this book reminded me a bit of Stephen King’s book It where he goes back in time to the children’s childhoods for pieces of the story which help to explain how the events in the book all fit together in the end.

Alatorre’s main character, Doug, is an ordinary man with a good job and a lovely family. He adores his wife and small daughter and enjoys spending time with them and going on family holidays.

The story starts with an unexpected and nearly tragic incident in the parking lot at a wine farm which appears initially to be frightening, but not completely out of the ordinary; accidents and tragedies do happen in life. When Doug starts to realise that this latest incident is another in a seeming series of similar events, he starts to wonder what is happening to his family. Is this normal or is there more to these near tragedies than meets the eye?

Paul Andruss, Buy:  https://www.amazon.com/Thomas-Rhymer-Jack-Hughes-Trilogy-ebook/dp/B00EPQL7KC
Website: http://www.jackhughesbooks.com/

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The most recent review for the book.

Magic and mayhem… on February 2, 2018

A child is missing under very peculiar circumstances, there is nothing worse that can befall a family.The tale of magic and mayhem soon unfolds. There is not much time to find Dan or he will be gone forever. I was drawn into the story which soon progressed at some speed at times which left me quite breathless and wanting to read more. Would they find Dan in time? So many dark forces were working against Jack and Co as they raced against time to find Dan. I thought fairies were pretty little creatures who sparkled in the dark and did good deeds …was I wrong.

Author Paul Andruss has a very impressive knowledge of fairies and mythical creature as well as knowing his geography and history I was impressed.

The ending was as it should have been after all the adventures and magic … Dan was home!

Richard Ankers, Buy: http://www.amazon.com/Richard-M.-Ankers/e/B01GEM7690
Website: https://richardankers.com/

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The most recent review for the third book in the trilogy Into Eternity.

The final book of Anker’s The Eternals series doesn’t disappoint. Gradually, the trilogy has shifted from a story about a vampire to a story about a man seeking the truth of his life and discovering what it is to be human. This is a trilogy that must be read in sequence as the action continues without backstory through the strange and epic landscapes of a dying world.

The search for Linka leads Jean, Merriweather, and Aurora from the Arctic ice to the Baltic sea. Secrets of the past are revealed and reconciled, and at the final confrontation with his enemies, Jean endures betrayal but also learns the truth of his destiny.

Anker’s writing is stylistically poetic, the pace of the book steady, and dialog natural as well as imbued with personality. The verbal repartee between Jean and Merriweather is characteristic of their relationship and a pleasure to read. Walter Merriweather takes on a greater role in this book. Reveals about his history, personality, and motives is perhaps the most interesting and startling part of the story. The ending is an emotional and exquisite read.

If you enjoy vampires, epic vistas, tales of redemption, and stylistic writing, this series is well worth picking up. 

Carol Balawyder, Buy: https://www.amazon.com/Carol-Balawyder/e/B00HVETKWM
Websitehttp://carolbalawyder.com/

A recent review for The Longest Nine Months

on March 7, 2018

Pregnancy can seem interminable for many woman. In this instance, there’s an added reason that Campbell’s pregnancy seems long, convoluted, and stressful. Author Balawyder uses excellent description and dialogue to allow her readers to feel great empathy and fear and joy along with Campbell. The themes of love, marriage, getting through a relationship through good and bad, abortion, and disabilities intertwine throughout this well-written contemporary women’s fiction. I wasn’t sure if the ending would be sad or happy, but I did know that whether the relationship grew or dissolved, the main character’s strength would shine through her challenges.

Website: http://www.torreybalsara.com/

I found the book absolutely delightful. More importantly, the 4-yr old immediately said read it again! That response is the definitive sign he enjoyed the book. He particularly loved the song and thought the carrot being a sword was hilarious. The illustrations are inventive and make the fun story even more enjoyable. We look forward to many more adventures with the guinea pig turned pirate.

Judith Barrow – Buy: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Judith-Barrow/e/B0043RZJV6
Blog: judithbarrowblog.com/

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

A recent review of A Hundred Tiny Threads

As a big fan of the Howarth family series, I was delighted to read ‘A Hundred Tiny Threads’. It’s the fourth book and a prequel set the early 1900s. As always, Barrow paints a big picture and juxtaposes it with clever detail to create a work of intimacy. This book involves suffragettes, the 1919 influenza epidemic and the horror of WW1. Throughout though, the dark family secrets of the Howarth clan are liberally sprinkled and keep the page turning tempo to the max. This is no pretty sanitised version of the times. Expect violence and cruelty and a realistic depiction of the harshness of the era. But there’s love too, and unexpected kindness from the always engaging characters. A great and satisfying read.

Linda Bethea, Buy: https://www.amazon.com/Linda-Swain-Bethea/e/B01N5HA5C1
Blog: https://nutsrok.wordpress.com/

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A recent review for Just Women Getting By

Linda is a great storyteller and I will recommend this book, if you also like to read about strong women’s stories through centuries. I felt it difficult to lay down this book, I just wanted to read and read. I learned a lot of history by this book and while I compared these women’s life with our times, I got lots of respect for such strong women.

Ritu Bhathal, Buy:https://www.amazon.com/Poetic-RITUals-Ritu-Bhathal/dp/1533088020
Bloghttps://butismileanyway.wordpress.com/

Extract from the most recent review for Poetic Rituals

Colleen M. Chesebro 5.0 out of 5 stars Poetic RITUals is a must read for wives and mothers of all ages who also wear many hats just to get through a normal day.January 17, 2018

The first thing that attracted me to this book of poetry was the clever play-on-words with the title, Poetic RITUals, and the author’s name. They always say to not judge a book by its cover, but in this case, you should. As clever and heartwarming as the title suggests, so is the poetry inside.

The book was filled with a delightful and eclectic mix of metered poems filled with patterned beats and rhymes, Haiku, and freestyle poetry. Another charming addition was the way the book was divided into four different sections of “RITUals,” family, life, of the heart, and to make you smile. I found the categorization to be a peek into the ingenious mind of the poet.

The themes of motherhood and family, her work as a teacher, and that of being a wife are shared with love and laughter. Many of the poems shared a realistic look at the author’s life that I found endearing. I remembered feeling much the same way when my kids were young.

One of my favorites in this collection was a piece called, “Poetic Confusion,” which I found in the last section of the book. The author laments the writing of poetry in its many forms; finally coming to the conclusion that she would rhyme and vent to her heart’s content, and write poetry in her own way. I love her poetic spirit and spunk.

Jacquie Biggar, Buy: https://www.amazon.com/Jacquie-Biggar/e/B00MSIJQBG
Website: http://jacqbiggar.com

Please visit Jacquie’s Amazon page of website to view all her books.

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One of the early reviews for – Valentine: A Hearts I Kisses Romance

If you are looking for an endearing light-hearted romance look no further and try “Valentine: A Hearts & Kisses” romance by Jacquie Biggar. Valentine Hodgins, our hero, is reluctantly taking care of the dog and home of his great aunt who has fallen ill with pneumonia. Val is busy with his successful architecture firm and really doesn’t have time for the dog, the home or checking up on the caretaker who is living in his great aunt’s home. Sierra Johnson is the caretaker and working as a baker at a catering company while trying to get her life back in order. Sierra had great plans to open her own catering business, but now that seems to be a long way off. These two both have past histories that will get in the way of romance – will they work things out? Great characters and witty dialog make this a fun and lovely read. I received a free copy of this book and voluntarily chose to give an honest review. (by paytonpuppy)

An extract from the most recent review for Versions of the Self

Sheila rated it 5 stars on March 8th 2017 Goodreads.

These poems resonated with me when I read them, and they’re still resonating. There are so many feelings that can be found here, so many relationships, so many selves.

I loved the poems that celebrated freedom and could at times feel my soul soaring along with the words. Then different poems made me stop and think while bringing me back to Earth.

Sacha Black, Buy: https://www.amazon.com/13-Steps-Evil-Superbad-Villains-ebook/dp/B0722X7Y4P
Blog: http://sachablack.co.uk/about/

I just started this book but it’s already provided tremendous value. There have been three sentences that just jumped off the page and organized a very loose set of thoughts that have been swirling around in my head. You know the feeling, right? I’m working on a screenplay in which I’ve been stuck on writing both the antagonist’s and the villian’s role for the past 5 months. And I mean stuck. Having this book is a tremendous relief – at last a process by which I can think this through clearly!!! On top of this, Sacha is an EXCELLENT WRITER – and VERY FUNNY on top of it. In the first 15 pages I have laughed out loud hard four or five times. She’s a delight to read and so far the advice has more than paid back the cost of the Kindle version. If she keeps it up I’ll buy a hard copy, too. I don’t know Sacha, I wasn’t paid to review this. I’m just a guy from PA who is really impressed by this book because I am so very tired of having Villian writer’s block. Thanks, Sacha.

Steve Boseley, Buy: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Steve-Boseley/e/B01DHXE01G
Websitehttp://www.authorsteveboseley.com

A recent review for Serial

Isabella Fulton 5.0 out of 5 stars Creepy Surprise 9 December 2017

I enjoyed this book a lot, wasn’t sure what to expect because of the serial killer title, it’s creepy and a good read for a short story with a twist.

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Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore – Author Update – Paulette Mahurin, Steve Boseley and Charles E. Yallowitz


Welcome to the Friday Edition of Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore Update and the first author with news is Paulette Mahurin with her recent release The Day I Saw The Hummingbird.

About the book

On the eve of his tenth birthday, a young slave’s life is turned upside down. The unthinkable events that led up to the day Oscar Mercer saw a hummingbird test the limits of this young boy’s body, mind and soul. Gripped with fear and filled with anger, Oscar faces raw, crushing hatred aimed at him and everyone he loves. In a time when a nation was ripped apart geographically, economically, politically and morally, comes a story of a courageous boy who began life as a slave on a sugarcane plantation in Louisiana and escapes via The Underground Railroad.

Through the efforts and good will of kind, brave people determined to free slaves, Oscar faces devastating obstacles and dangers. Struggling with his inner impulse to seek revenge for the injustices and violence levied on his family and friends, he discovers that in bondage you pray to God, but in freedom, you meet Him.

From the award-winning, best-selling author of The Seven Year Dress comes a story that brings another cadre of memorable characters alive on pages that pulse with hatred and kindness, cruelty and compassion, despair and hope. Oscar’s journey on the Underground Railroad is a heart-pounding ride that the reader will remember long after this story ends.

One of the early reviews

‘The Day I Saw the Hummingbird’ could have easily slipped into a simple checklist of all of the abuses heaped upon a slave boy and his unlucky family, but chose instead to deliver a multi-faceted glimpse into the mind of a young boy who learns how to be human in an inhumane system. Oscar is born into slavery and raised by a compassionate, intelligent, and loving mother. At the mercy of a Godless and often drunken overseer who murders Oscar’s father early on, Oscar’s mother, instead of instilling hate in her son, inspires the hope that he will have a better life.

Against the backdrop of the Underground Railroad, the author skillfully weaves the lives of many characters, both black and white, who help Oscar escape to the North. Because of their many sacrifices and his own exceptional will to succeed, Oscar not only escapes, but also, in what I believe is the key message of the novel, learns to love life and himself.

This was a novel I will not forget for a long time, as it depicts not only the evils of slavery and racism, but the solidarity and compassion of friends and strangers who work for good. It is a journey for the reader that is highly recommended.

Read all of the reviews and buy the book: https://www.amazon.com/Day-Saw-Hummingbird-Novel-ebook/dp/B075QMKXQS

Also by Paulette Mahurin

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And Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Paulette-Mahurin/e/B008MMDUGO/

Profits from Paulette’s books go to help rescue dogs from kill shelters.

Read more reviews and follow Paulette on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5895757.Paulette_Mahurin

 

Connect to Paulette:https://thepersecutionofmildreddunlap.wordpress.com/

The next author with a new release is Steve Boseley with Serial: Some Things Don’t Die

About the Book

Some things don’t die. A supernatural horror story.

STUART HARVEY ROGERS has an unfortunate addiction. He lives to kill. He’s very good at it, but he is in prison, and that has put an end to his addiction.

For the moment.

ALEX WRIGHT, a journalist fortunate enough to have full access to one of England’s modern-day serial killers, is hoping to tell the tale of his life. What is it that makes someone kill so many people? How does the mind of a serial killer work? These are the questions Alex hopes to answer. She’ll get her answers, just not in the way she expects.

Stuart has been in prison for two years, and now it’s time to get back to business.

WHAT’S BEING SAID ABOUT BOSELEY’S WRITING…

  • “Boseley is a master of designing these perfectly horrid stories, and brings the reader into his mind.”
  • “Truly horrifying dark , fast pace book . It is a great book!”
  • “My attention was grabbed by the first paragraph, I had to read more.”
  • “Too dark, perhaps, for some readers, as this is not a novella for the squeamish.”
  • “My kind of stories that are well thought out and fantastic.

Head over and buy the book: https://www.amazon.com/Serial-Supernatural-Killer-Story-ebook/dp/B0771Y88NM

and Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Serial-Supernatural-Killer-Story-ebook/dp/B0771Y88NM

Also by Steve Boseley

One of the reviews on Goodreads for The Island

Cheryl Earle rated it Four Stars on April 23rd 2017.

Well, what a creepy, spine tingling tale the author has offered us here! A short story, it reminds me very much of Stephen King’s early collected works of short stories in that it takes surprisingly normal characters, inserts them in unreal situations and then cranks up the tension and dread factor.

It was sort of like watching a teen horror movie unfold – there I was yelling at the page “Omg! What are you doing? Nooo …. don’t do that!” Lol.

A well written, entertaining read – I have already downloaded another of the author’s short stories and can’t wait to begin.

Read the reviews and buy the books:  https://www.amazon.com/Steve-Boseley/e/B01DHXE01G

And Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Steve-Boseley/e/B01DHXE01G

Read more reviews and follow Steve Boseley on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7472465.Steve_Boseley

Connect to Steve via his website:  http://www.authorsteveboseley.com

The final author today with a recent review is Charles E. Yallowitz for his book The Life and Times of Ichabod Brooks.

About the book

Enter the world of Windemere with 11 action adventure short stories featuring a man who is out to make an honest living.

Some heroes seek fame. Some seek fortune. Others simply want to save the world. Ichabod Brooks only wants to put food on the table for his family.

Known and respected as the man who can get any job done, Ichabod has seen his share of adventure. Most of which have been highly exaggerated by bards. Still, the man has his famous reputation for a reason. Whether it be climbing a temperamental mountain for eggs or escorting orphans to their new homes, Ichabod takes every job seriously and makes sure he is as prepared as he can be. Not that it helps since things always take a turn for the worse.

The most recent review on Goodreads

N.N. Light rated it Five Stars on September 12th 2017.

I’ve been a devout follower of the Legends of Windemere series so when I saw a spin-off of sorts, I knew I had to read it.

Ichabod Brooks is a man who’s a mercenary for hire and he’s always up for a new adventure. If you need a magical item or need some help rescuing orphans, Ichabod is your man. His wife handles the contracts and is the brain behind the business, which I loved. He’s just out having adventures and trying to play down his exploits. Oh, and he can bake, too. These are the stories along with a one sentence synopsis:

  • Ichabod Brooks & the Starwind Egg – Every ten years, the birds lay starwind eggs and it’s up to Ichabod to snag one for his client but this time, his luck might just be up.
  • Ichabod Brooks & the Phantom Archer – Ichabod is judging an archery contest but when the contestants get killed, Ichabod must take on the challenger for himself.
  • Ichabod Brooks & the King of Nowhere – An emerging cult wants to unite the kingdoms under the banner of lawlessness and the only one who can save everyone is a man knows as the King of Nowhere.
  • Ichabod Brooks & the Island of Mirrors – Waking up on an island of mirrors is disturbing enough but Ichabod must work together with an old enemy or wind up worse off than death. (My favorite story!)
  • Ichabod Brooks & the Yellow Ogres – With the wife away, Ichabod is relishing in time spent alone but when a band of yellow ogres start stealing shamans, he must figure out how to stop them before his wife returns.
  • Ichabod Brooks & the Resurrection Bowl – Of all the gin joints … Ichabod wishes he could pass on this adventure but he doesn’t have a choice so off he goes in search of an ancient artifact that can resurrect the dead.
  • Ichabod Brooks & Toy Tower – Ichabod must defeat a tower of traps created by a crazy toymaker in order to receive the grand prize at the finish line but has his luck just run out?
  • Ichabod Brooks & the Jester Flute – A bard has stolen a cursed flute and now Ichabod’s reality is anything but. (My second favorite story!)
  • Ichabod Brooks & the Orphan’s Shadow – Hired to escort orphans to their new homes, Ichabod is caught off-guard when the orphans suddenly fall ill and death is right around the corner unless Ichabod can figure out what’s going on.
  • Ichabod Brooks & Zaria’s Kiss – Ichabod and friends are on an adventure to recover the Purity Goddess’s relics from the sea but before they know it, something appears to s-s-strike them down.
  • Ichabod Brooks & the Vixen of Errenshar – Olivia Thorne has been a seductive enemy, thwarting Ichabod’s every move but this time, she might have the upper hand.

If you’re looking for adventurous short stories with character depth, a solid plot and colorful dialogue, pick up The Life and Times of Ichabod Brooks today. Yallowitz’s writing style is quick-witted, full of adventurous fun and original. Highly recommend!

Favorite Character/Quote: “They also don’t have your wife making deals that you can’t say no to. She mentioned that you’re getting three times the usual pay because this baby is going to be prepared for Duke Solomon’s wedding. Personally, I’m looking forward to your wife’s cooking after this. Surprised your gut isn’t huge considering that woman can make a pot roast even the gods would praise. Did you happen to bring some of her dishes for the road?”

Read all the reviews and buy the book: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B073NR7XK

and on Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B073NR7XKC

A selection of the most recent books by Charles Yallowitz

 

Read all the reviews and buy the books: https://www.amazon.com/Charles E Yallowitz/e/B00AX1MSQA

and Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Charles-E-Yallowitz/e/B00AX1MSQA

Read more reviews and follow Charles on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6965804.Charles_E_Yallowitz

Connect to Charles via his website: http://www.legendsofwindemere.com/

Thank you for dropping by today and I hope you will explore these authors and their books further. Thanks Sally

 

 

 

 

Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore – Author Update – Mary Smith, Steve Boseley and D. Wallace Peach


Welcome to the Cafe and Bookstore update and hot off the press we have a new book by Mary Smith written with Allan Devlin. Castle Douglas Through Time records the town’s history in a series of old and new photographs. The gathering place for tourists exploring this beautiful part of Scotland.

NEWSFLASH – Mary was my guest on Saturday in the interactive interview series Book Reading at the Cafe.  After reading this I am sure that you will have even more questions for Mary and she would love to receive them.

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About the book

The market town of Castle Douglas, beside Carlingwark Loch in the southern Scottish region of Dumfries and Galloway, is relatively new, though the area has been inhabited from prehistoric times and the Romans had a military base close by. In the fourteenth century, Archibald the Grim, the 3rd Earl of Douglas, built Threave Castle nearby.

The town came into being thanks to fertiliser found in the loch and wealthy merchant William Douglas, who laid out the present town in 1792. Though his dream of creating a cotton industry failed, Castle Douglas became a flourishing market town. The opening of the rail line to Dumfries in 1859 improved the town’s connections.

Though the railway closed in 1965, the A75 trunk road ensured the town’s survival as a major stopping point for travellers. Today, it is a major tourist destination, with many visitors using it as a base for exploring this beautiful part of Scotland. All these changes are recorded in this unique and fascinating series of new and old photographs, making this book essential reading for anyone interested in the history of Castle Douglas.

Buy the book: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Castle-Douglas-Through-Time-Smith/dp/1445659697

Also in the local history series

One of the reviews for the book

This is a lovely and very absorbing book and one that I’ll keep going back to. Mary Smith does a superb job with her succinct commentaries on the photos, written with a deft and light touch, while Allan Devlin’s present day shots are vivid and arresting, contrasting with the sepia tones of the older photographs, many of which were taken in Victorian and Edwardian times. I feel I have learned a lot more about Dumfries and its surrounding areas from reading the book and it has whetted my appetite to explore the town more than I already have. You don’t have to live in Dumfries and Galloway or know the town of Dumfries to enjoy this book. It is fascinating in itself and hopefully will prove an enticement for people who have never visited Dumfries to do so.

Read all the reviews and buy the book: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Dumfries-Through-Time-Allan-Devlin/dp/1445637677

Also by Mary Smith

 

 Read the reviews and buy all the books: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Mary-Smith/e/B001KCD4P0

Connect to Mary via her website: http://www.marysmith.co.uk/

Steve Boseley has re-issued his mystery thriller, Die, Blossom, Bloom with a brand new cover.

 A pensioner with a newfound love of gardening, TED HARRIS is haunted by the memories of his wife’s death. A regular competitor in the village ‘In Bloom’ competition, GERALDINE BUTLER-THOMPSON is keen to put Ted down at any opportunity, and is more than happy to share her thoughts on his garden. As Ted’s life with his wife is revealed, we get a glimpse into the love that they shared, before things started to go wrong.

The choices that he made haunt him still, and Butler-Thompson pushes him to reveal more than he is willing to, leading to a showdown with JORDAN, Butler-Thompson’s grandson. This confrontation pushes Ted towards what he sees as an inevitable conclusion, and a final showdown with Butler-Thompson. The annual ‘Haverly in Bloom’ competition is the backdrop for this thrilling tale of love, murder and suspicion that is sure to leave you horrified.

The latest review for the book

A gripping look at the flowery passions and life in an idyllic English village that seems like it’s straight out of Midsomer Murders. When I read the first few chapters, I had to look up Boseley – and specifically his age, as his portrayal of the elderly hero’s daily struggles were so convincing that I felt certain Boseley himself would be in his 70s, or even older.

Even though the story starts with a killing, its true meaning only gradually appears in a masterful narration that soon turns surprisingly dark. Too dark, perhaps, for some readers, as this is not a novella for the squeamish. The pace picks up and soon readers find themselves in the uncomfortable position of rooting not for the “good” guys but for the murderer. I won’t spoil the ending, but I will say I wish it were different.

Based on Die Blossom Bloom, I’ll be reading Boseley’s second book soon.

Buy the new edition: https://www.amazon.com/Die-Blossom-Bloom-Steve-Boseley-ebook/dp/B01DFNN35C

 Also by Steve Boseley

 

Buy all the books: https://www.amazon.com/Steve-Boseley/e/B01DHXE01G

Connect to Steve via his website:  http://www.authorsteveboseley.com

Then next featured author is D. Wallace Peach with her latest release which is Catling’s Bane Book 1 of the Rose Shield Tetralogy… a blend of science fiction and fantasy.

About the Rose Shield Tetralogy

Welcome to a world of three moons, a sentient landscape, rivers of light, and tier cities that rise from the swamps like otherworld flowers. A planet of waterdragons, where humans are the aliens living among three-fingered natives with spotted skin. Where a half-blood converses with the fog and the goddess plans her final reckoning.

Follow Catling’s journey as she grows from childhood into the deadly force that shapes the future. She is the realm’s shield, an influencer, assassin, healer, mother, and avenger. And all she wants is to go home.

The books of The Rose Shield Tetralogy – Catling’s Bane – Oathbreakers’ Guild –
Farlanders’ Law – Kari’s Reckoning –

Books 2,3 and 4 are available on Pre- Order and you can read more about the series and follow the links to Amazon from here: https://mythsofthemirror.com/2017/03/17/the-rose-shield-catlings-bane-is-live/

About Book 1 – Catling’s Bane

In the tiers of Ellegeance, the elite Influencers’ Guild holds the power to manipulate emotions. Love and fear, pain and pleasure, healing and death mark the extremes of their sway, but it’s the subtle blends that hook their victims’ hearts. They hide behind oaths of loyalty and rule the world.

A child born in the grim warrens beneath the city, Catling rues the rose birthmark encircling her eye. Yet, it grants her the ability to disrupt the influencers’ sway. Established methods of civil control disintegrate before her. She’s a weapon desired by those who reign and those who rebel.

To the Influencer’s Guild, she’s an aberration, a threat. They order her death and thus the betrayals begin. One woman protects and trains her, plotting to use her shield to further imperial goals. No longer a helpless child, Catling has other plans. As chaos shakes the foundations of order and rule, will she become the realm’s savior? Or its executioner?

One of the early reviews

D. Wallace Peach creates an utterly original, lush and cohesive world inhabited by well-developed and multi-dimensional characters we instantly care about (even the minor ones), all the more so as the plot unfolds. And what a plot it is — no copycat fiction or cliche devices here. The concept of “influence” as an accepted part of life is not only entertaining but thought provoking; and the author’s attention to detail on how influence works grabs hold and will thrill true high fantasy readers who value intelligent rationale for magic. All I can say is … prepare to lose some sleep over this one. And the final chapter leads to a cliffhanger that will leave readers desperate for Book II.

I am a lifelong reader of fantasy, and out of what I’d guess to be nearly 1,000 books read to date, this book series is in my top five. Catling’s Bane is easily on par with the likes of Patrick Rothfuss (The Kingkiller Chronicle series), Karen Miller (the “Mage” series) and Glenda Larke (Stormlord series). I’m confident that many readers will, like me, add this one to their top shelf.

Buy Book 1 – Catling’s Bane: https://www.amazon.com/Catlings-Bane-Rose-Shield-Book-ebook/dp/B06XK3PCRZ

Also by D. Wallace Peach

Read all the reviews and buy the books: https://www.amazon.com/D.-Wallace-Peach/e/B00CLKLXP8

Connect to Diana through her website: https://mythsofthemirror.com/

Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore – New on the Shelves -A Sinister Six by Steve Boseley


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Today I am welcoming Steve Boseley to the shelves of the bookstore. His latest release, A Sinister Six was published on February 6th.  A collection of six darkly disturbing stories.. a treasure trove for those of you who enjoy your stories edgy.

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About the collection.

A Sinister Six’ is a collection of darkly disturbing stories, where the ordinary and mundane become extraordinary and fantastic. Come along, as we journey to the edges of reality and glimpse what lies just beyond our reach. Discover that nothing is quite what it seems, and explore the horrors that travel with us throughout our lives.

The characters you will meet within have been forced beyond the boundary of their reality and have encountered what lies beyond.

Die, Blossom Bloom is the story of TED HARRIS, an old man who feels a yawning chasm of grief and guilt from the loss of his wife and the way her life ended. Keeping these details secret leads him to commit acts he never thought himself capable of.

The Girl in the Park tells the tale of a boy who encounters an enigmatic young woman in the park. As he grows, he begins to fall in love with her, but it is only at the end of his life that he discovers how he can be with her.

A Snap of The Fingers asks the questions What would you do for a loved one? Would you die for them? Would you kill for them? Ten-year-old SETH ROGERS is asked that very question by a stranger that offers to save his mother from the cancer that is killing her.

The Photograph. A photograph is rediscovered decades after it was lost, only now the picture has several new faces in it, faces that were not there when it was taken.

The Book demands to be read. It needs to be read. Doctor MONTE HILTON is tasked with helping a man that believes The Book is urging him to read it and that the very existence of our universe is in danger if he does.

I’m Watching You is the story of one man’s descent into insanity. Long hours and late nights force MIKE to question what is real and what is imagined. Some people can only be pushed so far before something breaks.

**Please note – the paperback version of ‘A Sinister Six’ contains and additional TWO stories*** 

An early review.

Six incredible stories! 1 Feb. 2017 By Amy’s Bookshelf Reviews Published on Amazon.com

There are six incredible, magnificent, and horrifying stories. Yes, they truly are sinister. Not just the stories. Not just the characters. But the way the stories bring in the reader and add twists. Boseley is a master of designing these perfectly horrid stories, and brings the reader into his mind. I was intrigued when I saw the quote from Poe in the beginning of the book, and I can see why. There is a lot of “Poe”-ishness within this story. The titles of the stories just bring you in and then … the story keeps you shivering. “He could hear her voice, muffled by the pillow, which he tried to block out and failed. Her voice weakened and then was silent.”

I received this book free in exchange for an honest and unbiased review. ~Amy’s Bookshelf Reviews

Buy the collecton: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Sinister-Six-collection-disturbing-stories/dp/1541020464

Also by Steve Boseley and as a contributor to an anthology.

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Visit Steve Boseley’s author page: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Steve-Boseley/e/B01DHXE01G

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About Steve Boseley

Steve is a horror and dark fiction author, living in Nottingham, UK. His dark fiction and horror short stories have appeared in several online webzines, and the anthologies The Asylum Within and Dead but Dreaming Halloween Edition. Most recently, Steve was a guest author for the short story collection Deathly Musings.

In 2016 Steve published his first novella, ‘Die, Blossom, Bloom.’ It’s the story of a old man whose love for his wife led him to take some actions he never thought possible.

His latest book, ‘A Sinister Six’ is a collection of darkly disturbing stories, where the ordinary and mundane become extraordinary and fantastic.

Connect to Steve.

Website book linkhttp://www.authorsteveboseley.com/books
Websitehttp://www.authorsteveboseley.com
Twitterhttps://twitter.com/SteveBoseley
Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/authorsteveboseley

Thank you for dropping by and if you would like to join Steve and 150 other authors on the shelves of the bookstore.. here is how:

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

And if you are already in the bookstore and have a new release of a fantastic review you would like to share.. let me know.  Thanks Sally.