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 or so.
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 is the next eight featured authors from the Cafe and Bookstore with their recent reviews and the final showcase is tomorrow.
A recent review for the series
This whole series is worth a 5 star rating.
A phenomenal 3rd in this series it blends fiction with Biblical fact & leads you on a journey of epic proportions! But I advise you start at the beginning of this series in order to know the main characters and the basis for the physical & spiritual journey they are on. I certainly hope there will be more of this ilk from this author.
An extract from a recent review for Violet
Violet is a beautifully written study of life: its trials and tribulations as well as its joys and delights. It tackles many of the most important questions of humanity – the dichotomy of religion and faith, duty and free-spiritedness, imprisonment and freedom, sickness and health, battle and surrender and, of course, love in its many manifestations.
The ‘love in later life’ story centres around Beth and James, both of whom have a failed marriage behind them but both of whom are willing to take the ultimate risk of starting again, seizing the day and opening themselves to the happiness as well as the heartache that love can bring. The plot is revealed through a variety of techniques: narratives, conversations, phone calls, letters, poetry, dreams and imaginative descriptions of photographs and a garden map. It is poignant, happy, sad and sensitively-written with many references to art, poetry, architecture, music, faith and nature which are all important to the protagonists.
A recent review for Life Begins when the Kids Leave Home.
Barb Taub has a remarkable talent for seeing humour that is deep and rich in the most unexpected places. She is able to focus on something almost everyone experiences as a matter of routine in life, and transform it into something that either has you chuckle knowingly or laughing uproariously. Sharing details of growing up in her own large family, she offers a glimpse of how her finely honed sense of humour developed. Combined with her journalistic experience and innate storytelling ability, Taub’s writing offers an escape from the often harsh realities of the world today and reminds us of the importance of laughter. A gift!
A recent review for One Woman’s Island
This was a most enjoyable read. The descriptions of the island and the folks who reside there drew me in immediately. Mariana, a Canadian woman who needs a fresh start, returns to the island of Bequia where she had once visited with her now deceased husband. But living somewhere is quite different from vacationing there, as she soon learns. The story is sprinkled with captivating characters that show their true colours soon enough. As an expat Canadian, I found myself nodding my head often as I recognized familiar traits and conversations. This book, with plenty of action and mystery, depicts what can happen when more than one culture becomes a community. As an added bonus, the author has included some great Caribbean recipes. Key Lime Pie, anyone? I only hope there is a sequel as I’d like to see more of the characters and a place I came to care about.
Please visit Amazon or Stevie’s website to view all her books.
An extract from a recent review for A House Without Windows
This book has an unusual storyline with each chapter taking us into the minds and real life thoughts of each character, I could liken this story to the book/movie – Room, but the story isn’t only about ‘the room’ Beth is held captive in, but life after she is freed and the perspectives of every day life after being a victim.
A House Without Windows is the story of Beth Nichols whose compassion as a doctor leads to a scary nightmare in real life when Edwin Evans forms a ploy to kidnap her and keep her locked up all for himself. The story begins as a psychological thriller where Beth’s captivity in a tiny room with no windows becomes her life and the only home she will know for almost ten years,
Turner does a great job of giving us readers a ringside seat into what life is like for Beth, leaving us feeling uncomfortable, anxious, taking us in, almost as though we were that hostage, and wondering how on earth she will ever get out of her hell. Beth is a strong-willed and an intelligent woman, which has much to do with how she manages to stay sane while enduring solitude and the daily abuse, all the while remembering her love for her dear fiancee Liam.
To view all of Terry’s books please head to Amazon.
A recent review for UK2 Book Three of Project Renova.
Terry Tyler has created a completely plausible world set a few years in the future and UK2 is an excellent conclusion to the trilogy. The vicissitudes of a post-apocalyptic lifestyle are very real and provide an increasingly challenging background to the story. It’s fascinating to find out how the characters from the earlier novels evolve and re-act to changing circumstances. The plot unfolds through the differing viewpoints of several leading characters. The author handles this structure really well and consequently the novel is another page-turner. The ending is very good and leaves a sense of hope and also that there may be more novels in the Project Renova pipeline. I do hope so!
Please visit Amazon or Sue’s blog to view all her books and those written with Stuart France.
A recent review for Laughter Lines…
A wonderful set of poems, showcasing the talent of Sue Vincent, and her four-legged pooch Ani!
Sue Vincent has a way with words, she can tell a tale in rhyme that hooks you and leaves you wanting more. Thoroughly enjoyed!
D. Wallace Peach, Buy: http://www.amazon.com/D.-Wallace-Peach/e/B00CLKLXP8
Please visit Amazon or Diana’s website to view all her books.
A recent review for Farlander’s Law
After the birth of Rose, Catling struggles to balance her oath to the queen with the needs of her daughter. She hopes that if she fulfills her obligations without question, the queen will leave her and her daughter alone. But it’s not to be. Catling makes the decision to increase her power which places her in more peril than ever before.
Meanwhile, war is brewing, and the Cull Tarr will stop at nothing to take control of and govern Ellegeance. Catling and the Influencer’s Guild are tested past their limits. If they can survive the takeover they might be of use to the new rulers. When it’s discovered that the Cull Tarr are unaffected by the influencer’s magic, the Influencer’s Guild members now become pawns in the hands of their captors.
After the Cull Tarr attack on Ellegeance, the provinces are ripped apart. The people in the lower tiers become slaves. Looking to expand their control, the High Ward authorizes his guards to forcibly evict the Farlander’s from their homes and businesses.
As the High Wardens expand their territories, the Cull Tarr way of life becomes the law of the land. That leaves the native people of the planet, the Farlander’s, embroiled in a war they didn’t ask to be part of. The Farlanders are ready to sacrifice their lives for the land they love.
Thank you for dropping in today and it would be great if you could share the authors and their books on social media. Thanks Sally