Welcome to the Monday edition of the Cafe and Bookstore and time to take as stroll through the shelves and find out which authors have news.
The first is D.G. Kaye who has received some great reviews this week for three of her booksand I have selected the most recent for one we have not featured for a while.. The Words We Carry.
About The Words We Carry
“I have been a great critic of myself for most of my life, and I was darned good at it, deflating my own ego without the help of anyone else.”
What do our shopping habits, high-heeled shoes, and big hair have to do with how we perceive ourselves? Do the slights we endured when we were young affect how we choose our relationships now?
D.G. takes us on a journey, unlocking the hurts of the past by identifying situations that hindered her own self-esteem. Her anecdotes and confessions demonstrate how the hurtful events in our lives linger and set the tone for how we value our own self-worth.
Words We Carry is a raw, personal accounting of how the author overcame the demons of low self-esteem with the determination to learn to love herself.
The most recent review for The Words We Carry
This is the second book (but certainly not the last) that I have read by Debby Kaye. In “Conflicted Hearts,” the first of her books that I read, I was amazed at the transparency in which she opened her life to readers. That approach proved effective in helping me to connect with her. I took away much from that reading experience, as I did with this one, “Words We Carry.” In WWC, Debby does it again – bares her life. Using excerpts from her childhood, teenage and young adult years, Debby shares some of the hurtful, shaming and neglectful events, words, and situations that led to her early attachment to low self-esteem. She goes a step further in this book by showing how she divorced low self-esteem by pursuing healthy, authentic relationships and by being intentional with her thoughts and actions. This led her to self-worth, self-acceptance and self-love.
Although I do not share Debby’s exact life experiences, I could relate to so many of the circumstances and harmful words she described. Indeed, I would go so far as to say that many women will relate as so many of our (female) issues stem from our physical appearance. Or rather, our “lack of” as compared to super models or in Debby’s case, her outrageously gorgeous mother. Later In life, Debby learned to counter the mother’s impossible beauty standards. How? She states, “Determination and an inquisitive mind are necessary to rid oneself of anxieties and faulty self-perceptions.” This is just one of the gems she shares with readers. There are others such as this one dealing with ridicule and rejection: “Love thyself.” Simple as a statement but powerful when applied to one’s life.
This is a short read but so full of wisdom, encouragement and self-correction that one read is not enough. Be warned, you may find yourself turning to this book time and time again.
I encourage you to take this walk with Debby as she journeys to self-awareness and confidence. I promise you’ll be rewarded as well.
Read all the reviews and buy the book: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00OQJGE42
Also by D.G. Kaye
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Connect to D.G. Kaye through her website.https://www.dgkayewriter.com
Another author that I would like to update is Adele Marie Park and her book released earlier in the year, Wisp
Edra; a world where magic flourishes and where dark secrets are concealed by those who rule. Secrets which can get the innocent killed without a thought.
When the body of an elf is discovered in a treacherous area of the city, Wisp a young Law Enforcer is assigned the case. He soon realises the case is far from simple. As soon as he finds one thread another one leads him to unravel a tapestry woven from lies, secrets, corruption and evil. When friendship turns to love, Wisp`s life, as he knew it will completely change.
What started out as a murder case ends in a grisly battle which Wisp and his companions seem to have no chance of winning.
Here is the review by Colleen Chesebro written at the end of March
Meet Wisp, a law enforcer in the land of Edra, where magic is encouraged to flourish and is often needed for sheer survival. A mages council rules Edra compared to the neighboring area of Finah, who prefers humans to control their resources. After a bloody civil war, many years ago, the two lands exist beside each other in a fragile peace.
Wisp is a marsh fairy (YES! Can you believe it?) with raven hair and pointy ears pierced with silver earrings. Marsh fairies are rare and possess special powers. Wisp keeps his real identity under wraps, known only to his superiors. Abandoned as a child, the “Senior” Law enforcement officer raised him ensuring his survival.
In a desolate area filled with putrefying rubbish, Wisp comes across the body of a High Elf, a member of the Thorns, who was a high-ranking council member found murdered in the circle. The elf’s throat had been brutally cut. Wisp sets out to solve the murder not realizing he is to play an integral part in solving the mystery.
Wisp meets Finn Redhaven, the lover of the murdered elf, Sammiel Thorn, and feels an immediate attraction to him. Wisp and Finn fall in love and discover a wealth of magical abilities enabled by their relationship. And, they are going to need all the help they can get to battle the evil that has descended on Edra.
As fantasy novels go, Wisp stands out to me in its originality and political intrigue. Ms. Park creates a world where love is considered to be one of the greatest powers of all. I enjoyed that the two main characters were male and embraced their love and desire for each other, which was a refreshing approach to solving a mystery in a magical land. The reader discovers along with Wisp the extent of his abilities which I anticipate will increase over time.
I’ve added Wisp to my list of favorite fantasy novels. I loved the story and the characters. The ending is a cliffhanger, and I can’t wait for the next volume to find out what happens to Wisp and Finn. Hopefully, Ms. Park won’t keep us in suspense for long
Read the reviews and buy the book: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Wisp-Adele-Park-ebook/dp/B01MXYQ2E4
Anthologies contributed to by Adele and currently FREE on her author page.
Read the reviews and download the anthologies for FREE: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Adele-Park/e/B01G9VHA9W
Connect to Adele via her website: http://www.adelemariepark.com/
The next author is Malia Ann Haberman with two recent reviews for her book Letters From an American Soldier: A True Love Story Told Through Real Letters, published in June this year.
About Letters From an American Soldier.
Sometimes real life is so much better than fiction…
These real and AMAZING love letters written by a soldier during training and then while fighting overseas and on the front line will touch your heart forever. They’re filled with deep, raw emotions, while showing just how much war can change a person. So put on some mood music, pour yourself a tall drink, and then slip into the mind, heart, and soul of an American soldier.
Two of the recent reviews
Excellent true love story of 2 young heartfelt souls who loved each other unconditionally. Raw emotions shines. Challenging times for their relationship during the Koran War and Vietnam War. Makes your heart swell. The writer shares her parents story with us from Bill’s love letters to Nita. Oh how I’d love to read Nita’s letters back to her soldier. My own parents found their love from WWII so this book intrigued me and I was not let down. Enjoy ♡
I truly enjoyed reading these lovely, heartfelt letters. They’re filled with so much emotion I could feel the soldier’s love and loneliness coming through on every page. But they’re not just love letters, history of the Korean War is a big part of them too. I think both women and men will love this book!
Read the other reviews and buy the book: https://www.amazon.com/Letters-American-Soldier-Story-Through-ebook/dp/B072WM24Q
Also by Malia Ann Haberman
Read all the reviews and buy the books: https://www.amazon.com/Malia-Ann-Haberman/e/B009CJ0DNE
Read more reviews and follow Malia Ann on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5769159.Malia_Ann_Haberman
Connect to Malia Ann via her website: http://maliaannhaberman.weebly.com/
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