Smorgasbord Cafe and Bookstore – Meet the Authors 2021 – #Thriller Chuck Bowie, #Family Lisette Brodey, #Guide Dog Ann Chiappetta

Since the last series of meet the authors in June last year another 25 authors have joined the Cafe and Bookstore. This is an opportunity to get to know them and their books a little better. I will also include their blog social media links and it would be great if you could follow them there too.

The first author today is Chuck Bowie who also writes under the pen name  of Alexa Bowie..

Meet Charles (Chuck) Bowie

Chuck Bowie graduated from the University of New Brunswick in Canada with a Bachelor Degree in Science. He lives on the East Coast of Canada. His writing is influenced by the study of human nature and how people behave, habits he picked up as his family moved nineteen times in his first twenty one years. Chuck loves food, wine, music and travel and all play a role in his work.

His writing will often draw upon elements of these experiences to round out his characters and plotlines. Chuck will at times share his thoughts with a brief essay, some of which can be found on his website. Chuck Bowie

His publisher has just received his latest novel , set in Ireland and England, entitled Her Irish Boyfriend, fifth in the international suspense-thriller series: Donovan: Thief For Hire. This follows The Body On The Underwater Road, Steal It All, Three Wrongs and AMACAT. All of his published novels have been paperback best-sellers in New Brunswick. He has just completed and published the first novel in a new cozy mystery series, set in a fictional town in New Brunswick, and is working on the follow-up in this series.

Chuck has recently finished a tenure with the National Board of The Writers’ Union of Canada. He’s a Fellow of the Kingsbrae International Residency for the Arts.

Chuck is married, with two sons. He and his wife Lois live in Fredericton, New Brunswick, in Canada.

A selection of books by Chuck Bowie

One of the recent reviews for Her Irish Boyfriend

by MJ LaBeff5.0 out of 5 stars Action Packed Thriller  Reviewed in the United States on December 29, 2020

Sean Donovan (Thief for Hire) doesn’t disappointment in Her Irish Boyfriend. His intellect, cunning instincts, and strength are what it takes to capture this ring of criminals and one ruthless Irish Boyfriend.

Gemma Trask, recently retired from New Scotland Yard, knows there’s something suspicious going on with Danny her boyfriend. He’s keeping his distance from Gemma which leads her to believe even more that he’s up to no good. She seeks help from her friend Donovan to uncover what criminal entanglements she believes Danny might be involved with. It all starts with a cell phone that leads them to multiple crimes. Soon Beth McLean (Donovan’s wife) and Constable Jimmy Flanagan (who analyzes behaviors) join the two in the hunt. The chase is on and involves multiple crimes and criminals. It’s a race to the very end in the pursuit of Danny.

There are so many twists and turns and action packed scenes where Donovan takes more than one tumble but comes out on top. What I always enjoy about the books in the series are the many lands and seas they take me across and in this story I especially liked the fight scenes and string of criminals caught along the way in the search for Her Irish Boyfriend.

Read the reviews and buy the books: Amazon CA – And: Amazon US – And: Amazon UK – Read more reviews: Goodreads – Website: Chuck Bowie – Facebook: Chuck Bowie –  Twitter:@BowieChuck

The next author is Lisette Brodey and I have read and can recommend The Sum of our Sorrows.

About Lisette Brodey

Lisette was born and raised in the Philadelphia area. She spent ten years in New York City, and now resides in Los Angeles.

She’s a multi-genre author of nine novels and one short story collection: Crooked Moon (General/Literary Fiction); Squalor, New Mexico (Coming-of-Age/Literary Fiction); Molly Hacker Is Too Picky! (Women’s Fiction/romantic comedy), The Desert Series: Mystical High; Desert Star; and Drawn Apart (YA paranormal/magical realism), Barrie Hill Reunion (Literary Fiction); Hotel Obscure: A Collection of Short Stories (Literary Fiction), Love, Look Away (Women’s Fiction/romantic comedy), and The Sum of our Sorrows (Contemporary Fiction.)

In addition to her nine novels and one short story collection, two more of Lisette’s short stories are published in an anthology: Triptychs (Book 3, The Mind’s Eye Series.)

A selection of books by Lisette Brodey

One of the recent reviews for The Sum of our Sorrows

Jan 30, 2021 Richard Schwindt rated it it was amazing
Lisette Brodey is one of those authors who writes for her readers. It occurred to me while reading The Sum of Our Sorrows that if you like to lose yourself in a good story featuring relatable people (and a few nasty ones), Brodey, and this book in particular, was for you. It begins in the immediate aftermath of a tragedy. Eighteen year old Lily, along with her 2 younger sisters lose their mother in car crash. Her fifteen year old sister is in the car and traumatized. Her father is devastated, drinking and seems to lose himself. In the weeks that follow Lily will lose her friends and dreams too. This family is tortured in its grief, and she has to hold it all together. The story follows her, and the subsequent events, leading to love, disclosure and redemption. I have rarely appreciated the writer’s commitment to good fluid prose more than in this book. It is a cliché to say that you were “captured by the story” but in this case I certainly was. I can see The Sum of Our Sorrows appealing to many diverse readers on that basis alone. Highly recommended, with tea by the garden.

Read the reviews and buy the books: Amazon US – And: Amazon UK – Follow Lisette: Goodreads – Website/blog: Lisette Brodey – Twitter: @LisetteBrodey – Facebook: Lisette.Brodey

And the final author today is Ann Chiappetta who joined the Cafe last August.

Meet Ann Chiappetta

Ann is an artist and often refers to her love of words as a natural compensation after losing her vision in 1993. Once a designer of acrylic displays and furniture, Ann trained her creative senses to flow over from the visual to the literary arts. Years later, she has become a poet and author, honing her talent in various mediums, including web content for nonprofits, regular bylines for online literary publications, poetry, anthologies and guest editing in online literary journals, just to name a few projects of which she
has contributed.

Ann possesses a master of science in Marriage and family therapy from Iona College and an undergraduate degree from the College of New Rochelle, both located in Westchester County, New York. She is currently employed as a readjustment and trauma counselor for combat veterans and their families. A guide dog handler and advocate, Ann volunteers her time representing people with visual impairments and guide dog users on various National, State and local boards of directors. A consultant and guest presenter, Ann visits schools promoting awareness and equality for people with disabilities. She is the 2015 recipient of the WDOM Spirit of Independence award.

Ann is available for speaking engagements and is knowledgeable on the following topics: *writing and creativity * independent publishing * recovering and adjusting to vision loss for individuals/families * sheltering people with visual impairments
*sheltering pets and service dogs * pet assisted therapy * training and working with a guide or service dog * PTSD and combat stress related to veterans and families

Thanks to her retired guide dog, Verona, Ann also visits libraries and assisted living centers offering pet assisted therapy.

Books by Ann Chiappetta

One of the recent reviews for Follow Your Dog

Meredith 5.0 out of 5 stars What life is like living with a guide dog.  Reviewed in the United States on November 9, 2020

I purchased Ann’s book after losing my guide dog to cancer. I highly recommend this book to anyone who has loved a dog, experienced grief in losing one. Guide Dog or Family Pet. I can honestly say that you will find something here that will sound like a personal experience you have witnessed. The first day I picked this book up to read, I couldn’t put it down. This would truly be one of the best books you could gift yourself with. It spoke gently to my heart.

Read the reviews and buy the books: Amazon US – And : Amazon UK – Blog: Thought Wheel – Twitter: @anniedungarees


Thank you for dropping in today and I hope that you have enjoyed meeting some of the recent authors in the Cafe and Bookstore and discovering their books. Thanks Sally.

Smorgasbord Cafe and Bookstore – Christmas Book Fair – #Design Valentina Cirasola, #Thriller Chuck Bowie, #Family James J. Cudney, #Historical Paul Edmondson.

Welcome to the Christmas Book Fair where I will be featuring all the authors currently on the shelves of the Cafe and Bookstore.

The first author today is Italian designer Valentina Cirasola – Design Nature For A Colorful Home with an early review for this recent release.

About the book

If you pick up a camera and take a picture of anything that strikes your eyes, it doesn’t have to be a real object, or something with a meaning, just study that picture you took and you will see the reason why you immortalized that “something”. One day, I took a photo of a succulent plant in my garden, not because it was particularly beautiful, but because I was attracted by the yellow decorative butterfly light inside the pot and by the yellow ceramic piece outside the pot. This told me I was craving “Yellow Vibrations”. Going to the grocery shop, taking pictures of the flower bouquets in the store, and forgetting to buy food is not a common thing people do, but I did. Later, all those pictures of flowers gave me the idea for this book. My goal was to entice the readers to look at flower bouquets, or any flower composition in nature with new eyes and lead them to create their own alluring color scheme for any room in the house or office that carries a new excitement.

The book is full of beautiful photographs taken by me in various places in nature and in the stores. Nature is our best friend and companion, she always gives us the pleasure of beauty, harmony, and peace. This book focuses on how to take advantage of nature’s colors and turn them into doable solutions. The home has a spirit that will love you if you create an inspiring, healthy, vibrant home for the body, mind, and spirit. Everyone will feel comfortable in a home conceived with harmony and love will grow.Shall we start with the colors of flowers?

An early review for the book.

This short book is filled with delightful thoughts from the uniquely colorful author, Valentina Cirasola. While it is mostly text, there is no shortage of photos and illustrations to keep it interesting and to serve as examples. She includes color swatches with photos beside them, which makes it much easier to visualize the, sometimes unexpected, color combinations.

And don’t forget the laundry room! The author doesn’t stop with just the living room or the bedroom. She reminds us of the importance of having a pleasing environment in the spaces where we do our chores.

This book was gifted to me near the time of Diwali. It certainly added light, as well as color, to this holiday season.

Head over to buy the book: Amazon USand: Amazon UK

Also by Valentina Cirasola

Read the reviews and buy the books:Amazon USAndAmazon UK Website: Valentina DesignsGoodreads:Valentina Cirasola Goodreads – Twitter: @ValentinaDesign
If you are looking to give the gift of a suspense thriller this Christmas, the latest book in the suspense-thriller seriesDonovan: Thief for Hire: The Body on the Underwater Roadby Charles (Chuck) Bowie could be what you are looking for.
About the bookTricia Parker was a woman with a past; one that led to a marriage break-up and the complete severance of ties to her very wealthy ex-husband and daughter. Fifteen years later, Tricia suddenly appears, wanting to talk to her daughter, and a day later, Tricia’s body washes up on an underwater road. The prime suspects are her daughter and ex-husband, who are summering in St. Andrews.Friends who see their predicament contact Donovan and Beth, who are no strangers to murder, and who have certain skills in solving crimes.

As Donovan begins piecing together the elements of the case, he happens upon an old acquaintance, a particularly nasty art thief who shouldn’t even be in that part of the country.

The Body On The Underwater Road is a story set in two countries. It’s about estranged families, old money, and secrets. And murder.

One of the recent reviews for the book

by MJ LaBeff 5.0 out of 5 stars Multiple crimes, suspects, twists kept me turning pages  Reviewed in the United States on August 8, 2020

This might be my favorite book in the Donovan: Thief for Hire series! There are more books on the way, but so far I’ve enjoyed going on this adventurous and sometimes dangerous life changing journey with Sean Donovan- a unique character unlike most found in thriller/crime fiction novels. It’s always great when a bad guy has redeemable characteristics and is likable, and Donovan is this and so much more. I’m looking forward to the next book and even if this happens to Donovan (it’ll break my heart), I hope the author pulls him back into a life of crime and that Beth is unwittingly dragged along too.

In this book, Donovan is in the midst of solving two crimes. First there’s mischief around the winery he’s part owner in and then he finds himself face to face with seedy criminal and art thief Palu again while helping his friends from Wisconsin come to the rescue of Nick Parker and his daughter Riley when Nick’s estranged wife is found murdered. Soon secrets about the family come to light, and let’s just say with family like this you don’t need enemies. There is a great cast of suspects that kept me guessing until the end.

I liked being swept from New York’s sandy shores to those in Canada and chapter 3 especially made me smile. On a personal note, I’ve never been to Montauk, New York but dear friends of mine traveled there and brought me back a terrific coffee mug and told me a lot of fun stories about their trip. It kinda felt like I knew the place and people; I’ve been to Toronto and Niagara Falls in Canada which made for such a delightful read.

Bravo author Chuck Bowie! Writing an engaging series is tough work and you’re just getting warmed up. This reader and fan is ready for more Donovan!

Read the reviews and buy the book:Amazon CA – And: Amazon US  – And: Amazon UK

Also by Chuck Bowie and writing as Alexa Bowie

Read the reviews and buy the books: :Amazon CA – And: Amazon US – And:Amazon UK –  Follow: Goodreads –  Website: Chuck Bowie – Facebook: Chuck Bowie – Twitter:@BowieChuck

With a recent review for his family based mystery is author James. J. Cudney– the sequel to Watching Glass Shatter  – Hiding Cracked Glass (Perceptions Of Glass Book 2)

About the book

A blackmail letter arrives at an inopportune moment, and the recipient’s name is blurred out. Who is the ruthless missive meant for?

In the powerful sequel to Watching Glass Shatter, Olivia is the first to read the nasty threat. When the mysterious letter falls into the wrong hands, her sons try to figure out who’s seeking revenge on them.

Across the span of eight hours, members of the Glass family contemplate whether to confess their hidden secrets, or find a way to bury them forever. Some didn’t learn an important lesson last time, and as each hour ticks by, the family has to come to terms with what happened in the previous months.

Their lives are about to shatter into pieces once again, and this time the stakes are even higher.

One of the recent reviews for the book

Janice J. Richardson, Author5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant sequel to Watching Glass Shatter  Reviewed in the United States on November 17, 2020

What a beautiful sequel to Watching Glass Shatter. The writing is eloquent, not many authors can turn a phrase as beautifully as James J. Cudney. Example: “When Ethan expelled his last breath, Emma’s heart burst into jagged shards as though Cupid’s arrow had permanently destroyed its union. Each portion persistently refused to recognize the other or mend the fiery incision, even if the repair would leave only the slightest of visible scars.”

The story is full of twists and turns, each character believing something different than the other about a family situation. Over the course of a few days, each character is featured and their thoughts dissected, leaving the reader pushing through the story, eager to read more. The final pages bring us to a sudden halt, redemptive and enlightening, untangling the mystery of who, what, when and why.

If I, as a reader, could give more than five stars, this book would have earned it.

Read the reviews and buy the book:Amazon US –And: Amazon UK

Also by James J. Cudney

Read the reviews and buy the books: Amazon US  and: Amazon UK  – Website/Blog: This is my truth nowGoodreads: James J. Cudney – Twitter: @Jamescudney4

And finally today for history lovers a book from Paul Edmondson with Great Spirit of Yosemite: The Story of Chief Tenaya

About the book

Now in his old age, Chief Tenaya’s life and the lives in his tribe are changed forever…

In the Mariposa Indian War of 1850/51, the venerable Chief Tenaya is catapulted into leading his people into conflict against white man’s plunder of their land and culture during the California Gold Rush. His story is a tale of family love, death, tribal lore and spirituality, all of it torn apart by a lust for gold. In Chief Tenaya’s world, the pillages of war are set against the backdrop of daily rhythms of Indian life in the familiar landscape of Yosemite.

Through the interweaving of historical events with imagined and gripping storytelling, Great Spirit of Yosemite chronicles the extraordinary true struggle of the original inhabitants of Yosemite Valley, their determination to cling on to their heritage, and their ultimate sacrifices.

One of the recent reviews for the book

Gridley 5.0 out of 5 stars A New Look at the Native American Tragedy  Reviewed in the United States on August 10, 2020

This fine book of Edmondson’s tells anew of the culture clash between white American settlers and the Native Americans who occupied the land for millennia prior to white settlement. But it’s not a re-warmed version of “white might wins;” instead, the author lives within the mind and heart of Tenaya, chief of the Ahwahneechee Indians, settled in the California mountains. His foil here is, for the most part, one James D. Savage, who has lived among the various tribal groups long enough to understand their languages and ways, but who is given to trading and cattle raising.

Whites begin to encroach on Ahwahneechee territory, and war ensues – the Maricopa Indian War of 1850-51. Edmondson follows the tracks of this conflict, never leaving Tenaya’s emotional side. He alternates a skilled and passionate prosaic view of Tenaya’s loyalty to his people, his sly ways with Savage and other whites, with superbly written poetic paeans to Tenaya and his tribe. As such,the book has the feel of George Keithley’s poetic opus, “The Donner Party.” “Great Spirit of Yosemite” will no doubt add value to this canon of the white push westward, and the inevitable ceding of Native American homelands to them. It’s a powerful closeup of both sides of this particular conflict and should be read and appreciated widely.

Read the reviews and buy the book:Amazon US – And: Amazon UK

Paul Edmondson, buy: Amazon US – And:Amazon UK  – follow Paul: Goodreads – Website: Paul Edmondson Author  – Facebook: Paul Edmondson


Thanks for dropping by today and hope you will be leaving with some books thanks Sally.