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 is the next ten featured authors from the Cafe and Bookstore.
A recent review for Vampyrie
A very different storyline in the vampire genre.Different, in a densely populated genre, is a good thing. But that’s not the main draw of this telling. It’s well-written and keeps you turning virtual pages. The characters are well-developed and believable. I knew I’d like it after the first few paragraphs. If you like a combination of horror, suspense and thriller, you’ll like this one. It even has a surprise twist that I didn’t see coming. I’m big on twists myself.
Claire Fullerton, Buy: http://www.amazon.com/Claire-Fullerton/e/B00HRJEUJ4
One of the recent reviews for Dancing to an Irish Reel
Brigid P. Gallagher, buy: https://www.amazon.in/Brigid-P-Gallagher/e/B01N8UCYYD
A recent review for Watching the Daisies
I was prompted by Brigid to write this review in her inimitably gentle manner as I had forgotten to do so when I read it. Brigid is one of those people you instinctively gravitate to, you know she is kind, compassionate and non-judgemental. She is a natural healer. She is also very creative. I immediately relax when I read her blogposts. She has a quiet style, she allows you to breathe. I could relate to much of what is written in her memoir: the music, the fashion, the loss, chronic illness, and the quest for personal healing through complementary therapies. I am proud to recommend her book.
Teagan Geneviene – Buy: http://www.amazon.com/Teagan-Riordain-Geneviene/e/B00HHDXHVM
An extract from a recent review for Murder at the Bijou
I am a big fan of Teagan Ríordáin Geneviene, as an author, a blogger, and I was lucky to discover her blog a few years back, and although I missed some of her early serials at the time of their initial conception, I have managed to catch up with them over time. I have also read her novel, Atonement, Tennessee (you can check my review here) and know that apart from an imagination that knows no bounds, and a love of period research and attention to detail, she has a way with words and can create magical characters that readers get to care for and make them live through situations that never fail to surprise us and keep us on tenterhooks.
I recommend this book to readers with a sense of fun and play who enjoy a fast and light mystery (cozy style. No explicit violence, although there is violence, no sex scenes) set in the Jazz Age (oh, don’t forget to follow the author’s blog if you enjoy that historical period as she shares a post on the subject every Wednesday), with charming characters and great food. And even if you don’t have a lot of time to read for long stretches at a time, as the serial was created to be read a chapter per week, it is very easy to follow the story and not get lost. So, there is no excuse!
A recent review for the collection
These are stories or narrative poetry centered in Ireland written metrically with rhyme. The language flows well. Even when the stories seem dark the author’s heart shines through to light the way. For example, in “Ulter’s Shame”, a dark narrative with “blood stained footpaths and bullet spattered walls” we are not left with “screams” and “terror” but a resolution: “What matters is the depth of God’s sighs.”
She describes the people around her with kind brevity. The ending of “The Brownie Pack” states her love and humbly leaves it to God whether it is returned.
She describes the joyful and sorrowful mysteries of life. In “Tender to Touch” an old man buys a medicine from her. In his confusion he rubs it on his pained stomach rather than drinking it. Nonetheless, he’s cured and returns to thank her. In sadness, such as “Life!!”, she prays to God not to let the Devil win.
In the “The Lover” and “Kitty and Joe” we see death and love tied closely together and even though death wins in its ever objective way, I sense love redeeming each such victory as its own. This is a beautiful collection of very short stories or narrative poems that, perhaps because of their brevity, will linger in my mind enriching it.
A recent review for Death in a Dacron Sail.
My only complaint about this book is that it kept me up too late! Truly, it is a page-turner and will leave you wanting more. Rhe Brewster, the indomitable assistant to the police during a complex, historic murder investigation, expertly navigates the twists and turns of this journey while simultaneously attempting to resolve the dissolution of her marriage. Pregnant with her second child, Rhe manages to pursue clues, save lives, and figure her way out of situations with Houdini-like grace. N.A. Granger paints an indelible portrait of small-town life in rural Maine, with unforgettable characters who become her readers’ friends and foes. Read this book–you’ll be glad you did!
Malia Ann Haberman, Buy: https://www.amazon.com/Malia-Ann-Haberman/e/B009CJ0DNE
To view all Malia’s books please visit Amazon or her blog.
One of the recent reviews for Letters from an American Soldier
A real life love story through the eyes of a soldier during the Korean war. Letter by letter, the reader can imagine what life must have been like for those stationed far away from loved ones in a time when communication took days or weeks. Bill’s love and desire to be with his darling Nita is so sweetly and authentically expressed. It makes you want to read “just one more letter,” and before you know it, the book is as hard to put down as any fictional romance novel.
Sue Hampton, Buy: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Sue-Hampton/e/B0034PD8GG/
One of the recent reviews for Ravelled.
Whether it is writing for children or adults, Sue Hampton’s wit, wisdom, clarity, and tender affirmations suffuse ordinary—and sometimes not-so-ordinary—moments with an unforgettable luster. In her masterful collection, RAVELLED & OTHER STORIES, she explores a full range of ideas and characters, spanning from the friendship of an elder woman and her young, male driver, in “Away for Christmas,” to the lyrical fable that subverts popular beliefs of beauty and love, “The Brute and the Beast.”
Sue Hampton’s deftness can be further seen by the way she allows the readers enough room to interpret meaning for themselves. Her characters, whether lovely or unlovely, conjure a sense of compassion and connection. Through experiences of love, grief, loneliness, redemption, we are never left heartbroken, for every adversity either sparkles with humor or leads the character to something transcendent. A teenager falls in love with her teacher, a goddess-queen struggles with self-doubt, a newly divorced, older man engages in hilarious antics to escape feeling pathetic. One story leads to another, like rosary beads, holding the spectator to a simultaneous act of reading and meditation. This is a rare and satisfying collection that I am sure will teach me something new about writing, life, and the mind of an extraordinary author every time I re-read it. You simply must get a copy!
An extract from the most recent review for The Golden Age of Charli RSVP
While reading The Golden Age of Charli: RSVP, I moved from wanting Charli to be my aunt, to wanting Charli to be my best friend, and finally to wanting to BE Charli when I retire someday. I found the main character to be delightful, warm, honest and fun; and I appreciated her life’s motto – “press on” – and admired her determination to deepen her relationships with her husband (the newly-retired and golf-loving Pud) and with her many nieces and nephews. I also found myself drooling over the author’s abundant descriptions of food, wine, and cocktails – an unexpected and delicious part of this book! One month from now, my youngest will be heading off to college, so I ended up relating more than I expected I would to Charli’s empty-nest pursuits. Although my husband and I are far from retirement, I still felt a kinship with Charli, and I look forward to reading the next books in Jena Henry’s charming series!
A recent review for The Magician’s Curse.
A mysterious curse, a chance meeting on a train. The hauntingly beautiful Stephen Dagmar meets and instantly recognizes the love of his life on a train running away from her complicated family life.
This story challenges the reader to suspend disbelief and allow oneself to be drawn into the world of magic and the supernatural and accept it as reality.
The antagonist of the story, Nina Curry, has a level of vulnerability that makes her a compelling character to watch.
Herman Anderson, the heroine of this piece, is a blank sheet. Her age and inexperience make this the case more than anything else. She is acted upon rather than acts. As this is an ongoing series of works, I look forward to Herman’s development in the course of the story as things continue to unfold for this pair.