Smorgasbord Blogger Daily – Monday 21st October Part Two- Toni Pike #Boxset – Charles E. Yallowitz #Monsters – Tara Sparling #Bookblurbs

This series is an opportunity to showcase posts from around our community and the brilliant bloggers who share with us. It would be amazing if you would follow the links to the post I have highlighted and whilst visiting follow and support the blogger.

The first post is from author Toni Pike to announce the release of the boxed set of The Jotham Fletcher Mystery Thriller Series Books 1-4…

I’m very pleased to announce that the four books in The Jotham Fletcher Mystery Thriller Series are now available as a Box Set. THE MAGUS COVENANT, THE ROCK OF MAGUS, THE MAGUS EPIPHANY and HOLY SPEAR OF MAGUS are still available separately, but buying the box set will definitely save you money. It represents great value as you get four full-length thrillers in one convenient ebook, with non-stop, action-packed entertainment on just about every page. I also hope to publish the paperback version in the very near future.;

Head over to read a synopsis of each of the books and where you can buy the set:

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With Halloween on the horizon, our thoughts turn to the dark side with trolls, ghouls, vampires and witches brought out for the night.. If you want to see how the master of monsters creates them.. head over to author Charles Yallowitz for a fright.. Windemere Monsters: Trolls #fantasy #adventure

What would a fantasy world be without trolls to drive terror into the hearts of adventures at least once? Obviously, you can do this, but I was picking from the classics early on and trolls were top of the list. I wanted them to be one of the biggest threats that my heroes can run into. Nothing on the scale of dragons or demons, but they certainly take the top spot among the less magical beasts. For this, I went wild with the description and kept writing until I ran out of steam. Easiest to give an excerpt from Legends of Windemere: Prodigy of Rainbow Tower when they debuted:

Head over to read the excerpt:

Please visit Amazon or Charles’s blog to view all his books.

Then final post today is from Tara Sparling who shares the news that the heavy hitters in the books department have just released their books for Christmas..I better get a move on!!!  This post however, is primarily a guide to writing a book blurb.. Part One.

Tara Sparling on Books

Just in case you missed it, Thursday October 2nd was a big day in the book world: the day when 426 heavy hitters released their books for Christmas, including Philip Pullman, Jojo Moyes and Bill Bryson. This was swiftly followed by just last Thursday October 17th, when further probable blockbusters from mahoosive names including Elton John, John le Carré and Nadiya Hussain swamped the shelves. So if you had a book coming out this autumn, and you HAVEN’T released it in the last 2 weeks… congratulations! You just avoided being stampeded by a herd of anxious, needy elephants in a race for column inches.

In previous posts, I examined when might be the best time of year to publish a novel, which concluded that Christmas might actually not be the worst idea, despite the flood of heavyweights. I also examined the effect of blockbusters on the sales of other books.

Assuming anyone out there agrees with any of these ideas (and I’m not saying they should. I am notoriously unreliable, and often cheat at Lego), you might be thinking about getting a book out there in the near future. So today I’m referring back to another former post, to look at how blurbs work – or don’t, as the case may be…

Head over and read the complete post about how a book blurb should be written:

Tara Sparling

About Tara Sparling

Writer of fiction and screenplays. Winner of Funniest Blog at one awards thingy and Best Newcomer at another. Blogging about bestselling book trends, literary humour, people’s behaviour on the internet, traditional and self-publishing, marketing tips, success stories and spectacular failures at

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Thanks for dropping in today and I hope you will head over to enjoy the posts in full.. thanks Sally.



Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore – New Book on the Shelves – #Thriller – Desolation Bluff by Toni Pike

Delighted to showcase the new release, a thriller from Toni Pike…..Desolation Bluff


About the book

Blind romance author Oliver Cameron uses the pen name of Fidel Amore and thinks he has the perfect life at his country estate near Desolation Bluff. After a honeymoon in Paris, his wife Vanessa continues her work as his assistant. His friend Ray is the business manager who lives in the gatehouse and also acts as the public face of Fidel Amore, doing all those book-signing trips that Oliver never wanted to attend. Helen Dunkley is the housekeeper devoted to him since childhood – but she detests the two newcomers.

Complications set in when Ray, working on his old car, accidentally backs into Oliver. His injuries appear minor but the next day he suddenly regains his sight. Oliver wants Ray and Rachel to be the first to hear his good news, but when he finds them he uncovers a shocking betrayal.

A game of cat and mouse begins – and with the arrival of a mysterious stranger, it turns deadly.

A short suspense novel that will keep you guessing right to the very end.

One of the early reviews for the book

The extremely popular blind romance writer Fidel Amore who in real life is Oliver Cameron has just returned from an exciting, romantic honeymoon in Paris with his writing assistant wife Vanessa. He has an arrangement with Ray who poses as the writer and attends all the obligatory events that a writer is expected to attend!

When a freak accident restores his vision, he keeps it a secret and discovers the direction in which his life has been taken over by his wife and his friend! At this juncture, an unexpected long distance relative enters Oliver’s life.

How Oliver gradually takes over his own life forms the content of this beautifully conceived book that sets an exciting pace and keeps the reader glued to the book until the last page is read!

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Also by Toni Pike

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About Toni Pike

Toni Pike’s main passions are writing, travelling and spending time with family and friends, and she believes that coffee and long walks are an essential part of any day. After starting her career as a veterinary surgeon, she later taught high school and had a successful career in the public service. She now lives in Canberra, the capital city of Australia.

Pike is the author of Dead Dry Heart – a psychological thriller, and The Jotham Fletcher Mystery Thriller Series: The Magus Covenant, The Rock of Magus, The Magus Epiphany and Holy Spear of Magus.

She’s also the author of two non-fiction books. The One Way Diet is a no-nonsense guide to losing weight and coping with the journey. Happy Travels 101 is a short book of travel tips with great advice for anyone who wants to travel overseas.

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