Welcome to the Friday edition of the Author Update where I share new releases and recent reviews for authors in the Cafe and bookstore.
The first author today with news is Balroop Singh with a new review for her poetry collection Emerging From Shadows.
From darkness into light, from despair onto the wider ways of hope…life oscillates between sunshine and shadows. Emerging from shadows is a choice, which lies dormant, which can be gently inspired by self-talk. Each poem in this book banks on the hope of emerging stronger, saner, positive and resilient. Each poem in this book would talk to you, revealing layers of enclosed emotions. Each poem would divulge a secret path that could lead you into the world of poise and serenity.
When turbulences hit, when shadows of life darken, when they come like unseen robbers, with muffled exterior, when they threaten to shatter your dreams, it is better to break free rather than get sucked by the vortex of emotions.
One of the recent reviews for the collection
Vashti Quiroz-Vega What A Good Poem Does, Nothing Else Can Do. February 1, 2018
“Emerging from Shadows” is a beautiful and profound collection of poems. The poems covered countless emotions both dark and bright, reflecting the many trials and tribulations as well as triumphs that a person faces throughout life. The kind of person that is strong-minded and willing to learn and grow from these experiences. I felt like an intruder as I read, because this book felt like a diary in verse.
When reading the book, I kept pausing to recite the verses out loud. So many of the lines drip from the tongue:
The dazzling rays of sun
Had to pierce through you,
To reach me, while
The moonlight was all mine.
The best books, and that includes poetry books, make us smarter. They teach us new things and make us question what we know. This book is smart without being pretentious. It is also heartfelt, honest and inspiring. I highly recommended it to all poetry lovers.
Read the reviews and buy the collection: https://www.amazon.com/Emerging-Shadows-Poetry-Balroop-Singh-ebook/dp/B073YLWLG1/
Also by Balroop Singh
Read the reviews and buy the books: https://www.amazon.com/Balroop-Singh/e/B00N5QLW8U
and Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Balroop-Singh/e/B00N5QLW8U
Read more reviews and follow Balroop on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7340810.Balroop_Singh
Connect to Balroop Singh via her blog: http://balroop2013.wordpress.com
The next author with a new review is Jack Eason with his historical novella Autumn 1066.
Down the centuries the British Isles has always been seen by invaders as a legitimate target for exploitation. This novella concerns the last few weeks of Anglo-Saxon occupation, ending on the 14th of October, 1066. In Autumn 1066, author Jack Eason gives a great sense of ‘place’, of detail. The reader is right ‘there’ in that poignant year, marching, shivering with September cold (as ‘…no warming fires were allowed lest ‘enemy spies would soon spot their approach.’) From the very first few lines, Eason, practising his unique drycraft, begins to weave his particular brand of magic on his reader. Eason glamour’s with well-crafted dialogue, drawing his reader into the time and into the action. To accomplish this, the author proffers a gentle blend of informative nomenclature coupled with familiar speech, to ease the reader into his story without distancing with words too unfamiliar, which is a criticism frequently made of Bernard Cornwell’s epics. I long to read more Martin Bradley
One of the recent reviews
Although not the genre I would normally read I must say I enjoyed this book. If you can imagine a documentary with a powerful and authoratative narration of one of the bloodiest events in Britain’s history, that’s what the author has achieved. His historical knowledge blended with a diverse mixture of characters means this is a gripping work of fiction.
Buy the book – Amazon US – https://www.amazon.com/Autumn-1066-Anglo-Saxon-dominance-ended/dp/1546685308
Amazon UK – https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/1546685308
A small selection of other books by Jack Eason
Discover all of Jack Eason’s books and read the reviews: https://www.amazon.com/Jack-Eason/e/B003MEA7AY/
And Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Jack-Eason/e/B003MEA7AY
Follow Jack and read other reviews on Goodread: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4026249.Jack_Eason
Connect to Jack via his website: https://havewehadhelp.wordpress.com/
Now for a new release from Toni Pike, the fourth book in The Jotham Fletcher Mystery Thriller Series – Holey Spear of Magus.
About the book
THE MAGUS COVENANT WILL BE FULFILLED AND TWO THOUSAND YEARS OF HISTORY WILL BE SWEPT AWAY…..
Jotham and Madena Fletcher remain dedicated to finding the Simonian Sect whose goal is to destroy the Christian Church. They leave their baby daughter at home and travel to Krakow in Poland to investigate a theology professor known as the Guardian of the Spear. Meanwhile, a mysterious Hungarian arrives at the hilltop monastery of Saint Dimitrios in Greece in search of an ancient relic that is rumoured to be buried there.
When a large Pentecostal Church in San Diego is crippled by a cyberattack, Jotham heads there with young computer genius, Eugene Beaudreau, to find out if the sect is responsible. They meet Pastor Silas Conrad and his strange family who are all obsessed with the Holy Spear and its curative powers.
When two monks arrive from the ruthless Brotherhood led by Father Dominic, Jotham is catapulted into a desperate struggle to track down the Holy Spear and stop it falling into the wrong hands. He races to Europe – but his enemies are more diabolical than he could possibly imagine.
Don’t miss this action-packed thriller!
There are three other books in this series – enjoy Jotham Fletcher’s continuing story.
Book 1: THE MAGUS COVENANT – The secret that will change the world
Book 2: THE ROCK OF MAGUS – Code Red in the Vatican
Book 3: THE MAGUS EPIPHANY – Ancient treasures and a new revelation
Head over and buy the book: https://www.amazon.com/Holy-Spear-Magus-covenant-fulfilled-ebook/dp/B079KK9F8S
Also by Toni Pike
A recent review on Goodreads for The Magus Covenant – Book 1 The Jotham Fletcher Mystery Thriller Series.
Great biblical fiction – This story was a cleverly crafted fictional work that expertly intertwined many characters to make a fulfilling and intriguing start as the first of many new books in series By Toni Pike embarks on a tantalizing new series which is well written and excellent by an exquisite author who I look forward to reading every book in her new series.
Find out more about Toni Pike, read all the reviews and buy the books: https://www.amazon.com/Toni-Pike/e/B009I70E8Y
And Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Toni-Pike/e/B009I70E8Y
Read more reviews on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/14736589.Toni_Pike
For more information on Toni connect via her website: https://tonipike.com/
The next author with a brand new release on 3rd February is Amy Hoff with The Connoisseur.
About The Connoisseur
Loka’i is known for its excesses. The cultural capital of the world is famous for its food, its wine, and its pleasures, but the jewel in the crown of the city are the men of the famed harem of Loka’i, chosen by the Connoisseur.
Aiea, a young girl, is chosen as the next Connoisseur of Loka’i. She is immersed in a world of luxury and beauty, with a lingering darkness behind the gilded veneer. The shadow of war threatens to upset everything those in Loka’i hold dear, and the carefree tropical days on their island.
A world of beauty and hedonism, choice and sacrifice, The Connoisseur is a story of the sea, island life, and the importance of a good bottle of wine.
Head over and buy the book: https://www.amazon.com/Connoisseur-Amy-Hoff-ebook/dp/B079KJ2NBK
Also by Amy Hoff
One of the reviews for Caledonia.
Come, be enchanted by the Selkies and the Faer Folk in an unusual crime setting…
…I’m totally biased about this book because I was born and bred in Glasgow, where the story is set… notwithstanding that, readers with no knowledge of the city or its tough reputation will appreciate the gritty characterisation of the setting as much the players in the narrative… it is superbly imaginative and clever of the author to wrap the present-day human heroine, Leah Bishop into scenarios with Selkies, the Faer Folk and a modern vampira… all done with admirable credibility… murders of the Faer by one of their own kind is uncommon, and Bishop’s travails and eventual solving of the crimes is superbly handled… the colour and delicacy of the unconscionably beautiful male Selkies is a constant delight as the chapters unfold… regardless of whatever genre is your usual… this tale will tempt you all the way through…. most enjoyable…
Read the reviews and buy the books: https://www.amazon.com/Amy-Hoff/e/B00U5ZN8EA
And Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Amy-Hoff/e/B00U5ZN8EA
Read more reviews and follow Amy on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/1258585.Amy_Hoff
Connect to Amy via her Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/officialamyhoff
The final author in the update today is Lynn Otty to with a recent review for her debut release. Having a Ball & Other Stories.
Having a Ball is a collection of seventeen short stories that deal in varying ways with the human condition. Lynn Otty’s characters range from children at the beginning of life’s adventures through to adulthood and the frustrations of old age. Their situations will amuse, sometimes shock but always entertain the reader. This is her debut collection.
Here are brief introductions to three of the stories in the book.
The Power – A young girl who believes she has the power to bring people back from the dead decides to try that power out on a corpse in her father’s funeral home.
Blackcurrants – A monologue by an old woman who lives an itinerant life in Latvia after the fall of communism.
Under the Locust Tree – The final moments of John Wilkes Booth, the assassin of Abraham Lincoln’s.
A recent review for the collection
A book for dipping into, allowing time to reflect on each thought-provoking story. Touching and sensitive in the telling, the author takes the reader through nostalgic memories, inspiring a range of emotions. A lovely read.
Read the reviews and buy the book: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Having-Ball-other-stories-Lynn-ebook/dp/B077FBDDKW
and at Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/Having-Ball-Other-Stories-Lynn/dp/197810801X/
Connect to Lynn via her blog: https://prairie796.wordpress.com/
I hope that you will have found a book or two to add to your reading pile. Thanks for dropping in. Sally