Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore – Author Updates – #Reviews – Amy M. Reade, Tony Riches and Barbara Silkstone.


Welcome to the second of the author updates for the week, with recent reviews for authors on the shelves of the Cafe and Bookstore.

The first author is Amy M. Reade with a recent review for her latest release Dead, White and Blue (The Juniper Junction Holiday Mystery Series Book Two)

About the book

Summer is getting hotter in Juniper Junction, Colorado.There’s a firebug on the loose, the townspeople are nervous, and Lilly Carlsen, single mom to two teenagers, has even more to worry about. She’s in charge of the Independence Day celebration, her mother’s mental health is declining, and her son is getting ready to leave for college.But things are about to get even hotter: when a bistro owner dies at the celebration and Lilly’s best friend is charged with murder, events start hitting close to home. It’s up to Lilly to help clear her friend’s name while at the same time dealing her mom’s worsening forgetfulness as well as a coming-of-age issue under her own roof.

A recent review for the book

Dead, White and Blue by Amy M. Reade is another winner. This Independence Day story comes with heat, an arsonist and a murder.

Lilly Carlsen has her hands full because she has a business, she’s in charge of the celebration and her mother appears to be having mental health issues. Her son has just graduated and he’s going to be heading for college. Oh, and her boyfriend is in town, along with his father.

Everything is weighing on Lilly, especially after her closest friend is charged with murder after a local bistro owner is murdered at the Independence Day celebration.

Could Lilly’s son or one of his friends be starting fires in vacant houses? Is her best friend a murderer? And what about her mother’s problems?

I have to say that Ms. Reade has handled all of the issues expertly. I especially like the way her character is handling the issues with her mother while trying to clear her friend’s name. Her son and daughter are at an age where things can be a bit dicey, and she’s on top of that, too.

I highly recommend this book for everyone who enjoys a good mystery. I’ve also recommended the book to a friend who’s going through a similar situation with her mother. Very entertaining, and the story gives the reader a lot to think about.

Read the reviews and buy the book: https://www.amazon.com/White-Juniper-Junction-Holiday-Mystery-ebook/dp/B07SKW9B9D

And on Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/White-Juniper-Junction-Holiday-Mystery-ebook/dp/B07SKW9B9D

A selection of books by Amy Reade

Read all the reviews and buy the books: https://www.amazon.com/Amy-M.-Reade/e/B00LX6ASF2

And Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Amy-M.-Reade/e/B00LX6ASF2

Read more reviews and follow Amy on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/8189243.Amy_M_Reade

Connect to Amy via her blog: www.amreade.wordpress.com

The next recent review is for Tony Riches and Owen – Book One of the Tudor Trilogy.  I have read and reviewed the books and I can recommend them all.. including the first which I suggest you begin with.

About Owen – Book One of the Tudor Trilogy.

Based on the true story of a forgotten hero, OWEN is the epic tale of one young man’s incredible courage and resilience as he changes the course of English history.

England 1422: Owen Tudor, a Welsh servant, waits in Windsor Castle to meet his new mistress, the beautiful and lonely Queen Catherine of Valois, widow of the warrior king, Henry V. Her infant son is crowned King of England and France, and while the country simmers on the brink of civil war, Owen becomes her protector.

They fall in love, risking Owen’s life and Queen Catherine’s reputation—but how do they found the dynasty which changes British history – the Tudors?

This is the first historical novel to fully explore the amazing life of Owen Tudor, grandfather of King Henry VII and the great-grandfather of King Henry VIII. Set against a background of the conflict between the Houses of Lancaster and York, which develops into what have become known as the Wars of the Roses, Owen’s story deserves to be told.

A recent review for the book on Goodreads

Jul 29, 2019 Rebecca Hill rated it it was amazing

Owen Tudor fathered a new era in England. By marrying the widowed queen of England, he fathered children that would help to shape the future of England. His life was not one of ease, but it was one that took several surprising turns, ending with a bitter end at the end of an executioners axe.

While I am a Ricardian (I know…) I still enjoyed this book, which brought to life the grandfather of the future king of England. It was an engaging and fun read. I highly enjoyed it! Get this one your to-read list NOW!

Read some of the many reviews and buy the book: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Owen-Book-One-Tudor-Trilogy-ebook/dp/B011YBZU8U

And Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/Owen-Book-One-Tudor-Trilogy-ebook/dp/B011YBZU8U

A selection of other books by Tony Riches

Read all the reviews and buy the books: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Tony-Riches/e/B006UZWOXA

And Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/Tony-Riches/e/B006UZWOX

Read more reviews and follow Tony Riches on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5604088.Tony_Riches

Connect to Tony via his blog: http://www.tonyriches.co.uk

The next author with a recent review is Barbara Silkstone for the fourth book in the Cold Cream Murders Series – Sun Scream.

About the book

A series of peculiar and highly suspicious accidents threaten the life of the Loud Mouth of the South. Can Olive and Lizzy find the predator before their friend becomes the victim at her own Murder Mystery Party? Help the Cold Cream gals solve the mystery of the corpse and the canapés. Mirth and murder in Book 4 of the Cold Cream Murders.

COLD CREAM MURDERS – series

When Olive Peroni put out her family therapy sign, she never thought her top client would be the retired head of a New York crime family. When Olive’s nonna dies and leaves her a condo in Florida and a secret recipe for miracle cold cream, Olive grabs the chance at a new life in Starfish Cove, Florida, making designer creams for ladies who spend far too much time at the beach.

But when the quiet little community on the Gulf of Mexico soon begins to compete with a certain notorious coastal village in Maine, Olive finds herself solving odd-ball murders as often as she soothes wrinkles.

One of the recent reviews for the book

This is a great series by Barbara Silkstone.
Olive and Lizzy are waiting for Sophia to come to the states and endorse their products.
Jaime aka Loud Mouth of the South and her husband Chip decide to have a Murder Mystery Party the craziness begins. Then it seems someone is trying to kill Jaime, making them seem like accidents. Can Olive and Lizzy get to the bottom of these incidents before Jaime ends up dead? Is her husband behind this?
These characters are so much fun, especially Lizzy ‘ s grandmother!!
Looking forward to more with these characters.

Read the reviews and buy the book: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07VG7VVRJ

And Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B07VG7VVRJ

Other books in the series.

A small selection of other books by Barbara Silkstone

Read the reviews and buy the books: https://www.amazon.com/Barbara-Silkstone/e/B0047L8A8W

And on Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Barbara-Silkstone/e/B0047L8A8W

Read more reviews and follow Barbara on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/576735.Barbara_Silkstone

Connect to Barbara via her website: https://secondactcafe.com/

Thank you for dropping in today and I hope you will be leaving with some books under your arm..thanks Sally

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Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore – Author Update #Reviews – Vashti-Quiroz-Vega, Tony Riches, Iain Kelly and Sacha Black


Welcome to the second edition of the author update this week.. and the first author with a recent review is Vashti Quiroz-Vega for Son of the Serpent (Fantasy Angels Series)

About Son of the Serpent

In Son of the Serpent, award-winning author Vashti Quiroz-Vega crafts another fascinating glimpse into the dark, compelling world of fallen angels and demons, revealing more about their untold stories.

The war in heaven might be over, but the ambitions of the fallen angel Lilith reach far across the roots of history. Will there be a being powerful enough to stop her evil influence before the destruction of mankind?

Dracúl knows he is the son of Satan, but the rest of his memory has been taken from him. Alone and frightened, he awakens in a forest, beginning a quest to piece together who he is. The world he encounters is cruel, but he yearns to belong and find companionship. With each step he takes, another missing piece of his memory falls into place, revealing a truth that is ever more troubling . . .

A truth that will turn his quest for meaning into one fueled by the hot-blooded thirst for revenge. A truth that leads him to Lilith, the most wicked and ruthless of fallen angels and one he soon will have every reason to hate. His quest will consume him, perhaps ruin his life, but somehow Dracúl is determined to find both belonging and vengeance—to be good, in spite of his evil nature and the dark secrets that haunt him every step of the way.

One of the recent reviews for the book

Wendy Scott Multi-Award Winning Author 4.0 out of 5 stars Devilishly depraved April 1, 2019

In book one, God expelled Lilith from heaven – for very good reasons! But Lilith is more slippery than a saw-scaled viper lathered in olive oil. A complex and cruel character, the depths of her depravity is deeper than the bottomless pits of hell. Her son, Dracul, riles against his evil heritage, intent on tracking Lilith down and claiming his vengeance. This author has taken biblical events and rewritten them in her own unique style – the ancient world through her eyes is a riveting experience. As an author, I paused more than once to admire the prose, a particular phrase or word choice which was so cleverly crafted I experience author-envy (I wish I’d written that!). Book two in the Fantasy Angels Series, Son of Serpent, is a distinctively dark and twisted tale suitable for mature readers.

Read the reviews and buy the book: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07HS4C3B7

and on Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Son-Serpent-Fantasy-Angels-Book-ebook/dp/B07HS4C3B7

Also by Vashti Quiroz-Vega

Read the reviews and buy the books: https://www.amazon.com/Vashti-Quiroz-Vega/e/B00GTXG5W4

and on Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Vashti-Quiroz-Vega/e/B00GTXG5W4

Read more reviews and follow Vashti on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7122693.Vashti_Quiroz_Vega

Connect to Vashti via her website/Blog: https://vashtiqvega.wordpress.com/

The next author with a recent review for his latest historical novel is Tony Riches for Brandon Tudor Night

About Brandon: Tudor Knight

From the author of the international best-selling Tudor Trilogy:

Handsome, charismatic and a champion jouster, Sir Charles Brandon is the epitome of a Tudor Knight. A favourite of King Henry VIII, Brandon has a secret. He has fallen in love with Henry’s sister, Mary Tudor, the beautiful widowed Queen of France, and risks everything to marry her without the King’s consent.

Brandon becomes Duke of Suffolk, but his loyalty is tested fighting Henry’s wars in France. Mary’s public support for Queen Catherine of Aragon brings Brandon into dangerous conflict with the ambitious Boleyn family and the king’s new right-hand man, Thomas Cromwell.

Torn between duty to his family and loyalty to the king, Brandon faces an impossible decision: can he accept Anne Boleyn as his new queen?

One of the recent reviews for the book

We first meet Charles Brandon as a twenty-one year old, newly appointed to the King’s Spears. His father, who was Henry Tudor’s standard bearer, died during the Battle of Bosworth, and Brandon had been brought up at the court of Henry Vll. He became good friends with the young Prince Harry, who was later crowned Henry VIII, teaching him to joust and was one of his favoured group of courtiers.

Always finding himself lacking funds, Brandon incurred huge debts from borrowing money, primarily from Thomas Wolsey and afterwards Thomas Cromwell. His first marriage was a means to an end—Lady Margaret Mortimer had wealth and much land.

I knew next to nothing about Charles Brandon, really only that he married Mary Tudor. It was interesting to follow his story and the research was obviously detailed. Brandon worked his way up the ranks until he became Duke of Suffolk. He and Mary took a huge risk by getting married before asking Henry’s consent, especially after Brandon had been warned not to unleash his charm upon Mary. Henry had someone in mind for his sister for political reasons. Incurring his wrath was a dangerous thing and could be classed as treason. As it was, Henry made his displeasure felt by excluding them from court and keeping his distance for a while.

Mary’s unwavering and public support of Queen Catherine of Aragon caused friction between Brandon and the Boleyn family, whose fortunes were on the rise, not to mention Henry’s new chief advisor, Thomas Cromwell. Brandon had to keep in mind his responsibilities to his family as well as loyalty to Henry when it became obvious Ann Boleyn would be the next queen.

The story centres around Brandon and I enjoyed the way Tony Riches incorporates details of life at court with all its intrigue and danger into the narrative. Brandon is a well fleshed out character who managed to navigate his way through the unpredictability of court politics. He led a full life and was lucky enough to marry twice for love.

I chose to read and review Brandon – Tudor Knight for Rosie Amber’s book review team, based on a digital copy kindly supplied by the author. 

Read the reviews and buy the book: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Brandon-Tudor-Knight-Tony-Riches-ebook/dp/B07L3YGBWJ

And on Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/Brandon-Tudor-Knight-Tony-Riches-ebook/dp/B07L3YGBWJ

A selection of other books by Tony Riches

Read all the reviews and buy the books: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Tony-Riches/e/B006UZWOXA

And Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/Tony-Riches/e/B006UZWOX

Read more reviews and follow Tony Riches on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5604088.Tony_Riches

Connect to Tony Riches via his website: http://www.tonyriches.com

Now a recent review for the political dystopian thriller,  A Justified State by Iain Kelly

About A Justified State

In the future, The State is ruled by the socially reformist Central Party Alliance. Poverty and homelessness have been eradicated, but overpopulation, an energy crisis and an ongoing overseas war are threatening the stability of the country. When a local politician is assassinated, Detective Danny Samson finds himself thrust into the middle of the investigation.

Still grieving for his dead wife and children, Danny tracks down the assassin, an ex-military sniper called Gabriella, only to discover she may not be the real villain. The secret behind the murder of one politician may bring down the entire ruling Party, and Danny soon learns those in power will go to any lengths to protect The State. Joining forces with Gabriella and the mysterious government agent Phillips, Danny must unearth the truth and bring the guilty to justice, before they catch up with him first.

One of the recent reviews for the book

At the heart of this novel is a fast-paced crime story. It is set in the near future and should be a warning to us all, that if we are not careful, this is what will become of the world! The low resources leading to government intervention, uniform housing, synthetic food rations and self-driving cars provide the thought-provoking scene. The characters are well-penned and believable. The plot intrigued me and I was, genuinely, eager to find out what happened next.I look forward to reading a sequel and would recommend this to all.

Read the reviews and buy the book: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Justified-State-Iain-Kelly/dp/1729347665

And more reviews on Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07JYYTL4J

Also by Iain Kelly

Buy both books Amazon Author Page: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Iain-Kelly/e/B07K327PC2/

And Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/Iain-Kelly/e/B07K327PC2

Read more reviews and follow Iain on Goodreads:  https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/16234941.Iain_Kelly

Connect to Iain on his website: https://iainkellywriting.com/

And the final author today is Sacha Black for the latest release in her better writing series… How to Craft A Kickass Protagonist: 10 Steps to Hero 

About How to Craft a Kickass Protaganist: 10 Steps to Hero

From cardboard cut-out to superhero in 10 steps.

Are you fed up of one-dimensional heroes? Frustrated with creating clones? Does your protagonist fail to capture your reader’s heart?

In 10 Steps To Hero, you’ll discover:

+ How to develop a killer character arc
+ A step-by-step guide to creating your hero from initial concept to final page
+ Why the web of story connectivity is essential to crafting a hero that will hook readers
+ The four major pitfalls to avoid as well as the tropes your story needs

Finally, there is a comprehensive writing guide to help you create your perfect protagonist. Whether you’re writing your first story or you’re a professional writer, this book will help supercharge your hero and give them that extra edge.

These lessons will help you master your charming knights, navigate your way to the perfect balance of flaws and traits, as well as strengthen your hero to give your story the conflict and punch it needs.

First, there were villains, now there are heroes. If you like dark humor, learning through examples,and want to create the best hero you can, then you’ll love Sacha Black’s guide to crafting heroes.

One of the recent reviews for the book.

Angela_785 5.0 out of 5 stars A Good Resource for Building a Strong, Relatable Character March 14, 2019

Writers looking for a solid recipe on character creation should pay attention. 10 Steps to Hero serves up a plateful of epiphanies on how to turn your lead into a psychological tuning fork for the human condition, capturing the hearts and minds of readers. This book, and the powerful idea of the web of connectivity, will make you a stronger storyteller. Be prepared for salty language…and cramping fingers as you make notes!

Read the reviews and buy the book: https://www.amazon.co.uk/10-Steps-Hero-Kickass-Protagonist-ebook/dp/B07KNVV4TG

And on Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07KNVV4TG

 

Also by Sacha Black

Read the reviews and buy the books https://www.amazon.co.uk/Sacha-Black/e/B072BQ2MP7

and Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/Sacha-Black/e/B072BQ2MP7

And find more reviews and follow Sacha on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/16173650.Sacha_Black

Connect to Sacha via her blog: http://sachablack.co.uk/about/

Thank you for dropping in today and I hope you are leaving with some books under your arm.. Thanks Sally.

Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore – Author Update #Reviews- Tony Riches, Iain Kelly and Lizzie Chantree


Welcome to the second of the Cafe and Bookstore updates this week and the first author with a recent review for his latest historical novel is Tony Riches for Brandon Tudor Night

About Brandon: Tudor Knight

From the author of the international best-selling Tudor Trilogy:

Handsome, charismatic and a champion jouster, Sir Charles Brandon is the epitome of a Tudor Knight. A favourite of King Henry VIII, Brandon has a secret. He has fallen in love with Henry’s sister, Mary Tudor, the beautiful widowed Queen of France, and risks everything to marry her without the King’s consent.

Brandon becomes Duke of Suffolk, but his loyalty is tested fighting Henry’s wars in France. Mary’s public support for Queen Catherine of Aragon brings Brandon into dangerous conflict with the ambitious Boleyn family and the king’s new right-hand man, Thomas Cromwell.

Torn between duty to his family and loyalty to the king, Brandon faces an impossible decision: can he accept Anne Boleyn as his new queen?

One of the recent reviews for the book

julie renouf 5.0 out of 5 stars Worth reading 10 January 2019

Of course as a devotee of all things Tudor,I knew a little of Charles Brandon and his dynasty, so purchased this book as a way of broadening my knowledge. It’s an easy read ,well researched and written, and the author has done his homework on the elusive Brandon. It shows the see sawing Tudor court in all its glory, and how difficult it must have been to walk the line between the ever changing Henry and your own standards. Enjoyed it so will give the author’s other books a read. 

Read the reviews and buy the book: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Brandon-Tudor-Knight-Tony-Riches-ebook/dp/B07L3YGBWJ

And on Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/Brandon-Tudor-Knight-Tony-Riches-ebook/dp/B07L3YGBWJ

A selection of other books by Tony Riches

Read all the reviews and buy the books: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Tony-Riches/e/B006UZWOXA

And Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/Tony-Riches/e/B006UZWOX

Read more reviews and follow Tony Riches on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5604088.Tony_Riches

Connect to Tony Riches via his website: http://www.tonyriches.com

Now a recent review for the political dystopian thriller,  A Justified State by Iain Kelly

About A Justified State

In the future, The State is ruled by the socially reformist Central Party Alliance. Poverty and homelessness have been eradicated, but overpopulation, an energy crisis and an ongoing overseas war are threatening the stability of the country. When a local politician is assassinated, Detective Danny Samson finds himself thrust into the middle of the investigation.

Still grieving for his dead wife and children, Danny tracks down the assassin, an ex-military sniper called Gabriella, only to discover she may not be the real villain. The secret behind the murder of one politician may bring down the entire ruling Party, and Danny soon learns those in power will go to any lengths to protect The State. Joining forces with Gabriella and the mysterious government agent Phillips, Danny must unearth the truth and bring the guilty to justice, before they catch up with him first.

One of the recent reviews for the book

I liked this inventive political/crime thriller for its pacey narrative. The story is set in a futuristic era, where the State provides prolonged youthfulness, lack of disease, self-driving cars, plenty of synthetic food. Too good to be true ? Through the eyes of the fair, compassionate detective Danny, we experience a gradual reveal of the systemic State insiders’ corruption and cruelty. Beneath the bland, sterile futuristic city -scapes,lies an underbelly of the old city structure, where subversion is alive. Definitely a good read.

Read the reviews and buy the book: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Justified-State-Iain-Kelly/dp/1729347665

And more reviews on Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07JYYTL4J

Also by Iain Kelly

Buy both books Amazon Author Page: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Iain-Kelly/e/B07K327PC2/

And Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/Iain-Kelly/e/B07K327PC2

Read more reviews and follow Iain on Goodreads:  https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/16234941.Iain_Kelly

Connect to Iain on his website: https://iainkellywriting.com/

If You Love Me I’m Yours by bestselling author of Ninja School Mum, Lizzie Chantree and here is a recent review for the book.

About the book

‘If you love me, I’m yours…’

Maud didn’t mind being boring, not really. She had a sensible job, clothes, and love life… if you counted an overbearing ex who had thanked her, rolled over and was snoring before she even realised he’d begun! She could tolerate not fulfilling her dreams, if her parents would pay her one compliment about the only thing she was passionate about in life: her art.

Dot should have fit in with her flamboyant and slightly eccentric family of talented artists, but somehow, she was an anomaly who couldn’t paint. She tried hard to be part of their world by becoming an art agent extraordinaire, but she dreamed of finding her own voice.

Dot’s brother Nate, a smoulderingly sexy and famous artist, was adored by everyone. His creative talent left them in awe of his ability to capture such passion on canvas. Women worshipped him, and even Dot’s friend Maud flushed and bumped into things when he walked into a room, but a tragic event in his past had left him emotionally and physically scarred, and reluctant to face the world again.

Someone was leaving exquisite little paintings on park benches, with a tag saying, ‘If you love me, I’m yours’. The art was so fresh and cutting-edge, that it generated a media frenzy and a scramble to discover where the mystery artist could be hiding. The revelation of who the prodigious artist was interlinked Maud, Dot and Nate’s lives forever, but their worlds came crashing down.

Were bonds of friendship, love and loyalty strong enough to withstand fame, success and scandal?

One of the recent reviews for the book

I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book. There are many story lines to this book – it is as much a “chick lit” book as it is a romance. As a romance, it brings together two people, Maud and Nate, over their love of art. But it is also a book about friendship, across several relationships in the book but largely Maud and Dot. And it is a book about learning to be ok with who you are, whether others, especially family members, accept it or not. Maud and Dot both struggle to fit in with their family members and truly be who they want to be. The romantic part is almost downplayed in that respect. This is a sweet romance, no explicit sex scenes, for those who are looking for that type of book.

Read the reviews and buy the book: https://www.amazon.co.uk/If-You-Love-Me-Yours-ebook/dp/B07C7HRNG1

And read more reviews on Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07C7HRNG1

Also by Lizzie Chantree

Read all the reviews and buy the books: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Lizzie-Chantree/e/B00FF99DHC

And Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/Lizzie-Chantree/e/B00FF99DHC

And find more reviews and follow Lizzie on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7391757.Lizzie_Chantree

Connect to Lizzie via her website https://lizziechantree.com/

Thank you for stopping by and I hope that you are leaving with a book or two to read. Thanks Sally

Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore – New Book on the Shelves for Christmas -#Historical- Brandon: Tudor Knight by Tony Riches


A new book in time for Christmas from an author with books that I have enjoyed reading over the last couple of years. If you love well written and riveting historical novels about the Tudor period.. then you will enjoy Brandon: Tudor Knight  the latest release from Tony Riches.

About Brandon: Tudor Knight

From the author of the international best-selling Tudor Trilogy:

Handsome, charismatic and a champion jouster, Sir Charles Brandon is the epitome of a Tudor Knight. A favourite of King Henry VIII, Brandon has a secret. He has fallen in love with Henry’s sister, Mary Tudor, the beautiful widowed Queen of France, and risks everything to marry her without the King’s consent.

Brandon becomes Duke of Suffolk, but his loyalty is tested fighting Henry’s wars in France. Mary’s public support for Queen Catherine of Aragon brings Brandon into dangerous conflict with the ambitious Boleyn family and the king’s new right-hand man, Thomas Cromwell.

Torn between duty to his family and loyalty to the king, Brandon faces an impossible decision: can he accept Anne Boleyn as his new queen?

One of the early reviews for the book

This book was fantastic, I was immediately transported back in time from the very first page. I was no longer sitting in my living room but sitting in the court of Henry VIII watching the past unfold. I had never read a book specifically about Charles Brandon, who is usually a side “character” in many historical fiction novels, and I was incredibly pleased to find myself learning new things about a period I believed myself to be a self-taught expert on.

I enjoyed the pace of the book as everything seemed to flow to cover such a long time period, only at one point did a time jump catch me off guard. This novel was incredibly well written and researched as well as hard to put down, much to my husbands dismay.

Head over to buy the book: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Brandon-Tudor-Knight-Tony-Riches-ebook/dp/B07L3YGBWJ

And on Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/Brandon-Tudor-Knight-Tony-Riches-ebook/dp/B07L3YGBWJ

A selection of other books by Tony Riches

Read all the reviews and buy the books: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Tony-Riches/e/B006UZWOXA

And Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/Tony-Riches/e/B006UZWOX

Read more reviews and follow Tony Riches on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5604088.Tony_Riches

About Tony Riches

Tony Riches is a full-time writer and lives with his wife in Pembrokeshire, West Wales. After several successful non-fiction books, Tony turned to novel writing and wrote ‘Queen Sacrifice’, set in 10th century Wales, followed by ‘The Shell’, a thriller set in present day Kenya. A specialist in the history of the early Tudors, he is best known for his Tudor Trilogy. Tony’s other international best sellers include ‘Warwick ~ The Man Behind the Wars of the Roses’ and ‘The Secret Diary of Eleanor Cobham’.

Connect to Tony Riches

Website: http://www.tonyriches.com
Blog: http://www.tonyriches.co.uk
Twitter: https://twitter.com/tonyriches
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/tony.riches.9

Thanks for visiting today and it would be amazing if you could spread the word about Tony’s latest release… thanks Sally

Smorgasbord Blog Magazine – Sally’s Book Reviews – Mary: Tudor Princess by Tony Riches


Welcome to the series where I share my thoughts on the books that I read. Not as many as I would like, but I am currently on target to read a book a week. I have already enjoyed three books written by Tony Riches and this book is no exception. Published on February 1st, Mary: Tudor Princess is the story of the daughter of Henry VII and sister to the newly crowned King Henry VIII.

About Mary Tudor Princess

From the author of the international best-selling Tudor Trilogy, the true story of the Tudor dynasty continues with the daughter of King Henry VII, sister to King Henry VIII. Mary Tudor watches her elder brother become King of England and wonders what the future holds for her.

Born into great privilege, Mary has beauty and intelligence beyond her years and is the most marriageable princess in Europe. Henry plans to use her marriage to build a powerful alliance against his enemies. Will she dare risk his anger by marrying for love?

Meticulously researched and based on actual events, this ‘sequel’ follows Mary’s story from book three of the Tudor Trilogy and is set during the reign of King Henry VIII.

My review of the the book.

This book opens in 1509 as the 13 year old Princess Mary witnesses the coronation of her  brother King Henry VIII, who is himself just five years older. Despite his youth, Henry has an expansive and expensive plan to extend his realm, which includes marrying his older brother Arthur’s widow Catherine of Aragon; then 23 years old.

The young Princess Mary is drawn into a diplomatic web of intrigue and alliances; a pawn for barter to the highest bidder. The stakes are enormous and King Henry and his advisors move the pieces around the chess board to achieve the most effective outcome. This includes a strategic betrothal, and finally a marriage for Mary, who finds herself at a distant court, in the middle of a completely different intrigue.

This is not a dry dusty history book with dates and statistics. It is a story of a young girl and events that are beyond her control for most of her life. However, it is clear when you first meet her at 13, that she is very well educated, determined and also brave. She faces the decisions made by others with stoicism in public and it is only when alone do you see the vulnerable and frightened child that she still is. She loves and supports her brother Henry, despite his mercurial nature and treatment of his wife Catherine who she considers a sister. Even knowing his swift retribution for those closest to him that fall from favour, Mary still has the courage to go against his will, fighting to be with the man she loves and her happiness.

We follow the various key events of her life, through her thoughts and words that Tony Riches has created. Sharing the fears, love, despair, grief and triumphs of this young woman, mother and queen in her own right. I would have liked to have met her; I think she was a remarkable woman in her own quiet and determined way. 

The other characters are just as well portrayed. We get to witness the behaviour of the young Henry VIII, who did not expect to become king, and is therefore completely unprepared for his new role. His early reign is a hedonistic mission to spend his inherited finances; surrounded by sycophants who are only too happy to encourage him. Behind the scenes ambitious statesman make deals that will further England’s position in Europe, and their own, irrespective of the impact on the young men and women involved.

Meanwhile Queen Catherine is having child after child in a desperate race against time to provide a male heir who lives beyond childhood. Her already tenuous hold on the crown is at stake as Henry pursues other opportunities.

Do not expect flowery language of the age, but plain English and a clear and descriptive narrative. I enjoyed finding out more about this rarely seen princess who played an important role in the history of the Tudors and also England’s future in Europe. I recommend this book and also the rest of the Tudor Series.

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A selection of other books by Tony Riches

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About Tony Riches

Tony Riches is a full-time writer and lives with his wife in Pembrokeshire, West Wales. After several successful non-fiction books, Tony turned to novel writing and wrote ‘Queen Sacrifice’, set in 10th century Wales, followed by ‘The Shell’, a thriller set in present day Kenya. A specialist in the history of the early Tudors, he is best known for his Tudor Trilogy. Tony’s other international best sellers include ‘Warwick ~ The Man Behind the Wars of the Roses’ and ‘The Secret Diary of Eleanor Cobham’.

Connect to Tony Riches

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Smorgasbord Blog Magazine – Sally’s Book Reviews – Owen: Book One in the Tudor Trilogy by Tony Riches


Today my review is for the first in the Tudor Trilogy – Owen by Tony Riches. I have actually just finished all three books in the trilogy and will review the other two books at some point in the near future. I can however recommend all three books and enjoyed reading them back to back.

About Owen – Book One of the Tudor Trilogy.

Based on the true story of a forgotten hero, OWEN is the epic tale of one young man’s incredible courage and resilience as he changes the course of English history.

England 1422: Owen Tudor, a Welsh servant, waits in Windsor Castle to meet his new mistress, the beautiful and lonely Queen Catherine of Valois, widow of the warrior king, Henry V. Her infant son is crowned King of England and France, and while the country simmers on the brink of civil war, Owen becomes her protector.

They fall in love, risking Owen’s life and Queen Catherine’s reputation—but how do they found the dynasty which changes British history – the Tudors?

This is the first historical novel to fully explore the amazing life of Owen Tudor, grandfather of King Henry VII and the great-grandfather of King Henry VIII. Set against a background of the conflict between the Houses of Lancaster and York, which develops into what have become known as the Wars of the Roses, Owen’s story deserves to be told.

My review for the book.

I loved history at school but it was never taught in depth. Central figures such as Elizabeth I, Queen Mary of Scotland and of course Henry VIII were mentioned, as were major battles or events in their lives. But you never got to know the person behind the crown or those around them in great detail.

I discovered Bernard Cornwell at an early age and have read all his books. And that is why I am delighted to have discovered Tony Riches, who writes his books with the people as the focus, with the events being incorporated into their story, rather than the other way around. This accomplished with not just superb story-telling but by giving Owen Tudor his own voice.

It is 1422 a few years after the Welsh rebellion led by Owen Glendower against Henry IV fails, and his supporters, including his cousins the Tudor family, have also lost lands and titles.

Owen Tudor has been a soldier serving in France, but is now a servant in a privileged position at Windsor castle when the young widow of Henry V, Queen Catherine of Valois arrives with her baby son, Prince Henry later to be King Henry VI. Their first meeting was to be fateful, and during the following years of civil war in England, would lead to the founding of the Tudor dynasty.

Tony Riches takes us through the next 40 years in this first book in the trilogy. It begins as a love story that would change the course of history, but it also provides a clear and engrossing background to the beginning of the hostilities between the Houses of York and Lancaster.

Alliances change rapidly with the English throne as the ultimate prize.  What might be dismissed as minor engagements are given the respect they deserve, as integral moves in a chess game that spans decades, and is played adjacent to, and part of the 100 years war between the English monarchy and the French House of Valois.

The characters, even those with a less regal role, are richly drawn and deliver a much enjoyed respite from the destructive and violent events of the time. Sympathy grows for the young royal brides barely in their teens who are traded for land, alliances and truces. The cost of disloyalty is harsh and usually brutally extracted, unless there might be more to gain from clemency.

I would recommend the book as one that brings the cast members of this long drawn out struggle for power into the spotlight. History is a wonderful subject; but can be very dry and indigestible in the wrong hands. That is not the case with the Tudor Trilogy and whilst Tony Riches has created additional fictitious characters and events within the story, they serve to bring the lead cast members to life.

I highly recommend the following two books in the trilogy as well.

Read some of the 300 reviews and buy the book: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Owen-Book-One-Tudor-Trilogy-ebook/dp/B011YBZU8U

And Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/Owen-Book-One-Tudor-Trilogy-ebook/dp/B011YBZU8U

A selection of other books by Tony Riches

Read all the reviews and buy the books: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Tony-Riches/e/B006UZWOXA

And Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/Tony-Riches/e/B006UZWOX

Read more reviews and follow Tony Riches on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5604088.Tony_Riches

About Tony Riches

Tony Riches is a full-time writer and lives with his wife in Pembrokeshire, West Wales. After several successful non-fiction books, Tony turned to novel writing and wrote ‘Queen Sacrifice’, set in 10th century Wales, followed by ‘The Shell’, a thriller set in present day Kenya. A specialist in the history of the early Tudors, he is best known for his Tudor Trilogy. Tony’s other international best sellers include ‘Warwick ~ The Man Behind the Wars of the Roses’ and ‘The Secret Diary of Eleanor Cobham’.

Connect to Tony Riches

Website: http://www.tonyriches.com
Blog: http://www.tonyriches.co.uk
Twitter: https://twitter.com/tonyriches
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/tony.riches.9

Thank you for dropping in today and hope you have enjoyed the review as much as I enjoyed the books in this trilogy.