Thanks to Sally for featuring me in the company of two great authors, M.J. Mallon and Teri Polen!

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There are over 150 authors in the Cafe and Bookstore and I wanted to keep it to key pieces of information such as buying links, recent review, website and covers. However, I know that readers also like to know more about the background of authors.

In this series during June and July I will share the bios of all the authors in the cafe in a random selection. I hope that this will introduce you to the authors in more depth and encourage you to check out their books and follow them on their blog and Twitter.

Meet M. J. Mallon

I am an author who has been blogging for many moons: https://mjmallon.com. My interests include writing, photography, poetry, and alternative therapies. I write Fantasy YA, and middle grade fiction as well as micropoetry – haiku and tanka. I love to read and have written over 100 Book Reviews

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Thanks to Sally for featuring a review for my newest book in her update, and for the chance to accompany such great writers as Frank Perm and Balroop Singh. ♥

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Welcome to the Friday edition of the Cafe and Bookstore where I share recent reviews for authors on the shelves.

The first author with a recent review is Olga Nunez Miret – for her contemporary novel – You’re Never Too Old to be A Prom Queen

About the book

Have you ever found yourself in the unenviable position of being told that you are too … (fill in the gap with whichever word fits: young, pretty, thin, fat, short, tall, clever, silly, old…) to do something? Mildred, one of the protagonists of the story, had always dreamed of having a prom. But when she finished her studies, in the UK, that was not the done thing. Now, many years later and with time in her hands after having retired from her full-time job as a nurse, she is still thinking about it. She tells her husband, who is less-than-enthusiastic…

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Thanks to Christoph Fischer for sharing his review of my newest novel, you’re Never Too Old to Be a Prom Queen. If you’ve never read his novels, what are you waiting for?

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You’re Never Too Old to be A Prom Queen by Olga Nunez Miret

I really enjoyed this beautiful book.
Told in parts in interviews with Mildred , her family, friends and new acquaintances of hers, this is a charming book about a woman making a life long dream come true.

Mildred is an instantly likeable character, a psychiatric nurse with a drive to help others. In her quest she meets a lot of other great characters with similar passions and resolves a few issues and problems on the way to her very own prom.

There is a wonderful air of diversity around the cast, people coming together and enriching each other’s lives.  While the narrative documents the events and preparations taking place, the interviews cast additional light onto the characters, their past and likes and disliked.
Once again, Olga’s background as psychologist adds credibility and deeper insights.

I would recommend…

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Sally Cronin has kindly shared my new novel (it’s a bit of an experiment, and it probably won’t be available for too long) on her blog. She’s a star!

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Delighted to share the news of the latest release from Olga Nunez Miret – A contemporary novel – You’re Never Too Old to be A Prom Queen

About the book

Have you ever found yourself in the unenviable position of being told that you are too … (fill in the gap with whichever word fits: young, pretty, thin, fat, short, tall, clever, silly, old…) to do something? Mildred, one of the protagonists of the story, had always dreamed of having a prom. But when she finished her studies, in the UK, that was not the done thing. Now, many years later and with time in her hands after having retired from her full-time job as a nurse, she is still thinking about it. She tells her husband, who is less-than-enthusiastic about her idea. After years of being told what to do, she decides it’s time to take things in…

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Another great opportunity to promote the work of authors from Sally Cronin. Come and visit!

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Over the last few weeks I have been featuring authors and extracts from one of their previous books.

In this new series you can now share an extract of 500 words from your most recent book and it will be featured in a Saturday or Sunday post starting in the middle of June

The aim of the series

  1. To showcase your latest book and sell some more copies.
  2. Gain more reviews for the book.
  3. Promote a selection of other books that are available.

What will be in the post?

  • I will top and tail in the usual way with your other books and links, bio, photo and social media.
  • I will also select a review from Amazon or Goodreads that I feel has the best selling pitch for the book.
  • If your book is very recent and as yet has not received a review then I will share one from…

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A great post by Mary Smith about how sometimes what we write can connect us to many around the world

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I am delighted to feature Mary, a published writer, local historian, and fully-engaged blogger who resides in Scotland. Mary has lived and worked in both Pakistan and Afghanistan, and her travels and experiences are fascinating to read about. She has special offers available on one of her her books from today, and I urge you to check it out.

**Please share this post on any social media you use, to help Mary**

Here is her own short bio.

Mary Smith has always loved writing. As a child she wrote stories in homemade books made from wallpaper trimmings – but she never thought people could grow up and become real writers. She spent a year working in a bank, which she hated – all numbers, very few words – ten years with Oxfam in the UK, followed by ten years working in Pakistan and Afghanistan. She wanted others to share her…

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Thanks To Claire Fullerton for mentioning me in this wonderful post and for the opportunity to read and review her latest novel, Little Tea, which I recommend all readers. I couldn’t have said it any better.

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I’d like to adequately express how much the WordPress book blogging community means to me, so suffer me while I warm up to it. I readily admit I’m the long-winded sort, even when I have an important point.

In this day and age of social media at the center of an author’s career, there is much to reconcile, and there are times I wrestle with keeping a proper perspective. On the one hand–and you’d think this to meet me in person–I  am ridiculously extroverted; I have what author, Pat Conroy, labeled the “Southern sickness” of assuming everyone I meet is my best friend, yet on the other, I am intensely private. I don’t like showcasing myself because it feels like grandstanding, and quite frankly I’m not impressed with myself to the point that I think I have anything of significance going over any other writer. We are all of us…

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Here is a great #FREE book from C.S. Boyack! Don’t miss this opportunity to ease the lockdown and discover a great writer!

Entertaining Stories

I warned you about it on Friday, and the day is finally here. You can grab your copy of The Yak Guy Project for free today. To quote pop culture, “Free, free, free, free.”

This is my attempt to ease your isolation by offering something fun to read. I suppose you could grab a copy to read this Fall, too, if you want. Anyway, here is a cover and blurb, plus a purchase link.

Imagine waking up in the desert with no idea what happened to you. You have clear memories of situations and places, but a complete loss in personal matters… like your own name. This situation is bad, and you have no idea how to get home.

When you’re rescued by a talking yak, the situation gets exponentially worse. You’ve obviously lost your mind. The immediate needs of a ride off the salt pan and searing heat, along…

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Muchísimas gracias a Zona de Lectores por esta maravillosa reseña de Familia, Lujuria y Cámaras.

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Un mundo hedonista. Un lugar donde la gente persigue el placer, y muchas veces, sin saber por qué. Mentes aprisionadas en una felicidad ilusa y pasajera, los lleva a cometer los actos más inusuales, por sentir, un momento, esa sensación que los embriaga y, que, al mismo tiempo, los destruye. Hoy les traigo una historia llena de traición, seductora. Con una trama que se muestra poco a poco, llevando al lector por una narrativa vertiginosa. Les hablo de la novela de Olga Núñez Miret: Familia, Lujuria y Cámaras.

Pat, creía tener su vida arreglada, un nuevo empleo y, una relación con un hombre encantador con quien compartir su vida. Pero, con un pasado difícil de borrar. Un hermano adoptivo, un voyerista, un individuo con una mente enferma. Un tormentoso error la sigue, la acecha, la espía de día y de noche. En la calle, y en su propio hogar…

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A great review by Jacquie Biggar of Sally Cronin’s new book, Life’s Rich Tapestry.

Jacquie Biggar-USA Today Best-selling author

Life’s Rich Tapestry is a collection of verse, microfiction and short stories that explore many aspects of our human nature and the wonders of the natural world. Reflections on our earliest beginnings and what is yet to come, with characters as diverse as a French speaking elephant and a cyborg warrior.

Finding the right number of syllables for a Haiku, Tanka, Etheree or Cinquain focuses the mind; as does 99 word microfiction, bringing a different level of intensity to storytelling. You will find stories about the past, the present and the future told in 17 syllables to 2,000 words, all celebrating life.

This book is also recognition of the value to a writer, of being part of a generous and inspiring blogging community, where writing challenges encourage us to explore new styles and genres.

I am one of those people who has led an eclectic life. My father was in…

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