Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore – New Book on the Shelves – #ShortStory – Jewel by Jan Sikes

A Jewel in Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore

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Delighted to showcase the new book by award winning author Jan Sikes released at the end of June..A short story Jewel.

About Jewel

For almost eighteen years, Jewel has known little beyond hopelessness and hunger. Barely existing in a ramshackle cabin, on the edge of a Louisiana swamp with her little sister and their mother, she sees no way to stop the downward spiral. When her mother falls gravely ill, Jewel learns that her life is about to take a drastic turn. But will it lead to joy or more devastation?

Take a heart-warming journey with Jewel as she struggles to rise from the clutches of poverty and shame.

A recent review for the book

This short story reminded me of the movie “Pretty Woman” though the setting, circumstances, and characters are quite different. Jewel…

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Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore – New Book on the Shelves – While the Bombs Fell by Robbie Cheadle and Elsie Hancy Eaton

Sally’s Cafe features ‘While the Bombs Fell’ by Robbie Cheadle and her mother Elsie Hancy Eaton

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Absolutely delighted to feature While the Bombs Fell which is written by Robbie Cheadle and her mother Elsie Hancy Eaton.

About While the Bombs Fell

What was it like for children growing up in rural Suffolk during World War 2?

Elsie and her family live in a small double-storey cottage in Bungay, Suffolk. Every night she lies awake listening anxiously for the sound of the German bomber planes. Often they come and the air raid siren sounds signalling that the family must leave their beds and venture out to the air raid shelter in the garden.

Despite the war raging across the English channel, daily life continues with its highlights, such as Christmas and the traditional Boxing Day fox hunt, and its wary moments when Elsie learns the stories of Jack Frost and the ghostly and terrifying Black Shuck that haunts the coastline and countryside of East Anglia.

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Book Of The Month – Donkey Boy & Other Stories – By Mary Smith @marysmithwriter

from Hugh’s Views and News

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After a month’s break, welcome back to my book of the month feature. To kick us off for 2018, I’d like to welcome Mary Smith to my blog. Over to you, Mary…

Thank you so much, Hugh. I’m truly honoured and excited to be here on your brilliant blog.

What’s the name of the book?
Donkey Boy & Other Stories, which, as the name implies is a collection of short stories.

#books #shortstories #authorsTell us a little about the stories and the characters.
I’d have said there wasn’t a connecting theme but author Margaret Elphinstone who provided a testimonial for the back of the book describes the characters as ‘disinherited by mainstream cultures’, and I’m happy to go with that.

There’s the donkey boy of the title story, a young lad in Pakistan, who is confronted by a moral dilemma and there’s a visually impaired man in a residential home in Scotland…

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Smorgasbord Media Training For Authors – Advertising – Gather around the right Waterholes.

If you’re a writer looking for direction read this post by Sally Cronin.

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I am continuing the series on media training and marketing for authors which is adapted from my media training course for small businesses and charities. Authors are small businesses with a product that needs marketing to obtain sales. Once you start thinking of yourself as a business it tends to focus your mind differently.

Gathering at the right waterholes.

Have you ever been to one of those parties where it appears that everyone is speaking a foreign language or where everyone is talking about something that is completely unknown to you? I have. When my husband was offered his job in Spain, he went ahead for the first three or so years, and I would go over every six weeks for five days. His company directors generously took us out to the Madrid hotspots in the first few visits, and in those days I didn’t understand a word of Spanish…

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