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Book Review: Haunted Halloween Holiday by Robbie and Michael Cheadle #childrensbooks #kidslit

I was delighted to receive a copy of Haunted Halloween House recently, a delightful Halloween tale for small children by Robbie and Michael Cheadle. Having read some of the Sir Chocolate Series by the same authors, I couldn’t wait to read this standalone Halloween story illustrated with some of Robbie’s famous fondant art. Continue reading

Book Review: Have Bags, Will Travel: Trips and Tales — Memoirs of an Over-Packer by D.G. Kaye #reviews #travel #memoir

It was my pleasure recently to read Have Bags, Will Travel – a delightfully funny travel memoir by D.G. Kaye that is filled with tips and advice. It’s the perfect travel book for those who enjoy shopping, always have too much luggage and look back on the way travel used to be with a sense of nostalgia.

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Book Review: Amanda in France – Fire in the Cathedral by Darlene Foster (Amanda Travels Adventure Book 9) #childrensbooks #kidslit

I was delighted to hear that Darlene Foster had written another exciting adventure in the Amanda Travels series – and this time it is set in Paris, one of my favourite cities. It’s available now for pre-order, and I’ve been lucky enough to receive an advance copy for my honest review. Continue reading

Smorgasbord Bookshelf – Summer Book Fair 2022 – First in Series #Children’s – Brody Cody and the Stepmother from Outer Space by Toni Pike, Myrtle the Purple Turtle by Cynthia Reyes

Many thanks to the wonderful Sally Cronin. Brody Cody has been featured in Smorgasbord Bookshelf – Summer Book Fair 2022. First in Series #Children’s – Brody Cody and the Stepmother from Outer Space by Toni Pike, Myrtle the Purple Turtle by Cynthia Reyes

Smorgasbord Blog Magazine

Over the course of the next three months I will be sharing the authors who feature in the Smorgasbord Bookshelf with the books that I have reviewed and can personally recommend.

In this first part of the summer fair, I am sharing books that are the first in a series in both adult and children’s books along with one of their five star reviews. I hope that this will encourage you to enjoy the series in full. I will feature every author on the shelves by the end of the summer. I hope you will enjoy.

The first children’s book today that I can highly recommend is Brody Cody and the Stepmother from Outer Space by Toni Pike.

About the book

Brody Cody is almost eight years old and definitely, absolutely, positively does NOT want a mother. His mother died when he was a baby but life with…

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Review of Linda’s Midlife Crisis, by Toni Pike

I’m so excited – Linda’s Midlife Crisis has received a wonderful review from brilliant writer Mark Bierman #reviews

Mark Bierman

I’ve been absent on the blogosphere lately, my apologies to everyone who’s posts I’ve yet to read. I promise that I will
catch up. Between starting a new job, an online course, writing, and well, everything else, time is a precious commodity.

Today I have the pleasure of reviewing, Linda’s Midlife Crisis, by Toni Pike. I received a free copy in exchange for an honest review.

What’s it about?

How does a fifty-year-old woman start a new life?

Meet Linda Lockwood: fifty, fat, frumpy and bullied by her horrible husband Ron and the vile students and principal at the school where she teaches English. But her life is about to undergo a total transformation.

Linda suffers a breakdown after a traumatic classroom incident, and that brings out the worst in Ron and devious principal, Wayne Forsythe. Then she is rocked to discover her husband has a shocking secret.

With…

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Linda’s Midlife Crisis – paperback released #paperback #romance #womensfiction

The paperback version of Linda’s Midlife Crisis has just been released, so you can now enjoy it in print.  It’s a lighthearted, entertaining read with a sprinkling of suspense, drama, humour, and more than a touch of romance. I’ve been overwhelmed by the lovely reviews it has received, and look forward to sharing some more of those soon.

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#BookReview Tuesday- @Melissa_Foster, Sharon Wray, @piketoni1 #readingcommunity

I have good news to share. Linda’s Midlife Crisis has received another fantastic review, from wonderful author Jacquie Biggar. #reviews

Jacquie Biggar-USA Today Best-selling author

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Reading has always been an escape for me. As a child, books allowed me to travel to faraway countries and have great adventures I’d never dreamed of in my small-town world.

As an adult, my tastes may have changed but the concept is the same; books take me away from the real-life issues we face today. There’s so much needless violence, climate crisis issues, and starvation that it’s impossible to go a day without something horrible happening somewhere.

While reading isn’t an answer (though there are great ideas for change in the pages of books), it is a way to take a step back and ease a bit of the stress.

Here is this week’s enjoyable reads. For more info click the covers or retail links.

Free-spirited Jagger has wanderlust, and Deirdra has a career to return to. They’re on different paths, and plans…

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May Book Reviews

I’m walking on air and very honoured to have Linda’s Midlife Crisis included in D.W. Peach’s list of May Book Reviews. As always, she has read some amazing books.
#reviews #books

Myths of the Mirror

I read so many great books over my break that I decided to hold a couple book reviews until June. I have soooo many great reads for you to browse.

Below are reviews for this month’s 4 and 5-star reads including a historical fiction, a thriller, three romances, a cozy mystery, a horror short story collection, a MG horror novella, a women’s lit novel, and a debut poetry anthology.

Click on the covers for Amazon global links.

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The Russian Concubine by Kate Furnivall

If you like Amy Tan, I think you’ll enjoy this beautiful, often gripping, often heart-wrenching, and tragically romantic historical fiction. The book opens toward the end of the Russian revolution and then shifts eight years into the future to an international settlement in China, another nation on the brink of communism. Lydia is sixteen, living with her Russian mother as refugees, and they’re barely scraping by.

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Sunday Book Review – Linda’s Midlife Crisis by Toni Pike

I’m absolutely delighted and thrilled – Linda’s Midlife Crisis has been reviewed by amazing writer D.G. Kaye.

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Welcome to my Sunday Book Review. Today I’m reviewing Toni Pike’s latest release – Linda’s Midlife Crisis. I enjoy Toni’s books and this one didn’t disappoint. This womens fiction/chicklit-ish story is about a neglected housewife with an unfulfilling job who learns to take back her power. Yay for Linda!

Blurb:

How does a fifty-year-old woman start a new life?

Meet Linda Lockwood: fifty, fat, frumpy and bullied by her horrible husband Ron and the vile students and principal at the school where she teaches English. But her life is about to undergo a total transformation.

Linda suffers a breakdown after a traumatic classroom incident, and that brings out the worst in Ron and devious principal, Wayne Forsythe. Then she is rocked to discover her husband has a shocking secret.

With her own determination and the help of friends and family, she starts to turn her life around. She begins to…

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Robbie’s Inspiration – Book review: Linda’s Midlife Crisis by Toni Pike

I’m thrilled once again – Linda’s Midlife Crisis has received another wonderful 5-star review, from brilliant author and blogger Robbie Cheadle.
#review #WomensFiction #author

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What Amazon says

How does a fifty-year-old woman start a new life?

Meet Linda Lockwood: fifty, fat, frumpy and bullied by her horrible husband Ron and the vile students and principal at the school where she teaches English. But her life is about to undergo a total transformation.

Linda suffers a breakdown after a traumatic classroom incident, and that brings out the worst in Ron and devious principal, Wayne Forsythe. Then she is rocked to discover her husband has a shocking secret.

With her own determination and the help of friends and family, she starts to turn her life around. She begins to succeed, but there are still some more surprises in store Linda.

A feel-good and inspirational romance for older women who love second chances and chick lit.

My review

Despite its heavy title and topic, this book is a fairly light and entertaining read. Linda is married to…

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Smorgasbord Book Reviews – #Life #Change – Linda’s Midlife Crisis by Toni Pike

I have wonderful news. Linda’s Midlife Crisis has received a fabulous review from amazing writer Sally Cronin.

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Delighted to share the news of Toni Pike’s latest release – Linda’s Midlife Crisis…

About the book

Meet Linda Lockwood: fifty, fat, frumpy and bullied by her horrible husband Ron and the vile students and principal at the school where she teaches English. But her life is about to undergo a total transformation.

Linda suffers a breakdown after a traumatic classroom incident, and that brings out the worst in Ron and devious principal, Wayne Forsythe. Then she is rocked to discover her husband has a shocking secret.

With her own determination and the help of friends and family, she starts to turn her life around. Her own success might be the best revenge, but life still has some more surprises for Linda.

My review for the book May 21st 2022

This is a heartwarming read that shares the journey of Linda Lockwood as she suffers bullies in and out of…

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More #IndieAuthors–Can’t Get Enough of These

I have more good news to share – a wonderful review for Desolation Bluff, from eminent Vine Voice reviewer and author Jacqui Murray.

#reviews #books #thrillers

I can’t wait to share these Indie books with you. I just know you’ll love them as much as I did:

  1. Orion’s Gift–two people, estranged from their mates, find a second change in Mexico
  2. Desolation Bluff–what would you do if the best day of your life was also the worst?

–a note about my reviews: I only review books I enjoyed. I need to be inspired to write. That’s why so many of my reviews are 4/5 or 5/5

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Smorgasbord Bookshelf – New book on the Shelves – #Life #Change – Linda’s Midlife Crisis by Toni Pike

Thanks very much to the wonderful Sally Cronin for sharing news about my new book, Linda’s Midlife Crisis, on her wonderful Smorgasbord Blog Magazine.
#newrelease #book #womensfiction

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Delighted to share the news of Toni Pike’s latest release – Linda’s Midlife Crisis…

About the book

Meet Linda Lockwood: fifty, fat, frumpy and bullied by her horrible husband Ron and the vile students and principal at the school where she teaches English. But her life is about to undergo a total transformation.

Linda suffers a breakdown after a traumatic classroom incident, and that brings out the worst in Ron and devious principal, Wayne Forsythe. Then she is rocked to discover her husband has a shocking secret.

With her own determination and the help of friends and family, she starts to turn her life around. Her own success might be the best revenge, but life still has some more surprises for Linda.

An early review for the book

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Toni Pike: Linda’s Midlife Crisis

Just when I thought this week couldn’t get any better, brilliant writer, Carol Balawyder, posted a wonderful 5-star review for Linda’s Midlife Crisis.

Carol Balawyder

I am used to associatingToni Pike’s writing with crime and thrillers, not this delightful modern feel-good women’s fiction and so it was a surprise for me to see it on her post.  

The first part of the novel is about Linda’s marriage to Ron, a horrible man.

He was the sort of person who brought joy whenever he departed, a feeling of peace and freedom that lasted until the moment of his return.

Ron is constantly criticizing Linda, especially her weight, treats her like his servant and is often going out at night coming home smelling of alcohol. Linda stays in the marriage because she doesn’t know what else to do and likes her home when her husband is at work or playing golf. As much as Linda is the glass half full type of person Ron is eternally pessimistic.

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Book Review: Linda’s Midlife Crisis

I’m walking on air after reading this wonderful 5-star review for Linda’s Midlife Crisis from amazing writer and Vine Voice reviewer,  Jacqui Murray.

I’ve read a few of Toni Pike’s books–here’s my review of Desolation Bluff; you can read it later in May 2022 when it publishes–loved all of them. She has a way of pulling you into the life and dreams of her characters so you are cheering for their success. Her newest is Linda’s Midlife Crisis, which I grabbed. It’s about the drama and trauma of life in your middle years. You’ll see in my review, I had no complaints, no cautions, no disagreements, just lots of fun reading:

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In Toni Pike’s Linda’s Midlife Crisis (2022), Linda Lockwood finds herself fifty years old in a job she hates–teaching in a dysfunctional High School–married to a man she no longer loves–doesn’t even like–living in a house she likes even less. She tolerates all of this by eating too much until one day, she snaps and decides to change her life. It…

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Sunday Stills: #Emerging from…?

I’m over the moon to have Linda’s Midlife Crisis mentioned in a wonderful article on Second Wind Leisure Perspectives today. Many thanks to the amazing Terri Webster Shrandt, who every week produces the most stunning photography you could ever see.

Smorgasbord Blog Magazine – Guest Post – I Wish I Knew Then What I Know Now! by Toni Pike

Thank you so much to the amazing writer Sally Cronin for having me as a guest on Smorgasbord Blog Magazine this week. I’m talking about things I now know that I wish I had known long ago.

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I am sure like me, there have been times when you have wondered what difference might have been made to your life, if your younger self had been gifted with the experience and knowledge you have accumulated over the years.

I invited several friends from the writing community to share their thoughts on this subject which I am sure you will enjoy as much as I did.

My guest today isToni Pike who writes for both children and adults and I can recommend both genres. Today Toni shares a number of areas that she feels have impacted her life and would have benefited from her experience gained over the years.

I wish I knew then what I know now! by Toni Pike

Thank you so much, Sally, for the wonderful invitation to write about things I wish I had known long ago. I always try to look forwards rather…

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Linda’s Midlife Crisis – just released! #new release #romance #womensfiction

I’m proud to announce the release of Linda’s Midlife Crisis, a feel-good women’s fiction book about a fifty-year-old woman who decides to turn her her life around. It’s a lighthearted, entertaining read with a sprinkling of suspense, drama, humour, and more than a touch of romance. Continue reading

Smorgasbord Blog Magazine – It is not often you get a day like this! #Amazing

Congratulations to the amazing Sally Cronin on this wonderful tribute to her work and writing. Delve into as many of these posts as you can – it’s a wonderful chance to learn more about her.

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On Thursday as I did my usual rounds of social media, I discovered I was tagged in a number of posts from several authors. There was a conspiracy it seemed, and on investigation I discovered I was the target of a campaign by a group of authors intent on plastering my name across the Internet to their followers and beyond.

Unlike many campaigns of this nature…. this one was very different and delightfully so.

The eleven authors that form Story Empire honoured me with individual posts sharing my books, their reviews and some lovely comments that frankly left me blushing (and delighted of course).

I hope by this point I have responded to everyone who kindly left messages of support and  apologies to anyone I have missed.. I will catch up I promise.

I love my job, which is how I regard blogging and author and book promotion. It began…

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Book Reviews – #Legend, Joan Hall #Children, Toni Pike #Poetry, Balroop Singh #Romance, Jill Weatherholt

I’m on cloud nine. Brody Cody Book 1 has been reviewed in Shower of Blessings! It’s another wonderful review for Brody Cody and the Stepmother from Outer Space, and I’m in the company of several fantastic authors reviewed in the same article.

The Showers of Blessings

Our neighbor girl on the right of our house and the couple on the left got mild Covid, but they are recovering nicely. We wear doubled masks when going to the gym and grocery stores. I wear my mask when walking in the neighborhood even when people are not out walking. We have to be patient to get through this crazy Covid. I find more time in reading and watching music or ballet videos. I also started to submit my memoir to my writing group for feedback. Here are the book reviews part 1 for this month.

House of Sorrow

House of Sorrow: Legends of Madeira by [Joan Hall]

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Joan Hall

House of Sorrow by Joan Hall is about an elderly widow, Ruth, who lives alone in a Victorian mansion. She lives on the first floor to avoid getting up and down the stairs. Her nephew has suggested to her to move into a care facility, but she ignores him…

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Smorgasbord Bookshelf – Meet the Authors 2022 – Personal Recommendations – #Poetry Frank Prem, #Thriller Toni Pike, #Contemporary Jessica Norrie

I’m so thrilled to be included today in Smorgasbord Bookshelf’s Meet the Authors, alongside amazing authors Frank Prem and Jessica Norrie. Thank you so much to Sally Cronin for sharing her review of Desolation Bluff.

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In this first feature for the Smorgasbord Bookshelf I am sharing authors whose books I have read and can personally recommend along with one of my reviews for their books.

The first recommended author today is Fran Prem whose poetry reveals the hidden, the beautiful and the tragedy behind locked doors, loving relationships, childhood, wildfires and the First World War.

Meet Frank Prem

Frank Prem has been a storytelling poet since his teenage years. He has been a psychiatric nurse through all of his professional career, which now exceeds forty years.

He has been published in magazines, online zines and anthologies in Australia, and in a number of other countries, and has both performed and recorded his work as spoken word.

He lives with his wife in the beautiful township of Beechworth in North East Victoria, Australia.

A selection of books by Frank Prem

My review for Sheep On The…

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My Elbow Fracture – Part 2 – the first two weeks after surgery #elbowfracturesurgery #elbowsurgery

In late November 2021, I tripped over in the street and broke my olecranon, the bone at the pointy tip of the elbow. In my previous article I talked about the surgery a couple of days later to have a plate, screws and wire inserted, and my overnight stay in the hospital. In this article I’d like to talk about my return home and problems faced in the first couple of weeks after surgery. I hope this might be of help to anyone else who might have a similar injury. However, in no way is this offered as any sort of medical advice. You must always follow the advice of your own doctor and other medical professionals. Continue reading

My Elbow Fracture – Part 1 – the accident and surgery #elbowfracturesurgery #elbowsurgery

2021 came to an unpleasant end for me when I tripped over a paving stone in the street and fractured my elbow. I had to have surgery and would be at least six weeks with my right arm in a sling and my arm not to be used at all. I thought I would write about my experience to help those who might have a similar injury. This is part one, about the accident and the surgery.

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Smorgasbord Book Reviews – #Children – Brody Cody and the Stepmother from Outer Space by Toni Pike

I’m thrilled and delighted to share a very special review for Brody Cody and the Stepmother from Outer Space, Book One in the Brody Cody Series. The reviewer is the wonderful Sally Cronin, from Smorgasbord Blog Magazine.

Smorgasbord Blog Magazine

With Christmas in a few weeks I thought I might check out more children’s books and delighted to share my review for Brody Cody and the Stepmother from Outer Space by Toni Pike.

About the book

Brody Cody is almost eight years old and definitely, absolutely, positively does NOT want a mother. His mother died when he was a baby but life with his dad is just perfect.

Brody is horrified when his father goes away to a publishing conference and returns with a wife, Pandora Smith, who is a children’s author. His life spirals out of control as he is forced to eat healthy food, do his homework and help with some chores.

Even worse, he and his friends suspect that his new stepmother might be an alien from outer space.

My review for the book November 11th 2021

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Book Review – Amanda in Malta: The Sleeping Lady by Darlene Foster

My book review this week is a five-star review for Amanda in Malta: The Sleeping Lady by Darlene Foster. This is the eighth book in the Amanda Travels series, mysteries ideal for children aged 9 – 12 years. If you’re looking for an exciting children’s adventure set in a fascinating country, then I can’t recommend this highly enough.

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Book Review – Life is a Mosaic – Random fragments in harmony by Sally Cronin #Poetry

I’m thrilled to share with you my five-star review of Life is a Mosaic, by Sally Cronin. It is a wonderful book of syllabic poetry – touching, insightful and a delight to read. I think it would make an ideal gift for any adult – or be a good way to give yourself a treat. I’m in a Covid lockdown in Canberra at the moment, so reading this was the perfect way to cheer myself up.

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Smorgasbord Blogger Daily – Tuesday 24th August 2021 – #Review Toni Pike for Robbie Cheadle, #Childhood Pete Springer, #Writers D.G. Kaye

I’m thrilled to be in the Smorgasbord Blogger Daily today – and in such stellar company with posts from D.G. Kate and Pete Springer.
#review #bloggers

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A small selection of posts I have enjoyed over the last few days and I hope you will head over to enjoy in full… thanks Sally.

The first post is from author Toni Pikewith her five star reviews for the historical paranormal novel A Ghost and His Gold by Roberta Eaton Cheadle (Robbie).

I’m delighted to share with you my five-star review of A Ghost and His Gold, by Roberta Eaton Cheadle. It is a dramatic historical paranormal story set in South Africa, and if you love history then I can’t recommend this highly enough.

Roberta Eaton Cheadle is a South African author with a keen interest in history. She wrote her novel, A Ghost and His Gold, with the intention of sharing some of the history of the Second Anglo Boer War and the impact it had on the various people of South Africa. The historical…

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Mid-Year Book Tag 2021

I was thrilled to be mentioned in Darlene Foster’s amazing mid-year book tag. She wrote a lovely review for Brody Cody and the Haunted Vacation House – what a great honour.

#children #reading

Darlene Foster's Blog

The year is more than half over so it might be a good time to see what we’ve read so far. I read about this book tag on There’s Something About KM’s blog

https://theressomethingaboutkm.com/blog/mid-year-freak-out-book-tag-2021/

I thought it would be fun to join in.

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Best Book You’ve Read So Far in 2021

The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro

My review: “A wonderful story told from the point of view of a stiff, emotionally repressed English butler whose only goal in life was to provide perfect service to his employer. Even though his employer was a man of dubious character and misplaced allegiances. The author does a superb job of depicting a man devoted totally to his job, at the cost of friendship and romance. This is writing at its finest.”

Best Sequel You’ve Read so far in 2021

The Family Wayby Laura…

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Smorgasbord Cafe and Bookstore – Meet the Authors 2021 – #Memoir Geoff Le Pard, #Children’s Toni Pike, #Fantasy Vashti Quiroz-Vega

I’m so delighted to be in Smorgasbord Cafe and Bookstore today alongside two wonderful authors, Geoff Le Pard and Vashti Quiroz-Vega.

Smorgasbord Blog Magazine

Over the summer I will be updating author’s details in the Cafe and Bookstore and also sharing their bios, books and recent reviews with you in this series…

Meet Geoff Le Pard

I have been writing creatively since 2006 when at a summer school with my family I wrote a short radio play. That led to a novel, some more courses, more novels, each better than the last until I took an MA at Sheffield Hallam. I published my first novel in 2014 – Dead Flies and Sherry Trifle. In 2015 a second followed – My Father and Other Liars. In 2016 I have an anthology of short stories out, Life, in a Grain of Sand. I have now added ‘memoir’ to my list of genres with the launch of Apprenticed To My Mother. Other novels can be found here. I write in a range of genres so there is…

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Smorgasbord Cafe and Bookstore – Share an Excerpt from a previous books 2021 – Dead Dry Heart: A #psychological thriller by Toni Pike

Thanks so much to the wonderful Sally Cronin for sharing an excerpt from Dead Dry Heart – a psychological thriller.
It’s part of the “share an excerpt” series in the Smorgasbord Cafe and Bookstore.

Smorgasbord Blog Magazine

We put a great deal of effort into promoting our new, recent and upcoming books but often our previous releases get sidelined.

In this latest series I am offering authors in theCafe and Bookstorea chance to promote an earlier book (not your most recent) by sharing an excerpt from the book of 500 words. At the end of the post you can find out how to participate.

Today Toni Pike is sharing an excerpt from her psychological thriller Dead Dry Heart

Dead Dry Heart: A psychological thriller by [Toni Pike]About the book

“A suspense thriller that will have you on the edge of your seat!”

Tyler Thompson is Australia’s young, brilliant and charismatic Prime Minister, riding high on a wave of popularity. But the past has come back to haunt him and there is a shocking secret from his childhood that he will do almost anything to conceal.

The one man who knows what happened twenty-five…

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Ways To Show Yourself Love #selflove

This is a series about authenticity, validation, self-belief and personal power.

The importance of loving yourself

How do you show your love to someone? Most people convey their warmth, tenderness, kindness and support by the way they speak and act towards the other person.

But have you ever thought of showing love to yourself? Continue reading

Smorgasbord Children’s Reading Room – Share and Excerpt 2021 – #Family – Brody Cody and the Stepmother from Outer Space by Toni Pike.

Amazing writer Sally Cronin, from Smorgasbord Blog Magazine, has generously shared an extract from Brody Cody Book 1 on her blog today. It’s part of her Children’s Reading Room, which is a great place to find books for children.

Smorgasbord Blog Magazine

We put a great deal of effort into promoting our new, recent and upcoming books but often our previous releases get sidelined.

In this latest series I am offering authors in the Cafe and Bookstore and the Children’s Reading Room a chance to promote an earlier book (not your most recent) by sharing an excerpt from the book of up to 500 words. At the end of the post you can find out how to participate.

Today an excerpt from Brody Cody and the Stepmother from Outer Space by Toni Pike.

About the book

Brody Cody is almost eight years old and definitely, absolutely, positively does NOT want a mother. His mother died when he was a baby but life with his dad is just perfect.

Brody is horrified when his father goes away to a publishing conference and returns with a wife, Pandora Smith, who is a children’s author…

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Smorgasbord Children’s Reading Room – #Reviews – #Ghosts Toni Pike, #Butterflies Bette A. Stevens

The wonderful Sally Cronin has generously shared D.G. Kaye’s review of Brody Cody and The Haunted Vacation House in the Smorgasbord Children’s Reading Room. Congratulations also to Bette A. Stevens for the fabulous review of The Amazing Matilda.

Smorgasbord Blog Magazine

Welcome to the Children’s Reading room with books for children up to the age of twelve years old.

The first author is Toni Pike who is receiving great reviews for her recent release .Brody Cody and the Haunted Vacation House (Brody Cody Series Book Two)

About the book

Brody Cody loves his new stepmother but is surprised to hear that she is expecting a baby. To celebrate, his parents take Brody and his friends away for a week to a very spooky house in the Blue Mountains, owned by the elderly and even spookier Mr Sludge.

Very strange things start to happen, and the friends soon become convinced that the house is haunted. They love scary stories and know all about ghosts, but will they be able to solve the mystery?

A hilarious adventure for children aged 6-9.

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February Book Reviews

I’m absolutely delighted to let you know that wonderful writer D. W. Peach has read and reviewed Brody Cody and the Haunted Vacation House – Book 2 in the Brody Cody Series. Even better, this includes a review from her gorgeous grandson.

Myths of the Mirror

March is almost here! Time to plan some reading for spring (or autumn)!

February book reviews include my4 and 5 star reads of fantasy, a paranormal western, a psychological thriller, a western contemporary romance, and a spooky kid’s book. ! I hope you enjoy the browse.

Click on the covers for Amazon global links.

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The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden

I’m a total sucker for beautiful, lyrical writing, and this book is loaded with it. I was underlining the paperback like a mad woman. The story is based on a Russian folktale, I think, but it was unfamiliar to me, so I read the story as if it were a fantasy. It definitely has the feeling of a folktale with a Russian flavor. The details are rich, rich, rich, magical and fantastical, a feast for a reader’s imagination.

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#Bookreview – BRODY CODY AND THE HAUNTED VACATION HOUSE (Brody Cody Series Book 2) by Toni Pike

I’m over the moon. Wonderful author Robbie Cheadle has reviewed my new children’s book and posted a lovely article on Robbie’s Inspiration.

Robbie's inspiration

Today, I am delighted to welcome author, Toni Pike, to Robbie’s Inspiration to introduce us to the second book in her Brody Cody Series of books for children.

Welcome Toni

Thank you so much, Robbie, for inviting me to write about my new book. I’m always amazed at how you manage to combine so many creative pursuits including your writing, so it’s a real honour to be here. I found it more difficult to write during the pandemic, and that gave me a lot of sympathy for children around the world and all the difficulties they’ve experienced over the last year. I think there’s nothing more important than teaching children to become enthusiastic readers, because It helps them in every aspect of their lives.

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Smorgasbord Children’s Reading Room – New Book on the Shelves #Ghosts – Brody Cody and the Haunted Vacation House by Toni Pike.

I’m thrilled to see Brody Cody and the Haunted Vacation House join the shelves in the Smorgasbord Children’s Reading Room. Thank you so much to Sally Cronin for the lovely post.

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Delighted to share the news of the second children’s book by Toni Pike released a few days ago..Brody Cody and the Haunted Vacation House (Brody Cody Series Book Two)

About the book

Brody Cody loves his new stepmother but is surprised to hear that she is expecting a baby. To celebrate, his parents take Brody and his friends away for a week to a very spooky house in the Blue Mountains, owned by the elderly and even spookier Mr Sludge.

Very strange things start to happen, and the friends soon become convinced that the house is haunted. They love scary stories and know all about ghosts, but will they be able to solve the mystery?

A hilarious adventure for children aged 6-9.

It would be best to read the series in order. Book 1 is BRODY CODY AND THE STEPMOTHER FROM OUTER SPACE.

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Toni Pike: Desolation Bluff

Wonderful writer Carol Balawyder has read and reviewed Desolation Bluff, my latest thriller.

Carol Balawyder

I recently came across a post on Derek Murphy’s website titled Best Self-Publishing Companies for Indie Authors (that aren’t scams).

You can go to his website to read the entire post (which I found interesting and informative). Since this is a post about Toni Pike’s novel Desolation Bluff I want to draw your attention to a section of Derek Murphy’s post that I find fits perfectly with Toni Pike’s novel.

When you put your book cover, your hook, tagline or teaser in front of the right readership, they understand it’s the kind of book they enjoy reading. The benefits are obvious. They click on the cover and read the blurb. Sounds good. They check out the reviews. If they trust the positive ones, they’ll consider buying it and check the price.

Cover

Blurb

Reviews

Price

COVER AND BLURB

Blind romance author Oliver Cameron uses the pen name of Fidel…

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New Release from Toni Pike – BRODY CODY AND THE HAUNTED VACATION HOUSE – Book 2 in the Brody Cody Series for children aged 6-9

I’m delighted to be Bette A. Stevens’ guest, talking about my new children’s book.

Bette A. Stevens, Maine Author

I’m delighted to have Toni Pike with us today. You’ll find out more about my talented author friend from Australia and get a peek into her latest children’s book. Check out this awesome teaser—Brody Cody’s second book is sure to be pleaser…

“Brody Cody loves his new stepmother but is surprised to hear that she is expecting a baby. To celebrate, his parents take Brody and his friends away for a week to a very spooky house in the Blue Mountains, owned by the elderly and even spookier Mr Sludge.” ~ Amazon blurb

Welcome back, Toni. ~Bette A. Stevens, Maine author 

Meet Toni Pike

Thank you so much, Bette, for inviting me to your wonderful blog to talk about my new release, the second book in the Brody Cody Series. It’s called BRODY CODY AND THE HAUNTED VACATION HOUSE, another funny adventure for children aged 6-9. I…

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Smorgasbord Posts from Your Archives -#NewSeries – ‘Pot Luck’ – Your Own Opinions And Feelings #selfaware by Toni Pike

Thank you so much to Sally Cronin for sharing another one of my articles on her fantastic Smorgasbord Blog Magazine.

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Since this series began in January 2018 there have been over 1000Posts from Your Archives where bloggers have taken the opportunity to share posts to a new audience… mine. The topics have ranged from travel, childhood, recipes, history, family and the most recent series was #PotLuck where I shared a random selection of different topics.

In this series I will be sharing posts from the last six months of 2020

It is an opportunity to showcase your writing skill to my readers and also to share on my social media. Which combined is around the 46,000 mark. If you are an author your books will be mentioned too, along with their buy links and your other social media contacts. Head over to find out how to participate: Posts from Your Archives 2021

This is the second post by author Toni Pike and is from her series about authenticity…

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BRODY CODY AND THE HAUNTED VACATION HOUSE – Book 2 in the Brody Cody Series for kids aged 6-9 #childrensbooks #NewRelease

BRODY CODY AND THE HAUNTED VACATION HOUSE is Book 2 in the Brody Cody Series – funny chapter books for children aged 6-9. Brody can’t help getting involved in all sorts of crazy adventures with the help of his friends, Kyle and Anastasia. Continue reading

Smorgasbord Posts from Your Archives -#NewSeries – ‘Pot Luck’ – #PersonalPower #Standards by Toni Pike

I was thrilled to have one of the previous posts in my Personal Power series republished on the wonderful Smorgasbord Blog Magazine. Thank you so much to the amazing Sally Cronin.

Smorgasbord Blog Magazine

Since this series began in January 2018 there have been over 1000Posts from Your Archives where bloggers have taken the opportunity to share posts to a new audience… mine. The topics have ranged from travel, childhood, recipes, history, family and the most recent series was #PotLuck where I shared a random selection of different topics.

In this series I will be sharing posts from the last six months of 2020

It is an opportunity to showcase your writing skill to my readers and also to share on my social media. Which combined is around the 46,000 mark. If you are an author your books will be mentioned too, along with their buy links and your other social media contacts. Head over to find out how to participate: Posts from Your Archives 2021

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New Book Release – #Shortstories – Life is Like a Bowl of Cherries: Sometimes Bitter, Sometimes Sweet by Sally Cronin

Wonderful news – Sally Cronin has just released a new book of short stories called LIFE IS LIKE A BOWL OF CHERRIES: Sometimes Bitter, Sometimes Sweet.

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I wasn’t sure if I would make it before Christmas, but thanks to David who pulled out all the stops as always, my new short story collection, with a sprinkling of poetry is now available.

About the collection

Life is Like a Bowl of Cherries: Sometimes Bitter, Sometimes Sweet is a collection of short stories with scattered poetry, reflecting the complexities of life, love and loss.

The stories in the collection dip into the lives of men and women who are faced with an ‘event’ that is challenging and in some cases life changing.

Even something as straightforward as grocery shopping online can be frustrating, and a DNA test produces surprise results, the past reaches out to embrace the present, and a gardening assistant is an unlikely grief counsellor. Romance is not always for the faint-hearted and you are never too old for love. Random acts of kindness have far…

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December Book Reviews, Part I

I’m thrilled to have Desolation Bluff included in this wonderful list of reviews from the amazing D.W. Peach. She has been on a huge autumn reading challenge, and I’m so excited to be in such stellar company.

Myths of the Mirror

My 60-book Autumn Reading Challenge speeds toward the finish line. I’ve read and reviewed 54 books!!

Ten days to read 6 more. Piece of Cake!

December’s Part I book reviews include my 4 and 5 star reads of fantasy, sci-fi, paranormal fiction, thrillers, a memoir written by a dog, poetry, and a children’s book! I hope you enjoy the browse.

Click on the covers for Amazon global links.

*****

Snow White and the Civil War: Survival of the Fairest by Cathleen Townsend

Clearly, from the title, this is a fairy tale retelling, and though the story of Snow White is recognizable in the book, this tale has enough originality and enhancements to rise above the Disney version. No singing mice here; instead there’s a young woman named Gwen trying to survive in California at the start of the Civil War.

Like in the fairy tale, Gwen flees her evil stepmother (and…

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Meditation and Spending Time With Yourself #selflove

This is a series about authenticity, validation, self-belief and personal power.

How we self-avoid

I’ve always been happy to spend time by myself and would keep myself occupied, busily working on my many projects or tasks. In fact, I would drive myself to achieve my goals, making sure that every second of the day was accounted for. That made me feel as if I was being productive and useful.

I thought that was “spending time with myself.” But now I realise that this constant activity was actually a form of self-avoidance. Continue reading

Smorgasbord Cafe and Bookstore – Christmas Book Fair – #Romance Olga Nunez Miret, #WWII Marina Osipva, #Psychologicalthriller Toni Pike

I’m so excited to be a part of the Smorgasbord Christmas Book Fair, and included with such stellar company. Thanks so much to Sally Cronin for sharing a wonderful review of Desolation Bluff. If you’re looking for Christmas gifts, this is the place to find a great selection of books.

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Welcome to the Christmas Book Fair where I will be featuring all the authors on the shelves of the Cafe and Bookstore that would make great gifts for family and friends.

The first book today is by multi-genre author Olga Nunez Miret and is a light-hearted look at reality baking show and the behind the scenes drama. I Love Your Cupcakes.

About the book

Dulce, Adelfa and Storm, the protagonists of I Love Your Cupcakes are business partners, friends and share some “interesting” family connections. All the men Dulce meets only want to talk about her cakes and she’s tired of it. Her friend Adelfa, although she’s a Chemistry Professor, can’t manage to find the recipe for the perfect relationship. And Storm, the third of the partners of their bakery/coffee shop/bookshop/art gallery and ex-fire station, is an artist who is not a master in the art of love. How…

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Smorgasbord Children’s Cafe and Bookstore – Christmas Book Fair – #Release – #Nature Joyce Murphy, #Adventure Jemima Pette, #Stepmother Toni Pike.

I’m so thrilled to be a part of the Smorgasbord Children’s Christmas Book Fair. Many thanks to the amazing Sally Cronin, who has put together a fantastic collection of Christmas gift ideas for children.

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Welcome to the Children’s Christmas book fair with books for children up to the age of twelve years old. All of which would make great gifts.

The first author today is Joyce Murphy with the release of her second children’s book in time for Christmas.  The Bee and The Dandelion – for ages 2 to 6 years.

About the book

Sally’s story made even the leader feel sad. And the Leader said …

“We will make a new law, all shiny and new,

To save all the bees, and you children too.”

The Bee and the Dandelion is a heart-warming, picture, rhyme book that tells the story of a Bumblebee, a little girl called Sally and a flower called a dandelion. Sally loves to pick dandelions but one day, when a Bumblebee flies onto her knee and begs her not to take his food; Sally is taught how precious flowers…

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Your Own Opinions And Feelings #selfaware

This is a series about authenticity, validation, self-belief and personal power.

I’ve already mentioned self-validation, but I wanted to talk more about respecting our own opinions and feelings.

I realise now that for my most of my life I have been extremely reactionary. If someone said or did anything that concerned me in any way, I would immediately react and try to fix things up or do something about it. If I thought someone had a poor opinion of me for any reason, I would react and try to plead my case. Continue reading

Smorgasbord Children’s Cafe and Bookstore – Share your review – Brody Cody and the Stepmother from Outer Space by Toni Pike, Reviewed by D.G. Kaye

I was thrilled to have a review for Brody Cody and The Stepmother From Outer Space featured in Smorgasbord Children’s Cafe and Bookstore this week. Thank you so much to the amazing Sally Cronin, who is so generous in her support for other authors. Thanks also to wonderful writer D.G. Kaye for her superb review.

Control Yourself – And Not The Rest Of The World #happiness

This is a series about authenticity, validation, self-belief and personal power.

I was the worst control freak, always planning and organising everything I did so that every possible eventuality was taken into account. I would then worry and be anxious that it would all go according to my plan. My happiness depended on the outcome, or what people would think of me, or whether others were fulfilling their end of the bargain. Continue reading

My Top Weight Loss Tips

Over the last six months of Covid times, with all the restrictions, limitations and changes to life, I have to admit that I’ve got into the habit of having too many snacks.  Not surprisingly, I’ve put on a little weight and now the time has come to seriously think about losing it. Are any of you in the same position? Continue reading

August Book Reviews

I’m so thrilled to have Brody Cody and The Stepmother From Outer Space included in the amazing D.W. Peach’s August Book Reviews.
There is also exciting news as she will soon be launching her new book.

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Only four this month! I’ve been slacking.

Actually, I’ve been super busy preparing for my launch and then dropping into bed at night, too tired to read.

This month, my offering of  4 and 5 star reviews includes fantasy, sci-fi, and a children’s book that my 7-year-old grandson reviewed. I hope you enjoy the browse.

Click on the covers for Amazon global links.

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Coyote Summer by Laura Koerber

I really, really enjoyed this book. The story starts with a “boys will be boys” rape of a very drunk teenager at a party. The main character, Ben, doesn’t participate, but he also doesn’t take strong action. This story is about his loss of innocence as he grapples with his guilt and the disheartening cultural biases, including within his own family, that force the victim into silence and give the perpetrators a break.

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A 5-Star Review from a 7-year-old for Brody Cody And The Stepmother From Outer Space #reviews #kidslit

I’m delighted to share with you a new 5-star review for BRODY CODY AND THE STEPMOTHER FROM OUTER SPACE, my new funny adventure book for children aged 6-9.  The wonderful D. W. Peach gave the book to her grandson, and he did a wonderful job of sharing his thoughts in the review.

You can imagine how pleased I am to receive a review from a boy the same age as my young hero. Continue reading

Reviews for The Magus Epiphany #reviews #reading

I’m so pleased to share with you three of my favourite reviews for THE MAGUS EPIPHANY, Book 3 in The Jotham Fletcher Mystery Thriller Series. All four books in the series are now available in a Box Set, as well as individual novels. Continue reading

Having Boundaries – for healthy relationships #standards

This is a series about authenticity, validation, self-belief and personal power.

Previously, I talked about deciding on your values. Always following and living according to those values means that you are living your truth.

Standards and boundaries

A part of living your truth is having clear standards, based on your values, for how you live your life and what you are willing to accept from others. Maintaining those standards means that you can live your truth in every single aspect of your life. Continue reading

Five-Star Reviews for The Rock of Magus #reviews #books

I’m delighted to share with you three of my favourite five-star reviews for THE ROCK OF MAGUS, Book 2 in The Jotham Fletcher Mystery Thriller Series. All four books in the series are now also available in a Box Set, as well as individual novels. Continue reading

Standards – a vital part of living your truth #healthyliving

This is a series about authenticity, validation, self-belief and personal power.

Previously, I talked about values and living your truth – and that means living according to your own core values in every aspect of your life. This article is about standards – and next time I’ll be talking about boundaries. Continue reading

Smorgasbord Cafe and Bookstore – Meet the Authors – #Prehistoric Jacqui Murray, #Children’s Toni Pike, #Humour J. E. Pinto

I’m thrilled to be in the Smorgasbord Cafe and Bookstore Meet the Authors series – and I’m in great company with authors Jacqui Murray and J. E. Pinto..

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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 Jacqui Murray

Jacqui Murray is the webmaster for Worddreams, her blog about all things writing. She is the author of the popular Building a Midshipman, the story of her daughter’s journey from high school to United States Naval Academy, the Rowe-Delamagente thrillers, and the upcoming prehistoric fiction, Born in a Treacherous Time. She is…

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Smorgasbord Cafe and Bookstore – Author Updates – #Reviews – #Familydrama James J. Cudney, #Prehistoric Jacqui Murray, #Children’s Toni Pike

I was delighted to have a wonderful review of BRODY CODY AND THE STEPMOTHER FROM OUTER SPACE included in a Smorgasbord Cafe and Bookstore Author Update. Many thanks to the amazing Sally Cronin for her generosity.

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Welcome to the Friday edition of the Cafe and Bookstore updates, with recent reviews for authors on the shelves.

The first author with a recent review is James J. Cudney for his family drama Father Figure.

About the book

Between the fast-paced New York City, a rural Mississippi town and a charming Pennsylvania college campus filled with secrets, two young girls learn the consequences of growing up too quickly.

Abused by her mother, Amalia Graeme longs to escape her desolate hometown and fall in love. Contemplating her loss of innocence and conflicting feelings between her boyfriend and the dangerous attraction for an older man, Amalia faces life-altering tragedies.

Brianna Porter, a sassy, angst-ridden New York City teenager, yearns to find her life’s true purpose, conquer her fear of abandonment, and interpret an intimidating desire for her best friend, Shanelle. Desperate to find the father whom her mother refuses to…

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Your Values and Living by Your Truth #values

This is a series about authenticity, validation, self-belief and personal power.

You’ve probably already heard about values, the basic key principles that underpin your life. Harder to understand is the concept of your truth, and how to live by that. It took me quite a while to come to terms with what that really meant. Continue reading

Five-Star Reviews for BRODY CODY AND THE STEPMOTHER FROM OUTER SPACE #reviews #childrensbooks

I’m thrilled to share with you three five-star reviews for BRODY CODY AND THE STEPMOTHER FROM OUTER SPACE, a funny chapter book for children aged 6-9. It’s my first children’s book, and I’ve been so delighted with the response that it has received.

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Don’t Give Your Power Away #healing

This is a series about authenticity, validation, self-belief and personal power.

Have you heard the expression, “don’t give your power away,” and found it hard to find out exactly what that meant? When I finally worked it out, it was nothing short of a revelation to me. Continue reading

Five-Star Reviews for The Magus Covenant #reviews #books

I’m delighted to share with you three of my favourite five-star reviews for THE MAGUS COVENANT, Book 1 in The Jotham Fletcher Mystery Thriller Series. All four books in the series are now also available in a Box Set. Continue reading

Become Your Own Best Friend #selflove

This is a series about authenticity, validation, self-belief and personal power.

Some people may like to think that they don’t talk to themselves, but the truth is that we constantly communicate to ourselves using our own inner voice. How do you speak to yourself? Continue reading

#Bookreview – Brody Cody and the stepmother from outer space by Toni Pike

I’ve been very honoured by having my new children’s book reviewed by wonderful children’s writer, Robbie Cheadle.

Robbie's inspiration

Book reviews

What Amazon says

Brody Cody is almost eight years old and definitely, absolutely, positively does NOT want a mother. His mother died when he was a baby but life with his dad is just perfect.

Brody is horrified when his father goes away to a publishing conference and returns with a wife, Pandora Smith, who is a children’s author. His life spirals out of control as he is forced to eat healthy food, do his homework and help with some chores.

Even worse, he and his friends suspect that his new stepmother might be an alien from outer space.

A hilarious adventure for children aged 6-9.

My review

This book is a hilarious and fun read for young readers aged 7 to 13 years old. It is quite reminiscent, with its quirky and slightly dark humour, of Roald Dahl’s books, in particular, it reminded me a bit of James and…

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New Release from Toni Pike — BRODY CODY AND THE STEPMOTHER FROM OUTER SPACE — an adventure for children aged 6-9

Thank you so much to amazing author, Bette Stevens, for featuring me and my new children’s book on her website today.

Bette A. Stevens, Maine Author

Multi-genre author Toni Pike popped by today to tell us a bit about herself and introduce her first children’s book—Brody Cody and the Stepmother from Outer Space. I have no doubt that it will be the first of a series of beloved chapter books for young readers. ~Bette A. Stevens

Meet the Author

Toni Pike, multi-genre author

I’m the author of several fast-moving thrillers: DESOLATION BLUFF, DEAD DRY HEART and The Jotham Fletcher Mystery Thriller Series. I’ve also written two non-fiction books: THE ONE WAY DIET, a guide to losing weight, and HAPPY TRAVELS 101, a short book of travel tips.

I live in Canberra, the capital of Australia, and firmly believe that coffee and long walks are an essential part of any day. Travelling is one of my main passions – but not at the moment! And I love spending time with family and…

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Smorgasbord Cafe and Bookstore – Author Updates – #Reviews – #Childrens Toni Pike, #Dystopian Teri Polen, #Mystery Judith Penz Sheluk

Thank you so much to the amazing Sally Cronin, for sharing D.G. Kaye’s review of my new children’s book, Brody Cody and the Stepmother from Outer Space.

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Welcome to the first of the author updates this week where I share recent reviews for the authors on the shelves.

The first author is Toni Pike for her children’s book Brody Cody and the Stepmother from Outer Space.

About the book

Brody Cody is almost eight years old and definitely, absolutely, positively does NOT want a mother. His mother died when he was a baby but life with his dad is just perfect.

Brody is horrified when his father goes away to a publishing conference and returns with a wife, Pandora Smith, who is a children’s author. His life spirals out of control as he is forced to eat healthy food, do his homework and help with some chores.

Even worse, he and his friends suspect that his new stepmother might be an alien from outer space.

One of the recent reviews for the book on Goodreads

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Sunday Book Review – Brody Cody and the Stepmother from Outer Space by Toni Pike – #Children’sbook

The wonderful D.G. Kaye has reviewed my new children’s book, Brody Cody and the Stepmother from Outer Space, in her Sunday Book Review.

Sunday Book Review, featuring Toni Pike’s #Children’s book – Brody Cody and the Stepmother from Outer Space

Source: Sunday Book Review – Brody Cody and the Stepmother from Outer Space by Toni Pike – #Children’sbook

Smorgasbord Cafe and Bookstore – Share an Extract -#Mystery #Thriller The Magus Covenant – Book 1 in The Jotham Fletcher Series by Toni Pike

Thank you so much to the amazing Sally Cronin for inviting me to share an extract from THE MAGUS COVENANT – Book 1 in The Jotham Fletcher Mystery Thriller Series. The “Share an Extract” series is in Sally’s Café and Bookstore – which has a wonderful collection of authors and their books in every conceivable genre. I’m so blessed to be a part of it.

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Welcome to the Cafe and Bookstore  New Series 2020 – Share an Extract with an opportunity to show one of your earlier books some love and attention by sharing an extract.. Check out the above link for all the details.

Toni Pike shares an extract from The Magus Covenant – Book 1 in The Jotham Fletcher Mystery Thriller Series – (The 4 books are available separately or as a Box Set).

About the book

THE WORLD AS WE KNOW IT IS IN PERIL – UNLESS ONE MAN CAN UNCOVER THE TRUTH…

A long-forgotten sect, a deadly brotherhood, a billionaire who trades in relics and a race across Europe in pursuit of a killer.

Jotham Fletcher is in Rome to give a lecture about Simon Magus at the church where he fell to his death beside the Roman Forum. Magus was a cult leader mentioned in the Bible and his libertine…

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SO GUILTY

Lucinda E. Clarke talks about her amazing achievement during the lockdown – writing her new book, which is now out. Read all about it here – and remember to grab a copy when you finish.

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Yes, I’m ashamed since once I begin a project, I’m like a dog with a bone and I don’t let go.

For example, in 1984, when I wrote my first radio script, I had a broadcast time to deliver, and I made it – just. Since then, I’ve never missed one.

During this lockdown, I made my own deadline for getting the next book written and launched. I’ve made it, though it was hard. Like many of us, I just wanted to binge on Netflix and chomp chocolate.

But I set a goal of 3,000 words a day and stuck to it.

Now, in my bumbling fashion, I’m trying to get the word out.

So, why do I feel guilty?

I have not blogged for ages. I’ve promised to write about my travels to Australia and India and I have all the stuff to hand, but I’ve yet to find…

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Now also in Paperback – BRODY CODY AND THE STEPMOTHER FROM OUTER SPACE – a hilarious adventure for kids aged 6-9 #childrensbooks #paperback

BRODY CODY AND THE STEPMOTHER FROM OUTER SPACE is now also out in paperback, so readers have the choice of meeting young Brody Cody in print or in an eBook. He would love to meet you. In the first book of this new series, Brody thinks an alien invasion might be about to start in his own home – just as his life starts to spiral out of control. He can’t help getting involved in all sorts of crazy adventures with the help of his friends, Kyle and Anastasia. Continue reading

Smorgasbord Cafe and Bookstore – Author Updates -#Reviews – #Poetry Frank Prem, #Thriller Toni Pike, #Writers Harmony Kent

Thank you so much to Sally Cronin for generously sharing the latest 5-Star review for The Magus Covenant.

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Welcome to the first of the cafe and bookstore updates this week, with recent reviews for authors on the shelves..

The first author is Frank Prem  with a review for his poetry collection – Walk away silver heart: Poetry inspired by the Amy Lowell poem ‘Madonna of the Evening Flowers’ (A Love Poetry Trilogy Book 1)

About the collection

All day long I have been working
Now I am tired.
I call: “Where are you?”
But there is only the oak tree rustling in the wind . . .
from Madonna of the Evening Flowers

Drawing on the phrasing of the early 20th Century Amy Lowell poem Madonna of the Evening Flowers (above) Frank Prem has produced a collection of personal and interpersonal love poems written, as always, in the unique style that allows every reader to relate.

Prem’s interpretations breathe new life into contemporary love poetry and…

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Smorgasbord Cafe and Bookstore – New Book on the Shelves – #Childrens Brody Cody and the Stepmother from Outer Space by Toni Pike

Many thanks to the wonderful Sally Cronin for sharing my new children’s book in Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore.

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Delighted to share the news of the latest release from Toni Pikewhich is for children, Brody Cody and the Stepmother from Outer Space.

About the book

Brody Cody is almost eight years old and definitely, absolutely, positively does NOT want a mother. His mother died when he was a baby but life with his dad is just perfect.

Brody is horrified when his father goes away to a publishing conference and returns with a wife, Pandora Smith, who is a children’s author. His life spirals out of control as he is forced to eat healthy food, do his homework and help with some chores.

Even worse, he and his friends suspect that his new stepmother might be an alien from outer space.

One of the early reviews for the book

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BRODY CODY AND THE STEPMOTHER FROM OUTER SPACE – a chapter book for kids aged 6-9 #childrensbooks #NewRelease

With so many children around the world #stayinghome to help fight Covid-19, I thought it was time to introduce my young friend Brody Cody. I hope that you enjoy reading his story as much as I enjoyed writing it. He had been hiding in my drawer for several years, but recently I felt him calling to me. Now, he is ready to face the world and he would love to meet you. Continue reading

Smorgasbord Blog Magazine – Easter Parade Blog Party April 11th/12th 2020 – #Flashback with Annette Rochelle Aben, Darlene Foster, Toni Pike, D.Wallace Peach and Elizabeth Gauffreau.

Wishing everyone a happy and blessed Easter, staying safe and staying home.
I was lucky enough to be invited to Sally Cronin’s Easter Parade, so drop by and see some gorgeous old photos, Easter fun and great music.

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Welcome to the Smorgasbord Blog Magazine Easter Parade with music, guests and some Easter food… and an opportunity for you to introduce yourself in the comment section along with your blog URL and one for Amazon for your books. I hope you will enjoy the next couple of days and for a brief moment it lightens the separation we are all experiencing from our normal lives, away from family and friends.

The theme for the parade is ‘Flashback’ and my guests have all sent in a photograph from the 1960s through to the 1980s, along with a music request. There will be singing along and dancing, and I hope you will join in.

Please help yourself to a free coffee as you pass by.

My first guest today is author and poet Annette Rochelle Aben with her unmistakeable smile and blonde hair, with a photo taken at the start of…

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Smorgasbord Blogger Daily – Tuesday February 4th 2020 #Lifestyle Toni Pike, #Blogging Pete Springer, #Phonesafety ACFlory, #Language Sue Vincent

I was thrilled to be featured in Smorgasbord Blogger Daily. I’m in great company, with a wonderful author interview and a fascinating article on Internet privacy also included.

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A full house today with lots of great posts out there…

The first post is on the blog of Sue of Sizzling towards Sixty – Over 50 lifestyle blogger for Women and is a guest post by author Toni Pike, who had a medical emergency whilst on holiday in 2019 that resulted in her taking stock of many aspects of her lifestyle.

 Making Positive Changes in My Life in 2020

I’m retired, and my main hobby over the last four years has been writing thrillers. In fact, I had become somewhat of an author-holic, working long hours on my writing and probably pushing myself too hard. However, in 2019 I also had other concerns that were wearing me down.

One of my main passions over the last ten years has been travelling, and I was on a four-week trip to France, England and Germany when disaster struck. The tour…

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