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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.

It would be best to read the series in order. Book…

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Smorgasbord Cafe and Bookstore – New book on the Shelves – #Poetry – Midnight Haiku: : A Year in Contemplation by Sue Vincent

Congratulations to amazing poet Sue Vincent who has a wonderful new release called Midnight Haiku: A Year in Contemplation.

Smorgasbord Blog Magazine

Delighted to share the latest release from Sue Vincentis the poetry collection Midnight Haiku: A Year in Contemplation

About the collection

Haiku is a Japanese poetry form that has become very popular over the past decades, taking on its own unique character under the rules for Haiku in English. a creative mind just seventeen syllables sharing a story The three hundred and sixty-five poems within this book collate a year’s journey in poetry through the seasons and the intermingled landscape of mind, body and spirit. The poems were originally published as “midnighthaiku” every night at the appropriate time, leaving, like Cinderella, a trace of a day’s passing and a glimmer of the day yet to come. Each poem can be read ‘on the surface’, but each has its own layers of meaning too, waiting to be discovered by those who turn their attention to the heart.

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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.

*****

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.

The story begins when Vasya is a child and…

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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.

Brody Cody and the Haunted Vacation House has just been released, and it’s the second book in the Brody Cody Series. The first book, Brody Cody…

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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.

Smorgasbord Blog Magazine

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.

One of the early reviews for…

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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.

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

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

The first author and blogger to kick of the new series is Toni Pike with one…

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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.

Smorgasbord Blog Magazine

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.

Smorgasbord Blog Magazine

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.

Smorgasbord Blog Magazine

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.

Smorgasbord Blog Magazine

Welcome to the series where you can share your reviews for any children’s books you have read recently and posted on your blog, Amazon, Goodreads or any other online bookstore. If you would like more details here is the post that explains how it works:Showcasing Children’s books

Today I am sharing a review for Brody Cody and the Stepmother from Outer Space by Toni Pike.. reviewed by D.G. Kaye

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…

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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

Smorgasbord Cafe and Bookstore – Author Spotlight – Life Changing Moments – #Australia – The Great Fire of Canberra by Toni Pike

I’m absolutely thrilled to be a guest on Smorgasbord Cafe and Bookstore, talking about a very important moment in my life – the great 2003 fire in Canberra.

Smorgasbord Blog Magazine

Welcome to Cafe and Bookstore Author spotlight. I invited authors in the Cafe to share what they consider to be a defining moment in their lives that resulted in a major positive change. The current series ends on October 11th and is booked out with some wonderful authors and their stories.

Today’s author sharing their life changing moment is Toni Pike who shares her experiences during the devastation of the Great Fire of Canberra

Toni Pike is a multi-genre author who enjoys writing exciting thrillers for adults, non-fiction, and hilarious books for children. She also loves travelling and being with family and friends. She lives in Australia and firmly believes that coffee and long walks are an essential part of any day.

Do you like books that you can’t stop reading? Pike is the author of DESOLATION BLUFF, DEAD DRY HEART and The Jotham Fletcher Mystery Thriller Series: THE MAGUS…

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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.

Myths of the Mirror

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.

*****

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.

The story, the attitudes, and the choices of…

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Smorgasbord Children’s Cafe and Bookstore – New #Release and #Reviews -#Bears #Poetry Frank Prem, #Monkey Adventure Donald Lloyd Jr. #Stepmother Toni Pike

I’m thrilled today to have a recent review for Brody Cody and The Stepmother From Outer Space included in the Smorgasbord Children’s Cafe and Bookstore.

Smorgasbord Blog Magazine

Welcome to the Children’s Cafe and Bookstore with New releases and recent reviews for the authors on the shelves.

If you are a children’s author with books suitable up to the age of 12 years old then please check out how you can add your books to theSmorgasbord Children’s Cafe and Bookstore – FREE book marketing.

Frank Prem has followed up his first children’s poetry story book with more of the lovable bears in A Beechworth Bakery Bears e-Book (too) currently on Pre-Order until August 31st at a reduced price.

About the story

What are the Beechworth Bakery Bears up to this time? Has Tom sold out of Bee Stings?

Take The Beechworth Bakery Bears (too) home to read, and find out!

Head over to buy the book at the reduced price $3: Amazon US – And £2.42: Amazon UK

Book 1 in the series

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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..

Smorgasbord Blog Magazine

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.

Smorgasbord Blog Magazine

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.

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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.

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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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Guest on Sizzling Towards Sixty – Living Well by Making Positive Changes

I was delighted when Sue Loncaric, from the website Sizzling Towards Sixty and Beyond, invited me to write about the positive changes I’ve made after a health scare last August. Sue has one of the best lifestyle blogs on the internet and is always inspiring her followers to be fit and fabulous, and to live well.  Continue reading

Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore – Christmas Book Fair – My recommended books for 2019.

I’m delighted to reblog this article from Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore in Smorgasbord Blog Magazine. Sally Cronin has listed her recommended books from 2019 – and I feel so honoured to have DESOLATION BLUFF included. There is something for every taste, so if you’re looking for a book to read then don’t miss this.

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It has been an amazing year for books and I only wish I had read more. However, one of my projects for 2020 is to set aside more time to appreciate the work of other authors.

These are the books that I have enjoyed and reviewed over the last twelve months and I hope that you will head over and check out the reviews and add them to your own reading list for 2020.

I have many more on my TBR that I am going to be working on over the holidays and I aim to write a weekly review in 2020.

If you click on the links they will take you to my review and buy links for the books.. thanks Sally

Post Apocalyptic – Blackthorn by Terry Tyler

Doggerel: Life with a Small Dog by Sue Vincent

A Southern Season Stories from a Front Porch Swing

Romance by…

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My 2019 Reading Challenge and Top Reads

Are you looking for a book to read? Here’s a wonderful list from Deb’s World – and I feel so honoured to be included in her reads for 2019. Debbie Harris is an amazing blogger who writes about her life in the most fascinating and warm-hearted way, so check out the rest of her blog while taking a look at this article.

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Boxing Day is the perfect day to update my 2019 reading Challenge page

It’s a cold, wet and miserable day here in Somerset UK, for Boxing Day 2019, so I’ve decided to use the time wisely to update my Goodreads Reading Challenge and to list some of my favourite books for the year. Just the perfect job for a lazy pyjama day, after all the excitement of Christmas.

Every year over the past few years, I have taken the Goodreads Reading Challenge, a self imposed challenge, and kept track of the books I’ve read. It’s not that difficult to do and it means I can always refer back to books, and my ratings, from the time of reading. Some books blend into each other so I need to keep track, mainly for my own benefit.

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Wishing everyone a safe, healthy and happy Christmas – and some fun with the Twelve Days of #Christmas

I hope this finds you in good health and enjoying the Festive Season. I love this time of year, but find it hard to believe that 2019 is already coming to an end. I wanted to wish everyone a very merry Christmas and a happy and healthy New Year.

If you’re looking for Christmas gifts, don’t forget that a book is always very welcome. I’d like to share with you some fun I had with the Twelve Days of Christmas recently. Remember that I always love to hear from you, and all my details are at the end of this post. My books can be all be found HERE.

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Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore – Christmas Book Fair – #HistoricalRomance Karen Demers Dowdall, #Thriller Toni Pike, #Design Valentina Cirasola, #Memoir J.E. Pinto

I was thrilled to have my latest thriller, DESOLATION BLUFF, included in the Christmas Book Fair Sally is holding in her Cafe and Bookstore. If you’re still looking for Christmas gifts, that’s the ideal place to look for a great collection of books. Thanks again to Sally Cronin for her incredible generosity.

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Welcome to this year’s Christmas book fair where I will be sharing the books of all the authors on the shelves of the Cafe and Bookstore with their most recent review in the last six months. I will be selecting authors at random so that there is something for everyone in the post.

If you enjoy historical romance then The Captain’s Witch by Karen Demers Dowdall could be the gift for you..

About The Captain’s Witch

Lost in the Annals of Time: A Story of Love and War

The Captain’s Witch is a hauntingly beautiful story of love that transcends time. Sara Windsor Knightly, born into a family with generations of witches inherits Windsor Manor, a colonial era manor built in 1680. She had no idea that the Manor is haunted by Jacobite ghosts, and a ghost named Christian Windsor.

He is a gentleman farmer who is also a Captain…

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Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore – Christmas Book Fair – New Collection – #Verse #Short Stories – Life’s Rich Tapestry : Woven in Words by Sally Cronin

Sally Cronin has a new release – a collection of verse and short stories – that sounds like the perfect Christmas gift.

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Delighted to share the news of my own new release today. Life’s Rich Tapestry : Woven in Words is a collection of verse, micro fiction and speculative short stories.

About Life’s Rich Tapestry

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…

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Smorgasbord Blogger Daily – Monday 21st October Part Two- Toni Pike #Boxset – Charles E. Yallowitz #Monsters – Tara Sparling #Bookblurbs

Thanks so much to Sally Cronin for including my article with these great posts on her amazing Smorgasbord Blog Magazine. Sally is a prolific blogger, writer and tireless supporter of other authors.

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This series is an opportunity to showcase posts from around our community and the brilliant bloggers who share with us. It would be amazing if you would follow the links to the post I have highlighted and whilst visiting follow and support the blogger.

The first post is from author Toni Pike to announce the release of the boxed set of The Jotham Fletcher Mystery Thriller Series Books 1-4…

I’m very pleased to announce that the four books in The Jotham Fletcher Mystery Thriller Series are now available as a Box Set. THE MAGUS COVENANT, THE ROCK OF MAGUS, THE MAGUS EPIPHANY and HOLY SPEAR OF MAGUS are still available separately, but buying the box set will definitely save you money. It represents great value as you get four full-length thrillers in one convenient ebook, with non-stop, action-packed entertainment on just about every page. I also hope to publish the…

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The Jotham Fletcher Mystery Thriller Series Books 1-4 Omnibus Edition – Paperback Just Released!

The four books in The Jotham Fletcher Mystery Thriller Series are now available as an Omnibus Edition – in one very thick Paperback. THE MAGUS COVENANT, THE ROCK OF MAGUS, THE MAGUS EPIPHANY and HOLY SPEAR OF MAGUS are still available separately, but the new book will save you money. The ebook version – the Box Set – was released recently. Continue reading

The Jotham Fletcher Mystery Thriller Series – Books 1-4 Box Set – Just Released!

I’m very pleased to announce that the four books in The Jotham Fletcher Mystery Thriller Series are now available as a Box Set. THE MAGUS COVENANT, THE ROCK OF MAGUS, THE MAGUS EPIPHANY and HOLY SPEAR OF MAGUS are still available separately, but buying the box set will definitely save you money. It represents great value as you get four full-length thrillers in one convenient ebook, with non-stop, action-packed entertainment on just about every page. I also hope to publish the paperback version in the very near future. Continue reading

An apology and another 5-star Review for Desolation Bluff

First of all, I want to apologise for being so quiet over the last few weeks. I went away on what I thought would be a wonderful 4-week trip to France, England and Germany and, in my wildest dreams, I never imagined that I’d have a medical emergency. Right at the end of our time in England, I woke up to find myself in hospital for a few days. A week later, we flew back home and I’ve been trying to get back to my normal self ever since. Continue reading

Smorgasbord Book Reviews – #Psychologicalthriller – Desolation Bluff by Toni Pike

Thank you so much to Sally Cronin for her wonderful review of Desolation Bluff.

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My review this week is for the psychological thriller by Toni Pike…..Desolation Bluff

About the book

Blind romance author Oliver Cameron uses the pen name of Fidel Amore and thinks he has the perfect life at his country estate near Desolation Bluff. After a honeymoon in Paris, his wife Vanessa continues her work as his assistant. His friend Ray is the business manager who lives in the gatehouse and also acts as the public face of Fidel Amore, doing all those book-signing trips that Oliver never wanted to attend. Helen Dunkley is the housekeeper devoted to him since childhood – but she detests the two newcomers.

Complications set in when Ray, working on his old car, accidentally backs into Oliver. His injuries appear minor but the next day he suddenly regains his sight. Oliver wants Ray and Rachel to be the first to hear his good news, but…

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Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore – Author Update – #reviews – D.G. Kaye, Toni Pike, Sarah Brentyn and Stevie Turner + 19 Writers.

In Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore Author Update, Sally Cronin was kind enough to include D.G.Kaye’s wonderful review of Desolation Bluff. And congratulations to the other writers featured here on their fabulous reviews.

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Welcome to the first of the author updates this week.. More talented writers with recent reviews.

The first author today is non-fiction author D.G. Kayewith a recent review for her memoir P.S. I Forgive You: A Broken Legacy. Debby is here in both capacities today as an author and a reviewer

About the book

“I hurt for her. She wasn’t much of a mother, but she was still my mother.”

Confronted with resurfacing feelings of guilt, D.G. Kaye is tormented by her decision to remain estranged from her dying emotionally abusive mother after resolving to banish her years ago, an event she has shared in her book Conflicted Hearts. In P.S. I Forgive You, Kaye takes us on a compelling heartfelt journey as she seeks to understand the roots of her mother’s narcissism, let go of past hurts, and find forgiveness for both her mother and herself.

After…

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Learning to Love Yourself – Becoming Authentic, Empowered and Self-Reliant

I’ve been thinking and learning a great deal in recent months about becoming more self-confident, authentic and empowered. There are quite a few terms used in articles about personal growth and transformation. These include things such as values, self-validation, authenticity, self-awareness, self-confidence and self-belief. I decided to write down my own definitions and I thought you might find the list helpful. Continue reading

5-Star Reviews for DESOLATION BLUFF

My latest release, Desolation Bluff, has recently had some wonderful reviews that I would like to share with you. Thank you so much to everyone who has been able to read it and leave a review. Every time I see a new review posted, it definitely makes my day! Continue reading

Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore – Author Update- #Reviews – Robbie and Michael Cheadle, Toni Pike and Jan Sikes

Many thanks to the amazing Sally Cronin for including a review of “Desolation Bluff” in her Author Update. Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore is a great place to visit if you’re looking for a wonderful book to read.

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Welcome to the second Cafe and Bookstore Update this week with recent reviews for authors on the shelves.

Delighted to share a recent review for the 6th book in the Sir Chocolate series of stories and cookbooks by Robbie and Michael Cheadle.

About the story

Number 6 in the Sir Chocolate series: Five zoo animals go missing and Sir Chocolate needs to find them. Includes five lovely new recipes. Not only a storybook but a wonderful opportunity for parents and children to create wonderful recipes together.

One of the recent reviews for the book

Robbie Cheadle and her son Michael, in the delightful book Sir Chocolate and the Fondant Five Story and Cookbook, combine children’s story, poetry and recipes together. The story is about a zoo in Chocolate Land with Fondant Five…

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A 5-Star Review for Desolation Bluff on Readers’ Favorite

I have good news to share. Desolation Bluff, my latest release, has received a five-star review on Reader’s Favorite.

Desolation Bluff is a short suspense novel. When blind romance author Oliver Cameron suddenly regains his sight, he uncovers a shocking betrayal – and a deadly game of cat and mouse begins. Continue reading

Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore – New Book on the Shelves – #Thriller – Desolation Bluff by Toni Pike

I was thrilled and honoured to have my new book, Desolation Bluff, featured in Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore today. With thanks to Sally Cronin, who is an amazing and prolific writer and blogger.

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Delighted to showcase the new release, a thriller from Toni Pike…..Desolation Bluff

About the book

Blind romance author Oliver Cameron uses the pen name of Fidel Amore and thinks he has the perfect life at his country estate near Desolation Bluff. After a honeymoon in Paris, his wife Vanessa continues her work as his assistant. His friend Ray is the business manager who lives in the gatehouse and also acts as the public face of Fidel Amore, doing all those book-signing trips that Oliver never wanted to attend. Helen Dunkley is the housekeeper devoted to him since childhood – but she detests the two newcomers.

Complications set in when Ray, working on his old car, accidentally backs into Oliver. His injuries appear minor but the next day he suddenly regains his sight. Oliver wants Ray and Rachel to be the first to hear his good news, but when…

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DESOLATION BLUFF – Just Released!

I’m proud to announce the release of Desolation Bluff, a suspense novella about a blind man who suddenly regains his sight. It is set in Australia, in the beautiful Southern Highlands region of New South Wales.

When blind romance author Oliver Cameron suddenly regains his sight, he uncovers a shocking betrayal – and a deadly game of cat and mouse begins. Continue reading

3 Easy Steps to Declutter and Tidy Up Your Home

Minimalism has become a popular trend. Just look at the success of Tidying Up With Marie Kondo. Many people have discovered the benefits of getting rid of unwanted, unnecessary possessions – and having just what they truly need, want and use in their home. The end result is a living space that is less cluttered and easier to clean. Storage areas such as closets and drawers are easy to keep tidy and well-organised, and the contents can be seen at a single glance. Continue reading

My Goals For 2019

As the year comes to an end, I’ve started to think about my plans for 2019. Do you like to make New Year resolutions? Many people don’t like that term because those noble intentions are so often forgotten or abandoned after a few weeks. But I like to set some definite goals to work towards over the next twelve months. Continue reading

Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore- Buy a Book for Christmas #Mystery Series – Mary Anne Edwards, Diana J. Febry, Judy Penz Sheluk and Toni Pike

The wonderful Sally Cronin from Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore has included me with some excellent mystery writers in her Buy A Book for Christmas series. It’s a great place to start if you’re looking for some gift ideas.

How To Use Instagram Without Going Insane

Here are my top tips to help you maintain your sanity while using Instagram. Instagram is a great way to engage with people around the world who have similar interests to you. I have an account where I post my own travel photos:@authorlovestravel. But, unfortunately, Instagram also has many fake accounts and people whose main priority is to develop a huge following. Continue reading

#BookLaunch – Tales from the Irish Garden by Sally Cronin…..

Sally Cronin has released a wonderful new book.

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At last the day has arrived and Tales from the Irish Garden is now available.

The book has been three years in the writing, mainly because what began as short stories in line with the first collection, turned into a full-length book. As we moved back from Spain to Ireland, house hunted, and then embarked on a renovation project, there were breaks from  the process. However, the upside was that I had the time to adapt and create new characters and adventures with more freedom. It also gave me time to meet Donata Zawadzka, courtesy of Paul Andruss, and after seeing her wonderful illustrations, I commissioned a number for the book to showcase some of the lead characters. More about Donata shortly.

Many of those that lived in the palace in Spain in the garden of our house, followed me across land and sea to settle in a magic…

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