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A warm welcome to this week’s guest Tom Johnson. Reading a little about his life it has been anything but boring!

Tom Johnson was born July 26 1940 in Seymour, Texas. His dad was a cowboy and cook, giving his family an itinerant lifestyle. Tom changed schools often, as his dad’s jobs were relocated. His dad wanted him to follow in his footsteps, but a cowboy’s life didn’t appeal to him. Instead, during his high school years, Tom dreamed about becoming an entomologist. He loved biology and math, but was weak in other subjects. He read every book he could find on insects, reptiles, and arachnids, as well as paleontology.  His dream was simple – buy an old car and small mobile home that he could pull behind the car and set up in the desert where he could study the animal life. Having something of a raw artistic talent…

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Letting Lucinda Loose

I’m waiting for the new Amie story!

Jane Bwye

I always enjoy reading Lucinda Clarke, whatever she writes. She fills me with joy and I never know what she’s going to say next..

91l7ti29K8L._UX250_[1]First, I’d like to say a huge thank you to Jane for her courage in letting me loose on her blog.  She has suggested I chat about settings for my books, an easy question to answer.

To date I’ve written 3 memoirs, a 4 book Amie series and a comedy – oh and the freebie I offer to anyone

WRS sign up 3 APRIL

 All of them (but one) are set in – guess where? Yes, Africa.  

My only excuse for this is I lived there a long, long time almost 40 years and I didn’t want to leave. It gets into your heart, your mind and in some unexplained way it heightens your senses. 

We began in Kenya – well that was me – the Ex was…

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A satirical peek through the window…

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As an outsider, it would be easy to mock when I look at the current President of the United States of America, but my mother always said ‘Mocking is catching’ so I try not to, even when mocking a man like Donald Trump is the equivalent of scoring an open goal.

I think the problem for most people outside of America and indeed for many Americans, is that they misunderstand the nature of what has happened and indeed what continues to happen right under their noses. Donald Trump’s ascent to kingship has been not unlike most 20th century dictators. The rise to power of Joseph Stalin and Adolf Hitler, bear many resemblances to the current American President’s elevation to the White house and his efforts to maintain control of his position of prominence….Not that I’m suggesting anything mind…

The chattering classes, the literati, the educated, well-healed, educated middle classes…

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Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore – New Book on the Shelves – #WWI drama – The Dandelion Clock by Rebecca Bryn.

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Delighted to welcome Rebecca Bryn to the Cafe and Bookstore with her new release, The Dandelion Clock, on pre-order for September 5th.

About the Dandelion Clock

Bill, a farm boy brought up in a village on the Duke of Buccleuch’s Northamptonshire estate, is plucking up his courage to ask his sweetheart, Florrie, to marry him. Florrie has given up her dream of being a dancer to bring up her siblings and protect them from their violent, sexually abusive widowed father. For her, marriage to Bill is love, escape, and protection: a dream to be clung to.

When war breaks out in August 1914, Bill and Florrie’s dreams are dashed – Bill is sent with the Royal Buckinghamshire Hussars, a yeomanry cavalry regiment, to fight in Gallipoli, Egypt, and Palestine taking with him a horse, Copper, volunteered for service by the 7th duke’s young daughter, Lady Alice. Bill makes promises before…

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Latest release – Richard and Maria Book 1

Three against the world: A waif, a Stray and A NEW ROMANCE?

This book was written for everyone, but very much with my “cover girl” Maria in mind, so it’s suitable for YA. Divine Zape was one of my Readers’ Favorite reviewers, and she liked it.

When trouble starts, it multiplies and escalates quickly. It all begins on a Monday in October when Richard’s dog barks, alerting him to the presence of an intruder on his property. The next blow comes when he learns that he’s been laid off. Now jobless, as though he didn’t already have enough to worry over, his fiancée publicly returns the ring to him while his ex-wife abandons a young girl, supposedly his, at his door. Now Richard has to sort out a variety of problems: find a source of income, provide the parenting the girl needs, and can he find a woman to stand by him? Three Against the World: A Waif, a Stray, and the Search for Romance by Sarah Stuart is a good read for fans of contemporary romance, a love story that examines family and a man’s quest to find his balance in the midst of challenges.

This is a good read and the author did a great job on character development and conflict. The conflict starts at the beginning of the narrative when Richard’s life is about to fall apart, and from then on, the reader follows a man in search of himself and meaning. The narrative is realistic and the plot well-handled. The author has the gift of creating vivid images and focusing on the emotional aspects of the story. Some of the descriptions are terrific like the one in the second paragraph: “The nerve… a dog barking loud enough to rouse a corpse, and somebody was calmly helping himself as if he was shopping in a supermarket.” The entire narrative is gorgeous and atmospheric, the prose elegant and arresting.