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Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore Update – Jack Eason, Bette A. Stevens, Vashti Quiroz-Vega, Annette Rochelle Aben and Paulette Mahurin

12 Mar

My novel, The Fall of Lilith’s latest review is featured at Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore along with several other Authors/ Books. Please visit Sally’s blog and check out all the wonderful books with their latest reviews. Thank you!

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Welcome to Monday’s Edition of my Cafe and Bookstore Update, with news from authors on the shelves. The first author with a new review is Jack Eason with his historical novella Autumn 1066.

About the book

Down the centuries the British Isles has always been seen by invaders as a legitimate target for exploitation. This novella concerns the last few weeks of Anglo-Saxon occupation, ending on the 14th of October, 1066. In Autumn 1066, author Jack Eason gives a great sense of ‘place’, of detail. The reader is right ‘there’ in that poignant year, marching, shivering with September cold (as ‘…no warming fires were allowed lest ‘enemy spies would soon spot their approach.’) From the very first few lines, Eason, practising his unique drycraft, begins to weave his particular brand of magic on his reader.

Eason glamour’s with well-crafted dialogue, drawing his reader into the time and into the action…

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#Fairies, #Myths, & #Magic October Spooktacular Author Spotlight Guest Post – Vashti Quiroz-Vega

31 Oct

Hi everyone! Head on over to Colleen Chesebro the Fairy Whisperer’s blog and check out my short horror story! Thank you and enjoy!


Since it’s Halloween, I have another special treat. I’ve invited fantasy/horror author, Vashti Quiroz-Vega to share a terrifying tale with you all. It’s a spooky read, so be prepared to get the shivers! Vashti said, “It’s a story that I wrote years ago (2013), and I’ve completely revised it for your blog.”

But first, let me introduce you to Vashti. I’ve had the pleasure of reading her poetry and stories for a few years now. Vashti and I also share the love of Pomeranians, with both of us owning dogs of this breed. She writes some scary stuff, so grab a cup of coffee and settle in. This is one Halloween tale you won’t forget!

AUTHOR: Vashti Quiroz-Vega

Vashti Quiroz-Vega is a writer of fantasy, horror, and suspense/thriller. When she isn’t creating extraordinary worlds or fleshing out powerful characters, she enjoys reading, traveling, kayaking, photography, and seeking adventures.

An award-winning…

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Haiku Friday – Pleasure & Excite

1 Sep

Happy Haiku Friday, everyone! Welcome. 


Pleasure and Excite are this week’s prompt words chosen by Ronovan Hester of Ronovan Writes.

Ron hosts a challenge that anyone could participate in called Ronovan Writes Weekly Haiku Poetry Prompt Challenge every Monday, and you have until Sunday to create a post featuring your haiku poem. He is an author and poet and also does author interviews and much more on his blog. Be sure to check it out. Read Ron’s Haiku Prompt Challenge Guidelines for more information.

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Image from Pixabay

First Draft

by Vashti Q

Thrilling blank pages

Nothing gives me more pleasure

Lovely blank pages

Kiss my imagination

I vow the gentlest dark stokes

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Image from Pixabay


Thank you for stopping by. Have a great weekend!



25 Jul

The Rave Reviews Book Club is celebrating their annual Writers’ Conference & Book Expo.. If you’ve been curious about the club or have been thinking about joining, attending this event will give you the opportunity to see what all the ‘hype’ is about. Let’s get together and learn from the best.

This year’s theme is: When you know better, you produce better.

This event promises to help you:

*Get inspired and get to writing

*Market your work to avid readers

*Strengthen your craft of writing

*Network with like-minded individuals

*. . . and so much more!

This (virtual) conference and expo. will have something grand in store for everyone! Follow the link and learn more. 😀



Haiku Friday – Magic & Glimmer

20 May

Hello! It is Haiku Friday and today’s prompt words are Magic and Glimmer. They were provided by Ronovan Hester of Ronovan Writes.



We search for magic

Obsessed by a fairytale

And a glint of hope

A twinkle lured her

Deep into a lush forest

Where she found a door

She swung open the portal

And found a Kingdom of peace


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Ronovan hosts a challenge that anyone could participate in called Ronovan Writes Weekly Haiku Poetry Prompt Challenge every Monday, and you have until Sunday to create a post featuring your haiku poem. He is an author and poet and also does author interviews and much more on his blog. Be sure to check it out. Read Ron’s Haiku Prompt Challenge Guidelines for more information.

Haiku Friday – Tears & Wine

11 Sep

Hello and welcome once more to Haiku Friday! Today’s prompt words from RonovanWrites Weekly Poetry Prompt Challenge  are Tears and Wine.


These words reminded me of an experience I had the year my first book was released. I was celebrating the release of The Basement with friends. We were drinking wine and one of my friends decided to toast to my future as a writer. What she said moved me to tears and one of my tears fell into my glass of wine. I announced to everyone what had happened and was ready to toss the wine when my friend asked, ‘Are those happy tears?’ Of course I said yes. So she waved her hand and said, ‘Then it’s all good.’ I drank the wine after that.

Hopefully you’re still awake and I haven’t lost you after that story.

Anyway, that was the inspiration for my haiku this week.

Happy Tears

Happy Tears

by Vashti Quiroz-Vega

Flow down my lilt face

Happy tear sweetened my wine

Touched by dulcet words


Have a great weekend, everyone! 








Haiku Friday – Gain & Hound

26 Jun

RonovanWrites Weekly Haiku Poetry Prompt Challenge


Hello and welcome to Haiku Friday! Today’s prompt words are provided by Ron from RonovanWrites and they are Gain and Hound. If you’d like to participate in Ronovan’s weekly haiku prompt challenge click on the large link above.

The prompt words were quite difficult, at least for me, and I feel like I’ve cheated this week. You be the judge. 😉



by Vashti Quiroz-Vega 

In the bitter juice

She finds her panacea

Gained health from ills that hound


Brilliant Words You Didn’t Know You Needed

27 Apr

I love this post by Nicholas C. Rossis. You have to check out these words––they’re hilarious!

Nicholas C. Rossis

From the blog of Nicholas C. Rossis, author of science fiction, the Pearseus epic fantasy series and children's books Photo: Daniel Dalton / BuzzFeed / / Via

Continuing on the subject of words, you may have heard me say now and again how I marvel at the beauty and flexibility of the English language.

So why aren’t these beauties found on BuzzFeed part of our everyday conversations already?

(n) Someone who repeatedly makes mistakes, or is always wrong

(n) A condition where a passenger falls asleep as soon as the car starts moving

(n) The anticipation felt when waiting for a response to a text

(n) The feeling of euphoria experienced when climbing into bed at the end of a very long day

(n) A completely worthless conversation

(n) When by the time you have reached your destination, you have forgotten why you were going there in the first place

(n) An individual so caught up on their cell phone that…

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Haiku Friday – Fret & Chill

29 Jan

Happy Friday everyone! Today I’m participating in RonovanWrites Weekly Haiku Poetry Prompt Challenge #29 Fret & Chill. The prompt words as you can see are Fret and Chill.


Illustration by Luis Royo

Prelude to Death

by Vashti Quiroz-Vega



Do not fret, my dear

No longer will you feel the chill––

once you are dead


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Illustration by Luis Royo


Do you enjoy haiku poetry? Do you write haiku poetry? If so, would you like to be featured here?

Guest writer: Vashti Quiroz-Vega and ‘The Basement’

17 Jan

Check out this lovely article featuring me and my book ‘The Basement’ prepared by the lovely Olga Núñez Miret from ‘Just Olga’ Stop on by and leave some comment love. I appreciate the support. 😀

Just Olga

Hi all:

As you know on Fridays I bring you guest authors and new books. I’ve known today’s author Vashti Quiroz-Vega for a while, through Twitter, and her blog, but for some reason she’d gone  under my radar and hadn’t been in one of my Friday blogs. I followed one of her horror stories in her blog at the end of last year and I realised I should bring her here, so much I enjoyed it.

So, here is Vashti:

Author Vashti Quiroz-Vega Author Vashti Quiroz-Vega

Hello! My name is Vashti Quiroz-Vega. I’m a writer of Suspense, Thriller, Fantasy and Horror. I also enjoy mixing in some Humor and Romance into my stories.

From the time I was a young kid, writing has been my passion. I’ve always been a writer I just didn’t know it until much later. For me, it is easier to express my thoughts on paper than with the…

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