What’s That Book? The Little Cafe by the Lake by Joanne Tracey

I’d like to welcome Kathleen Le Dain as a contributor to What’s That Book.

Hi Everyone! Today I’d like to welcome Donna Connolly, today’s contributor to What’s That Book. Thank you, Donna!

Title: The Little Cafe by the Lake

Author: Joanne Tracey

Genre: Contemporary Romance Plus

Rating: 5 out of 5.

What’s It About? I am a huge fan of Jo Tracey’s books. This has been my favourite one so far. If you are looking for a break filled with fun, friendship, food…and some sultry, fiercely independent characters, this book is for you. As a bonus, numerous mouth-watering recipes are included.

How Did You Hear About It? I was fortunate to receive an advanced copy of this book (which was just released on November 4, 2021).

Closing Comments: As many of the main characters in this novel also appeared in ‘Happy Ever After’ and ‘Wish You Were Here,’ this reading felt like catching up with old friends. If you haven’t yet read any of Jo Tracey’s books, I highly recommend them. Although this book is part of a series, it can also easily be read as a stand-alone.

Contributor: Donna Connolly is a retired Middle School Principal/Deputy Director who spent fourteen years working in Beijing, China. Six years ago, Donna began to blog in order to document her retirement journey. Her site, Retirement Reflections, now includes two monthly collaborative features, ‘What’s On Your Plate?’ and ‘What’s On Your Bookshelf?’. You can connect with Donna via the following:

Blog  • Twitter • Linked In • Pinterest • Instagram

She’d love to hear from you.

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More books set in Australia!

Wow, what a great response to this week’s post about books set in Australia! Here’s a list (in no particular order) of highly recommended Australian books, taken from readers’ comments.

A Fortunate Life by A.B. Facey

Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty

Cloudstreet by Tim Winton

Flames by Robbie Arnott

Follow the Rabbit-Proof Fence by Doris Pilkington

Gifts of the Peramangk by Dean Mayes

The Encampment by the Gorge and Blood Memory by Zachary Ashford

The Exiles by Christina Baker Kline

The Fatal Shore by Robert Hughes

The Night Huntress series by Jeaniene Frost

A Long Way Home by Peter Carey

Oscar and Lucinda by Peter Carey

True History of the Kelly Gang by Peter Carey

On The Beach by Nevil Shute

A Town Like Alice by Nevil Shute

In the Wet by Nevil Shute

The Lost Blackbird by Liza Perrat

The Silent Kookaburra by Liza Perrat

The Swooping Magpie by Liza Perrat

The Ladies of Missalonghi by Colleen McCullough

Morgan’s Run by Colleen McCoullough

And thanks to the following bloggers for adding to the list. Be sure to check out their blogs because they have the best reading recommendations!

Darlene Foster’s Blog

JP McLean

Sayling Away by Noelle Granger

Priscilla Bettis, Author

Garden of Eden Blog by Susan Scott

A Writer’s Perspective by April Munday

Derrick J Knight

Cathy at 746 Books

Lisa at Bookshelf Fantasies

Donna at Retirement Reflections

Lauren at Baydreamer

Roberta Writes

Jennifer’s Journal by Jennifer Kelland Perry

For more, visit my earlier post of Books set in Australia here.

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Who’s That Indie Author? Cage Dunn

Author name:  Cage Dunn

Genre:  Adult, contemporary, suspense, scary, thrilling, urban fantasy, and even allegory – but don’t tell anyone.


Herja, Devastation, Poetry & Prose, co-authored
Diaballein, Suspense, Horror
Seeking, Short stories
The Old Woman & the Mad Horse Thriller, espionage
Not On The Cards Urban Fantasy, Arcane
Purpose – a Journey of Short Stories
Who Will Rule Magic? Kraken, Dragon, Cat vs. Kangaroo, Cockatoo, Crocodile Fantasy Allegory

What’s your story and how did you become a writer?

I knew I was a storyteller …

When I was a very young child,
my siblings were afraid of the dark, or liked to listen to the dreams of far away
All wanted to make the darkness into light, or the monsters be friendly
To give them dreams for tomorrow
Where they’d be wise, or wealthy, or famous
I told the stories, made them up
Took the stories of others,
Made them our own
Whispered quietly, spoken loudly, sung badly
I didn’t write these stories down, but they will tell you the story
Of their own word-weaver.

How do you balance your work with other demands?  I’m a full-time unemployed writer and leave the demands of real-life to the dog.

Name one of the happiest moments in your life:  Seeing the parrots get drunk on flowering guava.

What’s your approach to writing? Are you a “pantser” or a planner?  I always think of myself as a planner until the whole world turns upside down and then I just run with the bulls. Maybe a planner with a fear of taking time away from the momentum of what’s happening?

Could you write in a café with people around?  I can read at a concert. If the book’s good enough to make that fade into the background, it’s a keeper; if I can write under the same circumstances and get lost in the story, it stands the chance of being good.

Have you ever written dialogue in a second language? If so, how did you do it?  Yes; it’s easier to create new math solutions to overcome gravity on a Hydrogen-based planet.

What’s your favorite book and what are you reading now?  It’s different every year, but I have a few I return to regularly, depending on how I want to feel.

What’s your favorite way to read a book: hardcover, paperback, eReader?  eReader; I can take hundreds of books wherever I go, use it to edit my drafts, and make notes without scribbling in the margins (*grimace* – I am speaking to a librarian, so need to watch for that whip hidden under the desk).

Do you think print books will always be around?  Yes.

Would you ever read a book on your phone?  If desperate enough, if it’s good enough, I’d do anything.

What’s your go-to device? iPhone, Android or something else?  Words. As long as they’re good enough to create the picture, make my heart pound, my legs tremble.

How long could you go without checking your phone?  I’d have to find it first.

Do you listen to audiobooks? If you do, what do you do while you’re listening?  No. I can create a story while I’m doing other things, but listening to a story should distract me, compel me to take notice.

Do you like using social media to promote yourself and your book? If so, what’s your favorite platform?  No, I don’t like it, and often feel like an intruder. But some of the readers said, ‘let people decide,’ so I occasionally put a mention on the pages. A newbie on Twitter, learning what funny # thingies do.

Website and social media links:
Blog: cagedunn.wordpress.com
Twitter: @cage_dunn
BookBub Author Page: @CageDunn

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Audiobook: Truly Madly Guilty by Liane Moriarty, narrated by Caroline Lee

Truly Madly Guilty
Liane Moriarty

read by Caroline Lee


Everything changes for three couples and their families the day a simple backyard barbecue goes wrong. And the wrong thing that happens hits them hard with feelings of guilt and regret. What happened and what is the backstory? That’s the basis of Truly Madly Guilty by Liane Moriarty, a modern story set in suburban Sydney, Australia.

Vid and Tiffany are the outgoing neighbors who want to enjoy themselves. Erika and Oliver conduct themselves carefully and deliberately. Sam and Clementine are deep into balancing life with careers and two little girls. The common link is the complicated friendship between Erika and Clementine, built on decades of resentment and shame.

The story begins sometime after the barbecue and hints at how the group is coping. Moriarty slowly reveals, through alternating chapters of before and after, just what happened at the barbecue and mixes in the many relationship difficulties between the married couples. Difficulties like love and marriage and sex and careers, becoming adults and raising children. Additional themes include money and class, being charitable and accepting help, family obligations and the big one, guilt.

Everything that could be ignored before the barbecue now demands their acknowledgement and work. Moriarty’s characters are good people under it all and the question is if and how they will pull themselves up. Despite the events, the story ends on a hopeful note, with some realistic loose ends. Special praise goes to the narrator, Caroline Lee, whose terrific character sense and range add a bonus dimension to the story. At seventeen hours, it’s a long but entertaining listen. I recommend Truly Madly Guilty to listeners (and readers) who like stories about relationships and modern problems.

Note: This is my first audiobook experience. I was not sure how I would feel about listening to a book because I wondered if I would be able to keep the characters and plot straight. No problems! I listened to half of it in my car last Friday during a long ride in a crazy wind storm and finished up yesterday as I took a walk and worked around my house. I still prefer reading, but think I will enjoy mixing it up a bit with an audiobook.

How do you feel about audiobooks? What do you do while you listen?

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If you like stories about marriage and family, check out:
What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty

Who’s That Indie Author? G.P. Burdon

Who's That Indie Author pic

GP Burdon

Author name:  G.P. Burdon

Genre:  Fantasy/Thriller/Paranormal, and anything that takes his interest.

BooksKings & Pawns; Angel of Death (Reaper Series book 1); Angel of Vengeance (Reaper Series book 2); Angel of Judgement (Reaper Series book 3); Redemption; City of Crows.

Angel of Death   Angel of Vengeance   Angel of Judgement   Redemption   City of Crows

Bio: G.P. Burdon is an Australian independent author who writes novels that combine his love of fantasy, thriller, and the paranormal. Burdon wrote and self-published his first thriller novel, Kings & Pawns, then followed it with his popular fantasy trilogy, the Reaper Series. Burdon has recently completed a paranormal thriller titled City of Crows and will soon begin his second book series, Barren, which is a young-adult sci-fi. In addition to his self-published works, Burdon has also had flash-fiction thrillers and horror stories published in several literary magazines and blogs. All of his published works are available through Amazon and Kindle, and book 1 of the Reaper Series is permanently free on Kindle.

Favorite thing about being a writer: The ability to be creative in my daily life is definitely my favourite thing about being a writer. Creating complex and unique characters is always fun for me, and writing is the one job I’ve ever had where I was excited to start my day.

Biggest challenge as an indie author: The biggest challenge is finding a way to stand out in the crowd. Working with a much smaller budget than “professionally” published authors makes it incredibly hard to market your work in an ever growing sea of independent authors. The trick is getting noticed, but that’s difficult when a million other people are standing beside you, also trying to be noticed.

Favorite book: Under the Dome, Stephen King.

Contact Information:  Facebook:  G.P. Burdon Author, Blog:  authorgpburdon.wordpress.com

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