Smoke and Fire by Katie Cross

Dahlia is a barista at the Frolicking Moose in Pineville.  Bastian is a wildland firefighter.  They both have issues to deal with.  Dahlia is starting over after the end of a relationship.  Bastian is taking care of his dad and sister who have medical challenges.  He is also the anonymous author of a popular series of romance novels.   He needs help and hires Dahlia as his assistant after they meet at the Frolicking Moose.   Dahlia and Bastian are attracted to each other from the start but initially have a hard time admitting it.  They gradually connect and their relationship blossoms.

I enjoyed Smoke and Fire, the seventh book in the Coffee Shop series.  The theme of people helping each other out is a good one, and I like the interaction between Dahlia and Bastian.  Their personalities compliment each other.  Katie Cross has a good understanding of the challenges people who have to deal with the public face, and this is addressed in a positive way.  I like the small town setting also.

I recommend Smoke and Fire.  The book can be read as a standalone, but it’s better to read the other books in the series first to have a better understanding of the characters from the earlier books.

5 Favorite Children’s Illustrators

Love this. 🙂

Nicholas C. Rossis

You may remember how my Greek edition of Whisker Smile, published by Patakis Publishers, has won the prestigious IBBY award for illustration.

Today I have 5 of my favorite children’s illustrators, selected from a post by Domestika.

Maurice Sendak

Maurice Sendak | From the blog of Nicholas C. Rossis, author of science fiction, the Pearseus epic fantasy series and children's books

Where The Wild Things Are made Maurice Sendak a star of children’s illustration. His work was at first considered too grotesque and offensive for children, but many fell in love with them. One young boy’s reaction to Maurice’s work was totally unexpected and some of the best praise the storyteller ever received:

“A little boy sent me a charming card with a little drawing on it. I loved it. I answer all my children’s letters – sometimes very hastily – but this one I lingered over. I sent him a card and I drew a picture of a Wild Thing on it. I wrote, ‘Dear Jim: I loved…

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