From the Book Jacket to My Parlour, Raymond E Feist

A Raymond E Feist Collection

A Raymond E Feist Collection

I have been fortunate thus far in my life to have met quite a few authors, some starting out, some ending their careers, some good, some not so good, some have been really well known, some have had no ego to speak of and some have had trouble fitting those super-size-me heads through the door. It has only happened once in my entire life though that I have had the fortune to meet an author who changed the genre of books I read and thereby changed my whole life!

I have always believed in faeries at the bottom of the garden, the monster under the bed and that the garden gnomes come to life when you turn your back on them. A world of fantastical beings, filled with magic and wonder is not a stretch of my imagination to perceive. So, it is no small wonder that the first book of fantasy that I ever read, Magician, by Raymond E Feist, changed my life and set my reading on a path all of its own. I have never given up the thrillers, dramas and historical spectaculars but my one true reading love is fantasy and Ray, as he introduced himself to me when he arrived at Indulgence Cafe is the man who brought that spark into my life and introduced me to worlds not bound by the gravity and sense of the one we live in.

Magic, magicians, dragons, royal families, rags to riches, love, betrayal, elves, good and evil, light and dark, Raymond E Feist’s work brings it all alive. He paints pictures with words and weaves worlds that you can picture in your head as you read and become lost in the forests and the mud splattered roads of Midkemia and kelewan. Careful, or you will find you leave your mind behind and end up a little confused about where you are when you close the book and suddenly return, abruptly to the harsh realities of planet Earth.

This man, this Raymond E Feist, has just returned home to San Diego after a whirlwind book tour of SA with his publishers and I was lucky enough, okay, I did have to grovel quite a bit, to get him to come and speak at Indulgence  Cafe on Heritage Day, 24 September 2014, but that’s okay as well because, I know people 🙂  Of all the authors we have hosted at Indulgence Cafe, this is the first one to have had people begging me for seats and places at the event. One family even brought me a box of chocolates to say thank you for making place for them, I was quite humbled and no, I have no intention of sharing. What a remarkable event, with an incredible author.

SA’s own fantasy author, Dave De Burgh spent an hour chatting to Ray about his work, his characters and how he got started. Never before, has one hour passed by in such a flash and we would love to have had them speak for longer but duty and lunch called. Ray is awesome, funny, witty and he was incredibly patient with the fans who brought along entire collections of his work for him to sign. The poor man must have signed 300 books for the 103 people who were at Indulgence Cafe on Wednesday morning, I have to say that I was incredibly impressed with him.

Raymond E Feist chatting to Dave De Burgh

Raymond E Feist chatting to Dave De Burgh

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A Post Chat Laugh with Dave De Burgh

A Post Chat Laugh with Dave De Burgh

For me, little old me, it was a dream come true and something to cross off my bucket list. I met Raymond E Feist in the flesh, I heard him speak and I have the pictures to prove it.

The link to YouTube  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=du7BpOT1R_w

So when is the next one coming out Ray?

Festival of Fantasy and Horror

Indulgence Cafe's Halloween Tree

Indulgence Cafe’s Halloween Tree

There is something very special about spending an evening chatting to young, vibrant and talented people about genres of books and movies that are very close to your own heart.
I had the total luxury of having such an evening on Wednesday night at Indulgence Cafe with three of Gauteng’s writers, authors and bloggers.
With thunder and lightening as the perfect eerie backdrop to an evening spent discussing the joys of horror and fantasy from writing writing it to books and movies, Joan De La Haye, Monique-Cherie Synman and Dave De Burgh held center stage and captivated the sadly small but very avid audience with their engaging personalities and views on writing today. No writer, no movie and no book was sacred as we worked our way through the different genres and their meanings.
Surrounded by The Little Shop of Halloween Horrors that haunts Indulgence Cafe’s walls and rafters at the moment the subjects of ghouls and zombies was definitely not out of place.

From left Joan, Dave and Monique

From left Joan, Dave and Monique

Dave who runs the most amazing fantasy and sci-fi section of Exclusive Books at the Colonade in Pretoria is incredibly knowledgeable on the topic and I find myself left wanting to spend a whole bunch more time engaging him on the books we both seem to enjoy so much. He is a fount of amazing info which he appeared to just pull out from under his pumpkin hat with no problem at all. Dave is already a published author and blogger and has signed a deal for a 3 part fantasy series which I really looking forward to reading. It was quite funny that a man so eloquent struggled just a bit to give me a synopsis of his up coming book, maybe he just wanted to keep it under wraps for now! We look forward to hosting him and his lovely other half at again when his book hits the shelves (maybe we will manage a sneak preview before anywhere else gets a look in)

Dave and Leanna

Dave and Leanna

Monique who though Afrikaans speaking, writes and blogs in English, is also a very fascinating young lady in her very elegant but awesome hat, with her first book out now. I got myself a copy and have added it to the extensive shelf of books in my house that screams out to be read really soon. Monique is not one to hang back in a crowd I am happy to see and has some definite views on books particularly erotica, however I do wonder if she doth protest a little too much. I am happy to report that she is not above watching the odd B grade movie and can sadly report that we have both seen and enjoyed The Attack of the Killer Tomatoes………..watch it at your own peril, I will admit to being 25 years younger when I watched it

Monique-Cherie Snyman

Monique-Cherie Snyman

Joan De La Haye, dynamite in a small package and high heels is no stranger to Indulgence Cafe. Apart from coming here previously to chat about her horror novel, Shadows, she has also celebrated her birthday at Indulgence Cafe and spent many an AuthorTalk here in support of other South African and one or two international authors. Joan is charming and funny and her Creulla De Ville wig hides a brain of remarkable scary talent. It is no surprise that one of Joan’s favourite authors is Stephen King although we do have Clive Barker in common as well, an author who manages to have equal footing in both the fantasy and horror genres.

The Killer High Heels

The Killer High Heels

Thank you to Marcia of Skoobs, Theater of Books for setting up a very enticing table of books, I was hard pressed to not haul out the credit card but did succumb to to a vintage collection of tales by HP Lovecraft which I believe was evening appropriate and look forward to one day reading.

From left Monique, Joan, Mandi and Dave

From left Monique, Joan, Mandi and Dave

To say it was a delightful evening is an understatement, it was an absolute blast. There was lots of fact exchanged, lots of fiction discussed, copious amounts of happy laughter and some serious wine quaffing took place. This is an evening I would repeat in a heart beat and quite frankly I think we can now refer to this as the First Annual Horror and Fantasy Festival at Indulgence Cafe.

For the YouTube snippet of the fun http://t.co/VlnLRMwQLa

Bizarre, and that’s just Me!

Indulgence Burger

Indulgence Burger

I LOVE October. Possibly because it is the beginning of summer, maybe because it is my birthday month and very possibly because it is the month in which we find the American holiday of Halloween. Being a person who enjoys most things macabre like skulls, skeletons, vampires and the like means that Halloween is very special to my heart. Being the boss of Indulgence Café means I can take Halloween to an entirely new level. For us it isn’t going to be a one night stand, at Indulgence we are going the whole hog and celebrating Halloween alllllllllll month long. October is an action packed month with events from the 7th of October onwards and with no less than 5 Halloween themed events through the month! There is a little something lined up for everyone from books to beer to markets and with any luck Pieter Dirk Uys will be here as well! (He enjoyed it so much the first time he asked to come back! Who can blame him)

September was a quieter month than her relatives July and August and her big brother October will be. In fact September felt similar to waking up in the morning with sleep still in your eyes and not bouncing out of bed because you’re not entirely sure what the weather is like outside. A bit of a slow starter in other words. It is a good month to clean house and to start shaking off the shackles of winter without taking your eyes off the game because, hell, it can still snow after all. That’s September. And along came October who is taking no prisoners this and going full steam ahead! HELLO OCTOBER!

Lionel, The MAN, Bastos

Lionel, The MAN, Bastos

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The Lionel Bastos Dinner evening was superb with an awesome crowd of people, magical music with dare I say superb food! It is incredibly difficult to take pictures of Lionel because he doesn’t stand or sit still for a second but what a special man he is. Charming. Good looking. Humble. Just generally a really nice guy, the kind you want to take home to mum. And he can make the most beautiful music, the cherry on top!

A really super evening and so fabulous to see some old friends popping in to Indulgence Café and making a whole bunch of new ones! These musical evenings once a month really are a treat and if you haven’t been to one I really do recommend spending the evening with us sometime. Our September quiz evening was huge, huge fun with a couple of very rowdy teams shaking up the place but that is what it is all about and really great fun, definitely another evening worth spending at Indulgence café! See details below for the October quiz, it promises to be a little different. Did you spend Heritage Day with us? The lamb was deeeeeeeelicious and our rotisserie chickens are just superb and dare I take the liberty of saying, they are flying out the door

Heritage Day with James Hendry and a Lamb on the Spit

Heritage Day with James Hendry and a Lamb on the Spit

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One of our delicious Rotisserie Chickens

One of our delicious Rotisserie Chickens

October events:
7th Open nightly, Monday to Friday with a burger menu
11th live music
12th AuthorTalk with Lee Marcus
16th Horror and Fantasy Book festival #HalloweenEvents
20th Art exhibition by Mandi (scary in its own right but not a Halloween Event
23rd Quiz Dinner, horror themed #HalloweenEvents
25th Craft beer tasting by three skulls beer #HalloweenEvents
26th Twisted Market #HalloweenEvents
27th Pieter Dirk Uys breakfast
31st Halloween Themed burger dinner #HalloweenEvents

From the 7th………. Breaking News
I have already mentioned it before but let me give you a little more detail this time around. From Monday October 7th we will be open in the evenings for our fabulous burgers, sorry not for breakfast. Our extensive burger menu with 100% pure beef burgers, Chicken breast fillets and our home made vegetarian burgers will be available 5 nights a week, Monday to Friday to start with. Our burgers are phenomenal (or so people tell me) so I am looking forward to introducing them to you as well, if you have not as yet tried them. There is a wonderful variety with something for everyone, even those of you that don’t eat meat. We are sticking to a simple menu of burgers but we are also including the wonderful rotisserie chickens that we are cooking daily as a menu option. Bring the family down for a full chicken with chips and salad. As always great food and superb value

11th Live Music
We are hosting another music event with http://www.hitmusic on Friday evening going into dinner time. This isn’t our event so please have a look at their website for details and book your tickets though Jack! He is wonderful to deal with and I have no doubt he will look after you well. Always a good evening with them!

One Voice Live Music Event

One Voice Live Music Event

12th AuthorTalk with Lee Marcus
In last month’s newsletter I chatted about the Lee Marcus book and the event happening at Indulgence Café on the 12th of October. Lee Marcus is an incredibly fascinating, not so young individual, now in her 90’s, who wrote a book that I read and absolutely loved and I really cannot wait to sit and chat to her about her life and her book. Please join us, 2pm on the 12th of October. It is a Saturday afternoon. The event is no charge, just pay for what you eat or drink (drink lots please) and hear what she has to say!
This is our monthly AuthorTalk, please remember to bring along two books in good condition, that you would like to read, one to donate and one to swap. Please don’t see this as an opportunity to get rid of all the old junk scrap books that are lurking around under the bed. Other people want to read them and we collect these books for Animals in Distress which is an incredibly worthwhile organization.
For more information on the featured book and author please have a look at http://wp.me/pVdYg-f5 Basha, Baby blog post
The link to the FB event: http://www.facebook.com/events/505281102891910/
http://wp.me/pVdYg-f5 Basha, Baby blog post

Basha, Baby by Lee Marcus

Basha, Baby by Lee Marcus

16th October, Horror and Fantasy Festival #HalloweenEvents
Horror and Fantasy panel discussion with 3 local scary people, join Joan De La Haye, Monique Cheri Snyman and Dave De Burgh as they chat about the genres of Horror and Fantasy. The perfect event for those of you who, like me, enjoy reading about magic, dragons and the macabre. Event starts at 7pm. R100 gets you in the door and we will feed you one of our fabulous burgers for dinner. Fantasy, horror and reading material will be on sale as well! This promises to be a fun and incredibly entertaining evening!
We are asking you to dress up as well and come in costume to make it alllllllllllllll the more enjoyable. Who knows you may get to drink a liter of blood as a prize for the best dressed amongst you!
Read what Monique-Cherie Snyman had to say in her blog …… http://www.facebook.com/l/zAQEZlsFe/charmingincantations.com/blog/2013/09/upcoming-horror-author-event/

The link to the FB event: http://www.facebook.com/events/516646521748020/

Horror and Fantasy Festival

Horror and Fantasy Festival

20th Art exhibition by Mandi, scary in its own right but not a Halloween Event
This is Me putting myself out there and at your mercy! For those of you who don’t already know this, I paint and I sculpt. My paintings vary in subject matter but for the most part my sculptures are studies of human beings. I, in some crazy moment of non drug induced delusion have decided to put myself out there and show this work to you! I hope that you will like it. The opening on Sunday the 20th is at Indulgence Café. There will be wine, there will be snacks, Keira Witherkay will be strumming some jazz in the background. Hope that you will pop in from 11am to 4pm.
The work will then be on display at Indulgence for another week before being delivered to its new owners. Come say hello and have a look, oh, and bring your credit card along hahahahahah

The link to the FB event: http://www.facebook.com/events/579449252118848/

Pillars of Creation

Pillars of Creation

23rd Quiz Dinner, horror themed #HalloweenEvents
The monthly quiz dinner is starting to develop a momentum of its own now and is proving to be a whole bunch of fun. The October quiz dinner has a theme as well for a change. We are doing, strangely enough, Halloween and Horror! I know, I know, I know what you are thinking but I am putting my stamp on this quiz and that’s what the quiz is going to be about from sports to music to literature and entertainment! It is going to be fun and bloody terrifying, joke! Book your table today! Teams of 4 or less to qualify for the prize of 50% off the cost of your food. Be brave and come spend a very fun evening with us

Three Skulls Brew Works

Three Skulls Brew Works

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25th Craft beer tasting by three skulls beer #HalloweenEvents
BEER! BEER! BEER! Even craft beer is being roped into the Halloween theme for events in October with an evening of craft beer tasting with Three Skulls Beer and Jack Black Beer. Two local micro breweries that are doing fabulously well and building great names for themselves! The evening is R220 per head, includes a burger dinner and about 8 different beers from these two crafters to try. Jonathan of Three Skulls will talk you through each beer. The last craft beer event we had with The League of Beers really was huge fun and this one will undoubtedly be as well! Please book tickets for the event with http://www.hitmusic or email me lollipops@telkomsa.net

The Link to the FB event: http://www.facebook.com/events/515092265235077/

26th Twisted Market #HalloweenEvents
Every three months or so we have this very different market at Indulgence Café. It is a somewhat unusual market where one can buy things that are not found at your local Sunday flea market. Things that would make the author of 50 Shades of Grey blush and they are all to be found right here on Saturday 26th of October from 2-5pm. In the late afternoon we will also be having a surprise display between two young ladies so stick around for that ……………….if you dare!
As this is a Halloween themed event we invite you to dress the part so come dressed as a ghoul or a kink and you won’t look out of place amongst people who dress that way most of the time J We regret, no under 18’s are allowed
The link to the FB event: http://www.facebook.com/events/319679911512166/

The Twisted Market

The Twisted Market

27th Pieter Dirk Uys Breakfast
Pieter Dirk Uys was at Indulgence Café a little earlier this year ostensibly to chat about his new book, Panorama which we didn’t end up chatting about in the end as the printing was delayed. Anyway he is coming back for breakfast on the 27th of October which is a Sunday morning. This man is an entertainer extraordinaire and you really need to see him at least once in your life. Please join us for a light breakfast on Sunday the 27th of October, breakfast available from 9am. Pieter will talk from 10am and you can be on your way to lunch at your Mum-In-Law’s just in time
Book today either with me via email or http://www.hitmusic
Tickets are R120 per head and include a light breakfast. Books will be on sale on the day

The link to the FB event: http://www.facebook.com/events/1404504183110561/

Pieter Dirk Uys at Indulgence Cafe

Pieter Dirk Uys at Indulgence Cafe

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31st Halloween Dinner #HalloweenEvents
This is the night that the veil that shields the living from the macabre creatures of the night disappears and they walk amongst us; at Indulgence we call them waiting staff. It is Old Hallows Eve and you are invited to Indulgence’s Halloween Dinner. Dressing up is not optional. Book your table for a great Halloween burger dinner with all the trimmings. This is going t be a very busy night here so if you fancy giving yourself a treat then don’t trickle down to trickle down to Indulgence, run! Pay for what you eat and drink!

The link to the FB: http://www.facebook.com/events/158925560970917/

Thank you for spending this time with me today! I really hope that we will see you at Indulgence for some of our events. As you can see from the pics they are huge fun!
Until next time……..

Love ‘n Lollipops
Mandi Friedman
Lollipops Catering

Images of Indulgence Cafe

Images of Indulgence Cafe

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