New Series – Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore – Author Book Reading and Interview


Sally's Cafe and Bookstore At the beginning of the year I said that I was going to focus the author promotions in 2017 around Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore.. which you will note has had a bit of a refurb.. this is my new library that we created in a previously closed up corridor on the ground floor of the house.. We have book cases in various places around our home but these shelves hold my most precious possessions.. such as my entire collection of Wilbur Smith that I have accumulated since the age of eleven, and many of my non-fiction buys over the years. They also hold some of the first books that I read such as Black Beauty and Little Women as well as my favourite authors from the last 50 years.

You will just have to imagine that they are in my virtual Cafe and Bookstore…along with all the wonderful 155  authors who have been added to the shelves in the last year.

Author Book Reading and Interview.

Now that I have a few of my own projects done and dusted… I can focus on the next promotion for the bookstore.

If this was a real cafe and bookstore I would set up regular book readings and interviews with the authors on the shelves.. But they is no reason why we cannot do that here.. The only thing missing of course is the customers who would be listening to the reading and asking questions of the author.

But I have that covered.

Here is how it works…

The author will answer four of my questions that I send to them out of twenty… They will also select a short extract from their book to share in the post. They will then also choose their favourite review for the book that we can add.

I will then do the introduction, the book blurb, about the author and the book links.

Then I will ask those who read the interview to add their questions to the comments section of the post for the author to answer.

This way we do manage to get some interaction, a wide range of questions and a chance to meet the author is a slightly different way.

First and foremost — authors who would like to be interviewed have to be already on the shelves of the bookstore (don’t worry if you are not.. there is a way to get there).

Also the authors must be willing and able to be around on the day or next day of the interview (Saturday and Sunday) to answer the questions.

I already have several authors lined up and if you are interested in joining the list then please contact me on

For those of you who are not already in the bookstore.


If you are not on the shelves then that is easy to fix.. I will do an individual promotion for you first and the details are in this post.

Look forward to hearing from you… and if you are a blogger I have a new promotion that will be posted tomorrow. Thanks Sally


Smorgasbord Blogger Daily – 27th March 2017 – D.G. Kaye, Sacha Black and ABBA, Darlene Foster and Sue Vincent with Lisa Burton

Smorgasbord Blogger DailyWelcome to the Blogger Daily and delighted to share the posts of some bloggers who have their links in the comments of past posts today.. Please do leave yours as it is a way to reach some new readers for your blog.

Firstly though Debby Gies has been snow birding in Arizona away from the blizzards of Toronto. She is taunting us with her daily sunning by the pool and her various excursions around the area. And some spooky photographs that need some explaining…  Taunt away Debby…we have had two days of sunshine and counting…

What have I been up to in Arizona?

Well, for one thing, the temperatures have climbed to unseasonably hot. They were unseasonably cool up to one day before we arrived here. Where the temps should have been hovering around the mid 60s to early 70s from late February into March and tapering off around mid 70s for most of March, February had quite a cold spell and the first few nights here we needed a jacket. That was until the first weekend in March hit and we’re currently having temps close to 95 degrees. These desert temps can sometimes hamper plans to go to certain places where we’d have to be walking around all day outside, because, well, it’s a desert!

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Sacha Black and the other ABBA team members are busy behind the scenes preparing for the start of the annual voting spree for the Bloggers Bash and also collecting your money for your tickets.  I am going and my ticket is booked.  Hope you can make it too.

The Bloggers Bash is now less than 3 months away, which means the committee is frantic and hysterical behind the scenes. Or maybe that’s just me.

And if you don’t know what the Bloggers Bash is, DAMN you should. It’s an annual get-together for all bloggers from all platforms from all over the world, although it’s hosted in London. Wanna come meet your blogging buddies? Get your ticket here.

Each year we release the awards, and their new swanky logos, so you can see what you will be nominating and then voting for.


Get all the details about the bash and the tickets which are only £10 :

Next Darlene Foster who shares a Ghost Walk on her recent trip to York.  I have experienced the atmospheric and slightly unnerving vibe of the city when I worked and lived there for six months. Gives me goosebumps just to think about it.

During my visit to York, I went on a ghost walk. A city with such a long and rich history is bound to have ghosts lurking about. In fact, York is known as the most haunted city in England. Our excellent guide took us to places where ghosts sightings and paranormal activity have been reported. We began the tour at the York Minster on a chilly misty evening.

Read the rest of this ghostly illustrated post:

I reblogged this post earlier but it bears repeating. I spend a great deal of my week searching through blogs and Amazon looking for posts to promote in the Blogger Daily and for new books and reviews to share in various FREE book promotions in the week. Thankfully I do get a few emails through but sadly it seems that authors are not taking advantage of offers for this and guest posts or interviews.  Here is Sue Vincent’s intro and then the guest post by Lisa Burton who is the robotic PA to author C.S. Boyack.

How much would you pay to reach a potential audience of say, a hundred thousand readers? And what if, instead, you could do that for FREE, with no strings attached?

Writers need to promote their work… interviews, guest posts, radio shows…they are all excellent ways of getting your work seen and, hopefully read. There are any number of sites willing to make holes in your hard-won and often meagre royalties by offering you advertising space, or nameless (and possibly non-existent) followers and who will charge you to appear on their blog or website. While everyone needs to make a living, and while there is nothing wrong with investing money, as well as your time to promote your work, why pay for what you are being offered for free?

There are very many people offering guest spots to writers. WordPress bloggers will also post their links across many social media platforms, getting your work seen by even more poeple so that even just between, say, The Story Reading Ape, Lisa Burton, Sally Cronin’s Smorgasbord and this blog, you will reach that magic hundred thousand pairs of eyes.

Yet we struggle to fill the slots reserved for guest posts…

My guest today is the gorgeous Lisa Burton from Entertaining Stories and #LisaBurtonRadio who looks at some of the reasons why this might be so…


Read Lisa Burton’s guest post on the reasons why you need to be more proactive:

And if you would like to find out more about the promotions for bloggers and authors here on Smorgasbord then here are two links.

and the brand new open to all authors and book reviewers.

Why not make a start by leaving the link to your latest post in the comments section so that I can share this week in the Blogger Daily?

Guest robot: Lisa Burton – An invitation

When was the last time you were a guest on another blog, or was interviewed? Sue Vincent has a guest today robot Lisa Burton who is the personal assistant to author Craig Boyack and she conducts interviews with authors.. but struggles to fill the slots. As Sue points out that between Sue, The Story Reading Ape, Lisa Burton’s interviews and my blog you could be reaching another 100,000 eyes for your book and your blog. I often say that modesty does not become a writer.. Thanks Sue for the mention and I hope that it encourages more to take up our opportunities for FREE book, author and blog promotions..

Sue Vincent's Daily Echo

How much would you pay to reach a potential audience of say, a hundred thousand readers? And what if, instead, you could do that for FREE, with no strings attached?

Writers need to promote their work… interviews, guest posts, radio shows…they are all excellent ways of getting your work seen and, hopefully read. There are any number of sites willing to make holes in your hard-won and often meagre royalties by offering you advertising space, or nameless (and possibly non-existent) followers and who will charge you to appear on their blog or website. While everyone needs to make a living, and while there is nothing wrong with investing money, as well as your time to promote your work, why pay for what you are being offered for free?

There are very many people offering guest spots to writers. WordPress bloggers will also post their links across many social media platforms…

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Writing Links 3/27/17

Traci Kenworth with another of her comprehensive lists of blogger posts.. a fantastic resource. #recommended. Thanks Traci.

Where Genres Collide

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Writing Links…3/27/17

Traci Kenworth


  1. I pretty much follow this advice, using deep pov and sticking with one character from one chapter and then move to the alternate character in the next which allows for the next scene of the battle. I only use two povs though, not an antagonist’s. It’s hard to get a reader to care too much to stick with chapters done in the antagonist’s pov, I think.
  2. Do you start off planning for your stories to take a dark turn or does it just happen? Mine got darker as I go back and edit. I see it going even darker in the books ahead.
  3. A serialization of a story.
  4. How caught up in describing a character do you get?
  5. Sometimes life throws us curves.


  1. Keep calm and don’t act in a manner you’ll regret.

Romance/Women’s Fiction:

  1. Plot…

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Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore Update – Robbie and Michael Cheadle, Jena C. Henry and Effrosyni Moschoudi

Time for the first Cafe and Bookstore this week and delighted to feature the latest book by Robbie and Michael Cheadle released on Amazon this week. For children and their adults this fondant creation will be treasured by many.

About Sir Chocolate and the Sugar Dough Bees Story and Cookbook

A greedy snail damages the flower fields and the fondant bees are in danger of starving. Join Sir Chocolate on an adventure to find the fruit drop fairies who have magic healing powers and discover how to make some of his favourite foods on the way.

There is already an excellent review for the book.

If there is one thing I know, it is how a child is enjoying a book. When the 7-year-old and I read this book, she was enthralled with the delicious and sweet animals in this book. There are such adorable and realistically shaped animals and these illustrations look good enough to eat. The verses are well formed and well crafted. I have loved the books that came before, and this new book by Robbie and Michael Cheadle are the best and most intricate thus far.

One character had us buzzing in delight. This book is perfect for children and adults that like to share reading time with them. There are bonus additions in this edition that make it an even better purchase. I highly recommend this book.

Buy Sir Chocolate and the Sugar Dough Bees and Cookbook:

Also by Robbie and Michael Cheadle

Available from Amazon:


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Next author to feature is Jena C. Henry whose book The Golden Age of Charli – GPS was released in January and has just received a great review.
About the book

Empty nesters Charli McAntic and her husband, Pud, have settled into their golden years. Although their early days of retirement were filled with disillusion and despair, they are now ready to relax and swing upon a star. Pud continues to golf most days and Charli still organizes her closets and rearranges her collectibles, but now they are a solid team. Or are they?

Charli and Pud are no strangers to the art of creating fun. These days they spend their time sharing gourmet meals with their nieces and nephews, attending Cleveland Cavalier basketball games, and rekindling their romance. But when a series of calamities suddenly rock their world, they each meet a new friend, leaving Charli to worry if she and Pud are heading in the right direction.

Press On! on March 23, 2017

In the third book of this delightful series, an empty nester is left to recalculate her path to happiness after she and her husband both discover that their golden years are full of more surprises.>I always enjoy reading about the McAntics, since their lives so parallel my own. Learning how to navigate days when a person is no longer punching a time clock or waking up to an alarm can be trying and confusing, but Charli’s outlook on life always gets her through the tough times with a sense of humor. “Press on,” she tells herself, and she does.

In the third book in The Golden Age of Charli series, when an unusual and shocking event happens in her neighborhood, Charli mentions that “bad things comes in threes,” and she begins to worry what will come next.

I laughed out loud when Charli decided to make a “death notebook,” being guilty of something similar myself. “Pud and I needed to get our affairs in order. As the past three sad events had showed us, you never knew when something bad would happen.” It’s not that Charli is a pessimist, in fact, she is quite the optimist, but she wants to make sure her life is in order so her sons don’t have to go through what she had to when she deatl with her parents’ home and documents.

With free time that was never before available, Charli cleans closets, and organizes drawers and cupboards. All the while her husband Pud continues to play golf, seemingly unaware of his wife’s dissatisfaction with her empty, quiet house. Wondering what is in store for her she comes to this conclusion: “This is my looking year, so I’ll keep looking.” As she searches for something to keep her interested in life and make sure she is still a contributing member of society, she encourages her husband to join her, and through traveling and volunteering she forges ahead, and proves that life is not over after retirement, but only just beginning.

Life in The Golden Years of Charli:GPS is a surprising and funny romp through life, as Charli proves to us all that the golden years can truly be golden.

Read the reviews and buy the book:

Also by Jena C. Henry

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Two offers from Effrosyni Moschoudi for The Ebb (book 1): A Greek summer beach read (The Lady of the Pier trilogy) which is currently FREE on Amazon US and UK.  And The Amulet for 99c on Amazon US.

About the book

On a long holiday with her grandparents, Sofia Aspioti meets Danny Markson, a charming flirt who makes her laugh. Although she tries to keep him at arm’s length, worried that village gossip will get back to her strict family, she falls desperately in love. That’s when strange dreams about Brighton’s West Pier and a woman dressed in black begin to haunt her. Who is this grieving woman? And how is her lament related to Sofia’s feelings for Danny?

Dreaming of wealth and happiness, Laura Mayfield arrives in Brighton to pursue a new life. She falls for Christian Searle, a happy-go-lucky stagehand at the West Pier theatre, but when she’s offered a chance to perform there, her love for him is put to the test. Charles Willard, a wealthy aristocrat, is fascinated by her and pursues her relentlessly. Will Laura choose love…or money?

One of the most recent reviews for the book

Another great book by this author. After reading The Amulet I was ready to read another one of her books. I have not been to Greece but feel like I have now with the descriptive scenes and bits of Greek culture in these books. With the two stories in The Ebb well developed I am now drawn to need to read the rest of this trilogy to see how everyone fits together!

Read all the reviews and get this book FREE:


About the book

The Amulet is a romantic comedy of angel magic and tantalizing descriptions of Greek food. Read it at your own peril; it’ll make you feel ravenous (not to mention all loved-up!)

When Katie loses her Athens office job, a gypsy woman hands her an amulet for good luck. Next, she gets hired as hotel receptionist on the Greek island of Sifnos and everything seems perfect, except for the overbearing hotel owner, Mrs. Matina. One of the guests, heart-stoppingly handsome Aggelos, keeps saving the day whenever Katie needs help. As she falls in love, she grows all the more intrigued by him and his quirky friends, including a little girl who keeps turning up on her own. Add a psychic, half-mad elderly woman into the mix and you’re in for a few laughs. Things are not what they seem in this small, family hotel and get even more complicated when the gypsy woman shows up again. Will Katie ever work out that Aggelos is a guardian angel that came with the amulet? And if she does, will she be able to keep him? It may take a miracle. But on an island as magical as Sifnos, anything is possible!

A recent review for the book.

The Amulet is a lighthearted rom-com, a fun escape from the realities of every day life. With the series of mix-ups and confusions the characters had to endure, at times, it reminded me of a modern day Shakespearean comedy.

Although Moschoudi’s Lady of The Pier trilogy was more the genre I usually prefer, as I continued to read The Amulet I became more and more captivated by it. This simple and entertaining love story was so much more. It was a lesson in humanity, love and compassion. The subtitle of the book says it’s an angel magic romantic comedy. If this is a hint that there will be more to come, I will be waiting to read the next one.

Available for 99c on Amazon US:

Also by Effrosyni Moschoudi

Read all the reviews and buy the books:

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Thank you for dropping by today.. If you are on the shelves of the bookstore then please let me know if you have a new book, great review or an offer. Thanks Sally

If you would like to join these authors and the other 160 on the shelves then please check this out.

Smorgasbord Health 2017 – Top to Toe – The Digestive System – Listen to your Guts!


Smorgasbord Health 2017

We are reaching the end of our journey through the labyrinth that is our digestive system.  Today the intestines, but also a couple of glands that are essential to the process itself. I hope you have enjoyed the trip and if you were new to the scenery, found it useful.


The small intestine

The small intestine is made up of three parts, the duodenum at the entrance, the jejunum and the ileum.

The duodenum is joined to the stomach and receives the highly acidic mix that has now been produced by the gastric juices. There is a danger that the duodenum would be eaten away by this acid so it secretes a thick mucus to protect itself. Within the layers of the duodenum are also glands that produce an alkaline juice to neutralise the acid and provide the enzymes to continue the digestive process. Because of the corrosive effect of the hydrochloric acid in the food at this point the cells in the mucus membrane replicate faster than anywhere else in the body. At this point bile and pancreatic juices join the mix and the food moves about 10 inches down into the jejunum where nutrients are absorbed into the blood stream before the remaining liquid is passed into the ileum and then onto the colon for excretion.

The pancreas

The pancreas is one of the largest glands in the body and its main role is the secretion of hormones including insulin (raising sugar levels), glucagon (lowering sugar levels) and pancreatic juices, which are vital for effective digestion.

It lies across the top of the abdomen, below the liver and tucked into the duodenum section of the small intestine.

The pancreas is made up of cells (acinar cells) that secrete into small ducts that connect together until they feed pancreatic juices into a main duct running through the centre of the gland which feeds directly into the duodenum. The pancreatic juice contains not only the enzymes needed to breakdown carbohydrates, proteins and fats but also sodium bicarbonate to help neutralise the acid.

Within the acinar cells are Alpha and Beta cells that produce insulin and glucagon respectively. These are taken from the pancreas via the Mesenteric vein into the blood stream where they will balance blood sugar levels.


The gallbladder

The gallbladder is a small pear shaped muscular structure on the underside of the liver on the right of the abdomen. It is attached to the common bile duct, which connects the liver to the duodenum, by the sphincter of Oddi. Excess bile leaves the bile duct at the cystic duct and is then stored and concentrated in the gallbladder until needed. Bile is used in the digestion of fats as they pass through the duodenum and is then either excreted or absorbed back into the bloodstream.

The colon

By the time the digested food (chyme) has reached the colon all the nutrients should have been absorbed leaving a mixture of insoluble fibre and assorted waste products from the body’s operating systems mixed with water.

The Colon is the last part of the 30 foot alimentary canal and is used to remove excess water and solidify waste products before they are excreted from the body. It is a muscular tube, which moves the waste in a series of movements similar in nature to a washing machine and piping bag. The contents are churned and then moved on mass by contractions whilst excess water is re absorbed into the body. As the faecal matter loses water it becomes more solid so the lining of the colon secretes mucous to ease its passage through to the rectum.

There is still a digestive role for the colon to play, as it is at this point that billions of bacteria in the colon synthesise the essential vitamins K as well as gases such as hydrogen, carbon dioxide and methane. Some of which make themselves more evident when we have consumed high fibre foods like beans.

From start to finish a normal and healthy digestive system will process the food you eat in approximately 12 to 24 hours. The longest period of digestion is in the colon where the process may take several days. Obviously what we eat will affect the timing of the process as harmful bacteria in food can cause the body to rush the elimination resulting in diarrhoea or the lack of fibre may result in constipation.

Ideally you should be eliminating food every 12 hours but certainly every 24 hours. As you will have seen there are many organs and processes involved and if only one of these is out of sync with the rest of the digestive system it can have a knock on affect that could potentially damage your overall health.

Eating a balanced diet is the best way to maintain a healthy digestive tract and so is some simple maintenance from time to time including dental care and detox programmes.

©Sally Georgina Cronin – Just Food For Health 1998 – 2017

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