THE HAYES SISTERS—PART 21


For those of you, who like me have been following the Hayes Sisters by Patricia Salamone.. here is finale.. chapter 21… and who would have thought it was.******* who did it……….. If you have not read parts 1 – 20 then head over and follow the links.

The Writers Desk

“She was attacked as she was passing the alley of the Tea Room. She was stabbed and she has a slightly fractured skull. Apparently, she had the sense to fight back and scream. The Porter Henry that was finishing the cleaning at the Tea Room heard her screams ran out the back door and saw Gloria and the man that was attacking her. He started running and yelling at the assailant and apparently scared him off. Gloria was laying on the ground and Henry called 911 on his cell phone. Thankfully the responders were there within minutes and the police arrived shortly after that”. Clara saw a police officer sitting outside Gloria’s room.

“Is Gloria going to be alright”? Lena asked.

“Right now she’s unconscious, but, the doctors think she will pull through”.

“Did they catch her attacker”? Clara asked.

“The police can’t question her yet, but, the First Responders…

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Smorgasbord Blogger Daily Tuesday 25th July – Geoff Le Pard, Diana Wallace Peach, Marjorie Mallon, Carol Taylor


Smorgasbord Blogger Daily

Welcome to a small selection of the blogs that I have enjoyed over the last couple of days… I do like to armchair travel and in this post Geoff Le Pard shares his adventures in Peru in 1987…

In 1987 the Textiliste and I travelled to Peru for a three week holiday. In the last instalment we had visited the beautiful and beguiling Manchu Pichu. Now back in Cusco we have a rather long winded journey ahead of us before arriving at our destination on the Amazon. As usual nothing is straightforward.

In order to get from Manchu Pichu to Iquitos, our departure point on the Amazon, we needed to return to Lima. That entailed two flights and an overnight stop in Lima.

First up it was Aero Peru, which was far from the sort of national airline I had come to expect from European carriers. The plane was aged, tatty and smelly, in an old-socks-meets-new-sweat sort of way. But we made it, we laughed and chalked it down to experience.

See some fantastic photos and read about Geoff’s sweaty adventures up the Amazon: https://geofflepard.com/2017/07/24/hunting-the-inca-part-6-iquitos-and-the-amazon-peru-travel/

Smorgasbord Blogger Daily

The next blog which I think you will find useful even if you have been blogging for some time is by Diana Wallace Peach with 7 Steps to a User-Friendly blog.


This isn’t a new topic, but it seems worth a mention every now and then within the WordPress blog community. I love connecting with other bloggers and occasionally a website makes that hard if not impossible to do. Here are a few tips. 🙂

Definitely take a look at these if:

You are leaving likes and comments on other blogs and not getting return visits.
Everyone likes your old posts and seems to ignore your recent posts.
You’ve changed your blog address at any time (WP may still be directing your readers to the old deleted site!)

Read the rest of this comprehensive post on good blogging practices and the 7 basic steps: https://mythsofthemirror.com/2017/07/18/7-steps-to-a-user-friendly-blog/

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Marjorie Mallon is looking forward to the release of her YA Fantasy – The Curse of Time: Bloodstone in the last week of August. In the meantime she introduces us to one of the characters in the book…Grasshopper who lives in the Corpus Christi Chronopage.

A big welcome… (If I dare!) to my next interviewee the intriguing Grasshopper, a fine bug of a creature who features in my soon to be released YA Fantasy – The Curse of Time: Book 1: Bloodstone. I have set a tentative date for the release of my e-book – 26th August, so keep a look out for further details and updates about that.

Today, I am interviewing the Grasshopper using the initials MJ – (my author nickname and tribute to my favourite superhero Spiderman’s Mary Jane!)

MJ: Grasshopper, I’m speechless, is that really you? Have you come to eat me up?

Grasshopper: Of course not dear girl, I don’t eat humans, even though I have pincer sharp teeth.

MJ: I can see that… Oh, what a relief! Tell me all about yourself Mr. Grasshopper.

Read the rest of this delightful introduction to Mr. Grasshopper and find out more about Marjories new book: https://mjmallon.com/2017/07/23/sundayblogshare-mj-interviews-the-grasshopper-the-curse-of-time/

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To finish off today some culinary tips from Carol Taylor who blogs from Thailand. Do head over to her blog to read this post and also her other food articles… always something delicious.

Fresh Herbs are something that I always have in my fridge and my garden..Don’t you?

Also, I want to show you that it is not time-consuming to give your food that little extra pizzaz…Food should be tempting, it should be fun and enjoyable as well as being good for you…and the occasional treat…Have it! Enjoy it! Safe in the knowledge that most of the time what you and your family are eating is good, healthy food… but never boring!

Some herbs you can grow at home and pick them fresh knowing that they are pesticide free. How satisfying is that???

They are also something that I sometimes forget that I have or keep meaning to use and end up throwing them away. Does the same thing happen in your house?

It is always those tender herbs like coriander, basil, mint, parsley or chives…The hardy herbs are the ones I always keep in the freezer.

Read more about herbs and how to grow and use them to make your cooking more appetising looking and tasting: https://blondieaka.wordpress.com/2017/07/25/healthy-eating-fresh-herbs/

Thanks for dropping by today.. I hope you enjoyed this small selection and will head over and introduce yourselves.. Sally

 

Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore – New on the Shelves – Hippies by Gary Gautier


About HippiesBy 1970, the hippie scene was faltering, a victim of both inner contradictions and external forces. The Vietnam war resistance, psychedelic drugs, sexual openness, the freedom of the commune – it seemed that everything about the 1960s could be incredibly liberating or wildly destructive. Against this backdrop, Jazmine, Ziggy, Ragman and a coterie of hippies discover an LSD-spinoff drug that triggers past life regressions and sweeps them toward a dramatic climax. This is the epic tale of hippiedom we’ve been waiting for, intimate in the lives of its characters but panoramic in its coverage of the sights, sounds, and ideals of the Age of Aquarius.

Source: Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore – New on the Shelves – Hippies by Gary Gautier

Smorgasbord Book Promotion – Air Your Reviews – Jason B. Ladd and Deanie Humphrys- Dunne


About Book Review BanzaiIndie author and book review expert Jason B. Ladd reveals the secret to scoring book reviews on Amazon as an unknown author.Using a strategic mix of automation and personalization, Book Review Banzai is helping authors get the reviews they so desperately need in today’s crowded publishing market-place.This high integrity system is a laser-focused approach that teaches authors not only how to effectively get book reviews on Amazon, but how to get them in quantities that matter.Using a combination of free web tools and effective marketing tactics, this 5-step technique saves authors time and frustration by walking them through a process that begins with a Google Search and ends with an Amazon ebook page full of reviews.

Source: Smorgasbord Book Promotion – Air Your Reviews – Jason B. Ladd and Deanie Humphrys- Dunne

Smorgasbord Entertainment Review – Film – #Dunkirk – Written and Directed by Christopher Nolan


Not that I have more time on my hands… but with a movie theatre on the doorstep, and with pensioner rates, I do try to go as often as possible. Also, although we do not have any television service we buy films and television series to keep us entertained and I would like to share some of the ones we have enjoyed.

Yesterday we went to see the film Dunkirk written and directed by Christopher Nolan of The Dark Knight Trilogy, Inception, Prestige and Memento etc.

I have heard some first hand stories from my mother who was 23 in 1940 and newly engaged to my father. He was in the North Atlantic serving on a cruiser at the time, but she remembered the aftermath as the exhausted soldiers were trucked back from the coast through their Hampshire village. I believe that there were many mugs of tea and jam sandwiches made and handed out with sympathy that day.

The film has some heavy hitters in the main roles including Mark Rylance (small boat skipper) Tom Hardy (spitfire pilot) Kenneth Branagh (Naval Commander) and Cillian Murphy (army officer). And, with a role that acted as a thread throughout the action, the young Fionn Whitehead, at only 19, held the storyline together exceptionally well.

There is no doubt that the film’s production captured the raw horror and seemingly impossible events of those few days. Hundreds of thousands of British soldiers have arrived at Dunkirk desperate to get out of France. The French army are trying to defend the port but are coming under heavy fire and are beginning to join the British troops on the beach to escape.  Churchill needs as many of these men home as can be rescued; without them his remaining forces will be unable to repel an invasion if Hitler pushed across the channel.

The German army and the Luftwaffe are intent on making sure that these mainly undefended men on the sands of this desolate beach do not get off it. This resulted in strafing runs across the lines of men in and out of the water and the bombing of any vessels including hospital ships. Uboats torpedoed waiting minesweepers and destroyers and the situation looked hopeless.

This is where the 700 small boats came to the rescue captained by men like Mark Rylance (Mr. Dawson) and his son. They could get close enough to the sandy beach to take off dozens of men at a time and deliver them to the larger vessels out at sea.

There are two areas that I feel led to a confusing story line. There are three strands to the plot based on groups of men on the beach and mole (jetty), at sea and in the air.

My first criticism is that the three plots had a different timeline. If I had known that going in.. as you now do... I would not have spent the first 20 minutes wondering why some of the action was in the dark, and some were in broad daylight. Also events happened in one timeline and were then revisited showing them from either the sea or land perspective. It was a clever idea and of course at the end of the film it was all brought together. However, it could have been better edited I believe to make that clear.

My second beef could be put down to an age thing, where everyone under the age of 25 looks the same!  However, Fionn Whitehead, who as I mentioned did an excellent job, was cast alongside what appeared to be four or five look alikes. When some of the action is fast paced, in the dark or underwater, I had trouble keeping up with who was who. If you take a look at their profiles on IMDB.. you will see what I mean. James Bloor, Aneurin Barnard and Damien Bonnard.

There is an exception as I have to say Harry Styles stood out, but that may be because I like One Direction!

This is not to say that the acting was not superb, and certainly I would think Fionn Whitehead has an assured future. The main characters held their own with Tom Hardy as the dogged spitfire pilot and the magnificent Mark Rylance with his calm and compelling delivery.

Cillian Murphy (Peaky Blinders) plays the part of a shell-shocked army officer demonstrating the impact of this few days on the spirit of even the bravest. (If you have not seen The Wind that Shakes the Barley I do recommend it). Cillian Murphy has been in a number of Christopher Nolan films including The Dark Night Trilogy and Inception.

Overall, I would recommend that you go and see it as a realistic and visually compelling depiction of one of the most decisive events of the Second World War.

It is also a fantastic cast of actors across all the roles who portray the horror of this brutal and merciless onslaught by enemy and the sea. It is fast based, heart stopping at times and fills you with an overwhelming sense of grief and admiration for those hundreds of thousands of young men, who went through this as a reality.

This was rightly a predominantly male cast but it should be noted that female army nurses were aboard ships that were sunk. Also we need to recognise that 200 ships and small boats were sunk with huge loss of life, as well as 1000 Dunkirk residents  who died in the bombings.

Be aware of the time-line going in and you will enjoy more, and also try and find some distinguishing marks for the younger actors so that you can keep track of them as the story unfolds.

I give the film 7.5 out of 10.

You might be interested in this article published in the Express in 2015 which details the events during these few days: http://www.express.co.uk/news/world/578885/Dunkirk-evacuation-World-War-Two-Germany-Britain

As a child I had a record which was much loved, the audio book of The Snow Goose by Paul Gallico which he wrote in 1946 which tells the story of one of the small ships that went to Dunkirk..I went on to watch the film with Richard Harris and Jenny Agutter and here is the link to both the book in print and Ebook: https://www.amazon.co.uk/d/Books/Snow-Goose-Small-Miracle-Essential-Penguin/0140299521

I hope you have enjoyed and as always welcome your feedback. thanks Sally

Smorgasbord Book Promotion – Air Your Reviews – Jason B. Ladd and Deanie Humphrys- Dunne


Welcome to the celebration of reviews. Each review that you receive is another acknowledgement that a reader has enjoyed your book. Accepted there will be times when that review is slightly more critical that we had hoped but that too is useful as we grow as writers.

I would love to hear about your reviews for your work and I aim to promote authors regularly every four weeks or so. With over 250 authors in the Cafe and Bookstore I may have to add another promotional post each week but that is a good thing. Email me on sally.cronin@moyhill.com.

My first author with a huge influx of reviews is Jason B. Ladd whose recently published guide to getting substantial reviews for your work Book Review Banzai, has proven his method works. Considering the book was only published in June it has certainly received an impressive amount of feedback.

About Book Review Banzai

Indie author and book review expert Jason B. Ladd reveals the secret to scoring book reviews on Amazon as an unknown author.

Using a strategic mix of automation and personalization, Book Review Banzai is helping authors get the reviews they so desperately need in today’s crowded publishing market-place.

This high integrity system is a laser-focused approach that teaches authors not only how to effectively get book reviews on Amazon, but how to get them in quantities that matter.

Using a combination of free web tools and effective marketing tactics, this 5-step technique saves authors time and frustration by walking them through a process that begins with a Google Search and ends with an Amazon ebook page full of reviews.

If you’re publishing a book on Amazon, you must learn how to market your book. Specifically, you must learn how to get book reviews on Amazon.

If you’re serious about getting your published work into the hands of reviewers and readers, if you want to finally book that BookBub slot, if you’re ready to unlock your book’s full potential, then you need this concise, competent guide on how to get book reviews on Amazon!

One of the 105 reviews so far…..

 

As an indie author, how do you get your book into the hands of as many people as possible? With book reviews. This book will show you how to use a laser-focused, in-depth technique to accomplish that one aspect of your book promotion: getting those coveted reviews. And you don’t have to be a first-time author to use the technique; it will work for any author who wants to increase their number of reviews.

Although written with humor and levity, the author is very sincere and gives examples from his personal experience. Aside from his priceless advice on how to garner reviews for your book, he also gives us a lesson on how to write a book: with no editing errors, hyperlinked chapters, footnotes, a review request at the end, e-course signup link, email signup link, links to other books by the author, and testimonials. Flawless!

Be warned, this system is not an easy fix; you will need to put in some effort. But, tell you what … it worked on me. I replied to Jason’s review request email in less than five hours!

Don’t forget to check out the e-course! As the author states, “I want to make it even easier. I want to show you exactly how to do it all click by click. That’s what I’ve done in the Book Review Banzai e-course. The e-course is loaded with content and bonuses designed to make your banzai as easy and successful as possible. Instructional videos. Swipe copy. Email templates. Resource guides. Checklists. It’s all included in the e-course.”

I received this book in return for an honest review.

Read some of the other reviews and buy the book: https://www.amazon.com/Book-Review-Banzai-Authors-Ultimate-ebook/dp/B072K3QKNX

Also by Jason B. Ladd

Read the reviews and buy both books: https://www.amazon.com/Jason-B.-Ladd/e/B016Z1BVXM

Connect to Jason via his website: http://www.jasonbladd.com/

My next author with some wonderful reviews for her memoir My Life at Sweetbriar : A Life Changed by Horses, is Deanie Humphrys-Dunne.

About My Life at Sweetbriar

What if you grew up on a horse farm and your single passion was to become a champion horseback rider? The problem is, you were born with a disability. Doctors tell your parents you’ll never walk, let alone ride. What will happen next? What does her dad do that changes her life? Will a failed racehorse and a handicapped girl become a winning team? This is the author’s true story of her journey. Even if Deanie prevails, will she find exactly the right horse to help her win?

The latest reviews for My Life at Sweetbriar.

Thank you, Deanie, for writing such an inspirational message to children. The style is delightful, teaching lessons on owning a horse and on riding and jumping plus explaining terms as you go along. Definitions are woven into the story seamlessly. Along the way, you can’t miss the lessons in family love, encouragement and loyalty. The last chapter brings this all together with encouraging each child to persevere through all of life’s trial and tribulations.

The pictures of the farm, you and the horses help the reader remember this is not a novel, but a true story of someone who overcame great odds. Your teacher mode came out with the questions and answers at the end. All aspects were well thought out and brought together so well. I highly recommend “My Life at Sweetbrier: A Life Changed by Horses”

I loved the writing style of the author. She takes you through her life and story in beautiful prose. You do not even realize that you have finished the story.
This book is inspirational for kids and adults loving children books.
Get your copy!

Read all the reviews and buy the book: https://www.amazon.com/My-Life-Sweetbrier-Changed-Horses-ebook/dp/B0711P67DM

Also by Deanie Humphrys-Dunne

Read all the reviews and buy the books: https://www.amazon.com/Deanie-Humphrys-Dunne/e/B003FFS15S

Follow Deanie Humphrys- Dunne on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/3309880.Deanie_Humphrys_Dunne

Connect to Deanie on her website: http://www.childrensbookswithlifelessons.com

Thank you very much for dropping in today and it would be great if you could share the news of these reviews.  Thanks Sally

Evocative Scents – Guest Post by Kevin Morris…


Kevin Morris shares his memories of childhood when his grandfather would take him to W.H. Smiths and of the stories that he would tell him as a small boy. He also recalls the particular scents of books and newspapers which told him where they were… He might not have been able to see but even today tose scents are evocative of a time of wonder. #recommended

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How evocative are scents, whether they eminate from our favourite restaurant or the woods in which we love to while away the hours in the company of nature.

Whenever I walk past a branch of the UK-based chain, W H Smiths, the smell of books, newspapers and magazines tantalises my senses and thoughts of my late grandfather pop into my head. Every Saturday we would visit Smiths and my grandfather would purchase one or more children’s books. Being blind and unable to read print, it was a wonderful feeling to sit on my grandfather’s knee as he regailed me with the adventures of Enid Blyton’s Famous 5 or The Secret Seven. It was only many years later that I came to the realisation that he also made up tales with which to entertain me. One story I especially remember concerned a group of naughty gnomes who put glue on…

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Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore – New on the Shelves – Hippies by Gary Gautier


Welcome to the first of the posts where we introduce a new author to the bookstore. Gary Gautier with his latest release Hippies and his other books.

About Hippies

By 1970, the hippie scene was faltering, a victim of both inner contradictions and external forces. The Vietnam war resistance, psychedelic drugs, sexual openness, the freedom of the commune – it seemed that everything about the 1960s could be incredibly liberating or wildly destructive. Against this backdrop, Jazmine, Ziggy, Ragman and a coterie of hippies discover an LSD-spinoff drug that triggers past life regressions and sweeps them toward a dramatic climax. This is the epic tale of hippiedom we’ve been waiting for, intimate in the lives of its characters but panoramic in its coverage of the sights, sounds, and ideals of the Age of Aquarius.

Two of the reviews for Hippies

I recently read Walden, a book that is considered a influencer on the hippie movement from de 1960’s. Following its track, my next reading on this topic ought to be about the hippies and their impact on society. Then I found this book Hippies (Gary Gautier), which I have just finished reading. A very entertaining and well written novel about the hippies and their lifestyle, living in a hippie post-Woodstock community in New Orleans (the author was born there). The dream of simple life, no prejudices, no races, no limits, living just for today, no consumism, their music, much love and a lot of acid and other drugs mind trips. The negative impacts of drug addiction, particularly LSD addiction and its mind damages, is very richly and vividly described, it almost makes the reader tripping together with the book characters. Last chapters are devoted to how it all ends, hippies back to “normal” society but living by their dreams. I liked the book a lot, I would undoubtedly recommend it.

After running from her neglectful and abusive family, Jazmine has made a new life for herself living in a co-op with a handful of hippie wanderers. It’s 1960-something and she’s still just trying to figure it all out, man. But for the first time in a long while (maybe ever), she’s happy and at peace. As she’s earnestly and innocently finding her way, however, there are certain harsh realities she’s still going to have to face. Most difficult of all will be the realization that some of her free-loving friends aren’t exactly who they say they are. And, unfortunately, their idealistic and (mostly) well-meaning actions will have some serious and lasting consequences.

This isn’t a book I would normally gravitate toward. It’s fiction, yes, but there are a lot of (drug-induced) flashbacks that make the book read almost like fantasy/mystery. I still enjoyed it, though. The storyline is unique and well-developed, and the whole hippie angle is interesting.

Even though there are moments when the discussions between characters go on too long (to the point that I felt preached at), I still could appreciate the balance of cultural perspective. It’s a good mix of “all you need is love” vs. “no justice, no peace.” And the characters do discuss a wide range of interesting cultural topics: war, sex, women’s rights, civil disobedience, drugs, and the list goes on. Even the ending feels balanced. Plus, the story doesn’t end where I expected it to, and that is always refreshing.

Overall, Hippies is a solid, enjoyable story. I think people who came of age in the 60s will especially enjoy it.

Read all the reviews and buy the book: https://www.amazon.com/Hippies-Gary-Gautier-ebook/dp/B01MTGGWZV

Also by Gary Gautier

Read all the reviews and buy the books: https://www.amazon.com/-/e/B001HPUGGU

Read more reviews and follow Gary on Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/759874.Gary_Gautier

About Gary Gautier

Gary has taught writing, literature, and humanities at the University of Colorado, Louisiana State University, and the University of New Orleans. He has published most anything you can publish and not make money at — children’s and scholarly books, articles in peer-reviewed journals, poetry and novels, book reviews in literary magazines, technical manuals, last-minute journalistic pieces for a Catholic newsletter, and such sea-spawn and sea-wrack of no consequence.

His novels include Hippies, which traces the fate of a small group of hippies through comic and poignant moments as they struggle through the end of the 1960s (adult situations and language), and Mr. Robert’s Bones, a ghost story in which kids and old people join forces to save a New Orleans neighborhood from its own past (family friendly). His poetry includes the 2017 chapbook, Year of the Butterfly, and the colorful hard-bound verse book, Spaghetti and Peas, for ages 2-8.

Gary was born in New Orleans, has hitchhiked through 40 states and 8 countries, bartended in 3 states, run two marathons, and once, due to a series of misadventures, spent six months as the chef at a French restaurant.

Connect to Gary Gautier

Web: www.garygautier.com
Blog: www.shakemyheadhollow.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/gary.gautier.3
Twitter: https://twitter.com/GaryGautier1

Thanks for dropping in today and it would be great if you could share Gary’s books.. thanks Sally

Mindful Monday: Why Medical Screenings Are so Important


A very important message from Colleen Chesebro on the subject of Health Screening. This is a MOT if you like which can check all the key indicators of your health such as Blood Pressure and Blood sugar levels. It also can involve more advanced testing if you are at a higher risk of certain diseases. In Colleen’s case this is colon cancer and she recently underwent a procedure that identified a pre-cancerous adenoma. This has been dealth with and because it was at this very early stage the prognosis is excellent. Please head over and read this very important post and offer your feedback directly to Colleen. #Recommended

A Mindful Journey

Mindful Monday

WELCOME TO MINDFUL MONDAY

Each week I look at new or sometimes old things about myself on my journey to becoming more conscious about my life journey. I have found that being mindful encompasses the act of being watchful, aware, wary, heedful, alert, careful, or attentive, in whatever area in my life I feel it applies to, as I try to engage in the present.

Good morning

The last few weeks have been a whirlwind of activity and unfortunately, not all of it was good. I tried to deal with each setback the best I could by taking a mindful approach. I lived in the moment and then tried to move on.

Our beloved Pomeranian, Spice, passed away and the grief at her no longer being in this world is still rolling around inside of our hearts. Sugar is coping the best she can. I know she misses her sister deeply.

And, then it…

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Smorgasbord Reblog – The other Inconspicuous form of Bullying – Emotional Bullying


This is an important post from Debby Gies about the often subtle but deadly form of bullying.. Emotional manipulation can be devastating and some times you can be unaware that someone is actually taking their own inadequacies out on you.

Source: Smorgasbord Reblog – The other Inconspicuous form of Bullying – Emotional Bullying