Smorgasbord Blogger Daily – 11th April 2017 – Linda Bethea, Debby Gies, Claire Huston and Nicholas Rossis

Smorgasbord Blogger Daily

Welcome to the brief look at some of the posts that I have enjoyed today and I am starting with a new serial from talented writer Linda Bethea who has been on a short break working on her next book. Here is a snippet from the first episode and I recommend that you pop in regularly to catch up.

Charley’s Tale

Ellen Pendergrass led a charmed life till the day her daughter, Charlotte, was born in 1938. At Ellen’s birth, her parents celebrated the long hoped-for arrival of a perfect daughter born ten years after the last of their six sons. Ellen was all any parent could have imagined, dainty, feminine, and delightful. She was all the more welcome, since her mother had despaired of ever having a daughter. Both parents doted on her and were well-able to indulge her since her father was from a long line of bankers.

Read the rest of the episode:

 Debby Gies has a blog challenge today – a way to write your way out of a writer’s block… Debby calls it trainstorming and invites you to carry on from her prompt in the comments section of the post… Enjoy….

I’m sure we’ve all read many great ideas by other writers who occasionally become stumped by writer’s block. We can take a break, work on another project, go for walk or do a myriad of other things to stimulate our creative juices, but my favorite thing to do is to use writing prompts to get the creative juices flowing.

Read the rest of the challenge and add your efforts:

I did say earlier in the week that you could expect me to throw in the odd Easter treat and here is one for those of us who love chocolate (hands up those who don’t). A recipe from Claire Huston of Art and Soul.

                       Art and Soul

In my family this recipe is known as “THE” chocolate cake recipe. I think my Mum found it ages ago in a copy of Good Housekeeping. The oil and golden syrup in the recipe makes the chocolate cake dense, moist and close to a fudge cake.

I made a large sandwich cake version of this recipe last year with Cadbury’s mini eggs – you can check that out here.

As these chocolate cupcakes are smaller, I used “micro” chocolate eggs this time (yes, that’s what they were called on the packet).

This is a great recipe if you don’t have the luxury of an electric mixer to help you. As long as you sift the dry ingredients, it’ll all very easy to stir by hand without having to worry about lumps.

Get the recipe and indulge:

Nicholas Rossis finds some very useful articles to share with us on writing and promotion and yesterday his guest Joan Herbert shared 5 tips on using Facebook to promote your book.

This is a guest post by Joan Herbert. Joan is an Assistant Manager at, a curious individual, avid reader, and a passionate creative writer.
Using Facebook Groups to Promote Your Book

Book promotion can involve a significant amount of effort and time, and thus, using the proper tools can be an advantage. If you have recently published a book, you will want to consider utilizing the power of Facebook groups to increase its exposure. When posting in this way, it is important to target the right audience and choose a group that has a large number of members. Furthermore, directing users to a landing page instead of an Amazon link will help maximize sales.

Read the five important areas where you can impact your sales:

Thanks for dropping in today and please let me have the link to your latest post to share. There will not be a Blogger Daily on Friday this week so just two more to go.  Sally

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About Smorgasbord - Variety is the Spice of Life.

My name is Sally Cronin and I am doing what I love.. Writing. Books, short stories, Haiku and blog posts. My previous jobs are only relevant in as much as they have gifted me with a wonderful filing cabinet of memories and experiences which are very useful when putting pen to paper. I move between non-fiction health books and posts and fairy stories, romance and humour. I love variety which is why I called my blog Smorgasbord Invitation and you will find a wide range of subjects. You can find the whole story here. Find out more at

18 thoughts on “Smorgasbord Blogger Daily – 11th April 2017 – Linda Bethea, Debby Gies, Claire Huston and Nicholas Rossis

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