Smorgasbord Blogger Daily – June 1st 2017 – Kevin Morris, Vashti Quiroz-Vega with D.G.Kaye, Andrew Joyce and The Librarian Talks

Smorgasbord Blogger Daily

Welcome to the day’s snapshot of blog posts that I have visited.. I wish I could mention everyone here but we would be here until Christmas.. please let me know if you have a blog post of your own you would like to share. Just pop the link into the comments section or email me on

The first blog post today is for poet Kevin Morris who is preparing for the launch of his latest collection in a few weeks time. He has been interviewed by Victoria on her site Rhyme and the interview covers a variety of topics including what inspired Kevin to write poetry and those poets who have influenced him.

Rhyme is pleased to publish an interview with an English poet Kevin Morris whose short biography you can read here. Kevin’s new book of poems “My Old Clock I Wind” will be released in June 2017. Read more on his blog.

In your opinion and experience, what is essential to being a poet?

Having a poetic soul is essential if one wishes to write deep, meaningful verse. By poetic soul I mean a sensitivity and appreciation of the world, nature and all facets of the Universe. A study of the poetic tradition (for example Keats, Shakespeare and Blake) also assists in developing the capacity to write poetry, if you want to learn an art of creating beautiful and powerful images using words.

To read the rest of Kevin’s interview please head over to Rhyme:

The next blog post is the author spotlight by Vashti Quiroz-Vega for Debby Gies, author D. G. Kaye.

It is my pleasure to introduce today a woman who I greatly admire for her strength, positive attitude, and writing talent: Debby Gies (D. G. Kaye). She is also a very supportive friend. An author of nonfiction memoir she writes about life, matters of the heart and women’s issues. Debby inspires others by sharing stories about events she has encountered and lessons that come along with them.

Growing up as an emotionally neglected child, she struggled, tormented with guilt, with whether or not she should remain obligated to being a faithful daughter, feeling in debt to her narcissistic mother for giving birth to her. Her first book, Conflicted Hearts is a memoir, written about her journey to seek solace from living with guilt.

Read the rest of the spotlight:

Next is a story by Andrew Joyce that carries a powerful message through from the past to the present carried by a young man caught up in two world conflicts and the aftermath of both. It is a long story but do bookmark and read when you can.


I went off to war at the tender age of sixteen. My mother cried and begged me to stay, but my country needed me. I would not see my mother again for four very long years.

Due to my age, I was assigned to field headquarters as a dispatch courier for the first two years of the war. However, by the beginning of the third year, I had grown a foot taller and was shaving. And because men were dying at an alarming rate, I was sent into the trenches.

They say that war is hell. I say hell is peaceful compared to living in a muddy trench with bombs exploding around you at all hours of the day and night. Though there were periods of respite from the shelling. Those were the hours when the enemy had to let their big guns cool or else the heat of firing would warp them. I lived like that for two years.

I was at Verdun where I saw the true hell of war. After eleven months, we fought to a standstill. When the dead were counted, almost a million men from both sides had given their lives and not one inch of ground had been gained.

By November of 1918, we were out of food, out of ammunition, and almost out of men to send to the slaughter. The people at home had had enough of seeing their sons and fathers and brothers shipped home in boxes. There were marches and protests against the war. Near the end, the dead were not even sent home. They were buried in the fields where they had fallen.

At last, the war was over. I am told that nine million men died in those four years, and another twenty million were wounded. I was there and those numbers seem a little low to me, but what do I know? I was only a private.

When I returned home, President Ebert was there to meet us soldiers. He shook my hand and said, “No enemy has vanquished you.” He said the same thing to each man as he stepped off the train. Then I read in a newspaper that he repeated the same phrase in a speech. He should not have done so. It was the basis of, the beginning of, Dolchstoßlegende, the Stab-In-The-Back Myth. The myth that said we lost the war because of the Jews, the Socialists, and the Bolsheviks. But mostly because of the Jews.

I told you of my war experience because I wanted you to know I was there. I saw why we lost the war, and it was not because of Dolchstoßlegende. However, Dolchstoßlegende would affect me much more than the war ever had.

Read the rest of this compelling story that demonstrates how we do not learn from the lessons of the past:

Now time for a book review from The Librarian Talks for Before the Rain Falls by Camille de Maio.

This is a story of love in it’s purest form. It’s about sacrifice and family. It’s about finding oneself amidst the crisis of your life. It is truly a beautiful story.

This book cannot be classified into any particular genre. It’s realistic fiction, women’s fiction, historical fiction, mystery, and romance. Di Maio’s writing has springboarded from it’s already lofty place (with her debut novel, THE MEMORY OF US) with the story of Della Lee. As the story unfolds, the author skillfully parallels four storylines, weaving them together like an elaborate tapestry to a beautiful and satisfying conclusion. The characters are wonderful and the descriptions are so fantastic. I could almost feel the heat on my skin as I read about Puerto Pasar I really can’t say enough about how much I enjoyed the writing in this book.

Absolutely DEVOURED this book! Best book I’ve read all year. It has history, romance, intrigue and wonderful characters that make you feel like you’ve known them all of your life. What an amazing story this turned out to be. I loved Di Maio’s first book, but this one blows it out of the water! I’d give it 10 stars if I could!

Read the synopsis and the review:

I hope that you have enjoyed this small selection today and it is open season on interesting blog posts.. don’t be shy and leave your link to your latest in the comments or email me on


14 thoughts on “Smorgasbord Blogger Daily – June 1st 2017 – Kevin Morris, Vashti Quiroz-Vega with D.G.Kaye, Andrew Joyce and The Librarian Talks

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  2. Thanks a bunch Sal, for including Vashti’s lovely post about my books alongside side some terrific writers. That last book has me hooked. I’ll have to loosen the belt of my TBR lol :<3 xo

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