Smorgasbord End of Summer Party – Music, Dancing, Headliners and You…and #Free books

Welcome to three days of activities where I hope to introduce you to some headlining acts who have contributed and supported the blog since the early days in September 2013. These last four years have been such an adventure and I hope that it will continue for many years to come.

However, I have to say a huge thank you to everyone who has dropped in and left their mark on the blog. That interaction has motivated me to keep writing and to continue to build a book promotion site that helps other authors get their books noticed. With hundreds of thousands of new titles each week it is a challenge to grab the spotlight, but I hope that in some small way, I can help with that.

In September I will be increasing the number of opportunities to showcase your work with a new author interview series.. with a difference. Keep an eye out in the next week or so as I shall be interviewing myself so you get an idea of the format.

My experience with most of you reading this, is that you are very modest, and have trouble blowing your own trumpet. So to help you with that, here is a short quiz with one word answers to put in the comments alongside your links. The answers I receive may be used against you in the posts on Sunday and Monday


  • Which is your favourite recording artist or band
  • Pizza or Pasta
  • Favourite Film
  • Person you would most like to meet Dead or Alive.

Then please leave your blog or website, Amazon, Facebook and Twitter Links.

I am all dressed up and ready to go… well if I am honest this photo is a few years old but hey.. it’s my party.  Welcome and come on in.

To get the party started I am going to share a track from my favourite band – Status Quo.. with Looking Out For Caroline and then time to showcase a contributor who has been providing the music content for the blog for the last three years.

It is time to put some people in the spotlight for their long term contribution and support for the blog.

William Price King is an American Jazz singer, composer and musician who I first met t through Twitter, and asked if he would be one of my first interviewees. This elegant artist trained as a classical singer and toured in North America and Europe. Eventually he morphed into jazz smoothly and with great style, and has been entertaining audiences and his fans in the South of France and other European countries for over thirty years. William is also a coach and mentor to a number of young singers who are starting their careers, and will jet off to watch their performances, very proudly I am sure. He has a wonderful family that also includes a world class opera singer and grandchildren who he spends the summers hiking with in the French Alps. Oh and he is a cat lover.

William and his wife Jeanne (who also writes wonderful lyrics for William’s own compositions) have become much loved friends. I am so pleased that we will beginning a brand new series in September with that international, hip swivelling, Welsh sensation, Mr. Tom Jones. You can find all of William’s past series in the archive, and you can perhaps browse that while you listen to this compilation video of William’s incredible performances.

William Price King – A Man and his Music

And before we meet another regular contributer to the blog, here is Robbie Cheadle who has popped in from South Africa to drop off some refreshments.

Perhaps before we meet my other guests today we might have some refreshment courtesy of the lovely Robbie Cheadle who with her son Michael, is the author of the Sir Chocolate series and has provided some excellent guest posts for the blog.

You can buy Robbie and Michael’s books here:

Follow Robbie on her blog that shares post on traditional food, crafts and culture of South Africa and of course amazing recipes to enjoy:

Please help yourselves and enjoy.

Time to meet another contributor to the blog.

Finn Mac Cool

My next headliner is Paul Andruss who I met through the lovely Sue Vincent, where he had been featured with several of his posts. One thing led to another, and following his first post at the beginning of December last year, Paul accepted the position of Writer in Residence. Paul is a man of many parts… this is not just an observation on his good looks alone or the fact that he does have an odd physical feature… being his green thumb.

If you have watched cookery programmes you will notice that there is a trend to deconstruct everything from strawberry cheesecake to bubble and squeak. Paul does this expertly with myths, legends and the famous and infamous. From the Ancient Greeks to David Bowie he goes behind the story and then reconstructs it to illuminate all the precious nuggets we might have missed before. He has an encyclopedic brain that transcends normal human minds and we are grateful for it along with his wicked sense of humour.

Thomas the Rhymer

He is also a wonderful author, and I read and reviewed his book, Thomas the Rhymer several months ago. I can highly recommend you read this fantasy novel, and it is FREE to download on his site. Also, many of you enjoyed the essays of Horatio Grin recently and that too is an eBook and pdf that is FREE to download. Follow these links to the archives and also to Horatio’s work.

Legend busting and Paul’s bio and links

Horatio’s Essays and FREE book

It is safe to say that I am delighted that I stumbled across this talented writer, legend busting friend who also supplies me with amazing images from his garden for my haiku.(Thank goodness for that green thumb).

Time for a little more music before I introduce you to one or two people who were the first to welcome me to the world of blogging.

Another of my favourite artists and one of the songs that I have sung in some very strange places!! The wonderful Bette Midler


Where are they Now!  Part One.

When I first began blogging in September 2013 I was faced with not only a blank page to fill but nobody to share the final post with. Like millions of bloggers there is a period of time when you wonder if anyone is going to notice you…. and then one day you get a like or two that turn into a comment and it is a wonderful feeling. A number of bloggers took me under their wing and are still there in my archives with their early motivational comments they are also now friends and still part of my blogging adventure. Over the next three days I will share them with you and hope you will return the favour and follow them.

So where are those early supporters of the blog today?

Irene of Irene Design 2011 is a wonderful jewelry creator who sells across most of the popular selling sites. Originally from Denmark, she moved to Spain in 2012 with her boyfriend and lives there with her two cats Bølle and Hvide and her dog Odin. Unfortunately earlier this year Irene was very unwell and offline for a number of months. But she is back online now and although she is not back to making jewelry, she has some wonderful pieces that are on sale on various selling sites.

Check on Irene’s fabulous jewelry and get to know her better:

Anne Casey was not only one of my early visitors she was also my first guest writer with a number of articles on her adopted home Australia. Last month Anne published her debut poetry collection ‘where the lost things go’ to great acclaim here in Ireland and she has her Sydney book launch on September 2nd.

Anne Casey’s poems have been published in The Irish Times, The Murmur Journal, The Incubator, Other Terrain, Backstory, Into the Void Magazine, ROPES Literary Journal, The Remembered Arts Journal, Dodging the Rain, Tales from the Forest, Luminous Echoes: A Poetry Anthology, Deep Water Literary Journal, The Blue Nib, Visual Verse: An Anthology of Art and Words and Thank You For Swallowing, among others.

Find out more about Anne and enjoy examples of her poetry:

Jo Robinson was also one of the first to encourage me to keep going with my blogging and she has continued to be a wonderful supporter. This despite having a two years that would have extinguished the life in most of us which began with the tragic loss of her husband on Boxing Day. This very warm, funny and supportive author, illustrator and book designer has been challenged on every level, and she now lives on a game ranch in the bush in South Africa. This has come with the very obvious problem of connectivity and with roads out with the rain at times, I mean total lack of connectivity. This has not been great for so many reasons, including trying to establish a book design and formatting business. But, great news that Jo emailed me this week and she is online with a new modem and looking forward to be back communicating with us via our blogs.

I will let Jo tell you a little bit about the last two years in this post:

More about my long-term friends in tomorrow’s post when you will discover the Three Musketeers! 

Time for some more music and then news of a FREE book.

Dedicated to all of you who take the time to comment, like and share the posts so often Thank you.

In recent weeks I have been sharing a series called Odd Jobs and Characters which shares my misadventures in some of the jobs that I was lucky to be offered. The people that I met and my experiences morphed into my book Just an Odd Job Girl. As part of this celebration I am offering the eBook FREE for the next three days until midnight on Monday 28th.

I am not part of the Kindle select programme and so I do not run free programmes on Amazon but I do like to run the occasional ‘Friends and Family’ promotion. I have in two formats: Mobi for Kindle and Epub for everything else. I am sorry but this time I don’t have a pdf.. but I can recommend where you can download for FREE and it means you can read on any device.

To get your copy of Just an Odd Job Girl – Email me at

About the book

Imogen was fifty!

Life is unpredictable and will often throw you a curve ball that knocks you out of the park.

For Imogen this curve ball knocked her out of a twenty five year marriage and a lovingly renovated home into a single life at age 50. She had been a very contented wife and mother of two children, who for every one of those 25 years had thought her husband had been equally as happy. It was a shock to find out that she had been delusional and replaced so easily.

Her confidence was non-existent. She had forgotten any skills she possessed and was totally unprepared to enter the modern job market. Or so she thought.

The most recent review for the book

A Real Tonic!  on 17 July 2017

Once I started reading this book, I couldn’t put it down. Imogen feels betrayed, fat and useless when her husband leaves her. She has to find herself a new job after being out of the workforce for twenty odd years whilst bringing up her children and being a dutiful housewife.

Imogen has an opportunity to reflect on the jobs that she had before her marriage and this is where the fun starts.

Sally is such a wonderful story teller who had me spluttering with laughter and cringing with embarrassment at some of the situations that Imogen finds herself in. The characters in the story are some that you would love to meet or love to hate, so realisticlally are they portrayed.i enjoyed this book immensely.;

You can find more reviews here on Goodreads:

To get your copy of Just an Odd Job Girl – Email me at

A reminder of the quiz and about signing the guest book

Here is a short quiz with one word answers to put in the comments alongside your links. The answers I receive may be used against you in the posts on Sunday and Monday


  • Which is your favourite recording artist or band
  • Pizza or Pasta
  • Favourite Film
  • Person you would most like to meet Dead or Alive.

Then please leave your blog or website, Amazon, Facebook and Twitter Links.

Coming up tomorrow... meet more of the wonderful bloggers that came into my life in my first year of blogging with special features on the other two Musketeers… Debby Gies and Tina Frisco..some guest appearances from some of those who were the first to support the blog in the first few months and are still there Janice Spina, Teagan Geneviene, The Story Reading Ape, Ali Isaac and Tess Karlinski... more music and time to get the bottles opened… I hope you will join me again.

And before I sign off a few more guests who are celebrating National Dog Day – they are the proud owners of some pretty great writers, acting as muses, stress consultants, food tasters and bed warmers.Find out all about how you can help dogs and celebrate the day with Tink… special assistant to Madelyn Griffith-Haynie… who wrote a post on the subject today and is here at the party

See if you can guess which adorable fur family member belongs to which blogger?

And here are some more of my dog guests…

Don’t forget to leave your quiz answers and your links in the comments so that I can share some of your music choices in the post tomorrow with your links.





250 thoughts on “Smorgasbord End of Summer Party – Music, Dancing, Headliners and You…and #Free books

  1. You know how to give a PARTY, Sally! And I love your style. Me? I’m a quiet stay-at-homer. Glass of wine while I listen to the Beatles – I suppose Yesterday is my favorite song of theirs – and sup on my spaghetti & meatballs. Then I watch (for the 14th time? 15th?) GONE WITH THE WIND. In my imagination, Gandhi is sitting with me, cross-legged, and chanting a mantra.

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  2. TINK here. WOW, Aunt Sally – you made me feel like a STAR! Thank you for featuring a bunch of my buds too (shout-outs to Ani and Ray). It IS our day, after all – and we couldn’t find a better place to celebrate than at your super party. What a great idea!

    Happy Blog Anniversary to you, by the way. Do you know that it is even older than I am? (I’m not even 3 yet.)

    Mom’s still drinking coffee in her jammies, talking into that box thingie while her Kindle gets some juice from the wall so she can add all the free books to some TBR list. (I tried, but the wall never gives ME any juice.)

    Anyway, I got tired of waiting so I wandered over by myself. She’ll be here eventually – and I’ll be back too – but I didn’t want all the good treats to get gone (especially Robbie’s – they always look so yummy). We’ll BOTH be clicking links for days I’m pretty sure.

    Oops – Mom’s finally getting dressed in her party duds. I’ll be back to answer your quiz soon. Meanwhile, here’s a link to my very first Guest Blog, in case anybody needs some good tips on how to make their blogs really great, “Blogging Tips from a Shih Tzu.”

    HAPPY DOG DAY everybody!!
    Woof! TINK

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  3. Sally, you are nothing short of inspiring. Congratulations on four years and may the next four be even better!

    My favorite recording artist changes from time to time, but a constant whom I love is Sonny Lim, a Hawaiian slack key guitar player with immense talent and love for the islands of aloha. I like to listen to his music while I write (and while I eat pasta with homemade marinara).

    Favorite movie? One that was introduced to me by a good friend many years ago–Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House, starring Cary Grant and Myrna Loy. A perfect team.

    But…as much as I like them they’re not the ones I would choose to meet. I choose Jesus.

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  4. Hi, Sally. I finally made it over! My muse has kept me locked up! Lovely party to celebrate 4 years of blogging and some great guests to visit, too.
    Favourite recording artist or band: Hm, probably Keith Jarrett, but there are so many depending on my mood!
    Pizza or Pasta: I feel so wishy-washy, probably shrimp scampi – is that pasta? Lol
    Favourite Film: Cinema Paradiso (that was easy).
    Person you would most like to meet Dead or Alive: JRR Tolkien 🙂
    Oh, and the link…

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  5. Wow, wow ,wow, Sally what a party! Touched and honoured to be a part of it! I have had the privilege to work with some great talents and wonderful human beings over the past months: you Sue and Shey and to become friends with other impressive talents and wonderful warm people such as Robbie, Debbie, Tina, Diana, Brigid, Craig and Chris to name but a very few of the many, and learn about many more incredible writers along the way. Surely enough cause for a celebration.
    Three cheers to you for your tireless support of us all, your endless positivity and for orchestrating this event to bring us all together. And (though I know you will pull a face and try to shrug it off) you look lovely in the photo. Say hi to David for me and a great big hug to you both. Now crack that beer barrel! Your friend Paul X

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      • Aw shucks!! Thank you, Paul. To be honest, if we included everyone who we like here at the party we’d be typing forever!! 🙂 Now, I’ll be late joining the party today – I have the doubtful pleasure of helping daughter at a car boot sale!! Hey-ho. Will be practising my twirling on a field!! Enjoy the fun til I return, all ❤

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      • Thinks I’ve twirled too much – can’t tell if I’m still at yesterday’s party (in which case how much did I drink!!0 or if I’m in the corner of the room at the second of your parties, Sally. All I know is that I’m exhausted and full of lovely food… and the PC keeps going blank. Or is that me. Anyway, from the sounds of it the fun is still going on. I have caught up with a lot of your friends though. Maybe if I go and have a lie down I’ll come back refreshed! id I miss The Wilburys? x

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    • Glad you have had a good time Paul and of course you are very much part of the blog. Your contributions have broadened its horizons and given us all a wonderful perspective on the many myths and legends we take for granted. I hope you recharged your batteries I hear stirrings from the various locations indicating the revellers are starting to come to life…by 10 they will be at it again.. hugs xxxxxxxxx

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  6. Hi Sally, knockout job you’ve done in putting this together. I am beyond impressed and so glad I found your site in time for the party!! What amazes me the most is your attention to details with such a large group. When do you sleep? Great picture by the way–what’s a year or two:)?

    My new favorite singer is Trace Atkins–sounds like my all time favorite, Johnny Cash.
    I never tire of ‘Sound of Music’ and fell in love with Christopher Plummer. I feel so bad about Julie Andrews losing her voice.
    Pasta and I are lifelong friends, especially Calamari and Fettuccine with fresh Italian bread. And no I am not supposed to be eating carbs. Sigh.
    Person I would most like to meet would be Stephen King, just to figure out how his mind works.


    Thanks for the invite!! Going to grab some goodies on my way out. Rest up for tomorrow.!!

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  7. Hi Sally – it’s Tink again, to leave the answers to your quiz while Mom takes her good sweet time.
    1. Recording artist or band – Snoop Dogg, of course

    2. Mom eats GF so I’ve never tasted pizza – but I LOVE her spaghetti

    3. Any of the ones where the dogs are the stars, like Lassie, 101 Dalmatians, Lady and the Tramp – and especially that one with a Shih Tzu like me (who actually got kidnapped ::gasp::) – Seven Psychopaths

    4. Do I have to pick only ONE? I want to meet ALL my Shih Tzu cousins on Rainbow Bridge (so far I’ve only seen pictures and the angel-dogs on Mom’s Christmas Tree) — like her first Shih Tzu who became an angel when she was just a tiny baby — and ALL the others who took care of Mom before I was even born: MeeToo, Grizzle E. Bear, Scoobie, Tabitha, Bandit and Tuxedo.

    THEN there are all my 2nd cousins who were MeeToo or Tabi’s babies. Mom let her friends take them when they were only little because they needed something furry to love: Pugsly (Aunt Janine’s, and Oreo for Janine’s friend), Shisky (Mom’s Dad), Louis Roederer (her friend Andy’s – named after his favorite champagne ’cause he was a wine steward in New York City), and Harlem and the other solid black puppy – who went to pay off a breeder agreement so MeeToo could live with us forever and not have any more puppies.

    I know that’s a lot, but how could I pick only ONE?
    Woof! TINK

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  8. Dear Sally, you look spectacular – the hostess with the mostest!
    As a teenager, I learned to play guitar in order to play Yesterday, but nonetheless, my favorite band is Jim Morrison and The Doors (The American Prayer, including Albinoni’s Adagio).
    Pizza doesn’t come into this house, but pasta is definitely in, since I am a great fan of all things Italian.
    I’ll go with “Gone with the Wind,” with “Godfather” a close second.
    I’d love to meet Christopher Marlow and have a little talk with him about Doctor Faustus. I wonder how he feels about Goethe’s rendition a couple of centuries later.
    I lieu of a link, I’d like to bring some chocolate roses to the party:
    Thank you, dear Sally, for featuring my posts quite a few times and promoting my humble blog.
    Party on, Beautiful People!

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  9. You look beautiful! (And yes, it’s your party, so you can wear anything you want;) Yummy looking snacks and great music! Party on! Hugs!
    Favorite Music: Pretty much anything Disney (I know, a kid at heart), Mercy Me, Pentatonix
    Pizza, particularly cauliflower crust. Mmm
    Lord of the Rings, Doctor Who
    JRR Tolkien and CS Lewis

    Still hanging out at
    @AngieQuantrell (Twitter)
    Angie Quantrell (Facebook and Instagram)

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  12. Which is your favourite recording artist or band: It’s an age thing…used to be Beatles, then possibly Yes, occasionally Ralph McTell, these days, probably Bryn Terfel! One word… oh :blush:
    Pizza or Pasta: Pasta. More variety (since I’m a veggie)
    Favourite Film: Local Hero. 🙂
    Person you would most like to meet Dead or Alive: I thought for a long time about this and couldn’t think of anyone I’d really like to meet; I’d rather stick with my image of them. And I don’t want to meet anyone dead, because, you know – icky!

    Happy blogoversary!

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  13. Recording artist: Dean Martin.
    Pizza or pasta: Pizza.
    Movie: Enchanted.
    Person I’d like to meet most: Stephen King. I think it would be awesome to meet someone who has had such a big influence on my writing and my reading, lol.

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  15. What an extraordinary and eclectic group of people you have collected, Sally! And all in just four short years! Congratulations on a job well done. My favourite band is Glenn Miller, I prefer pizza to pasta, my favourite film must be Pride and Prejudice (with Colin Firth), and I would love to meet the author of the Anne books, Lucy Maud Montgomery.

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