Smorgasbord Saturday Meet and Greet – At the Watering Hole this week – Hugh W. Roberts, Rosie Amber and The Story Reading Ape

Welcome to the Saturday morning post where bloggers who have recently followed the blog can introduce themselves.  Each week I will share a small selection of bloggers at random.

Basically this is a watering hole for bloggers across all the areas of interest. Watering holes are very useful for meeting like-minded people and also a way to grow a supportive and sharing community.

If you are NEW to smorgasbord it would be great if you could introduce yourself in the comments.. a brief intro and then a link to the post that you feel best represents your blogging style.

If you are a REGULAR visitor to the blog then please do leave a link to your latest post too, so that we can visit and share.

The idea is to encourage more readers to your posts and an opportunity for us to get to know you better.

The community that kindly supports me is always welcoming, and you will find a great deal of support and encouragement especially for new bloggers.

I look forward to finding out more about you.  Sally

Over the next few weeks I thought I would feature some of the bloggers and reviewers who have watering holes we should all gather around. Some for the very useful information that they provide to help you blog effectively, and others who accept books for review. There are also bloggers who offer an amazing opportunity to be seen around their watering hole in the form of guest posts. This brings new readers to the blogs you have worked so hard to research and write.

I have a list of bloggers that I already follow who offer these services and will be sharing over the following meet and greet posts, but please feel free to add your links to the comments section if you would like to be included.

The first author and blogger, who provides excellent posts on blogging for new and those of us who have fallen into bad habits!!, is Hugh Roberts.

Hugh W. Roberts

Here is a recent post that has some excellent advice for all bloggers.

13 Free Blogging Tips For Every New Blogger

If you are new to blogging or are even thinking about starting a blog, here my thirteen quick blogging tips to get you on your way.

  • It’s all about me. Ensure you have an ‘about me’ page. Tell visitors a little about yourself and at least give them a name by which they can call you. However, don’t have an ‘about me’ page that starts off by saying ‘This Is An Example Of An About Me Page’. Click here to read about setting up an ‘about me’ page and what it should include.
  • Make a journey outside of your own blog. I’ve always been amazed by just what information is out there in the blogging world. I’ve learned how to self-publishing a book, how to use social media and make it work for me, how to bake gin & tonic cupcakes, take great photos and, of course, picked up lots of blogging tips. Reading other blog posts can also give you ideas for writing your own posts. Even if you can only spare a few minutes a day, make sure you visit, read, and comment on other blogs.

Head over to read the other 11 essential blogging tips:

Hugh Roberts is also the author of a short story collection – Glimpses.

One of the reviews for the collection

Do you like doing cryptic crosswords, do you love horror stories, enjoy thrillers or are you romantic at heart? Stories for everyone in this collection; tales that are snappy, but require your undivided attention if you are to work out what is going on.If you are a cat lover there is one story to be avoided, but I am not going to spoil the fun by revealing which. As I also enjoy writing about the dark and the unexpected I loved this collection.

Read the reviews and buy the book:

And on Amazon US:

Read more reviews and follow Hugh on Goodreads:

The next blog that it is essential for any author who blogs to follow is Rosie Amber who has gathered together a team of experienced book reviewers. It is very important when submitting your book for review, to follow the submission guidelines. Receiving the seal of approval from the Rosie Amber Book Review Team is a major step to promoting your book and obviously sales.

Here is feedback from some of the authors reviewed by the team which is followed by details on how to submit your own book.

Any author with faith in the strength of their work understands the importance of honest, critical reviews. As an author and reader, I trust in Rosie’s Book Review Team, knowing the reviews are written with genuine criticism, and praise given only when warranted. Authors seeking reviews that hold weight with and impress readers should look no further than Rosie’s Book Review Team.” H.A Callum, author of Literary Fiction

I rely on Rosie’s review team for honest and thoughtful reviews. I know they love reading and the reviews they post express both that love and their opinions of my (and other writers’) novels. Long may they continue. Their support has been invaluable.’ Carol Hedges, author of Victorian murder mysteries and YA

As well as introducing me to talented authors in other genres, I’m grateful to Rosie’s review team for helping raise awareness of my books to new readers.Tony Riches, Amazon best-selling historical fiction author.

Read the rest of the feeback and the submission details:

And here is a snippet from a recent review by Teri Polen for Ghosts of Manor House by Matt Powers.


Give me a book featuring an eerie house and I’m a happy reader. Ghosts of Manor House appealed to me based on the title alone.

The author does a wonderful job at conveying the emotions of grieving parents who’ve lost a child – my heart broke for them. I also liked how the gruesome history of the tree was established in the prologue and gives a foundation for the mysterious happenings. Once the family arrives at the house, you just know nothing good is going to happen.

After the first few chapters, there’s a sudden shift and for a while, it allows the reader to feel disoriented along with Edmund. It’s easy to predict the path this story will take, but there are some tense, chilling moments along the way.

Read the rest of the review:

The third blog that I would like to feature today is The Story Reading Ape. Guest posting on Chris’s blog is a wonderful way to get your blog or your book noticed. His Hall of Fame is legendary and you won’t find a more helpful or welcoming host.

If you are new to guest posting there are a couple of things to remember.

  • It is always a good idea to check out the blog that you are hoping to be a guest writer first.
  • Check out the submission details carefully to make sure that you are supplying all the information required in the right format and with all the links requested.
  • Think carefully about the subject matter of your post. This is a showcase for your writing skills be it as a blogger, author or poet and the post should reflect that. This is your sales pitch and needs to be interesting, informative, entertaining and well written.
  • Be prepared for a delay before posting as busy blogs such as The Story Reading Ape have a waiting list of eager guests. So make sure that your post is not out of date.
  • You have a responsibility as a guest to be proactive in the post’s success. This means sharing on your own social media and responding to all comments individually over a number of days. You can click the button to be notified when new comments come in. Reblog the post and I recommend one or two days later so that it extends the life of the post. This is important if you want to make the most of this opportunity.

Head over and find out how to submit your guest post to Chris:

Here is an excerpt from a recent guest post on The Story Reading Ape

Got this email from none other than the lovely Lisa Burton, the most advanced robot girl on Planet Earth, and spokesmodel for Craig Boyack.


Hi, everyone, and thanks for having me over Chris.

I’m here promoting Craig’s newest book, The Hat.

This one is kind of a paranormal superhero origin story.

You have the cover and blurb to whet your appetite a bit.

One of the little games Craig and I fall into sometimes is casting the movie, if someone were ever to produce it. I’m sure all authors have this daydream at some point, but it’s fun to talk about. I mention this, because this story is a little bit different.

The main character, Lizzie St. Laurent, is also a singer, you know, eventually. This means if anyone were to play her in the movie, she would have to sing at some point. Craig thinks maybe a Disney alum of some kind could fill the role. The only physical descriptions are brunette and a long face.

The long face might be the hard part, but there have been plenty of attractive actresses who fit this description. Lizzie is in her early twenties, but Hollywood can add or remove a few years. They can also create brunette hair with ease. Our only holdup was most of the Disney alum have chubby cheeks, like Brenda Song, or Selina Gomez.

Read the rest of the post from C.S. Boyack:

More blogs that have incredible watering holes next week..

Just a reminder that this too is a watering hole and a place to share your latest post and introduce yourself if you are new to the blog or would like to mingle with the other guests.

If you offer guest posts, reviews or other promotional services then please drop your contact or submission links in the comments.

Thanks for dropping in and look forward to hearing from you. Sally


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