Smorgasbord Blogger Daily – Friday August 31st, 2018 – Marcia Meara, Christy D. Birmingham and Billy Ray Chitwood.

The first post is from Marcia Meara Website and features an excerpt from the latest release, Tortured Souls, by Staci Troilo.

Hi, Marcia. Thank you for opening your blog to me today.

I know you have an interest in the paranormal, in romance, and in thrillers. Today, I’m going to share an excerpt from my newest release, Tortured Soul, the fourth and final installment of the Medici Protectorate series. This book has all those elements (and then some). I hope you and your readers enjoy it.

(Note: These guys are battle-hardened and make free use of swear words, particularly when in the heat of action. To keep this post reader-friendly for all audiences, all instances of such words have been tamed or deleted.)

Tortured Soul Teaser

Mike? Where are you?”

“I do not know that ‘where’ is the correct term for what you are asking.”

Coz glanced around. No one reacted like they could hear him.

“They cannot hear me.”

Where the heck was he talking from? “Mike?”

“You do not have to speak aloud, Roberto. I am communicating with you, mind-to-mind.”

Coz started thinking his replies instead of speaking them. “Didn’t know you could do that.”

“I could not, before I died.” 

Head over and read the blurb for the book and the rest of this excerpt :

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My next blogger is Christy Birmingham who hosts a post from Linnea Tanner talking about mythology, Celtic Goddesses and her Curse of the Clansmen Series.

Today author Linnea Tanner is visiting to talk about mythology and her Curse of Clansmen and Kings series. Welcome, Linnea. I have known her for several years and watched her accumulate literary nominations and awards for her historical fantasy writing. Want to learn more about the Celtic goddess and how she is still relevant today? Then keep reading!

The female protagonist, Catrin, in the Curse of Clansmen and Kings series is a Celtic warrior princess with mystical druidic powers in ancient Britannia. Her characterization is based on the complex archetypes of ancient Celtic goddesses whose functions embrace the entire religious spectrum from healing to warfare, from creation to destruction, and from nourishment to the Otherworld of the dead. Her Roman lover, Marcellus, is the great-grandson of Marc Antony. Interestingly, the Romans blended Celtic beliefs into their religion throughout the Romano-Celtic region.

In the Curse of Clansmen and Kings series, Catrin’s mythological odyssey will take her back and forth between first century Britannia and Rome. She derives powers from her dual nature of absolute love and loyalty countered by destruction and vengeance. She embodies the complex archetypes of Celtic goddesses who are described below.

Goddesses of War

Read more about Goddesses of war and the rest of this fascinating post :

Christy Birmingham is an author in the Cafe and Bookstore

And I will end with a short story from the charming Billy Ray Chitwood, who wrote this for the other charmer in our community John Howell, following his recent replacement knee surgery.

Comes the Dawn! by Billy Ray Chitwood – (For John Howell – Re-coup-knee-repl.)

The long night was over: no more voices whispering in the darker shadows of the bedroom; no more misshapen forms parading slowly past the end of the bed, blood pouring in ghastly lava-flows; no more screaming from my beloved wife, not knowing why, but screaming from seeing my white-blanched face, my red, tear-streaked cheeks, and my uncontrollable shaking.

The doctor gave me a mild pre-warning, but I will never forgive myself for the agony I put my good wife Jackie through that first night home from a knee-replacement surgery.

Dr. Driscoll told me that the pain medicine and its delivery system did not necessarily go well with the current pill regimen I was on. “Some medications collide with pain pills, Jeremy, so hallucinations are not out of the question. There is no way to predict the nature of the hallucinations, but I’ve heard some grotesque tales from patients in the past. You must take your medications, so it’s ‘pain or pain-pill’.”

The pain last night was excruciating, so I opted for the ‘pain-pill’, figuring the hallucinations could not be too much worse than the pain. Well, it was a ‘toss-up’! Still, that phantasmagorical experience was a ride down one of Hell’s terrifying roller coasters.

Okay, my pain threshold is weak to cry-babyish! AND, I’m about to take another pain-pill as I’m writing this because the pain is eating me alive – again! And, it’s daytime.

Head over and read the rest of this scary story…..:

Billy Ray is an author in the Cafe and Bookstore.


Visit Amazon or Billy Ray’s blog to view all his books.


I hope you have enjoyed today’s selection and will head over and explore the posts further… thanks Sally.


22 thoughts on “Smorgasbord Blogger Daily – Friday August 31st, 2018 – Marcia Meara, Christy D. Birmingham and Billy Ray Chitwood.

  1. Thanks Sally for spotlighting the guest post here with Linnea. We really appreciate that. Linnea is such an educational writer and I love her strong presence. I’m sending you a hug for your weekend – seeing the mention here just made my weekend brighter! Congrats to the authors in the post here too!

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  2. I am so delighted that you graciously reblogged my guest post that Christy Birmingham featured on her website WhenWomanInsire. It is great that there is a family of bloggers that support each other. Thank you so much.


  3. Reblogged this on Apollo's Raven and commented:
    I am delighted to reblog a post by Author Marcia Meara, who graciously posted a guest blog that Christy Birmingham hosted on her website WhenWomenInspire. one of my favorite sites that posts helpful hints and information relevant to women today. It is such a pleasure to have such a wonderful family of bloggers who support each other.



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