Smorgasbord Easter Parade Blog Party – Part One – Eggellent time to add your links!! – Music, Dancing, Food, and Behatted Guests..

Welcome to the Smorgasbord Easter Parade with some behatted guests, music, humour and food. And since you have dropped in today.. please don’t leave without leaving the link to your latest post…. or your Amazon link and a little bit about yourself.

While you are all standing around waiting for the parade to begin.. here is the first of the entertainers…

Here we have Laura Ganley of the Ganley Sisters, performing a Sean-Nos Barrel dance! All on a Wild West Irish Tour!

We have quite a few special guests today who have joined us from all over the world, wearing a hat of their choice or have brought a guest wearing one….and the first to join the parade is children’s author Darlene Foster who has travelled all the way from Spain to take part.

About Darlene Foster

Darlene Foster is a writer, an employment counsellor, an ESL tutor for children, a wife, mother and grandmother. She loves travel, shoes, cooking, reading, sewing, chocolate, music, the beach and making new friends. Her 13-year-old grandson called her “super-mega-woman-supreme”.

“Amanda in Arabia-The Perfume Flask” was her first published novel. Once bitten by the travel bug, Amanda travels to other interesting places, sticking her nose in other people’s problems and getting herself in trouble. Read “Amanda in Spain – The Girl in the Painting”, “Amanda in England – The Missing Novel”, “Amanda in Alberta – The Writing on the Stone”, and “Amanda on the Danube – The Sounds of Music” and “Amanda in New Mexico – Ghosts in the Wind” to find out the adventures Amanda has as she travels the world.

A small selection of books by Darlene.

Discover all of Darlene Foster’s books and reviews: Find more reviews on Goodreads: Darlene Foster Visit her website:

Please help yourself to a free coffee as you pass by.

The next guest is Science Fiction/Thriller author Richard Dee who has popped over from the South Coast of England..wearing his own version of an Easter bonnet…..

About Richard Dee

Richard Dee is a native of Brixham in Devon, England He left Devon when he was in his teens and settled in Kent. Leaving school at 16 he briefly worked in a supermarket, then went to sea and travelled the world in the Merchant Navy, qualifying as a Master Mariner in 1986.

Coming ashore to be with his growing family, he used his sea-going knowledge in several jobs, including Marine Insurance Surveyor and Dockmaster at Tilbury, before becoming a Port Control Officer in Sheerness and then at the Thames Barrier in Woolwich.

His first science-fiction novel Freefall was published in 2013, followed by Ribbonworld in 2015. September 2016 saw the publication of his Steampunk adventure The Rocks of Aserol and of Flash Fiction, a collection of Short Stories. Myra, the prequel to Freefall was published in 2017, along with Andorra Pett and the Oort Cloud Café, a murder mystery set in space and the start of a series featuring Andorra Pett, an amateur detective. He contributed a story to the 1066 Turned Upside Down collection and is currently working on prequels, sequels, and new projects.

A small selection of books by Richard Dee

Discover all the books and read the reviews: Read more reviews and follow Richard on Goodreads: Richard Dee – Connect to Richard via his website:

Debby Gies will be joining the Monday Parade but in the meantime she has found all the funnies shared today. ..D.G. Kaye Writer Blog

Time for another guest and joining the parade is master storyteller Hugh Roberts who looks very Dapper in his boater and who has ferried it across from Wales this morning. Clearly prepared for the vagaries of the Irish weather!

About Hugh Roberts

My name is Hugh. I live in the city of Swansea, South Wales, in the United Kingdom.

My blog covers a wide range of subjects, the most popular of which are my posts on blogging tips. I’ve learned a lot about the world of blogging since I first discovered it in February 2014. All of the tips and advice I give are free of charge and will cost you nothing apart from, maybe, your time. To see all my posts that include blogging tips, click on the ‘Blogging Tips’ button on the menu bar.

I’m a member of the committee of the Bloggers Bash, a group set up to organise annual get-togethers for all bloggers. The next event is 15th June in London and full details can be found on the website about tickets and the awards:

Hugh is the author of two multi-genre short story collections and I can recommend both.

Books by Hugh Roberts

Read the reviews and buy the books: – Read more reviews and follow Hugh on Goodreads:Hugh W. Roberts Connect to Hugh via his blog:

Time for a little more entertainment in the parade and still in Ireland… some music…Celtic dueling violins Smith & Nesbitt. Live from Hyde Park London. Uploaded by AdriFlaherty

If you are now feeling a little peckish.. here are some fresh Hot Cross Buns..please help yourself…

My next guest is Children’s author Victoria Zigler whose delightful books on family pets are very popular. She lives in South East England and has sent over a representative her much loved Kero.

About Victoria Zigler

My name is Victoria, but most of my friends and family call me Tori. Feel free to do the same.

Born in the shadow of the black mountains in Wales, I now live by the sea in the south-east of England with my husband, Kelly, a degu named Joshua, a pair of chinchillas named Mollie and Maizie, and a West Highland White Terrier named Lilie.

Having battled with glaucoma since birth, I now find myself completely blind. But I didn’t let that stop me from chasing the dream I’ve had since I was a young child: the dream of being a published author. I’ve loved to read and write since I learned how, and always wanted to get my work published. Finally, in 2012, I made that dream come true by self-publishing eBooks via Smashwords. Three years later, I began using CreateSpace to make my books available in print. So now I’m a published author of children’s fiction, as well as a couple of poetry collections; all of which are available in multiple eBook formats, and as paperback books.

A small selection of books by Victoria.

You can read reviews and buy the books from Amazon in print and audio: Victoria has many more reviews on Goodreads: Victoria Zigler Connect to Tori via her website:

My next guest  is the entertaining author Geoff Le Pard whose humour overflows onto social media as well.. I hear that he had the flight crew from Gatwick in stitches on his way over for the parade. I have substituted Geoff’s original hat for this photograph which I think is far more Easter orientated…..and funny.


About Geoff Le Pard

I have been writing creatively since 2006 when at a summer school with my family I wrote a short radio play. That led to a novel, some more courses, more novels, each better than the last until I took an MA at Sheffield Hallam. I published my first novel in 2014 – Dead Flies and Sherry Trifle. In 2015 a second followed – My Father and Other Liars. In 2016 I have an anthology of short stories out, Life, in a Grain of Sand. I have now added ‘memoir’ to my list of genres with the launch of Apprenticed To My Mother. Other novels can be found here. I write in a range of genres so there is something for everyone..

Before writing, I was a lawyer, ending up at the London Olympics. Now I mix writing with a range of activities, often walking to find inspiration or taking in a variety of sports events.

A selection of books by Geoff

Read all the reviews and buy the books: – Read more reviews and follow Geoff on Goodreads: Geoff Le Pard  Connect to Geoff via his website:

Time to join in with the West Coast Swing dancers from Sydney just mind the puddles… thanks to Swing Skool

Following on behind the Easter Bunny we have our next guest in today’s paradeRitu Bhathal lives in London and has joined us with her feline companion today.. As you can see Ritu wears many hats.. including being a published poet.

About Ritu Bhathal

Ritu Bhathal was born in Birmingham in the mid-1970’s to migrant parents, hailing from Kenya but with Indian origin. This colourful background has been a constant source of inspiration to her.

From childhood, she always enjoyed reading. This love of books is mostly credited to her mother. The joy of reading spurred her on to become creative in her own writing, from fiction to poetry. Winning little writing competitions at school and locally gave her the encouragement to continue writing.

As a wife, mother, daughter, sister, and teacher, she has drawn on inspiration from many avenues to create the poems that she writes. A qualified teacher, having studied at Kingston University, she now deals with classes of children as a sideline to her writing!

Ritu also writes a blog, a mixture of life and creativity, thoughts and opinions, which was awarded The Best Overall Blog Award at the Annual Bloggers Bash Awards in 2017.

The poetry collection by Ritu Bhathal

Read the reviews and buy: Read more reviews and follow Ritu on Goodreads: Ritu Bhathal Connect to Ritu via her blog:

My next guest is one who is very familiar to most of you.. Chris Graham, The Story Reading Ape who has gone the extra mile with his Easter photograph… thankfully his Cites wildlife permit was up to date to enable him to join us in Ireland today.

About the Story Reading Ape.

My literature Hero is Terry Pratchett who, in one of his Science of Discworld books, postulated that Homo Sapiens Sapiens survived all the pitfalls that made other Homo Sapiens species become extinct, by being story telling apes.

If this is the case, then in order to be effective, for every story telling ape there had to be a story listening ape.

I am descended from them, except I read stories instead of listening to them; and author’s are the tellers of the stories I read. I don’t so much read books as devour them, (sometimes re-devouring them several times), so I’ve set myself a long term task, to list all the books I’ve ever read on Goodreads – trouble is I’ve got the memory of a sieve and I must have read thousands of them!

The Indie author supporter.

Part of Chris’s immense enclosure is given over to The Great Hall of Fame… This is where Indies can exhibit their work by penning an article talking about themselves and their work. (Talk about a writers dream!) Once posted the author is then elevated to the Hall of Fame to reside with hundreds of other authors from around the world, who have taken that exciting but challenging step of being a published author.

Chris and his sister compiled his late mother’s wonderful poems written about growing up in Northern Ireland before, during and after the ‘Troubles’? My Vibrating Vertebrae and other Poems by Agnes Mae Graham

Read the reviews and buy the book:   Read more reviews on Goodreads: Connect to Chris, The Story Reading Ape:

And last but not least in the parade today is Carol Taylor who is the resident foodie here on Smorgasbord. I mentioned the word ‘Partee’ and the she whipped up a bunch of friends, chartered a flight from Thailand and landed this morning…..

About Carol Taylor

Enjoying life in The Land Of Smiles I am having so much fun researching, finding new, authentic recipes both Thai and International to share with you. New recipes gleaned from those who I have met on my travels or are just passing through and stopped for a while. I hope you enjoy them.

I love shopping at the local markets, finding fresh, natural ingredients, new strange fruits and vegetables ones I have never seen or cooked with. I am generally the only European person and attract much attention and I love to try what I am offered and when I smile and say Aroy or Saab as it is here in the north I am met with much smiling.

Some of my recipes may not be in line with traditional ingredients and methods of cooking but are recipes I know and have become to love and maybe if you dare to try you will too. You will always get more than just a recipe from me as I love to research and find out what other properties the ingredients I use have to improve our health and wellbeing.

Exciting for me hence the title of my blog, Retired No One Told Me! I am having a wonderful ride and don’t want to get off, so if you wish to follow me on my adventures, then welcome! I hope you enjoy the ride also and if it encourages you to take a step into the unknown or untried, you know you want to…….Then, I will be happy!

Carol is a contributor to the Phuket Island Writers Anthology: You can find out more about Carol and catch up with her Food and Cookery Column HERE Connect to Carol via her blog:

Please help yourself to a chocolate bunny before you join in the dancing of the incredible Indlondlo Traditional Zulu dance group who have featured as guest here on the blog several times in the last six years. You can find more amazing videos via their YouTube Channel. Indlondlo Zulu Dancers

Thank you for joining us today for part one of the Easter Parade.. Part Two on Monday with more guests and entertainment.

Please drop your links to your latest blog post that you would like to share.. and your Amazon Author Page if you have one… Thanks Sally.


132 thoughts on “Smorgasbord Easter Parade Blog Party – Part One – Eggellent time to add your links!! – Music, Dancing, Food, and Behatted Guests..

  1. Happy Easter, dear Sally! I loved seeing all the Easter bonnets. Way to go, Ritu with the fab hat collection! I love hats, but you know I avoid cameras. My hat collection is much smaller since I moved.
    The post I’d like to link to is not live yet. So I’m giving a link to a video trailer I made announcing my all new serial story.

    Hugs on the hop!

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  2. As I can’t get an Easter Egg here… those; lovely hot cross buns will go a treat and I really do prefer them to chocolate…I keep telling myself that…haha…Thank you for the mention, Sally and enjoy your Easter…Here is one of my latest posts with a thank to those who have already voted for us girlies here and for those who haven’t had time yet
    Voting closes 24th…Happy Easter everyone Love you all xx

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  3. Wonderful party, Sally. So glad I came, I nearly didn’t because I couldn’t find a bonnet to wear!
    I’m so busy editing at the moment, but so glad I tore myself away to wish you and all your lovely guests a very happy Easter!

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  4. Thanks so much for including me on your Easter Saturday parade, Sally. It’s an honour to be amongst such wonderful writers and authors. The hot cross buns look delicious, but I’d love to know if people think they should be eaten cold or toasted? It’s a bit of debate in our house.

    I’m off to help the Easter Bunny get ready for all his deliveries tonight. He’s a busy night ahead.

    Have a wonderful Easter everyone.


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  5. Good morning from the Campbell Kingdom located in campbellsworld.
    First, let me just say happy Easter to all of you wonderfully talented bloggers who are parading round here on Sally’s Fab blog. What a party! huh?
    Well, I was featured on Sally’s blog yesterday so I’m not sharing that link here again.
    I would like to share my latest post.
    The following story tells of how a negative experience can make a positive blessing so very wonderful and sweet. It shows that no matter what good always wins.
    Please visit:
    to read.
    Thanks for allowing links here thus letting us join in on the fun.
    PS. I too would like to know the answer on the buns.
    I’m betting a dollar to a doughnut, which I also love, Carol will tell us. Shes truly the king of cooking, or well, maybe queen she makes the best sounding stuff ever.

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      • Thank you. And you do likewise. We have red Bud winter here. Cold and rainy. I am hoping for a dry spell later this afternoon. There are many community Easter egg hunts scheduled for this day. There are supposed to be over 25,000 Easter eggs hidden at just one of these events. It is a huge effort put on by many different nonprofits. We do love Easter in our town. :-). Are used to take Campbell to such events. We will not be going today. I am suffering mightily from arthritis in my right hand. Just my dictation. Happy Easter to all. Thank you so much for including me in this wonderful event. I cannot wait to read more of your Easter party parade. I do love a good parade. I always dreamed of living in one of the houses along our town parade route. We do like parades too. We have a large festival here in the middle of summer. Called fun fest. You guys should go to engage and plan your vacation. 🙂

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  6. So much fun to read Sal. Some great hats for sure. At first I thought Darlene’s looked most appropriate as an Easter picture with her bonnet, and loved Carol’s purple hat and the Ape’s little nest, but I’m handing my vote over to Geoff’s crown of flowers LOLLLLLLLLLLLLLL ❤ Oh, and thanks for the chocolate – love Lindt. 🙂 ❤ xx

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  8. Thank you for the wonderful party, Sally. Wonderful guests and the coffee and hot cross buns went down a treat (even though I had some for breakfast, too) I’ll be looking in again on Monday, of course, and looking forward to more wonderful entertainment.
    In the meantime, here’s a link to my latest blog where I posted some photographs I took of Notre Dame Cathedral when I was in Paris.
    and my author central page,

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  9. I love all the dancing videos, Sally. I could see the sights and sounds and tapping feet as the parade went on. Good to see all my friends here, Darlene, Richard, Hugh, Victoria, Geoff, Ritu, Chris, and Carol. Love all the hats. Darlene, the color of your blouse is one of my favorite colors.
    I did make a new post this morning about the spring brunch last Saturday.

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  10. What an absolutely “egg-strodinary” group of authors! Well done of this post, Sally. I loved it. I miss you all. One more week of packing and then we are homeless for a couple of weeks until the new house is ready. Happy Easter. ❤

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