Welcome to the weekly round up of posts that you might have missed this week on Smorgasbord.
Things have been relatively quiet around here which I am grateful for. We have had some lovey sunny days and I have taken advantage of those. We both have some projects that are nearing completion so that has taken up a fair amount of time.
Coming up next week
- Robbie Cheadle with the second part of The York Chocolate Story on Monday
- Tuesday William Price King shares the life and music of Mary Lou Williams – American Jazz pianists, arranger and composer.
- Carol Taylor’s food and cookery Column on Wednesday
- The regulars will be here with book reviews and new releases for authors in the Cafe and Bookstore, The health column, funnies and afternoon video..
- The health column continues with the major organs and systems in the body with the start of a series on the female reproductive system.
- Some new bloggers who have been writing for under a year start their new series from the archives and some great posts to showcase.
- The book marketing series on Saturday covers more of the online watering holes that are useful elements in promoting your work.
- Just an Odd Job Girl with two more chapters Saturday and Sunday.
- My guest next Sunday in the author interview is Darlene Foster.
- And through the week the Blogger Daily will share some exceptional posts from the blogging community
- And there will be some responses to poetry and flash challenges.
Just a reminder if you are in the Cafe and Bookstore and are planning to put any of your books on offer in coming weeks to let me know so that I can include in the updates. You can email me on firstname.lastname@example.org or leave a message on Facebook.
On with the posts this week
As always a huge thanks to those who contribute with guest posts and columns…. as well as to you for dropping to read them.
My guest this week is author and proofreader Jo Elizabeth Pinto who has recently released her latest book Daddy Won’t Let Mom Drive the Car: True Tales of Parenting in the Dark. Jo Elizabeth shares the inspiration behind her love of books and her own writing and lets us peek into her latest book with a humour filled extract that definitely entices you to read more.
Jessica Norrie explores the legendary first lines of books we have read….Authors need a rocket, or at least a hook, right at the start. Dickens has the best opening line ever: “It was the best of times; it was the worst of times” (A Tale of Two Cities). What scope he gives himself, with that, for anything at all to happen, in any possible way
Delighted that over the next five weeks, author Robbie Cheadle will be sharing the The York Chocolate story with us, following her recent trip to the UK..
Chapter Nine – The Isle of Wight pub life and Skinheads prove to be both interesting and at times dangerous…Imogen recalls her adventures..
Chapter Ten – Imogen and Peter’s relationship hits a bad patch and a cat burglar does not help matters.. and then there is the matter of the insurances cheques.
A new series of the top songs from the movies in my book at least…..and the first song is Shaft by Isaac Hayes.. a blast from the past.
This week the importance your blog has as part of your book marketing strategy. And a checklist to make sure you have certain elements in place to be effective.
I was born on Friday 13th (February) and it has always been lucky for me… there are a number of variations, including Tuesday 13th and Thursday 13th, on the theme around the world and for various reasons..
This week, Carrot Ranch Flash Fiction Challenge by Charli Mills was to create a story in 99 words not more, no less about the greatest gift of some kind… here is my response.. Life’s Greatest Gift….
This week’s prompt words for Colleen’s Tuesday Poetry Challenge 144 were ‘Enchant and Fly’ and I have used the synonyms ‘Charm and Soar’ for my double etheree
This is the third post from the archives of author and poet, Patricia Furstenberg . I love medical conditions.. not necessarily when afflicting me personally, but the causes, symptoms and treatments.. I know I need to get a life. However, some conditions have a literary origin…. 5 Medical Symptoms Named After Literary Characters (2017) by Patricia Furstenberg
Sleeping Beauty painting by Victor Gabriel Gilbert
This is the third post from the archives of author, fitness advocate and photographer Terri Webster Schrandt. I could not share some of Terri’s posts without including a photograph…. so whilst short this is also sweet, particularly as that is the favourite taste sensation of the subjects of the photograph. Photography – Never Ending Quest for Food (2016) by Terri Webster Schrandt
This is the third post from the archives of Jim Borden who blogs on ‘Borden’s Blather’ across a variety of topics. This post from Jim reminds us all of what there is to life we might be missing out on. The Benefits of Having a Purpose in Life (2017) by Jim Borden
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This is the final post from the archives of the eclectic blog of writer Marilyn Armstrong and I have selected this one from a series of posts in 2015 – Sharing my World..Hugging the Dogs: Sharing My World 2015- Week 2 by Marilyn Armstrong
This is the final post of author Antoinette Truglio Martin who began blogging in 2018.. I am going to share four posts from her archives that were part of her A-Z challenge last year. Pasta is a favourite in our household.. and Antoinette has a story about Pastina…
This is the final post from the archives of Anne Copeland, writer of nonfiction articles, books, and poetry, as well as a mixed media and fiber artist. This post is a poem that sums up how I feel about the world at times. Weltschmerz (2018)
This is the final post from author and designer, Valentina Cirasola I have chosen this post because my mother was a Libra born on October 5th and I am sure several of you will have your birthdays in the coming month. #Astrology Born A Libra Under Venus (2018)
(Photo: https://www.123rf.com/clipart – Artist: Kisslilly)
This is the final post of author Ellen Hawley who has enjoyed a wonderfully varied career before leaving the United States to settle in Cornwall. The opioid crisis in the USA and increasingly in the UK and other countries is not the first time in history that an addictive substance has become concerning. In this post Ellen explores Tea and opium.. care of The East India Company. History – Tea, opium, and the East India Company (2018)
This is the second post from educator and author Pete Springer who began blogging in April this year. I am sure you will agree that he has made a fantastic start to his new project. I know how many of you are dog lovers, and this one is for you… My Buddies by Pete Springer
Jake and Lulu
New Books on the shelves
Author update – Reviews and books on offer
I wanted to describe the passage of a very common and tasty snack that many of us enjoy. Usually with only one thing in mind. The taste.. However, perhaps after following this chicken sandwich through your digestive tract you might think about it in a different way.
Thank you for all your support this week and look forward to seeing you soon. Thanks Sally.