Smorgasbord Blogger Daily – Thursday 21st November 2019 -#Crystals M.J. Mallon, #Indieshowcase Richard Dee, #Blogcomments Hugh W. Roberts

The first post today is from author M.J. Mallon who is writing for The Sisters of the Fey blog.. Marjorie found herself in The Wyrd Shop – with witches hanging from the rafters and displays of wonderful crystals of every kind.

The Wyrd Shop #Edinburgh #crystals #writing inspiration #mindfulness #walkingmeditation

Whilst up in Edinburgh in October I managed to visit the Wyrd Shop which I’ve been intending to go to for some time.

It’s a really unusual little shop down the Royal Mile on 154 Canongate Edinburgh, EH8 8DD.

I wasn’t disappointed. If crystals are your thing then a trip to the Wyrd shop is a must. As well as crystals they have witchy items such as wands, tarot cards, runes, dragons, fairies and the like.

Shortly after arriving the lady shopkeeper pointed out that I was looking at a very small area of crystals. There were cabinets behind and to the rear of the shop too.

This is interesting! Since my trip to the Wyrd shop I have started doing a course on Mindfulness which combines meditation and a way of looking at the world with fresh, inquisitive eyes.

I’ve been trying out mindful walking. You might like to explore this yourself. Here is a link to do so:

Head over to discover more about mindfulness and some of the crystals that Marjorie bought that day: Inspiration, Mindfulness, Walking, Meditation with M.J. Mallon – Sisters of the Fey

M.J.Mallon, Buy:Amazon UK Website: M.J. Mallon –  Goodreads: Goodreads

The next post is from author Richard Dees and is one of his popular Indie Showcases, and in this post he introduces us to author Jae Malone who shares her story and her inspiration behind her writing.

Please welcome this weeks guest Jae Malone

Thank you Richard, for giving me this opportunity to publicise my books and my love of an area I go back to whenever the opportunity allows; the West Country, mainly Somerset and Dorset. Having grown up in Sherborne in Dorset and later, living near Glastonbury reignited my fascination with the Mendip Hills. The network of limestone caves is a perfect setting for some powerful fantasy scenes.

Having read showcases by friends, Helen Hollick and Angela Rigley, I agree marketing is the main problem. However, as I understand it, and here perhaps I should say – allegedly – mainstream publishing rarely puts as much effort into marketing new authors as in previous times, preferring to concentrate on better known authors who have an established fan base.

Following our escape from an abusive marriage, my children and I spent time in women’s refuges while trying to establish a new life. Later, having successfully moved on and studying for an HND in Business Administration, a lecturer suggested I write my story as something positive for others in similar situations and thought it might be cathartic. I tried, and it wasn’t. It felt as though my emotional scars were being torn open. However, although I was never able to write the full story, I have written three short stories relating to episodes during that time: ‘Sanctuary’ and two one-hour real-time incidents.

Encouragement to write from my lecturer and my second husband, David, gave me the confidence to try and surprisingly, after years of office work and raising a family, I found my imagination still worked. I wrote, ‘Silver Linings’ a Christmas fantasy adventure of a world populated by human and fantasy characters that sparked into flame and continued in a series of four now published books, with a prequel explaining how various events in these books occurred, and a spin-off led by two of the newer characters currently in the pipe-line.

Head over and find out more about Jae and her books: Richard Dee’s Indie Showcase with Jae Malone

Richard Dee, buy: Amazon US Website: Richard Dee’s ScifiGoodreads: Richard Dee at Goodreads

Please go to Amazon or Richard’s website to view all his books.


And now time for another tutorial from Hugh Roberts on the subject of blogging. Whilst it is lovely to receive likes, it is very special to receive a comment from a reader who leaves a comment. It is how relationships here in the blogging community are developed and is important. Hugh shares his tips on how to increase the number of comments that you receive.

During the time I’ve been blogging, I’ve found many ways of getting readers to interact with me. Today, I’m going to share with you what I believe are the five most important and easiest ways of generating comments.

In one of her recent blog posts, blogging expert Janice Wald says that search engines such as Google and Bing are attracted to blog posts that contain at least 30 comments. Why? Because they show that the blog is active.

Janice goes on to say that value-added comments can bring in lots of extra traffic and boost the post’s SEO ranking too. Comments help lengthen a blog post, and search engines are attracted to long posts rather than short ones.

Long posts Vs short posts. Which one is best? Head over to read the rest of this very helpful post:

Hugh Roberts, Buy:Amazon UK –  BlogHugh’s Views and NewsGoodreads: Hugh Roberts Goodreads


Thank you for dropping in today and I hope you will head over to enjoy these posts in full.. thanks Sally.

21 thoughts on “Smorgasbord Blogger Daily – Thursday 21st November 2019 -#Crystals M.J. Mallon, #Indieshowcase Richard Dee, #Blogcomments Hugh W. Roberts

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