Smorgasbord Cafe and Bookstore – Meet the Authors 2021 – #Poetry Balroop Singh, #Shortstories #Crime Jane Risdon, #Thriller Gwen M. Plano

Over the summer I will be updating author’s details in the Cafe and Bookstore and also sharing their bios, books and recent reviews with you in this series…

Meet Balroop Singh

Balroop Singh, an educator, a poet and an author always had a passion for writing. She would jot down her reflections on a piece of paper and forget about them till each drawer of her home started overflowing with poetic reminders, popping out at will! The world of her imagination has a queer connection with realism. She could envision the images of her own poetry while teaching the poems. Her dreams saw the light of the day when she published her first poetry book: ‘Sublime Shadows Of Life.’ She has always lived through her heart. She is a great nature lover; she loves to watch birds flying home. The sunsets allure her with their varied hues that they lend to the sky. She can spend endless hours listening to the rustling of leaves and the sound of waterfalls. She lives in California.

Books by Balroop Singh


One of the recent reviews for Magical Whispers

Apr 26, 2021 Jacquie rated it Five Stars on Goodreads

Magical Whispers is just what the doctor ordered! Filled with gentle lyrics to feed a tired soul, I found each poem uplifting and inspirational. The author took aspects of life and wove her spiritual nature among the lines, creating magic.

One of my favorites, Watch the Magic, portrays this beautifully.

Strokes of crimson herald the change
Ochre tries to meet at the edges,
With reverence I look around
At majestic branches almost bare.

Deep shadows dance around me
Wind and breeze compete to win.
Far away, at the horizon, gray scrambles
To steal some golden kisses.

A waterfall accentuates this beauty
And the valley resounds with a voice,
A familiar melody – melts all my angst
Now I know what allures me here.

Ferns flock like old friends
Blankets – that warm aching hearts,
Patterns of joy inked in green
Calm chaos that lay hidden.

That is the magic of a changing season
Just step out and watch the spectacle.
Mother Nature looks magnificent
In all her outfits.

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With every reread, I feel the tension leave my body and a state of calm and peace takes over- Balroop’s poems heal the mind and warms the heart. 

Read the reviews and buy the books: Amazon US – and : Amazon UK – Follow Balroop : Goodreads – blog:Balroop Singh on WordPress – Twitter: @BalroopShado

Meet Jane Risdon

Jane Risdon began writing following her successful career in the International Music Industry which has taken her all over the world working, including North America, Europe, Singapore, and Taiwan. She and her musician husband have worked with everything from Rock, Thrash Metal, and R&B/Pop to Chinese Opera.

She’s been involved in Artiste Management, Music Production, Music Publishing, and the facilitation of music for TV and Movie Soundtracks.

In December 2020 Jane signed with Linda Langton of Langtons International Literary Agency, based in New York, NY.

In 2014 Jane signed a publishing contract with Headline Accent part of the Hachette group.

Her co-written novel with best-selling, award-winning author Christina Jones is entitled ‘Only One Woman,’ and is published by Headline Accent. Christina and Jane enjoy a life-long friendship, and their shared experiences and love of the 1960s and the music scene, are the inspiration for their fictional novel about two girls and a lead guitarist whose band is touring and recording in England and Europe when they all meet. It is garnering rave 5* reviews from men and women. It is more than a love story, it is a social comment about the lives of those living through an era of social upheaval and huge world events.

Books by Jane Risdon

A recent review for Undercover Crime Shorts

Apr 02, 2021 Jennifer Shepard rated it five stars it was amazing

This is the first book I read from this author and let me tell you that I loved it! Such a good book with great characters that keeps you obsessed with every page since the first one. The ending of this book.. come on! I just didn´t expect it! Can´t wait to read other books from this great writer! Amazing job! a must-read! A fantastic book that has it all! I happily endorse this story to any and all who are looking for a mystery enjoyable read and a completely different experience than anyone could imagine on their own. ¡Great book! 

Read the reviews and buy the books: Amazon UK – And: Amazon USBlog:Jane Risdon WordPressGoodreads:Jane Risdon Goodread – Twitter: @Jane_Risdon – Facebook: Jane Risdon 2

Meet Gwen m. Plano

Gwen M. Plano, aka Gwendolyn M. Plano, grew up in Southern California and spent most of her professional life in higher education. She taught and served as an administrator in colleges in Japan, New York, Connecticut, and California. Gwen’s academic background is in theology and counseling.

Gwen’s first book is an acclaimed memoir, Letting Go into Perfect Love. Her second book, The Contract between heaven and earth, is a thriller fiction novel, co-authored by John W. Howell. It has received multiple awards and is an Amazon Best Seller. The Choice, the unexpected heroes is the sequel to The Contract. It is also a thriller, involving the attempt of an unfriendly nation to take over the world. The third book in the series, The Culmination, a new beginning is an action-packed military thriller that spans the globe and involves multiple Heads of State and the threat of World War III. Only love can change the fate of humanity.

Books by Gwen M. Plano

A recent review for Culmination

Karen Ingalls 5.0 out of 5 stars A GRIPPING THRILLER  – Reviewed in the United States on March 26, 2021

Read the reviews and buy the books: : Amazon UKand : Amazon USfollow Gwen : Goodreads –website:Gwen PlanoTwitter: @gmplano


Thanks for dropping in today and I hope you are leaving with some books… thanks Sally.


133 thoughts on “Smorgasbord Cafe and Bookstore – Meet the Authors 2021 – #Poetry Balroop Singh, #Shortstories #Crime Jane Risdon, #Thriller Gwen M. Plano

  1. I love Balroop’s poem. If this is anything like her others, I must definitely read her book.
    And the others are also interesting. I know Gwen, from the internet as she often comments on my blog, but Jane is new to me.

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  2. I’ve read some of Balroop’s poems and enjoyed them. I’ve read all of Gwen’s listed books and highly recommend them to everyone. Jane is new to me, so I’ll have to check out her books. 😊

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  3. Thank you so much Sally for placing me with the accomplished writers and sharing my poem. Each one in ‘Magical Whispers’ actually whispers the magic around us. 🙂

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  4. Sally thanks so much for bringing these authors to my attention and for including me. I am honoured to be included. Thanks to everyone commenting and sharing. Fab. xx Stay safe and well and have a fab July everyone. xx

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  5. Reblogged this on Jane Risdon and commented:
    Wow, thanks, Sally Cronin for introducing new authors to us all and for including me in your post. I am really honoured. I hope you and the authors you support gain many more reader and followers. I really appreciate this. Thanks so much. Jane x

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  6. I love reading everyone’s bio, and learning about what each author does/did besides writing. I don’t think I know one author who’s only been an author. Lovely to see Balroop, Jane, and Gwen here. Congrats to all three on the wonderful reviews. 🙂 Thanks, Sally.

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  7. Thank you so kindly, Sally, for including my books with those of Balroop and Jane. I’m deeply honored. I hope you have a very blessed day. 💗

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  8. Gwen is an amazing writer and a wonderful person. Balroop is one of my favorite poets. Her poetry is beautiful including this one. I’m not too familiar with Jane Risdon’s work, but I will check her out.
    Thanks for featuring these authors, Sally!

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  9. Another three accomplished authors backed by wonderful reviews. It was lovely to see one of Balroop’s poems here. Thanks for these, Sally. xx

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