Smorgasbord Cafe and Bookstore – Meet the Authors 2021 – #Memoir D.G. Kaye, #Thriller Iain Kelly, #Poetry Miriam Hurdle

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 D.G. Kaye

Debby Gies is a Canadian nonfiction/memoir author who writes under the pen name of D.G. Kaye. She was born, raised, and resides in Toronto, Canada. Kaye writes about her life experiences, matters of the heart and women’s issues.

D.G. writes to inspire others. Her writing encompasses stories taken from events she encountered in her own life, and she shares the lessons taken from them. Her sunny outlook on life developed from learning to overcome challenges in her life, and finding the upside from those situations, while practicing gratitude for all the positives.

When Kaye isn’t writing intimate memoirs, she brings her natural sense of humor into her other works. She loves to laugh and self- medicate with a daily dose of humor.

I love to tell stories that have lessons in them, and hope to empower others by sharing my own experiences. I write raw and honest about my own experiences, hoping through my writing, that others can relate and find that there is always a choice to move from a negative space, and look for the positive.


“Live Laugh Love . . . And Don’t Forget to Breathe!”

“For every kindness, there should be kindness in return. Wouldn’t that just make the world right?”

Books by D.G. Kaye

One of the recent reviews for P.S. I Forgive You

Harmony Kent 5.0 out of 5 stars A Book Everyone Should Read Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 28 April 2021

As soon as I saw what this book was about, I had to read it, and I am so pleased I did.

Because of the difficult subject matter, and my own history, I had to take a deep breath before I plunged in. Not only has this writer’s honesty and bravery helped me to understand my parents a little better, it has also shown me precisely what my sister has become. I’d missed that, and this explains so very much.

It is a sad fact of life that, all too often, the victim becomes the perpetrator, unless we have the insight and strength to do something about it. I have long joked that I’m the reverse ‘black sheep’ of my family, and it seems to me that Debby is too. For all our successes, and the miracle of growing into well-adjusted adults in spite of it all, we will never be accepted by a parent who demands that we live their lies, manipulations, and abuses. The same with any sibling who demands the same.

Some lines that resonated with me in particular:

Read all the reviews and buy the books: Amazon US – and: Amazon UK – follow Debby: Goodreads – Blog: D.G. Kaye Writer – About me: D.G. Kaye – Twitter: @pokercubster Linkedin: D.G. Kaye – Facebook: D.G. Kaye – Instagram: D.G. Kaye – Pinterest: D.G. Kaye

Meet Iain Kelly

Iain Kelly lives in Scotland, UK. He is married with two children and works in the media industry as a television editor for the BBC. When he is not creating stories through sound and vision, he is writing them. ‘A Justified State,’ published in 2018, was his first novel. It was followed by a sequel, ‘State Of Denial’ in September 2019 and ‘State Of War’ in 2020, which concluded ‘The State’ trilogy. Find out more and read more of his work at his writing blog:

Books by Iain Kelly

One of the recent reviews for The State Trilogy

Amazon Customer 5.0 out of 5 stars A fabulous trilogy  Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 19 June 2021

A fabulous trilogy. The first book sets the stage, painting a vivid landscape of a post war civilisation. Peopled with characters who have depth and obvious back story.

The superbly structured story swept me along. Craftily introducing the key points of the narrative, until I felt like I was on a rollercoaster racing towards a brilliant cliff edge as the first book came to a sensational end.

Read the reviews and buy the books:Amazon UK – And:Amazon US – follow Iain: Goodreads – website: Iain Kelly WritingTwitter: @iainthekid

Meet Miriam Hurdle

Miriam Hurdle is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI). She published four children’s books at twenty-six years old. Her poetry collection received the Solo “Medalist Winner” for the New Apple Summer eBook Award and achieved bestseller status on Amazon.

Miriam writes poetry, short stories, memoir, and children’s books. She earned a Doctor of Education from the University of La Verne in California. After two years of rehabilitation counseling, fifteen years of public-school teaching and ten years in school district administration, she retired and enjoys life with her husband in southern California, and the visits to her daughter, son-in-law, and granddaughters in Oregon. When not writing, she engages in blogging, gardening, photography, and traveling.

Books by Miriam Hurdle

A recent review for Songs of Heartstrings

Carla the Reader5.0 out of 5 stars A Wonderful Poetry Collection to make you reflect and be grateful.  Reviewed in the United States on May 9, 2021

The subtitle of this collection is “Poems of Gratitude and Beatitude” and that is a great description of these poems. Miriam Hurdle’s poetry is easy to relate to. There were so many poems that touched me and left me contemplating and reflecting on things.

The book is divided into sections, with the first being SONGS OF NATURE. I read this during an early spring, so the beauty of the words and the images that accompanied them had me heading outside to appreciate the joy that our beautiful world give us. SONGS OF DISSONANCE, REASON and SONGS OF PHYSICAL HEALING contain poems that show human struggles with sickness, cancer, grief, lost love and sadness. All things that we all deal with during out life. There are other sections dealing with moments of happiness and sadness, but I have to say my favourite section in this book was SONGS OF REFLECTION. I reread several of these poems many times.

As I mentioned earlier, Miriam is a talented photographer and many of her photos accompany her poems. As well some of her paintings also grace the pages. This adds so much to the personal touches in this book.

Miriam wrote this poetry collection after dealing with many things in her life, some happy, some obstacles that she had to overcome. Her poetry shares those moments as well as some of what she learned as she dealt with things. Miriam also demonstrates many different forms of poetry, showing us that poetry comes in all forms. It’s not just about rhyming or repetition. Some of them could even be considered prose. One other thing that I appreciated is her open love and acknowledgment of God in her life. She thanks him for all she has received and asks for blessings when needed. This is a relatively short book, but it is chockfull of poems to make you think, reflect and be grateful.

Read the reviews and buy the books:Amazon US And:Amazon UK Goodreads: Miriam Hurdle – Blog: The Showers of Blessings – Twitter: @mhurdle112


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


83 thoughts on “Smorgasbord Cafe and Bookstore – Meet the Authors 2021 – #Memoir D.G. Kaye, #Thriller Iain Kelly, #Poetry Miriam Hurdle

  1. There’s a bit of all here, Sally. I’d read Harmony’s review of Debby’s book, and I know of Miriam’s books as well, but I hadn’t met Iain Kelly, and I’m intrigued by his series. Thanks, Sally, and congratulations and good luck to all the authors.

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  3. When I read Debby’s book, I felt like sitting down with her at a cafe and she was just having a conversation with me and poured herself out with honesty. I admired her for forgiving her mother after such an ordeal in her life and her siblings’ lives. Thank you for including Carla’s heart-warming review for my poetry book, Sally. It’s great to have met Iain and learned about his books. ❤

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  4. Two authors I know well here, and one I’m intrigued by. I’ve read all of Debby’s books and think she’s a fabulous writer – always thoughtful and insightful. Miriam is a “multi-genre” author like me – but in her case she writes lovely poetry, and a wonderful children’s book, both of which I’ve enjoyed. So now I’m off to get to know Iain Kelly’s books, which sound right up my guy’s alley, and he needs a new book (series?) to get into!

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  5. Wonderful threesome, Sally. I love Miriam’s work — her poetry and her photography. I’ve come to know Debby through your blog and love her spirit. I’ll be reading one of her books soon. Iain’s background and books also look intriguing. Thank you for introducing me and for showcasing each of these amazing writers.

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  6. I’m already aware of the popularity of Debby and Miriam’s books and these reviews serve to reinforce how good they are. Iain’s a new one on me and I’ll look him up. (Nice to come a proper Scottish Iain with the extra i!)

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  7. Hi, Sally! It’s always a pleasure to read about Debby and Miriam. They’re both talented authors and two of my favorite people. Congratulations to all three authors on their great book reviews!🥰

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  8. Reblogged this on Jane Risdon and commented:
    Another fab collection of authors for consideration from Sally and Smorgasbord Cafe and Bookstore. The TBR pile is in danger of taking over the house and spilling into the nearby fields. Help! Take a look for yourselves, you may well be stocking your bookshelves again.

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  9. Hi Sally, Thank you for this series and featuring these authors on your site. My granddaughters are presently enjoying Miriam’s book, “Tina Lost in a Crowd” and I enjoy reading it to them. Great reviews for these authors.

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