How to Write Point of View, Part 3, Second Person

Have you every written in the 2nd POV.. Harmony Kent shares the hows and the whys of this more unusual narrative POV. A very helpful article that cleared up some loose ends for me..Head over to discover more.

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Hi SErs! Harmony here 🙂 Today, I’d like to talk about how to write Point of View (POV) in the Second Person perspective.

Remember in the last POV post, I said that First Person is almost as up close as you can get? Well, Second Person IS as up close and personal as your writing gets.

What is Second Person POV?

This perspective uses the pronoun ‘You’. This sort of narrative immerses the reader in the experience of being the protagonist. Second Person voice is different from simply addressing your reader. Rather, it puts them squarely in the middle of the action. They become the actor rather than the reader. The events in the story happen to YOU as you read. Below is an example of Second Person POV …

By the time you get home, your husband will be dead. It’s hard…

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Smorgasbord Laughter Lines – August 31st 2021 – Hosts Debby Gies and Sally Cronin – Sunscreen and Last Respects

Debby Gies has been foraging on line for some funnies and I have a joke or two from the archives.

   If you have not discovered the non-fiction books by D.G. Kaye: Amazon USAnd: Amazon UK Blog: D.G. WritesGoodreads: D.G. Kaye on Goodreads – Twitter: @pokercubster

Check out Debby’s latest relationship column here on Smorgasbord: Realms of Relationships – Soul Mates

Now something from Sally

National Pride..

An Indian cab driver picked up a Japanese man from a hotel. Along the way, they saw a Honda motorcycle overtake the taxicab and the Japanese guy said, “Motorcycle very fast, made in Japan.” Then a Toyota car overtook the taxicab and the Japanese guy said, “Car very fast, made in Japan.” When they reached the destination the fare was 1500 rupees. The Japanese man thought the ride was would only cost 500 rupees. He asked the driver why the ride was so expensive. The driver said, “Meter very fast, made in India.”

Last Respects

At a motivational seminar 3 men are asked to come up to the stage.

They are all asked, “When you are in your casket and friends and family are mourning upon you, what would you like to hear them say about you?

The first guy says, “I would like to hear them say that I was the great doctor of my time, and a great family man.”

The second guy says, “I would like to hear that I was a wonderful husband and school teacher who made a huge difference in our children of tomorrow.”

The last guy replies, “I would like to hear them say…… LOOK!!! HE’S MOVING!!!!!”

Thanks for dropping in and we hope you are leaving with a smile on your face… Debby and Sally.

Smorgasbord Book Reviews Rewind – #Paranormal – The Emissary Trilogy; A Riverbend Spinoff by Marcia Meara

In May this year I took advantage of the great offer for The Emissary Trilogy by Marcia Meara, bringing the three novellas together in one terrific read. Please note the books are no longer in a collection but are available separately.

About the Emissary Trilogy

Now for the first time, Marcia Meara, author of the popular Wake-Robin Ridge and Riverbend series, has made all three of her Riverbend spinoff novellas available in one trilogy. Join Jake, Dodger, and that ginormous glowy-eyed archangel, Azrael, on their quest to save mortals about to make some serious mistakes.

THE EMISSARY – Was Gabe Angelino, the mysterious truck driver in Finding Hunter: Riverbend Book 2, really an angel, as Willow Green believes? Or was he simply a good man, determined to help a stranger in need? Find out, as author Marcia Meara reveals the truth in the first Riverbend spinoff novella, The Emissary.

An angel’s work is never done—that’s part of the gig. But angels hadn’t been created to deal with such a vastly over-populated planet, rife with misery, suffering, and general chaos. Helping souls in peril has become a nearly impossible job, and even angelic tempers are frayed.

The archangel Azrael has had enough. He believes he’s found a way to ease their burden while saving jeopardized humans, too—hired help.

THE EMISSARY 2: To Love Somebody – They’re back! Jake and Dodger, the first (and so far, only) Emissaries to the Angels, are on the road again, looking for mortals about to take a wrong turn.

Of course, there are rules by which the emissaries must play, and the archangel Azrael stands ready to enforce them. First and foremost, a person’s free will must never be compromised. Emissaries are allowed to use only the smallest of mental nudges. Thankfully, a whispered suggestion here or images of a better course of action there is usually all it takes.

But whether the results are immediate or not, Jake and Dodger are fully committed to making a positive difference, even as they struggle with issues of their own.

THE EMISSARY 3: Love Hurts – The archangel Azrael created his emissaries to help mortals avoid choices that would doom them for eternity. He hadn’t planned on the youngest member of the team falling in love with one.

Azrael’s emissary program was growing daily, but it still met with stubborn opposition from many on the Council of Angels. Dodger’s request to be allowed to experience what falling in love was all about didn’t help matters, but Azrael believed emissaries who’d shared a loving relationship during their mortal lives would have a deeper understanding of human emotions and motivations, thus enhancing the skills needed to do their jobs.

With that in mind, the archangel gave Dodger one chance to search for true love. He then laid down a daunting set of stringent rules and guidelines that could not be broken under any circumstances, warning that dire happenings could occur.

Sometimes even angels hate to be right!

My review for The Emissary Trilogy May 3rd 2021

As you can tell from the blurb, being an emissary on earth is no easy task. It is a learning curve for both the new recruits and their supervising angel Azrael, who despite thousands of years on human over watch, is not familiar with the emotional element so crucial to mankind’s existence.

As always Marcia Meara creates wonderful lead characters who engage the reader from the first moment. Never afraid to include flaws, the author always shines a light on their goodness as their roles develop during the course of the story. Jake, Dodger and Azrael are no exception.

Traveling up and down the Florida coastline, familiar territory for the author and therefore wonderfully described, Jake and Dodger hone their powers in an effort to prevent a human from straying from the straight and narrow with evil on their minds. As they learn how to harness this power they can also reach out to humans who are on a more self-destructive path, saving lives and futures.

But, a young man such as Dodger whose life ended far too young, has not experienced the wonder of falling in love and despite Azrael’s initial reservations, he allows two young people to discover the true meaning of the word. It comes with a price and despite this their romance is a wonderful element to this paranormal journey.

There is danger along the road and despite their special status, the two emissaries are not immune to violence and have to learn patience, desperate though they are to prevent tragedies. It is a fine line when attempting to nudge the mind of a dangerous criminal away from their path without causing themselves harm. However both discover the satisfaction of making a difference as the miles pass under the truck of their semi.

These three novellas come together in a lovely package with elements that will delight those who enjoy paranormal mysteries, thrillers, romance and a well written story with exceptional characters. I highly recommend.

Each of the individual novellas have their own reviews accessed via the authors’ Amazon page but here are the links to buy the trilogy.

At a special Trilogy price of $4.06: Amazon US – And £2.92:Amazon UK

A selection of other books by Marcia Meara

Read the reviews and buy the books: Amazon US And : Amazon UK – Marcia Meara on: Goodreads – Blog:Marcia Meara WritesTwitter: @MarciaMeara

Marcia Meara lives in central Florida, just north of Orlando, with her husband of over thirty years, four big cats, and one small dachshund.

When not writing or blogging, she spends her time gardening, and enjoying the surprising amount of wildlife that manages to make a home in her suburban yard. She enjoys nature. Really, really enjoys it. All of it! Well, almost all of it, anyway. From birds, to furry critters, to her very favorites, snakes. The exception would be spiders, which she truly loathes, convinced that anything with eight hairy legs is surely up to no good. She does not, however, kill spiders anymore, since she knows they have their place in the world. Besides, her husband now handles her Arachnid Catch and Release Program, and she’s good with that.

Spiders aside, the one thing Marcia would like to tell each of her readers is that it’s never too late to make your dreams come true. If, at the age of 69, she could write and publish a book (and thus fulfill 64 years of longing to do that very thing), you can make your own dreams a reality, too. Go for it! What have you got to lose?


I hope you have enjoyed my review and will be leaving with some books.. thanks Sally.

Smorgasbord Cafe and Bookstore – New Book on the Shelves – #Poetry – Son of Booku: More Halloween Haiku by Annette Rochelle Aben

Delighted to share the news of the latest release by poet Annette Rochelle Aben, Son of Booku: More Halloween Haiku.

About the collection

The stage is set and the actors are fully rehearsed and prepared to have the night of their lives. Of course, it IS only ONE NIGHT but that night is Halloween. Come, and eavesdrop on the cast of fright night in the bright light of day as they speak in “haikulike verse”. While most subjects say cheese when facing a camera, these rascals say, BOO! BOOKU that is!

Head over to buy the collection in print and ebook: Amazon US – And:Amazon UK

A selection of other books by Annette Rochelle Aben

A recent review for A Haiku Perspective 2016

Robbie Cheadle5.0 out of 5 stars A sprinkling of happy dust Reviewed in the United States on March 28, 2021

I am a fan of Ms Aben’s lovely haikus and other poetry. She is one of the most uplifting people I know and her writing makes me feel happy and able to face the world which isn’t always a happy place. I think this is a real gift. I often have a peep into one of the poet’s books when I feel in need of some happy dust. A few examples of her work from this book are as follows:

Nice moments are grand
Giving us distraction
And Great Memories”

Sometimes life hugs you
Just when you least expect it
A whisper of hope”

From Born to Bless
“You’ll be the rainbow
The moment your remember
You always were”

Read the reviews and buy the books: Amazon US – And : Amazon UK – Follow Annette: Goodreads – Blog: Annette Rochelle Aben WordPress – Twitter:@YouAreTheExpert

About Annette Rochelle Aben

Annette has an attitude of gratitude that she spreads around on a daily basis… Annette’s Blog and also by interviewing authors on radio Tell Me A Story with Annette Rochelle Aben | The Magic Happens (TMH)

A love of writing, began for Annette when she was but a small child. Of course, she gives all the credit to her parents, who read to her and her siblings from the moment they were born. Once in school, teachers took over the roles of main influencers, as they required the students to do a lot of (wait for it… wait for it…) WRITING!

Over the years, Annette has been blessed with having both hobbies and jobs that required her to write. This resulted in her winning the admiration of peers and industry professionals alike. Publication lead to awards, which provided even more encouragement and now, Annette Rochelle Aben is a #1 Best Selling Author!

These days, Annette writes poetry books, coaches others through the writing of their books, and edits articles for the digital magazine The Magic Happens.

Along the way, Annette found time to explore the worlds of Aroma Therapy, Astrology, Bach Flower Essences, Crystal Therapy, Feng Shui, Hypnotherapy, Music Therapy, Numerology, Reiki, and Tarot. Guided by her Angels as to what to study and with whom, Annette turned many of her studies into sideline businesses.


Thanks for dropping in today and it would be great if you could share the news of Annette’s new collection. Thanks Sally.


Smorgasbord Blog Magazine – Music Column – The Breakfast Show with William Price King and Sally Cronin – Chart Hits 1977 – Part One – Fleetwood Mac, Eagles, Carly Simon and Donna Summer

Each week William and I select two top hits from the charts in the US and UK starting with 1960 for two weeks followed by 1961 etc..through to 1985. We will also include some of the notable events in those years for the up and coming stars who were centre stage at the time. We are now in the 1970s.

William is now on a family break but will be back with us again in September, wishing him a wonderful summer.

Welcome to our show and we are excited to share decades of music with you in 2021. Here is my first selection of top 1977 hits which I hope you will enjoy and I will catch up with your comments on my return. William.

News Event: January 31st 4th American Music Awards: Olivia Newton-John & Elton John win

Fleetwood Mac – Dreams

“Dreams” is from the album “Rumours.” It reached the #1 spot on Billboard’s Hot 100 in the US and in Canada and sold over a million copies worldwide. In the UK it peaked at #24 and stayed in the top 40 for eight weeks.

News Event: March 23rd Elvis Presley begins his final concert tour

Eagles – Hotel California

“Hotel California” won a Grammy Award for Record of the Year. According to the Eagles, the lyrics of the song describe their interpretation of the “high life” in Los Angeles. The song peaked at #1 in the US and many countries around the world. Rolling Stone magazine ranked it #49 on its list of “The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.”
It was named one of The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s “500 Songs that Shaped Rock and Roll.” Rock & Roll Hall of Fame

News Event:  April 2nd Fleetwood Mac’s “Rumours” album goes to No. 1 & stays atop charts for 31 weeks

Now time for my first picks from 1977 and I hope you will enjoy my selection from this interesting year in my life.

Carly Simon – Nobody Does It Better.

“Nobody Does It Better” is a power ballad composed by Marvin Hamlisch with lyrics by Carole Bayer Sager. It was recorded by Carly Simon as the theme song for the 1977 James Bond film The Spy Who Loved Me.  The song was released as a single from the film’s soundtrack album.

The song is Simon’s longest-charting hit, as well the most successful hit of hers that she did not write herself. Her earlier hit “You’re So Vain” spent three weeks at No. 1; however, its chart run was two months shorter than that of “Nobody Does It Better”. Carly Simon

News Event: May 2nd Revival of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s musical “The King & I”‘, with Yul Brynner reprising the role he created in 1951, opens at Uris Theater, NYC; runs for 695 performances

Donna Summer – I Feel Love

“I Feel Love” is a song by Donna Summer. Produced and co-written by Giorgio Moroder and Pete Bellotte, it was recorded for Summer’s fifth studio album, I Remember Yesterday (1977). “I Feel Love” was released May 1, 1977, as the B-side to the single “Can’t We Just Sit Down (And Talk It Over)”, which rose to #20 on the US R&B chart. Two months later, the sides were flipped and the single was reissued. “I Feel Love” was a number one hit in Australia, Austria, Belgium, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom, number three in Germany and Italy, number six on the Billboard Hot 100 in the United States, and also topped the charts in many other countries.


Additional sources: On This Day – Music – Hits of the 70s: Playback FMWikipedia

Your Hosts for The Breakfast Show

William Price King is an American jazz singer, crooner, and composer.

His interest in music began at an early age when he studied piano and clarinet in high school. At Morehouse College in Atlanta where he grew up, he sang in the Glee Club and studied classical music. After graduation he went off to the Yale School of Music where he earned a Masters degree. From there he journeyed to New York where he created a jazz trio ‘Au Naturel’ which performed in some of the hottest venues in Manhattan including gigs on Broadway and the famous ‘Rainbow Room.’ These gigs opened doors for performances in Montreal and a European tour.

While touring Europe he met a lovely French lady, Jeanne Maïstre, who, a year later became his wife. King left the group ‘Au Naturel’ and settled in the south of France where he started a new life on the French Riviera, opening his own music school – the “Price King Ecole Internationale de Chant.” He has had the pleasure over the years of seeing many of his students excel as singers on a professional level, and some going on to become national celebrities. He continues to coach young singers today, in his spare time.

Blog– IMPROVISATION William Price King on Tumblr – Buy William’s music: William Price King iTunes – FacebookWilliam Price King – Twitter@wpkofficial
Regular Venue – Cave Wilson

Sally Cronin is an author, blogger and broadcaster who enjoyed four years as part of the team on Onda Cero International’s English speaking morning show in Marbella and then for two years as a presenter on Expressfm the local radio station in Portsmouth. She co-presented two ‘Drive Time’ shows a week with Adrian Knight, hosted the live Thursday Afternoon Show and The Sunday Morning Show guests including musicians and authors. Following this she became Station Director for a local internet television station for two years, producing and presenting the daily news segment, outside broadcasts and co-presenting the Adrian and Sally chat show live on Friday evenings.

She and her husband David have now returned to Ireland where they live on the Wexford Coast where she blogs and continues to write books.

Books :Amazon US – And: Amazon UK – More reviews: Goodreads – blog: Smorgasbord Blog Magazine Twitter: @sgc58 – Facebook: Sally Cronin – LinkedIn: Sally Cronin

Next week 1977 Part Two. We hope you will tune in.. as always we love to hear from you.. thanks William and Sally.

Smorgasbord Blogger Daily – Monday 30th August 2021 – #Bookclubs Rebecca Budd, Reviews D. Wallace Peach, #Review D.G. Kaye

A small selection of posts I have read and enjoyed in the last few days and I hope you will head over to enjoy in full. thanks Sally.

The first post is from Rebecca Budd and her guest Karen Saunders who shares her experiences of belonging to a Book Club and how it can be both a social and a fulfilling reading experience.

Karen Saunders – St. Peter’s Square, in Vatican City

Welcome to Tea Toast & Trivia.

Thank you for listening in.

I am your host Rebecca Budd, and I am looking forward to sharing this moment with you.

I am delighted and thrilled that my long-time friend, Karen Saunders, has joined me on Tea Toast & Trivia to discuss how book clubs build compassionate communities and encourage life-long learning.

Karen called New Brunswick home. That is, until her family decided to settle on the other side of Canada in North Vancouver, British Columbia. Karen is passionate about literature, languages, and books. She attended the University of Victoria and graduated in 1979 with a Bachelor of Arts, a double major in English Literature and French Language. In 1983, Karen obtained a Master of Library Science from McGill University, Montréal, QC. During all her studies, she married the love her of life, Patrick.  

Head over to enjoy the podcast and post in full: Season 3 Episode 34: Karen Saunders on Books, Book Clubs & Belonging

The next post is from Diana Peach with part two of her August reviews for great authors including Teagan Geneviene, Robbie Cheadle and for children’s author Dawn Doig.. some new to me authors too which is always exciting..head over to read the reviews in full and top up your TBRs.

Part 2 of a busy month of reading!

Thanks for all the kind wishes about my dang back. It’s made giant strides toward wellness, and I intend to keep it that way after spending the entire month of August groaning.

August book reviews (part 2) include my 4 and 5 star reads of poetry and fantasy, a courtroom romance, a book of dark short stories, two sci-fi reads, and three children’s books. 

Head over to enjoy these terrific reviews: Diana Wallace Peach – Myths of the Mirror book reviews

The final post today is a book review by D.G. Kaye – a glimpse into what is beyond this mortal life of ours. It is often said that those who have passed have never returned to tell us of their findings.. but in Testimony of Light: An Extraordinary Message of Life After Death written in 1969 this may not be the case… head over to read more about this book and Debby’s review.

Bitmo Sunday book review

Sunday Book Review – Testimony of Light – An Extraordinary Message of Life After Death
August 29, 2021

Welcome to my Sunday Book Review. Today I’m sharing a recent read – Testimony of Light written by Helen Greaves, but the writing is all telepathically transmitted to Helen from her departed good friend and former nun, Frances Banks. Fascinating read on the spiritual life we encounter after we pass to the other side. 

Testimony Of Light: An extraordinary message of life after death by [Helen Greaves]

Head over to find out more about this book and read Debby’s review: Testimony of Light – An Extraordinary Message of Life After Death


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

Smorgasbord Short Stories – Authors in the Sun – #Mystery – The Coin by Rob Shackleford

When I worked on radio in the south of Spain I presented and recorded four series of Authors in the Sun showcasing local writers and their short stories. I ran a series here on the blog in 2017 which was much enjoyed and showed off the skills of some amazing writers.

I would love to share your short stories here too this summer and details of how you can participate is at the end of the post.

Today Rob Shackleford, author of two time travel novels shares a story that will have you scratching your head…..

The Coin
By Rob Shackleford

When I was a kid, things weren’t as structured at school as they are now. Then, children would either walk or ride a bicycle to school and, rather than being met by crowds of paranoid parents carefully scrutinising the surroundings for paedophiles, at the ring of the school bell at the end of the day there would instead be crowds of children milling as they walked home, bare-foot, from their day of not only education, but also fun, laughter, and life.

My brand new school was at the bottom of our street. Built to cater to the needs of a rapidly growing working-class suburb at the edge of the Australian city of Brisbane in the mid-1960’s, the school consisted of two or three stark, steel and timber frames built on stilts. Underneath was a concrete play area and places to sit while eating ‘little lunch’ or ‘big lunch’, while above were the classes, framed with walls of louvers to encourage air circulation. The teachers, mostly men dressed in white shirt and tie, long socks and seersucker shorts, struggled to keep the attention of children who visibly wilted in the stifling heat.

The thing I remember most was the dust. In my second year of school I was one of the school’s first students. There were no fences, so many of the children would take off into the surrounding bush at their big-lunch to play. Compared to today’s standards, it is amazing how any of us survived.

What was most distinctive was the ‘Oval’, the flattering description for the sports arena upon which Rugby-League football and cricket were played. Like the rest of the school grounds, the oval completely lacked any vegetation. Bulldozers had torn the grounds from the raw Australian bush, leaving the skeletal remnants of trees in mounds about the borders of the school grounds, while the top soil, in the baking hot sun, became the finest, powdery grey dust.

The dust was fantastic!

We would walk barefoot through the dust and each footfall would puff up a little grey cloud. We were always bare-foot, not because of poverty, though most families struggled financially, but because everyone, even the girls, preferred to go barefoot. Shoes were a luxury worn when we went to church and I remember the joys of carefully polishing the family’s shoes to a mirror shine on Sunday morning. But at school, the uniform black church shoes were always removed, even in winter. It was what we did. We would run and play barefoot, big toes scabbed as the end was eventually stubbed off, to hand with a bloody, skin hinge. I still have old black and white school photographs of children with tufted hair and bare feet sitting, smiling proudly.

What was the best was that the dust was talcum powder fine and would catch even the slightest zephyr. Often a whirlwind or willy-willy would rise when the bare ground was heated by the baking sun. The swirling column would hungrily suck the dust into a dense, grey tower and into this the boys would run, screaming in excitement as the dust caked our hair and faces and completely impregnated our clothes. At other times a rapidly approaching wall of grey would be carried on a stiff breeze. The fun was to get in front of it, backs to the wind as the dust hit with a tickly sand-blast on our bare legs and arms.

My mother always complained at how filthy I was at the end of a school day as eyes peered racoon-like from my dust-caked skin. My shirt would smell of dust and sweat and, instead of being good for the required second day’s wear, would have to be washed in the old wash-tub and ringer in our outdoor laundry.

Good times!

The dust was also the place where we played marbles. Marbles was predominantly the game for boys and we would clutch our precious multi-coloured glass spheres in the pockets of our dull grey uniform shorts. On more than one occasion I would scab a marble off someone and end up with half a dozen to take home as it was a ruthless, winner-take-all affair. Games of runners, circles, and holesey were played. Scooping marble holes in the playground only added to the dust and aggravated the teachers whom I am sure had visions of a distant, more civilised, vegetated school. Sometimes marbles were banned because of the lunar landscape of the marble playing area. The bans never lasted.

One day, in the bare space that was the parade ground, I found a coin. The parade ground was between one of the school buildings and the marble ground and in the wisdom of the education department had been covered by bauxite. The small, rusty red spheres of aluminium ore packed the ground in a vain effort to alleviate the suffocating dust. From what I could tell, no-one thought to control the dust with vegetation. The bauxite stones were too small to throw at each other, but were the best ammunition for a sling-shot, or shanghais as we called them, as the small stones would fly true because of their spherical perfection. Many a ceramic power-line insulator fell victim to those babies, shattering when struck with a truly well aimed pebble.

Anyway, back to the coin.

I remember this well as it was only a couple of years after the Australian government had sacrificed one of the trappings of the British monarchy and initiated our own decimal currency. Giving away the Empire’s Pounds, Shillings and Pence in 1966, one of my first memories of school was that later in the year, new coins would be introduced. We marvelled over a tiny, shiny copper one cent coin and the bigger two cent coin. I could be forgiven for thinking, based on the doubling of coin size per cent, how massive ten or twenty cent coins were going to be.

It was big-lunch and was baking hot. I had consumed my lunch, which was dreadfully wilted, having been stored a semi-transparent Tupperware lunch box which, because our schoolbags were often in the sun, gently steamed my blue-cheese and lettuce sandwich into an almost inedible soggy mess. To make matters worse, my mother always placed a few sweet biscuits in the same lunch box, so they always took on the blue cheese taste. It could have been worse, as sometimes my mother inexplicably made liverwurst and onion sandwiches for us for lunch which, in the summer heat, created fumes that could kill cockroaches.

So it could be understood that I was rather … peckish.

In the dust of the parade-ground at Watson Road State School I found a two cent piece. The year was 1968 and I was in Grade 3 and about eight years old. I was not used to pocket money, and not really used to having coins at all. So on finding the precious copper coin I enjoyed studying the details, the stylised head of Queen Elizabeth and on the other side the crisp, artistic rendition of a ‘Frilly’ Lizard. I had never actually seen a Frill-Necked Lizard as the reptiles that inhabited our neighbourhood were actually bearded dragons; grey, spiky and rough, like the iron-bark trees that naturally forested the area. The bearded dragons would sit, unmoving, on the trees and were almost invisible. Once spotted they were great fun to catch and, as they swelled and opened their yellow mouths in threat, used to chase girls.

On examining the coin I was struck by what I thought was strange, that the date on the coin was all wrong. Here it was, 1968, and the date on the coin was 1972.

That could not be right!

I called over my friend, Tony Purser. He was quiet and placid, a good friend. When called over he looked at the coin, wrinkled his nose, and shrugged his shoulders. Not the response I preferred, so I called to another friend, Greg Blank. He was more vocal. “Ohhh bullshit Shack, how can a coin say 1972?”

That response was more like expected but did not satisfy me for long as, once proved and discussed for a minute or two, he also simply shrugged his shoulders and went back to his game of marbles.

What to do with such a coin? How could a coin from four years in the future be found in the year 1968?

I held on to the amazing coin for a few minutes, pondering the possibilities, on how such a strange thing could be. I have often thought about the coin since, for in my hand I held a coin from the future. Did someone from the future have the coin drop inadvertently from their pocket in a moment of carelessness or, just as improbable, were some coins prepared in advance by the government and accidentally released by the banks and given as a part of an unsuspecting worker’s pay-packet?

It was a conundrum.

Perhaps with the reasoning of an adult I would have approached a teacher on playground duty, or even taken it home to my parents so the newspaper could have been informed. It would have served me no useful purpose to keep the coin in storage as, in four years, the coin would be just another two cent piece. After all, I was only eight years old and with a limited capacity of fascination for such things, while a ball-bearing used as a marble was clearly much more interesting.

I recall sitting and thinking as I looked at the amazing coin. Yes, the date was absolutely certain. The 1972 was crisp and clear, the carved artwork easily defined.

It was only two cents. Not even worth much, even to me. It wasn’t long before I knew exactly what to do.

Forget about the mystery of how a 1972 coin could have been in possible 1968. The coin was soon traded at the tuck-shop, our school shop, for a couple of Jatz crackers spread with vegemite. They were the only worthwhile thing that two cents would buy and while I decided, in the stifling heat, that I was not particularly hungry, as a normally penniless eight-year-old I simply had to spend every cent that fell into my eager hands.

Snack consumed, the mysterious coin was forgotten and I went back to playing marbles in the grey dust.

©Rob Shackleford 2021

Books by Rob Shackleford

One of the recent reviews for Traveller: Incepto

Syd Henningsen 5.0 out of 5 stars Experience two worlds Reviewed in the United States on July 2, 2021

In accidental time travel books you usually have to put up with a lot of antics, but this one is more about exploring two worlds throughout history – the ancient and the modern, contrasting their ways of life. The life of scientific research is bolstered by detailed scenes and precise narration, grounding us in a relatable scenario.

Add to this atmospheric descriptions of far-flung characters’ travails, and I was more than a little intrigued.
The set up allows the reader to ponder the potential for traveling through time, and how it changes the perspective of the busy, often distracted modern consciousness.

While the storytelling is controlled and the authorial voice is subdued, it easily gets its point across and captures the majesty of its setting. Not only that, it possesses the intellectual depth I’m looking for in a piece of fiction. Primarily, it is a dramatic interweaving of ideas.

A requirement I have while reading time travel stories is that I must learn something about history along the way, or receive a poignant satire of history. The Saxon England encountered here taught me plenty. It managed to be entertaining at the same time.

In the beginning, we are presented with mysteries, and with a little patience will are rewarded with answers. It contains effective action and an engaging plot. The moment by moment experience offers a well-written alternative to a lot of similar books out there. Though I’ve seen the concept done before, I’ve never seen it done exactly this way. It is a book best jumped onto like a ride. A true reading experience.

I always find scientific aspects of a story to be of minor importance, except when they’re done masterfully. The sciency moments here were not overwhelming or intrusive, but functional and lent a cinematic quality to the whole. Clearly, some research has gone into it, which is always a plus.

Characters with challenging decisions to make, and a small learning curve for the reader to adjust to in the shifts in narration at the start, all require active participation from the reader. All in all, Traveller Inceptio is still a very safe bet for your S-F fix.

Read the reviews and buy the books: Amazon US – And: Amazon UK – Follow Rob: Goodreads – Website/Blog: Rob Shackleford – Facebook: Rob Shackleford Author – Twitter: @robshackleford LinkedIn:Rob Shackleford

About Rob Shackleford

An English-born Australian, Rob Shackleford has lived in New Zealand and Papua New Guinea, with a varied career that has included Customs Officer, Scuba Instructor, College Teacher and management roles in too many places.

With degrees in the Arts and Business, he is mad keen on travel, Scuba diving, Family History, martial arts, astronomy, and playing Djembe and Congas. Despite that, he is actually not that boring.

Rob is father of two and has made his green escape with his lovely lady into Australia’s Gold Coast hinterland.

Thanks for dropping in today and I am sure Rob would love your feedback.. thanks Sally.


If you have a fiction short story to share with us then here is what I will need. Please send to

  • A word document with your edited story. A new story or one you have written and published on your blog.
  • 1000 to 1500 words.. but if it is slightly shorter or longer that is no problem. It can be any genre except for erotica as I have younger readers.
  • If you are an author or blogger who has featured here before I don’t need anything else.
  • If you are new to the blog then I will need an Amazon page link, blog or website links,three main social media links and a profile photograph.

I look forward to hearing from you and sharing your writing here… thanks Sally.


Smorgasbord Cafe and Bookstore – New Book on the Shelves – #Paranormal #Thriller – Pre-Order Blood Mark by JP Mclean

Delighted to share the news of the latest book by JP Mclean – a paranormal thriller Blood Mark.

About the book

What if your lifelong curse is the only thing keeping you alive? Abandoned at birth, life has always been a battle for Jane Walker. She and her best friend, Sadie, spent years fighting to survive Vancouver’s cutthroat underbelly. That would have been tough enough without Jane’s mysterious afflictions: an intricate pattern of blood-red birthmarks that snake around her body and vivid, heart-wrenching nightmares that feel so real she wakes up screaming.

After she meets the first man who isn’t repulsed by her birthmarks, Jane thinks she might finally have a chance at happiness. Her belief seems confirmed as the birthmarks she’s spent her life so ashamed of magically begin to disappear. Yet, the quicker her scarlet marks vanish, the more lucid and disturbing Jane’s nightmares become—until it’s impossible to discern her dreams from reality, and Jane comes to a horrifying realization:

The nightmares that have plagued her since childhood are actually visions of real people being stalked by a deadly killer. And all this time, her birthmarks have been the only things protecting her from becoming his next victim.

Blood Mark is the first in a brand-new paranormal thriller series by JP McLean, author of The Gift Legacy series and whose writing has been described as “. . . deftly crafted, impressively original, and inherently compelling from first page to last.”

Pre-order the book for October 19th at a special price: Amazon US – And:Amazon UK

Also by JP McLean

One of the reviews for Secret Sky (The Gift Legacy Book 1)

One of the more unique fantasy-driven narratives I’ve read in a long time, this was a remarkable opening chapter in a new fantasy series. In the first of six books, the author introduces readers to quite a unique world, where the gift many people around the world have always said they’d want is a reality for a select few, but it isn’t always the “gift” people assume it would be.

The core of this novel resides in the protagonist, Emelynn. Her journey hits instantly when readers find her being transported to a hospital, and only gets stranger and stronger as time goes on. The mysterious circumstances of how she got her power, her wild introduction to the Fliers, and the complex web of emotions as she is introduced to new friends, new romance, and freedom she never knew before make her an engaging protagonist.

It was an especially inspired choice to set this story within the real world, and not an original land or world like many fantasy stories like to do. It made the inclusion of thriller and suspense elements in the narrative feel more natural and dynamic. The action and shocking twists and turns as the final pages came made this one of the best reads in the fantasy genre in years.

A powerful, character-driven narrative like no other, author J.P. McLean’s “Secret Sky” is a must-read. The suspense and thrills that this book produces are equally balanced with the more fantastic and romantic genres this book inhabits, while the mythology and protagonist the author crafted help not only draw the reader in but keep them invested throughout the entirety of the novel. If you haven’t yet, be sure to grab your copy of this amazing read today!  

Read the reviews and buy the books: Amazon US – And : Amazon UK – Follow JP Mclean on : Goodreads – Website: J.P. Mclean Author – Twitter: @jpmcleanauthor – Facebook: JP Mclean


About JP Mclean

JP (Jo-Anne) McLean writes urban fantasy and supernatural thrillers which have received honourable mentions from the Whistler Independent Book Awards and the Victoria Writers Society. Reviewers call her books addictive, smart, and fun. Her work includes endorsements from award-winning and best-selling authors, E.E. Holmes, Jennifer Manuel, Elinor Florence, Jennifer Anne Gordon, and Eileen Cook.

JP is a graduate of the University of British Columbia’s Sauder School of Business. She is a certified scuba diver, an avid gardener, and a voracious reader. Raised in Toronto, Ontario, JP lived in various parts of North America before settling on Denman Island on Canada’s west coast, where she now lives with her husband. When she’s not writing, you’ll find her cooking dishes that look nothing like the recipe photos or arguing with weeds in the garden


Thanks for dropping in today and it would be great if you could spread the news of JP’s latest book.. thanks Sally.


Smorgasbord Cafe and Bookstore Update – #Reviews – #Romance Jacquie Biggar, #Historical #Paranormal Roberta Eaton Cheadle, #PostApocolyptic Harmony Kent

Welcome to the first of the author updates this week with recent reviews for authors on the shelves.

The first review today is for USA Today Bestselling Author Jacquie Biggar – Secrets, Lies & Alibis (Wounded Hearts Book 8)

About the book

An elusive danger brings two obstinate lovers together for the sake of their unborn child

SAC Agent Amanda Rhinehold is driven to succeed, so it’s a bitter pill to swallow when she is forced to accept a demotion in order to distance herself from an error in judgment– one that leaves her pregnant.

Adam O’Connor uses his playboy image to keep anyone from getting too close. History has shown the people he cares about tends to get hurt, he’s like the proverbial bad luck charm. When an affair with his supervisor goes sideways and she leaves town, he figures it’s for the best, though his heart isn’t so sure.

When trouble comes calling, these two will have to sort their differences in order to protect their baby- and try not to fall in love in the process

One of the recent reviews for the book

Aug 07, 2021 Karen rated it four stars really liked it   

SAC Agent Amanda Rhinehold has taken a new position in the company, but not because she wanted to, because she was forced to after an error in judgement. Now she’s on desk duty and planning for the changes in her life. When trouble finds her from a past case, she has to go back to Texas and come face to face with the people she put in danger. She has a secret that she’s been keeping too and now it will be out in the open.

Adam O’Connor has another new partner and is still working a large case. When his past comes back to Texas with danger on her heals, he will have to convince his previous SAC that he’s ready for a relationship and helping her.

I enjoyed this story, and the characters are always enjoyable to read. The story is full of action, secrets, danger and great characters. Adam and Amanda both have baggage, and they need to figure out a way to put their pasts behind them and move on and make a life together to protect the innocent. I give this story 4-star review. I have to find time to go back and read the stories earlier in the series.  

A small selection of other books by Jacquie Biggar

Read the reviews and buy the books: Amazon US – And: Amazon UK – Follow Jacquie : Goodreads – website: Jacquie Biggar – Twitter: @jacqbiggar

The final book today with a recent review is A Ghost and His Gold by Roberta Eaton Cheadle .. Now in Kindle on Lulu

robbie a ghost and his goldAbout the book

After Tom and Michelle Cleveland move into their recently built, modern townhouse, their housewarming party is disrupted when a drunken game with an Ouija board goes wrong and summonses a sinister poltergeist, Estelle, who died in 1904. Estelle makes her presence known in a series of terrifying events, culminating in her attacking Tom in his sleep with a knife. But, Estelle isn’t alone. Who are the shadows lurking in the background – one in an old-fashioned slouch hat and the other, a soldier, carrying a rifle?

After discovering their house has been built on the site of one of the original farms in Irene, Michelle becomes convinced that the answer to her horrifying visions lie in the past. She must unravel the stories of the three phantoms’ lives, and the circumstances surrounding their untimely deaths during the Second Anglo Boer War, in order to understand how they are tied together and why they are trapped in the world of ghosts between life and death. As the reasons behind Estelle’s malevolent behaviour towards Tom unfold, Michelle’s marriage comes under severe pressure and both their lives are threatened.

A recent review for the book

Aug 16, 2021 Toni rated it five stars it was amazing
A dramatic paranormal historical story set in South Africa

I’m familiar with Roberta Cheadle’s wonderful Sir Chocolate series for children (written under the name of Robbie Cheadle), and I was looking forward to reading one of her adult fiction books. I was not disappointed with this dramatic and enthralling story set in South Africa and dealing with the Second Anglo Boer War.

This is a moving supernatural thriller that weaves two intertwining stories together. There is a modern-day story about a married couple, Michelle and Tom Cleveland, whose lives are horrifically impacted by a poltergeist, Estelle, who died in 1904. The story switches between past and present. When we go back to the past, we learn a great deal about the Second Anglo Boer War and one farming family at the time.

I knew a little bit about that war because Australia was involved on the British side. But I had no idea what a cruel and brutal conflict it was, and the horrific ordeal suffered by so many people at the time, including in concentration camps. The history is magnificently brought to life in this very intense story, particularly involving a Boer farmer, Pieter, and his daughter Estelle, who has a very tragic life. It also deals with emotional abuse and trauma within family relationships. Estelle’s story is supremely sad, and that spart of the story will stay in my memory for a long time.

The modern story I found to be a real page-turner, as Michelle’s husband descends into madness and has all sorts of other problems as secrets from his past are revealed. The problems within their relationship are very complex and disturbing.

The ghosts from the past have a devastating impact on the modern characters, but the two stories weave together brilliantly. I didn’t know how the modern couple could possibly resolve their differences, but I was swept along as the author managed to bring everything to a very satisfying conclusion.

If you are interested in history and enjoy mysteries, then this book would be a very good choice. I give it a resounding five stars.

Read the reviews and buy the book: Amazon UK – And: Amazon US

A small selection of other books by Robbie and Michael Cheadle and as Roberta Eaton Cheadle.


Read the reviews and Buy the books : Amazon US And: Amazon UK – Follow Robbie : Goodreads – blog: Robbie’s Inspiration- Twitter: @bakeandwrite

The final review today is for Harmony Kent and Fallout: A Post-Apocalyptic Novel.

About the book


The year is 3040.

The location is Exxon 1, part of a six-planet system in settled space.

Determined to avoid the mistakes of old Earth, the surviving humans avoided democracy and opted, instead, for a non-elective totalitarian system.

The new way worked well, until now.

A crazy, despotic president releases a nano-virus on the population.

No one was ready for the fallout. It came anyway.

In this post-apocalyptic world, can you stay safe?

One of the recent reviews for the book

ADG 5.0 out of 5 stars A bleak world with a fantastic story  Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 17 August 2021

Fallout by Harmony Kent is a bleak, turbulent and fascinating post-apocalyptic Sci Fi novel revolving around the themes of power, deception and corruption. Whilst some of the Sci Fi elements didn’t resonate with me (this is a personal preference however), the entire novel is a brilliant read from start to finish.

The introduction sets the book up well: a dangerous world filled with disease, infection, ruin, blood-thirsty gangs, violence, soldiers, and roaming creatures. I felt for Priya, the first main character, as she tried to navigate this dangerous world, and the development between her and Kaleb was really enjoyable. I read with delight as his influence brought her power and understanding, a far cry from how we first encountered her at the start. I also liked how we moved to Sasha and her story, watching her work as a master manipulator and her own quest for power and dominance. In the centre is the struggle are the vials, powerful biological weapons that can wipe out vast populations or save them from the terror in which they live. The book was expertly crafted by the author to bring all of this together, and I felt that we spent suitable time with each so as to really understand them, whilst remembering where we left the other person’s story. I loved the juxtaposition of how one of them is at the bottom rung of power and the other is at the top, and yet each has their own battles to face if they are going to survive this harsh world.

A few minor negatives. I felt a little lost in terms of the context around this world at the start (which is cleared up later on). Kent has done a marvellous job of world-building, but sometimes I found myself lacking some important details. I would have liked some more description about where we were and what the raptors, for example, looked like. I also would have preferred it to be set on earth, but this is my personal preference and does not affect how much I enjoyed this book.

In short, this is a brilliant read. It was the sort of book I found myself reading in the early hours of the morning and late at night. Sci Fi fan or not, everyone should read this book.

A small selection of other books by Harmony Kent

Read the reviews and buy the books: Amazon UK – And : Amazon US – Follow Harmony:Goodreads – Website:Harmony KentTwitter: @Harmony_Kent


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



Smorgasbord Blog Magazine – New Series – #Nonfiction – Guest Posts – Who has influenced you the most in your life?

Recently I shared a short series on people how I considered an been a positive influence in my life, either by teaching me to read and write, that dreams can come true, that human kindness comes in many forms or by helping me transition into a responsible adult.

Of course our parents and other members of the family have a direct impact on who we are today, but for me  in addition there are those who came and went in my life, but whilst there changed the way I looked at life in general and my own future.

This series is about the person you feel has had the most influence on your life and has shaped the person you are today, and what you have achieved.  That might be in reaching personal goals or to do with your career.

This is of course also a marketing opportunity for your blog and books, and a showcase of your writing skills.

At the end of the post I have shared the links to my recent series so you can see how it might look when posted.

Some guidelines.

  • If you look back at your life, who would you say had the most influence on who you are today or your life’s achievements?
  • It might be a parent, grandparent, or other relation, perhaps a teacher, employer or someone who you only encountered for a brief period, but changed the course of your life in a positive way.
  • It might be someone you have never met but influenced you in another way such as by their actions or a book that you read by them. This is a tribute to that person.
  • It can be a post your have already written or one that is unpublished.
  • If already published just send me the link.
  • I will top and tail the post with the usual links and a recent review etc.
  • This is an opportunity to show off your writing skills and to encourage readers to follow your blog or buy your books…dress to impress.

What I need from you sent to my email

If you are have been promoted here before.

I just need your word document 1000 to 1500 words and two or three photographs to break up the text.. perhaps of you at that stage in your life or one of the person who you are writing about.

If they are an author then an Amazon link so I can copy the cover of their book or books with a link.

If you have not been featured on the blog before

  • In addition to the word document and photographs for the post I will need your information.
  • A profile photograph, up to date  biography, social media links for website or blog, Facebook, Twitter, or Linkedin.
  • If you are an author your Amazon Author page, Goodreads and Bookbub if you are there too.

Once I have received your post

  • I will schedule and let you have the date.
  • On the day of publication I will send you a link for the post.
  • It would be great if you could share your post on your social media.
  • I ask that all comments are responded to individually as it does make a difference to the number of times the post is shared.
  • When shared on social media I will tag you if you are on that platform and it would be great if you could thank the person who has shared the post..

I am looking forward to discovering the amazing people who have inspired you and sharing them here in this series… get in touch… thanks Sally.

My series of posts on those who had an influence on my life.

Thank you Mrs Miller – luv Sally age four ‘n’ haf

Grazzi hafna from Sally aged seven to the old Prickly Pear farmer and his donkey

-Baie dankie my vriend Linda Mooi from Sally aged Ten. Capetown 1963

Thank you Betty Lavington from Sally aged Seventeen – #Drama

Thank you Roland Phillips DDS for teaching me about work ethics


Look forward to hearing from you soon… Sally.