Smorgasbord Christmas Book Fair 2022 – #Photography #Poetry #Flash M.J. Mallon, #Women’sLit Toni Pike, #Family #Poetry Lauren Scott

Welcome to the Smorgasbord Christmas Book Fair with a selection of books from personally recommended authors on my bookshelf I believe will make wonderful gifts for friends, family and for you.

The first book today is  the latest release by M.J. Mallon and enjoyed the collection very much. Do What You love: Fragility Of Your Flame Poems, Photography and Flash Fiction

About the collection

Do What You Love is a personal poetry collection celebrating how the fates may have a part in all that we do.

With special poems and short reflective moments inspired by family, flowers and nature, love, scrumptious morsels, places I’ve visited, lived and intend to live in, the friendships and hopes I have for the future.

The overarching theme is to live a life well lived… And to do what you love.

One of the reviews for the collection

Nov 20, 2022 D.G. Kaye rated it five stars it was amazing

MJ Mallon has written a heartfelt book with memories, prose, and poetry, incorporated with stories of life, love, family, and nature. In some of her stories, she is in conversation with the fates: Clotho, Lachesis and Atropos, the three Moirai representing the cycle of life – birth, life and death, past, present and future. We will read shared conversations about meeting her husband, her homeland of Scotland, stories about children that grow up and leave the nest, and nostalgic stories of growing up with her parents. There are many beautiful images MJ intersperes amid her stories.

Stories from the heart is what I would classify this book – poignant moments that left indelible imprints on the author and will touch the reader, a reminiscing through life and new adventures. This book is a wonderful slice of life celebrated and spoken by the author through beautiful written words 

Read the reviews and buy the book: Amazon UKAnd: Amazon US – Amazon Ca

Also by M.J. Mallon

 Discover more about M. J. Mallon and buy the books: Amazon US –And: Amazon UK Website: M.J. Mallon – Goodreads: Goodreads – Twitter: @Marjorie_Mallon

The next book that I can also highly recommend is a heart warming story of renewal by Toni Pike and is her latest release – Linda’s Midlife Crisis…

About the book

Meet Linda Lockwood: fifty, fat, frumpy and bullied by her horrible husband Ron and the vile students and principal at the school where she teaches English. But her life is about to undergo a total transformation.

Linda suffers a breakdown after a traumatic classroom incident, and that brings out the worst in Ron and devious principal, Wayne Forsythe. Then she is rocked to discover her husband has a shocking secret.

With her own determination and the help of friends and family, she starts to turn her life around. Her own success might be the best revenge, but life still has some more surprises for Linda.

One of the reviews for the book

Linda is an overweight teacher, bullied by her students, ignored by the school’s administration, and unappreciated by her husband who has no problem humiliating her, at home and in public. When Linda has a breakdown and is ordered to rest, her husband, feeling burdened, leaves her. The sense of relief begins Linda’s journey into remaking her life.

Linda faces few obstacles in her path beyond her own self-doubt as she forges ahead with some eye-opening determination. She has wonderful support from family and friends, and though most opportunities fall easily into her lap, she also takes risks. I’d categorize the story as Women’s Lit and though it’s fictional, it offers some practical advice on how to remake one’s life, as well as messages of empowerment.

The pace is spot on for a book light on conflict, and I finished it in a day. I enjoyed the array of well-developed characters, especially Linda who carries the POV. This happily-ever-after story would make a fun beach read. Recommended to Women’s Lit readers who are looking for a light and entertaining way to spend a few hours. 

Head over to buy the book Amazon: USAUKAustraliaCanadaand follow reviews on Goodreads

A selection of other books by Toni Pike for children and adults

Connect to Toni and buy the books: Amazon AustraliaAmazon US – And : Amazon UK – Follow Toni:Goodreads – Website: Toni PikeTwitter:@piketoni1

The final book today is the lovely collection which is another of my recommendations by Lauren Scott – More than Coffee: Memories in Verse and Prose

About the book

From the early woes of childhood and teen years, this collection of stories and poems paints a picture of young dreams and fears. But as adulthood sets in, these dreams and fears change. More than Coffee touches on love and loss, nature and endurance, marriage and parenting. In these memories, humor diffuses fear and taking risks proves to be a powerful method in boosting self-confidence. Through it all, whether in the wilderness near a sparkling lake or in the comfort of home, there’s nothing like a good cup of coffee. A poignant and reflective collection of verse and prose that is best enjoyed sipping your favorite coffee roast.

One of the reviews for the collection

This lovely book is a mix of a memoir about the author/poet’s life with some beautiful freestyle poems included after each prose section to enhance the emotion and moments shared. The memoirs are relatable and cover delightful memories of family brought back through inherited items and stories shared by family members as well as the author’s own life experiences including achievements, romance, parental love, and overcoming fears. The author’s personality and humour comes through strongly in her writing and poetry, as well as her joy and pleasure in the simple things in life.

My favourite poem in this collection and the one that summarised for me the spirit and essence of this book is Fulfilled.


Let me drink from the gaze in your eyes
Eyes that have me wildly mesmerized
Mesmerized under their vivid piercing spell
Spell which only you many cast over me
Me, with a heart madly in love
Love, a whirlwind of euphoric emotions so true
True in not only our hearts, but in our minds
Minds, fully aware of their endless thoughts
Thoughts so amorous of us entwined
Entwined in each other’s arms eternally,
Eternally, still to few seconds for our time together.

I recommend this book to people who enjoy basking in the bright rays of happiness in life. 

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

Also by Lauren Scott

Discover more about Lauren Scott and buy the books: Amazon USAnd: Amazon UK – Website/Blog: Baydreamer – Facebook: Lauren Scott Author


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



70 thoughts on “Smorgasbord Christmas Book Fair 2022 – #Photography #Poetry #Flash M.J. Mallon, #Women’sLit Toni Pike, #Family #Poetry Lauren Scott

  1. Some good books to choose from.
    ‘Linda’s mid-life crisis’, sounds a bit like my teaching apart from I had a very supportive husband…
    Bully culture and undermining certainly can take its toll

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  2. Three wonderful authors, Sally. I’ve heard tons of great stuff about Marje’s latest book, and I enjoyed both Toni’s and Lauren’s books. (Thanks for capturing my review of Linda’s Midlife Crisis.) Huge congrats to the authors on the wonderful reviews. Thanks for sharing!

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  3. Congrats to all these fine authors. I’ve read Linda’s Midlife Crisis which was excellent. Readers will root for Linda as she transforms after dumping her miserable loser husband, Ron.

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  4. Three wonderful shares today Sal. I so enjoyed Marje and Toni’s books, and I will definitely be reading Lauren’s book. Congrats to all three talented writers. Hugs ❤

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  6. Reblogged this on Toni Pike and commented:
    Thank you so much to the amazing Sally Cronin for including Linda’s Midlife Crisis in the Smorgasbord Christmas Book Fair. It’s the best place to go if you’re looking for Christmas gifts – and you’ll find books for everyone there. Sally’s included me with two brilliant authors, M.J. Mallon and Lauren Scott.

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  7. I admit that I have yet to read anything by Marje, but I like what I’m reading, so that will change. 🙂 I did get a chance to read and enjoy Toni and Lauren’s book, Both well done! Thank you for sharing, Sally, Debby, Diana, and Robbie.

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