Smorgasbord Posts from Your Archives 2023 #Potluck – July Book Reviews Part 1! @harmony_kent @TPolen6 @YouAreTheExpert by D.L. Finn

Welcome to the new series of Posts from Your Archives 2023 where I will be sharing posts from the last six months of 2023 I have selected from the archives of willing participants. If you wish to be included the information is at the the end of the post.

This is the first post from Denise Finn who is another author who supports writers with amazing reviews every month.  This is just part one of her reviews from July 2022.

July Book Reviews Part 1! @harmony_kent @TPolen6 @YouAreTheExpert

Tell me a story: in 99 words by Annette Rochelle Aben

“Tell me a Story” is an impressive collection of stories that vary from light-hearted to serious subjects. I am always amazed when so much can be packed into 99 words, and Ms. Aben did it well. Each story held my interest, but here are a few that captured my heart: Bedfellow, Daybreak, Eloise, I Wish I May, Knowledge is Power, and Promises Kept. Like the poetry I enjoy from this author, this can be read more than once. A well-written group of tales that has something for everyone that I can easily recommend.

The Insurgent (The Colony #2) by Teri Polen

I’ve been looking forward to the continuing story of Asher and his friends. “The Insurgent” picks up where “Subject A36” left off without missing a beat. Asher is put in a horrible situation where if he doesn’t do what Silas wants him to, Brynn and his family will be killed. He had no choice but to withdraw into himself and let A36 take over. He becomes the killing machine he was bred to be. The story was fast-paced, yet allowed us to get to know Declan, Brynn, and other characters better. There were some unexpected twists and a deep look into what is really important in life. A society that only places value on the outside of a person and will do anything to get perfection, even if it means killing children, is an unsettling mirror of what could be if vanity comes before anything else. The characters are all flawed and have burdens to carry with them, but that makes it very easy for me to root for the insurgent’s success. This could be a standalone read, but I would start at the beginning, so you don’t miss anything. I loved this book as much as I did the first one and can easily recommend it.

Life & Soul (Book 2: Soul Poetry Series)  by Harmony Kent

I’ve been eagerly awaiting this new collection from Ms. Kent. The first book, “Slices of a Soul,” was woven together into a beautiful story full of emotions and vivid images. “Life & Soul” offered the same narrative of emotions that felt much like I was reading a poetic memoir. Six parts showed powerful glimpses into a life that I could easily relate to. There were so many captivating poems, but here are a few that captured my heart. From Lonely Soul: “Wild and Free,” Brief Soul: “Wonder of new things/I’ve only seen in books/Until now,” Friendly Soul: “Be Yourself,” and many from Loving Soul including: “Lost Property,” and “Unconditional.” The combination of different types of poems flows perfectly into the poetic waves. These are words that are meant to be read over and over. I can highly recommend “Life & Soul.”

I only post my 4 & 5-star reviews. If I don’t like a book, I won’t finish it. It doesn’t feel right leaving a review in that case. Life is too short not to enjoy every book you read!

Embrace your inner child—read a book! D. L. Finn

 ©D.L. Finn 2022

My thanks to Denise for inviting me to share from her archives and I recommend that you pop in there each month to enjoy her recommendations. I know she would love to hear from you.

About D.L. Finn

D.L. Finn is an independent California local who encourages everyone to embrace their inner child. She was born and raised in the foggy Bay Area, but in 1990 relocated with her husband, kids, dogs, and cats to the Sierra foothills in Nevada City, CA. She immersed herself in reading all types of books, but especially loved romance, horror, and fantasy. She always treasured creating her own reality on paper. Finally, being surrounded by towering pines, oaks, and cedars, her creativity was nurtured until it bloomed. Her creations vary from children’s books, young adult fantasy, and adult paranormal romance to an autobiography with poetry. She continues on her adventures with an open invitation for her readers to join her

A selection of books by D.L. Finn

One of the reviews for Just Her Poetry

Chas 5.0 out of 5 stars Read over and over  Reviewed in the United States 🇺🇸 on January 27, 2023

These poems surround you in beautiful images.

Nature is painted with perfection.

The images can wrap you up like a cuddly, warm blanket or can bring out nature’s energy in all its magnificence or in all its fierceness.

D.L. draws knowledge, strength and joy from all of nature, and you will too after diving into these poems.

They show her respect for its power and portray the struggles all creatures experience.

From poem to poem D.L. Finn shares nature in all its glory, dazzling or intimidating, allowing us to share her love and respect for the natural world.

Read the reviews and buy the books: Amazon US – And: Amazon UK – Follow D.L. Finn: Goodreads – Connect to D.L. Finn – Website: D.L. Finn Author – Facebook: D.L. Finn Author – Twitter: @dlfinnauthor


How to feature in the series?

  • All I need you to do is give me permission to dive in to your archives and find two posts to share here on Smorgasbord. (
  • Rather than a set topic, I will select posts at random of general interest across a number of subjects from the second six months of 2022. (it is helpful if you have a link to your archives in your sidebar by month)
  • As I will be promoting your books as part of the post along with all your information and links so I will not be sharing direct marketing or self- promotional posts in the series.
  • If you are an author I am sure you will have a page on your blog with the details, and an ‘about page’ with your profile and social media links (always a good idea anyway). I will get everything that I need.
  • As a blogger I would assume that you have an ‘about page’ a profile photo and your links to social media.
  • Copyright is yours and I will ©Your name on every post… and you will be named as the author in the URL and subject line.
  • Previous participants are very welcome to take part again.
  • Each post is reformatted for my blog and I don’t cut and paste, this means it might look different from your own post especially if you are using the block editor
  • If I do share a post which contains mainly photographs I will share up to five and link back to the original post for people to view the rest.

N.B – To get the maximum benefit from your archive posts, the only thing I ask is that you respond to comments individually and share on your own social media.. thank you.


114 thoughts on “Smorgasbord Posts from Your Archives 2023 #Potluck – July Book Reviews Part 1! @harmony_kent @TPolen6 @YouAreTheExpert by D.L. Finn

  1. I loved Tree Fairies by Denise – her connection, appreciation and concern for nature is beautifully expressed. I also loved Harmony’s Life & Soul and love the review that Denise has written for it. I need to find the timme to explore Teri Polen’s work now. ♥♥

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  2. Wonderful share, Sally. Thank you. These talented, inspirational writers brighten my reading life. Congratulations to Annette, Harmony, Teri, and Denise. ❤️

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  3. Sally, thanks so much for sharing Denise’s reviews! I’m doing a happy dance at seeing her wonderful recommendation for my poetry again 💃😁. Congratulations to Teri and Annette, and a big thank you to Denise.

    Hugs 💕🙂

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  5. Denise writes wonderful reviews, and she and I read many of the same books. It’s always fun to read her thoughts. Congrats to Annette, Teri, and Harmony, and thanks for sharing, Sally. It feels like a celebration of this community when reviews get shared and reshared.

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