Smorgasbord Book Promotions – Meet the Authors 2023 – #Family #Romance Jacquie Biggar, #Memoir Cheryl Oreglia, #Midlife #Change Toni Pike

Welcome to the 2023 series of meet the authors. This series offers me the opportunity to not just share my personal recommendation for the author, but to also check for new books I might have missed, changes to biographies and profile photos and check links.

I also I hope will introduce you to previously unknown authors to you and their books. As the curator of a towering TBR like most of you, I hope it will also encourage you to move books waiting in line up the queue.

The first author today is Jacquie Biggar who is a USA Today Bestselling writer of romance and I have enjoyed every book I have read from her wonderful portfolio.

Meet Jacquie Biggar

Jacquie Biggar is a USA Today bestselling author of romance who loves to write about tough, alpha males and strong, contemporary women willing to show their men that true power comes from love. She lives on Vancouver Island with her husband and loves to hear from readers all over the world!

In her own words:

“My name is Jacquie Biggar. When I’m not acting like a total klutz, I am a wife, mother of one, grandmother, and a butler to my calico cat.

My guilty pleasure are reality tv shows like Amazing Race and The Voice. I can be found every Monday night in my armchair plastered to the television laughing at Blake’s shenanigans.

I love to hang at the beach with DH (darling hubby) taking pictures or reading romance novels (what else?).

I have a slight Tim Hortons obsession, enjoy gardening, everything pink and talking to my friends.”

A small selection of Jacquie’s books

My review for Letting Go : The Defiant Sisters- Book1 (The Defiant Sisters Duet) February 25th 2023

I do enjoy Jacquie Biggar’s romances as she creates great characters working through the complexities of love and passion with skill.

In this story, the relationship between sisters, its closeness, expectations and miscommunications has resulted in Renee leaving home abruptly following a tragedy. It has also resulted in Izzy blaming her for much of what followed within the family including their mother’s death. Stuck in the middle is their younger brother Ben who is unable to cope with the loss and badly in need of both his sisters to be there for him.

It is not just the sisters who have a relationship to repair as Renee has to find a way to resolve issues with the love of her life who she feels betrayed her but still pulls her in with an undeniable passion. Izzy does not trust her judgement and pushes away the one person who is the most reliable in her life.

There is plenty of issues that need to be dealt with including a life or death accident that forces the family and those around them to reassess their priorities. There are some resolutions but the door has been left open for more reveals and answers to the past in the next book in the series which I am looking forward to. 

Connect to Jacquie, read the reviews and buy the books: Amazon US – And: Amazon UK – Follow Jacquie : Goodreads – website: Jacquie Biggar – Twitter: @jacqbiggar

The next author, Cheryl Oreglia, has just published her first book, a memoir that reflects on all that life has to offer us.

Meet Cheryl Oreglia

Born and bred in the San Francisco Bay Area, Cheryl Oreglia hosts a lifestyle blog called Living in the Gap, which appears weekly as she corrals the time to write and reflect on the mundane. Oreglia says, “I do have a life outside of my head, and it squeezes between me and my keyboard like a frightened child. What can you do? On the surface, my life is common, I’m married with children, even grandchildren, a retired educator who lives for weekends at the lake, but just below the surface is a unique voice, one that I hope will resonate with you.” Grow Damn It, is a customized, over-the-hill, gritty, compassionate view of life. Oreglia says, “we’re not going to bloom where we are planted, we’re going to break the damn pot.”

My review for the book February 25th 2023

There is a line towards the end of this beautifully written and fascinating reflection on life that mirrored many of my own thoughts.

“Authenticity is everything! You have to wake up every day and look in the mirror, and you want to be proud of the person who’s looking back at you. And you can only do that if you’re honest with yourself, compassionate, and focused.”

Cheryl Oreglia applies that authenticity as she explores her life with its love, loss and glorious moments with focus, honesty, wry humour and compassionate grace. Completely relatable for those of us who are also celebrating several decades of living and loving, but a must read for the younger generation. The chapters provide a hope filled guide to what is to come, which is an invaluable resource.

It is easy to become engaged in the life of the author and her extended family. Life during the pandemic becomes a tad chaotic as family, including toddlers move in for the duration. Finding peaceful moments to write become precious, but there is so much to be enjoyed as grown children and grandchildren infiltrate every corner of the house and the day.

The tandem bike riding adventures are hilarious and I was there in spirit even if I was unable to assist with the pedalling uphill, but how I welcomed the downhill freewheeling at the end of the effort.

Into every life there comes a time when control is no longer in our hands and we must accept the loss of those we love. The memories we have made together keep them in our hearts forever. It helps if you have a special place to go with these memories, and we are invited to the family’s lake house often during the book, to sit in the early mornings on the porch where we can enjoy the serenity to reflect and find peace.

I loved reading this collection of essays and I have many favourite moments, but perhaps the most thought provoking, is where the author explores what it is we as humans really want from life, but are perhaps afraid to ask for.

She shares her list of what she really wants. Including moments she would like to revisit, people she would love to have had more time with, fireworks, birdfeeders, movies, lack of clutter, chocolate, a literary agent and healthy wit.

I firmly believe Cheryl Oreglia has that one nailed already.

Beautifully written with a flowing and engaging tempo, I have no hesitation in highly recommending this wonderful collection of essays on life. I will be dipping into it many times to treasure the wisdom and humour.

Read the reviews and buy the book –  Amazon USAmazon UK – Blog: Cheryl Oreglia – Twitter: @CherylOreglia – Facebook: Chery Oreglia

The final author today is Toni Pike and she writes for children and adults with a lovely selection of books.

Meet Toni Pike

Toni Pike is a multi-genre author who enjoys writing exciting thrillers for adults, non-fiction, and hilarious books for children. She also loves travelling and being with family and friends. She lives in Australia and firmly believes that coffee and long walks are an essential part of any day.

Do you like books that you can’t stop reading? Pike is the author of DESOLATION BLUFF, DEAD DRY HEART and The Jotham Fletcher Mystery Thriller Series: THE MAGUS COVENANT, THE ROCK OF MAGUS, THE MAGUS EPIPHANY and HOLY SPEAR OF MAGUS.


She’s also the author of two non-fiction books. THE ONE WAY DIET is a no-nonsense guide to losing weight and coping with the journey. HAPPY TRAVELS 101 is a short book of travel tips with great advice for anyone who wants to travel overseas.

A selection of  books by Toni Pike for children and adults

My review for Linda’s Midlife Crisis

This is a heartwarming read that shares the journey of Linda Lockwood as she suffers bullies in and out of the classroom, a husband who treats her like a doormat and is very vocal in public about her ‘flaws’, and her own lack of self-esteem.

Just how much is too much, and when will Linda finally snap? At 50 years old and at the end of her tether she decides there has to be a better life than this. Especially when her secret dreams are thrown back in her face.

After years as a teacher she is resourceful and over the following months Linda gets back her joy in life and begins to open up to the world. Meeting new friends, being close to family and looking amazing she blossoms.The one area of her life that doesn’t tempt her is romance, but when you are not looking, sometimes it finds you anyway.

This story encourages all those who find themselves suddenly alone and facing an uncertain future that there is hope and a second chance. Recommended.

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


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

180 thoughts on “Smorgasbord Book Promotions – Meet the Authors 2023 – #Family #Romance Jacquie Biggar, #Memoir Cheryl Oreglia, #Midlife #Change Toni Pike

  1. Wonderful reviews and spotlights, Sally. ❤️ I enjoyed Letting Go very much but have yet to read the other mentioned books. Congratulations to Jacquie, Cheryl, and Toni. 🎉🎊🎉

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  2. Reblogged this on Toni Pike and commented:
    I’m thrilled to be included in Smorgasbord’s Meet the Author’s series today – and alongside two wonderful writers, Jacquie Biggar and Cheryl Oreglia. Thanks so much to Sally Cronin for the lovely article and her fantastic reviews.

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  3. What a wonderful showcase for these three authors, Sally. I have read several of Jacquie’s books and enjoyed each of them, including her latest. I have Toni’s latest waiting on me, and I’m off to check out Cheryl’s book!

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  4. I have just finished reading Cheryl Oreglia’s memoir and will soon post something on my blog and other media outlets.
    I’ve also read books from both Jacquie Biggar and Toni Pike. Both very enjoyable and talented writers.
    Sally, your reviews are very insightful. xx

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      • Hi Carol! Wow! What an incredible surprise. Thank you. Your words are generous, thoughtful and genuine which makes for the best reviews. I’m overjoyed that Grow Damn It resonated with you and the stories caused both laughter, a sense of community, and deep reflection. That was my intention when I was organizing the stories. I’m currently on a bike tour of Japan. I have sporadic access to internet so I’ll try and catch up with all the wonderful comments. I’m ever so grateful Carol. hugs, C

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      • As I already told you, my review of your book was rejected on Amazon:

        Thank you for submitting a customer review on Amazon. After carefully reviewing your submission, your review could not be posted to the website. It appears your content did not comply with our guidelines.

        While we appreciate your time and comments, reviews must adhere to the following guidelines
        Amazon Community Guidelines

        from Carol Balawyder on April 28, 2023
        Inspiring and Fun Read
        The collection of essays takes place during the pandemic and Cheryl Oreglia graciously invites us into her loving family, generously and unabashedly sharing with us the ups and downs of her daily life.
        She writes about serious stuff, for sure, – her mother’s…

        I am pretty much done with posting reviews on Amazon as they all seem to get rejected without any explanation. Perhaps AI is doing the reviews. Who know? Still, hopefully, my review of your book is on Goodreads and Barnes & Noble.

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      • There seems to be no rhyme or reason Carol and the UK site seems to be a little less rigid but I am certain the AI programming probably varies from country to country as they are run by separate divisions. Who knows where we will be in a few years time when they have taken over!!! Considering they own Goodreads you would think there would be a verification process between the two of the at least. ♥

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      • Oh no, I’m so sorry Carol! I’ve been out of internet range for a few weeks as Larry and I are on a biking adventure. This is so disappointing, especially since you spent time reading, writing and promoting my book. I can not figure out Amazon and their system. They don’t allow your review, a verified customer? That makes no sense. I’m so appreciative of all you’ve done to share my work with others. I’m going to make an inquiry with Amazon. That’s just so frustrating. I’ll let you know if I hear anything. Hugs my friend, c

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      • Also, when I had internet, I responded on your blog to several of your readers but I think my comments must have ended up in your spam folder? I’m at the airport right now, but I’ll try to comment again when I get home. Thanks again for the lovely review Carol. Hugs, C

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  5. Wonderful features of the talented authors and your fantastic reviews, Sally. I enjoyed Jacqui’s Letting Go, and have Toni’s book on my Kindle. It’s lovely to meet Cheryl here. Congratulations to you, Jaqui, Cheryl, and Toni! Have a wonderful weekend!

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  6. Thank you Sally! What a wonderful surprise! I’m doing a cycling tour of Japan and only have internet when we come into port! So excited to be featured here with Jacquie and Toni! I’ll try and respond to your readers before I lose connection! I can’t thank you enough! Hugs, C

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