About Smorgasbord - Variety is the Spice of Life.

My name is Sally Cronin and I am doing what I love.. Writing. Books, short stories, Haiku and blog posts. My previous jobs are only relevant in as much as they have gifted me with a wonderful filing cabinet of memories and experiences which are very useful when putting pen to paper. I move between non-fiction health books and posts and fairy stories, romance and humour. I love variety which is why I called my blog Smorgasbord Invitation and you will find a wide range of subjects. You can find the whole story here. Find out more at https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/about-me/

Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore, New on the Shelves – Pre- Order for August 7th – Racked: Grafton County Series, #4 by Sue Coletta


Delighted to share the news of Sue Coletta’s latest release Racked: Grafton County Series, #4 on pre-order at 99c/99p for August 7th.

About Racked

It starts with an innocent stuffed animal. It ends in mind-numbing terror.

Five missing boys and an adult corpse found in the town’s water shed was only the beginning for Sage and Niko Quintano. After a hooded-stranger gives their son, Noah, a stuffed animal—the exact Christmas moose given to all the missing boys days before their abductions—their lives spiral downward into uncertainty.

Could Noah be the next boy to go missing?

As they piece together each cryptic clue, the future looks more and more grim. But what they soon discover blows everyone’s mind, the truth teetering on the unfathomable.

What does it all mean, and where do they go from here?

Pre-order the book for 99c for 7th August: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07T2MLSY

and on Amazon UK for 99p: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Racked-Grafton-County-Sue-Coletta-ebook/dp/B07T2MLSYS

A selection of books by Sue Coletta

One of the recent reviews for Silent Mayhem

OMG!!!!! Mr Mayhem is one of the best villains, serial killer, ever! Is it possible to love a villain for his goodness, while hating him for his badness? And the crows…do they seek revenge when slighted?

Shawnee is a fabulous character. If I am ever in trouble, I want her at my side. I love that Levaughn, her cop boyfriend accepts her with all her foibles. I worry for her friends and family, afraid Mr Mayhem or Poe will seek retribution for perceived wrongs.

Sue Coletta pens some of the best stories and is at the top of my reading list, one of my go to authors. Her writing shines with the research and details included in her work. I love the use of the crows and the Indian folklore. Her writing speaks to me and I respond with delight.

I kept putting the book down, because I didn’t want to finish it. I wanted to savor each word, letting my mind mull over what would happen next. Loaded with surprises, Sue Coletta’s imagination knows no bounds and I marvel at how her mind works. Read her biography and you will see how she manages to cover the subject matter, serial killers, so well.

Bring on the next one…soon, please.

Read all the reviews and buy the books: https://www.amazon.com/Sue-Coletta/e/B015OYK5HO

And Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Sue-Coletta/e/B015OYK5HO

Read more reviews and follow Sue on Goodreads : https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/14078869.Sue_Coletta

About Sue Coletta

Proud member of Mystery Writers of America, Sisters in Crime, and International Thriller Writers, Sue Coletta is always looking for new ways to commit murder…on the page. InSinC Quarterly published her forensic article, Radiocarbon Dating and Skeletal Differences. Sue’s published in an anthology, Murder, USA and OOTG Flash Fiction Offensive and one of her short stories is slated for publication in an upcoming anthology, RUN.

She runs a popular crime website and blog, where she shares crime tips, police jargon, the mind of serial killers, and anything and everything in between. If you search her achieves, you’ll find posts from guests that work in law enforcement, forensics, coroner, undercover operatives, firearm experts…crime, crime, and more crime. If you’re a writer with murder in your plot, pick up your free copy of 60 Ways To Murder Your Fictional Characters.

For readers, she has the Crime Lover’s Lounge, where subscribers will be the first to know about free giveaways, contests, and have inside access to deleted scenes. As an added bonus, members get to play in the lounge. Your secret code will unlock the virtual door. Inside, like-minded folks discuss their favorite crime novels, solve mindbender and mystery puzzles, and/or relax and chat. Most importantly, everyone has a lot of fun.

Sue lives in northern New Hampshire with her husband, who deals with a crazy crime writer feeding circus peanuts to crows named Poe and Edgar, a squirrel named Shawnee (the Marilyn Monroe of squirrels, with her silky strawberry-blonde tail), and a chipmunk dubbed “Hippy” for his enthusiasm and excited leaps each time he scores a peanut in “Hip, hip, hooray!” fashion.

Connect to Sue on her blog and social media.

Website/blog: www.suecoletta.com
Twitter: www.twitter.com/SueColetta1
Facebook: www.facebook.com/SueColetta1
Goodreads: www.goodreads.com/SueColetta
Amazon: www.amazon.com/author/suecoletta
Tirgearr Publishing: www.tirgearrpublishing/authors/Coletta_Sue/index.htm

Thanks for visiting today and it would be great if you could spread the news of Sue’s latest book. Thanks Sally

 

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Colleen’s 2019 #Tanka Tuesday #Poetry Challenge Recap No. 132, #SynonymsOnly


A wonderful recap of this week’s poetry challenge from Colleen Chesebro… Such an amazing breadth of perspective on the prompt words Influence and perception… grab a coffee and enjoy..

The Faery Whisperer

Welcome to the Tanka Tuesday Poetry Recap featuring the work of poets from around the globe. If you would like to participate in this challenge, you can learn the rules in the menu item called Colleen’s Weekly Tanka Tuesday Guidelines.

Many thanks to all the participants and thank you for stopping by to enjoy the poetry. Grab a cup of coffee or tea and enjoy!

PLEASE NOTE: Don’t forget to count your syllables. Use this site: howmanysyllables.com.Click on the workshop tab. Then, copy and paste your poem into the box, and click “count syllables” at the bottom.

The Poet of the Week will be published in the 2019 Poet of the Week Anthology, which everyone will be able to grab as a FREE PDF in January 2020.

Each week, I like to highlight a poet who I call the Poet of the Week, who has shared an…

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Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore – Author Update #Reviews – J.P. Mclean, Sally Harris, Marcia Meara and Barbara Ann Mojica


Welcome to the first of this week’s author update with recent reviews for authors in the Cafe and Bookstore.

The first author with a recent review is J.P. McLean for Book 6 of The Gift Legacy  – Wings of Prey.

About the book

A dead man’s warning. A lost plane wreck. A buried truth.

A dire warning from beyond the grave leaves Emelynn Taylor questioning her loyalties. Did someone she loves commit an unforgivable act of treachery? In her quest for answers, Emelynn opens a painful cold case knowing its resolution could destroy two families.

What she finds tests Emelynn’s integrity as the leadership changes hands within the Tribunal Novem, the powerful body that rules her kind. When confronted with betrayal and lies, Emelynn must follow her moral compass, even if it means losing the man she loves and alienating her Flier friends.

And when the terrible truth is unearthed, Emelynn is set on a collision course with two titans and a battle she can’t possibly win.

The sixth book in The Gift Legacy series, Wings of Prey is a thriller that skirts the edges of reality in a world within our own. Hold on tight and escape the ordinary: take flight with Emelynn Taylor.

A recent review for the book on Goodreads

May 10, 2019 Karen rated it Five Stars

This book reunites the readers with Emelynn Taylor; together with Sam, she needs to find the truth about a plane crash – at all cost.

With “Wings of Prey”, J. P. McLean has once again created a thrilling combination of mystery, paranormal, urban fantasy, and a touch of romance with steamy situations. It is a very compelling read centred on Emelynn, drawing you close to her. J. P. McLean paints a clear picture of the main characters’ mindsets while the story evolves. In this sixth even more thrilling story, I was again very close to Em – again an invisible friend and ally; trying to find the truth with her. Emelynn is complex, the other characters are also skillfully elaborated and of sufficient depth, believable with their flaws and virtues. The story is a very nicely woven combination of several genres, has a wonderful flow; it was easy to get hooked. I had a great time reading “Wings of Prey”. Reading the final book in a series can be sad; in this series, it was extremely hard to let go – it is never easy to say goodbye to persons you became close to. I am going to miss this remarkable series and its protagonists.

This is a book for you if you like excellent story-telling, mysteries or paranormal romance with a very urban touch and believable characters, some strewn in steamy situations, and some violent events. The stunning sixth and last book in The Gift Legacy series!
Highly recommended! A series to read again

Read the reviews and buy the book: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07M6C94JR

and on Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Wings-Prey-Gift-Legacy-Book-ebook/dp/B07M6C94JR

Also by J.P. McLean

Read the reviews and buy the books: https://www.amazon.com/JP-McLean/e/B00JSZOXTC

And Amazon UKhttps://www.amazon.co.uk/JP-McLean/e/B00JSZOXTC

And find more reviews and follow J. P. Mclean on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6429987.J_P_McLean

Connect to J.P Mclean via her website: https://jpmcleanauthor.com/

The next author is Sally Harris who has received some great reviews for her debut novel Haverscroft.

About the Book

Kate Keeling leaves all she knows and moves to Haverscroft House in an attempt to salvage her marriage. Little does she realise, Haverscroft’s dark secrets will drive her to question her sanity, her husband and fatally engulf her family unless she can stop the past repeating itself. Can Kate keep her children safe and escape Haverscroft in time, even if it will end her marriage?

Haverscroft is a gripping and chilling dark tale, a modern ghost story that will keep you turning its pages late into the night.

One of the early recent for the book

I love a good ghost story, and also the effortless blend of personal drama and magic realism displayed in the best of Graham Joyce’s novels. Haverscoft brings these two elements together in a hugely enjoyable book which, with its roots in the tradition of classic haunted house tales (bumps, knocking and mysterious happenings with doors), tells a layered tale of a precarious marriage which could well do without what’s about to happen…

Read the reviews and buy the book: https://www.amazon.co.uk/S.-A.-Harris/e/B07MYMTNWN

and on Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/S.-A.-Harris/e/B07MYMTNWN

Follow S.A. Harris on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/1375010.S_A_Harris

Connect to Sally Harris via her website:https://www.saharrisauthor.com

The next author with a new review is Marcia Meara for The Emissary – A Riverbend Spinoff Novella which follows the story of a previous character in the series.

About 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.

When Jake Daughtry lost his life rescuing a total stranger from certain death, he was on the fast track to Heaven. But that was before Azrael pulled him right out of line at the Pearly Gates. Now, as an Emissary to the Angels, Jake is taking to the highway in a quest to help souls in trouble. But the innate stubbornness of human beings bent on self-destruction is a challenge unlike any he’s ever faced.

It’s up to Jake and Azrael to bridge the gap between humans and angels. Will they ever convince the Council of Angels this endeavor is worthwhile? Can Jake figure out how to play by Azrael’s complicated rules? Will Azrael ever master the use of contractions in general conversation?

To find out the answers, hop on board Jake’s big red-and-white semi and travel the roads from the Florida Keys to north Georgia on an adventure that will make you laugh hard and cry even harder.

One of the recent reviews for the book

May 28, 2019 Janice Spina rated it Five Stars
This was an entertaining novella which can be a stand alone book. I did not read the Riverbend Series and still enjoyed this story. There are a myriad of emotions that are displayed in this tale about a man, Jake, who becomes an emissary to the angel, Azrael. He is enlisted to aid Azrael in helping humans who are troubled and in need.Marcia Meara has created well-defined characters who draw the reader in as they feel pain, angst, happiness, or sorrow. This is a creative piece that makes the reader believe that maybe this is all possible.

I was disappointed when the story ended and will have to pick up the next book to learn more about these characters. When a writer can endear her readers to her characters and story line enough that they care about their outcome, then she has successfully created a delightful book. I look forward to more books by this author.

Read the reviews and buy the book: https://www.amazon.com/Emissary-Riverbend-Spinoff-Novella-ebook/dp/B075Y2T3CL

And Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Emissary-Riverbend-Spinoff-Novella-ebook/dp/B075Y2T3CL/

A selection of books by Marcia Meara

Read all the reviews and buy the books: https://www.amazon.com/Marcia-Meara/e/B00EUCXRU4

And Amazon UK : https://www.amazon.co.uk/Marcia-Meara/e/B00EUCXRU4

Read more reviews and follow Marcia Meara on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7242441.Marcia_Meara

Connect to Marcia via her website: http://marciamearawrites.com/

And the final author today with a recent review is Barbara Ann Mojica for Little Miss HISTORY book series, which is a compilation of three of the adventures in NYC. The Adventures of Little Miss HISTORY, Volume I: Adventure Books for All Ages

About Volume 1 of The Adventures of Little Miss HISTORY

Little Miss HISTORY has packed three of her NYC adventures into one exciting book. Visit the STATUE of LIBERTY the symbol of hope and promise for the immigrants who passed it on their way to fulfilling their dreams as they awaited inspection on ELLIS ISLAND. Then journey up the Hudson River to the USS INTREPID to witness and explore hands on one ship’s amazing history in WW II, the Vietnam War, the space age, and the war on terrorism. Hold on to your hats for a rollicking ride back into the nineteenth and twentieth centuries with Little Miss HISTORY!

One of the recent reviews for the book

Do you love history? Do you think that it is both possible and desirable to teach history to young children? If so, grab this compilation of three Little Miss History adventures and foster a love of history in your kids at an early age!

This volume demonstrates conclusively that teaching and learning history can be, and should be great fun. The stories shed light on both well-known and little-known nuggets of American history in a uniquely accessible way. They ignite the sense of historical discovery, sparking new questions, and promoting lively discussions.

Most highly recommended! 

Read the reviews and buy the book: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07Q78BSVF

and on Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Adventures-Little-Miss-HISTORY-Adventure-ebook/dp/B07Q78BSVF

A selection of other books in the series

Discover all the books, read the reviews and buy: https://www.amazon.com/Barbara-Ann-Mojica/e/B00B9DOVKC

And on Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Barbara-Ann-Mojica/e/B00B9DOVKC

Read more reviews and follow Barbara Ann on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6851359.Barbara_Ann_Mojica

Connect to Barbara Ann via her website: http://www.littlemisshistory.com

Thank you for dropping in today and I hope you are leaving with a few books under your arm.. Sally.

School Days, Reminiscences of Joy Lennick


Norah Colvin’s guest this week on her School Days reminiscences is Joy Lennick, a popular guest here too.. Joy shares her school days beginning at an infant school in Dagenham in 1937… She also gives us a potted history of her amazing life including what she is up to now.. which is a lot of writing. Very enjoyable.. thanks Norah and Joy.

Norah Colvin

Welcome to the School Days, Reminiscences series in which my champion bloggers and authors share reminiscences of their school days. It’s my small way of thanking them for their support and of letting you know about their services and publications.

This week, I am pleased to introduce Joy Lennick, author and poet. Joy joined in the conversations from the outset, sharing snippets from her war-time schooldays. Intrigued to learn more, I invited Joy to join in with a post dedicated to her own reminiscences and she accepted. I’m certain you’ll find them as interesting as I do.

Before we begin the interview, I’ve invited Joy to tell you a little of herself:

From a young age, I was never happier than when reading or writing (and perhaps dancing!). I was evacuated with my two brothers to live on a mountain (Hare) in Wales, being half Welsh on my mother’s…

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Smorgasbord Blog Magazine – Weekly Round Up – Books, Music, Health, Short Stories, Great Guests and Laughter


Welcome to the round up of posts you might have missed on Smorgasbord this week…

I know that at the moment the round ups are slightly longer than usual (that is saying something for me!) due to the number of posts from your archives. Right now I am reading through over 55 bloggers archives, and that is an perfect antidote to the weather.. Two days of sunshine (not necessarily in the same week), and rainy days. We are hopeful that July will be better, but as yet, I have not put any of my winter clothes away, and I have not got my sandals out either.

Anyway.. I can tell from the comments that you are enjoying the posts from other blogger’s archives and I am learning more about the people who support me here and also getting a great insight into all kinds of topics. I have enough posts to take us through to September and more coming in every day. The aim was to get as many people chatting to each other and following new blogs, and so pleased with the outcome. Thank you for keeping it all going with your likes, comments and shares.

Next Sunday the new Sunday Interview begins and I am now booking for mid-August onwards. I know that some of you are planning to participate and may be waiting until you see the first couple and their format… don’t wait too long will you.

Author Paulette Mahurin is kicking off the series on June 30th, and if you are still not sure what it is all about…. here is the original post:https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/05/23/smorgasbord-blog-magazine-new-sunday-interview-series-human-in-every-sense-of-the-word-starting-sunday-june-30th-2019/

Without further ado….here are the posts that you might have missed this week.

Another post from the archives of Paul Andruss here on Smorgasbord… and this week he leaves us with some questions… about the financial aspects of our writing, professional and peer group opinions of our writing, and where our efforts place us in terms of writer vs. author status. Something to think about………Three Minutes Forty-nine

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Although the band Free were only together a few years they left a legacy behind and influenced many artists. Only one number hit.. but one that I still play today.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/06/18/smorgasbord-music-column-one-hit-wonders-all-right-now-by-free-sally-cronin/

Chapter Six – Spring Comes to the Magic Garden.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/06/22/tales-from-the-irish-garden-serialisation-spring-chapter-six-the-magic-garden-comes-to-life-by-sally-cronin/

Chapter Seven – Jeremy the Donkey

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The last post of the week is in response to Carrot Ranch Flash Fiction Challenge by Charli Mills and the prompt this week is ‘Waiting’. This week in her post Charli Mills talks about the challenges they face with completing on their house with VA loans dependent on certain work being carried out and an inspection to check compliance. Added into the mix is a starling intent on building a nest in the most inconvenient place. Waiting for the Bus

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/06/23/smorgasbord-short-stories-carrot-ranch-flash-fiction-waiting-for-the-bus-by-sally-cronin/

We baby sit a new kitten, I am made to do 300 half sit ups and I get a black eye playing water volley ball with the boys.

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My response to this week’s Colleen’s Tuesday Poetry Challenge 132  and the prompt words ‘Influence and Perception’ and I have chosen ‘ Mould and Sense’ for my Haibun and I have had a little fun with this one….Life’s Lessons #Haibun

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Sherri Matthews takes us on a holiday to the Norfolk Broads, a fabulous boating holiday, and an introduction to the more ghostly side of this idyllic part of the country. Holiday Reading, Ghosts And The Norfolk Broads

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/06/20/smorgasbord-blog-magazine-guest-writer-sherri-matthews-memoir-holiday-reading-ghosts-and-the-norfolk-broads/

This is the third post from  mother and daughter writing team HL Carpenter (Helen and Lorri). This post is a an interesting look at Blog Hops for book marketing and some key elements that I agree with wholeheartedly. Top Drawer News — Blog Hops and Movie Stars

Image source: D'vorah Lansky, BuildABusinesWithYourBook.com

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John Rieber shares the most expensive burger in the world in 2012.. it was for charity… certainly comes with some interesting accessories. Burger (2012) $295 – The World’s Most Expensive Burger Unveiled!

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/06/17/smorgasbord-posts-from-your-archives-potluck-burger-2012-295-the-worlds-most-expensive-burger-unveiled-by-john-rieber/

In June 2017, Frank Prem posted a poem a day.. and so I have chosen the poems he posted on this day and then the subsequent poems that correspond to his posts here…

Moon 1

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Marian Wood with a short story….. We have all had one of those days…..

One of those days where what could go wrong does go wrong?

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I have selected this post, because I am sure that if you are around the same vintage (66) you to will have memories of before and after the Internet. Research Before The Internet by Tasker Dunham

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/06/19/smorgasbord-posts-from-your-archives-potluck-memoir-research-before-the-internet-by-tasker-dunham/

Lorinda J. Taylor with some of the libraries that Lorinda values…The original Coburn Library became the Tutt Library in 1962. Reminiscences about Old Libraries from an Old Librarian, Part 1 by Lorinda J. Taylor

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/06/19/smorgasbord-posts-from-your-archives-potluck-reminiscences-about-old-libraries-from-an-old-librarian-part-1-by-lorinda-j-taylor/

Jennie Fitzkee shares her analogy for teaching…Teaching: it’s The Cake and the Frosting

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/06/20/smorgasbord-posts-from-your-archives-potluck-teaching-its-the-cake-and-the-frosting-by-jennie-fitzkee/

This week I selected one of the hundreds of book reviews that Olga Nunez Miret shares with her.. all very thoughtfully crafted. This review was for an author that I enjoy reading too. Terry Tyler for her book Legacy, Project Renova 4.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/06/20/smorgasbord-posts-from-your-archives-potluck-bookreview-legacy-project-renova-4-by-terry-tyler-terrytyler4-by-olga-nunez-miret/

This is the final post in the series from Fraggle Photography…in this  post I am sharing another day out with Fraggle’s grandson Cal to the Zoo…and it seems there is another photographer in the family. Cal & Frag’s Excellent Adventure – Fraggle Photography 2015

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This is Elizabeth Slaughter’s final post from the archives and Elizabeth looks at some of the exercise equipment that has been trendy over the years.. “Jumping for Joy”

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This is the final post from Kim from By Hook or by Book  and whilst browsing through her archives, I spotted that she had reviewed one of the authors in the Cafe and Bookstore… . Broken Heart Attack (Braxton Campus Mysteries #2), by James J. Cudney ~ 5.0 Stars

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The final post from Gibson Square The Cabbie Blog and this week a post from the Urban View series which looks at buildings or locations in London that have a hidden history..and as I have worked with a lot of herbal therapies over the years, this one caught my eye…Down Your Alley- Herbal Hill

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/06/22/smorgasbord-posts-from-your-archives-potluck-down-your-alley-herbal-hill-by-gibson-square-the-cabbie-blog/

This is the fourth post from the archives of Susanne Swanson that I have chosen.. you will find plenty to browse if you head over.  Cats in particular are the muses in her household and they have some wonderful adventures. And today finally.. we have her lovely cats….

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/06/23/smorgasbord-posts-from-your-archives-potluck-cats-seeking-shelter-in-the-rainy-northwest-and-baseball-by-susanne-swanson/

Poet and author Balroop Singh is always a welcome guest here on Smorgasbord and has shared many posts in the past. This time I get to choose the posts from Balroop’s archives and for her final post in this series, I have chosen another poem which brought to mind some I have known…… A Social Butterfly by Balroop Singh

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/06/23/smorgasbord-posts-from-your-archives-potluck-poetry-a-social-butterfly-by-balroop-singh/

New Book on the Shelves

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/06/22/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-new-on-the-shelves-dead-white-and-blue-the-juniper-junction-holiday-mystery-series-by-amy-m-reade/

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Author Update #Reviews

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/06/17/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-author-update-reviews-frank-prem-c-s-boyack-stevie-turner-and-judith-barrow/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/06/21/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-author-update-reviews-j-e-pinto-charles-e-yallowitz-pamela-wight-fiona-tarr/

Last week I covered the dangers of salmonella, despite the government and food safety experts telling us that it is now safe to eat under cooked eggs: Preparing Eggs Safely Food Safety – #Lysteria – You cannot see it but it sees you..the perfect host!

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/06/17/smorgasbord-health-column-food-safety-lysteria-you-cannot-see-it-but-it-sees-you-the-perfect-host-sally-cronin/

The heart is obviously an essential organ of the body, but it can be a case of out of sight out of mind.. Understanding how it works can bring it back into focus.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/06/18/smorgasbord-health-column-major-organs-and-systems-of-the-body-the-heart-and-how-it-works-sally-cronin/

 A new series on our cravings and why they are not always as they seem.. but first one of the prime suspects is dehydration...

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/06/19/smorgasbord-health-column-new-series-what-causes-your-cravings-part-one-dehydration/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/06/18/smorgasbord-laughter-lines-guest-comedian-d-g-kaye-and-a-joke-from-sallys-archives-8/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/06/20/smorgasbord-laughter-lines-guest-comedian-d-g-kaye-and-a-joke-from-sallys-archives-9/

Smorgasbord Short Stories – Carrot Ranch Flash Fiction – Waiting for the Bus by Sally Cronin


The last post of the week is in response to Carrot Ranch Flash Fiction Challenge by Charli Mills and the prompt this week is ‘Waiting’. This week in her post Charli Mills talks about the challenges they face with completing on their house with VA loans dependent on certain work being carried out and an inspection to check compliance. Added into the mix is a starling intent on building a nest in the most inconvenient place.

Waiting for the Bus by Sally Cronin

The young girl waited anxiously for the bus. She huddled into the long queue of people standing impatiently in the rain, hiding her bulging rucksack between her feet. She was cold and wet but determined to get away from this place. The planning had been carried out meticulously, and she was happy that she had everything needed for a new life. Her stomach began rumbling. It was Friday and her mum made fish and chips for tea. People muttered as the five year old pushed through them, dragging her rucksack and heading down the street. She smiled in anticipation.

©Sally Cronin 2019

If you would like to participate in this week’s Carrot Ranch Flash Fiction here is the link: https://carrotranch.com/2019/06/21/june-20-flash-fiction-challenge/

I have a number of short story collections and you can find my books and their reviews: https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/my-books-and-reviews-2019/

Thanks for dropping by and I hope you have enjoyed my story….thanks Sally.

Smorgasbord Posts from Your Archives – #PotLuck – #Poetry – A Social Butterfly by Balroop Singh


Welcome to the  Posts from Your Archives, where bloggers put their trust in me. In this series, I dive into a blogger’s archives and select four posts to share here to my audience.

If you would like to know how it works here is the original post: https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/04/28/smorgasbord-posts-from-your-archives-newseries-pot-luck-and-do-you-trust-me/

Poet and author Balroop Singh is always a welcome guest here on Smorgasbord and has shared many posts in the past. This time I get to choose the posts from Balroop’s archives and for her final post in this series, I have chosen another poem which brought to mind some I have known……

 A Social Butterfly by Balroop Singh

A butterfly of humble origin
Fascinated more by fusion
Of colors…cold and impudent
She lived far in her illusions.

Fond of fluttering all the time
Competing with unrealistic goals
Eager to move ahead quicker
Could never live up to her roles.

Living in the realm of her choice
Prudence could scoff at her conceit
Relationships – only for self-adulation
Home – just a haven of self-retreat

Pretense was her favorite outfit
Her attachments were contrived
To get maximum benefits…
Which she easily derived.

Learning to fly with other’s support
Now she leans heavily on her lies
She still expects admiration
From all those she derides!

Up at the horizon
She sits with delusional delight
Leaning heavily on clouds
Forgetting they don’t show even in moonlight.

©Balroop Singh

About Balroop Singh

Balroop Singh, a former teacher, an educationalist, a blogger, a poet and an author always had a passion for writing. The world of her imagination has a queer connection with realism. She could envision the images of her own poetry while teaching the poems. Her dreams saw the light of the day when she published her first book: ‘Sublime Shadows Of Life.’ She has always lived through her heart.

She is a great nature lover; she loves to watch birds flying home. The sunsets allure her with their varied hues that they lend to the sky. She can spend endless hours listening to the rustling leaves and the sound of waterfalls. She lives in Danville, California.

Books by Balroop Singh

One of the recent reviews for Timeless Echoes

This book of poetry was amazing! I loved the sublime emotions that were expressed – those of young love, lost love, estranged love, motherhood, a mother’s pride, forgiveness, disillusionment, et al. Balroop Singh has the power over the poetry lovers soul and her poems are inspiring as well as therapeutic. I have found great counsel, hope, and peace in reading Balroop Singh’s book of poems entitled – ‘Timeless Echoes’. I would really like to stress here that Balroop Singh’s poems are really therapeutic and can aid in overcoming the monotony and banality of the modern materialistic world. Please read and cherish these poems and they will cure you of any heartache that you are going through. If you are a poetry lover and want to read something fresh with therapeutic overtones, read ‘Timeless Echoes’. If you are an ardent lover of sublime poetry, especially poetry which is ethereal, then this is the book for you. If you prefer poetry about love in all its forms with a touch of gentleness and forgiveness – a healing touch, then this is the book you should be reading. My favorite poems in this book were ‘Silent Echo’, ‘Eternal Wait’, ‘Eternal Love’, ‘My First Love’, ‘Do You Love Me’, ‘Love Changes’, ‘Illusional Calm’, ‘The Door’, ‘New Life’, ‘Your Eyes Say All’ and ‘They Are Not Born’. Liked the sounds and ‘feels’ of those poem titles then what are you waiting for? Ggo and pick up Balroop Singh’s ‘Timeless Echoes’ right now, and heal the scars both inner and outer. Support Balroop Singh and buy her book. Happy Reading to all!

Read the reviews and buy the books: https://www.amazon.com/Balroop-Singh/e/B00N5QLW8U

and Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Balroop-Singh/e/B00N5QLW8U

Read more reviews and follow Balroop on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7340810.Balroop_Singh

Connect to Balroop Singh.

Blog: http://balroop2013.wordpress.com
Twitter: https://twitter.com/BalroopShado
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Emotional-Shadows/151387075057971
Pinteresthttps://www.pinterest.com/balroops/

My thanks to Balroop for permitting me to browse her archives to share with you… we would love your feedback  thanks Sally.

Smorgasbord Posts from Your Archives – #PotLuck – #Cats Seeking Shelter in the Rainy Northwest and Baseball by Susanne Swanson


Welcome to the  Posts from Your Archives, where bloggers put their trust in me. In this series, I dive into a blogger’s archives and select four posts to share here to my audience.

If you would like to know how it works here is the original post: https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/04/28/smorgasbord-posts-from-your-archives-newseries-pot-luck-and-do-you-trust-me/

This is the fourth post from the archives of Susanne Swanson that I have chosen.. you will find plenty to browse if you head over.  Cats in particular are the muses in her household and they have some wonderful adventures. And today finally.. we have her lovely cats….

Cats Seeking Shelter in the Rainy Northwest and Baseball by Susanne Swanson

After a bizarre winter in the Great Northwest – featuring summer temperatures and record-breaking snowfall – we have now settled into a typical rainy spring. The garden is loving it and new plants are being thoroughly watered in.

Cats seek shelter wherever they can find it, if they are willing to go out at all.

When inside at least they have good baseball to watch as the Seattle Mariners are off to an amazing start, the best in all of baseball, a surprise to all those who predict such things.

Tiger watches attentively while Benji is more distracted,

and hushed by his older brother.

~ Susanne and Tiger and Benji

©Susanne Swanson

About Susanne

Hello! This is Susanne. After years of working in accounting and technology where rules are clear and numbers add up, I decided to explore the other side where roads are meant to be traveled, memories unfurl slowly and cats have been known to talk.

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In my blog you will meet my two favorite felines, Tiger and Benji, and see pictures and stories from my travels, especially in the Pacific Northwest where I live. Add in my garden, some rain (lots of rain it turns out), a few sunsets and reflections on life, and you have an idea of where we are headed. I hope you come along for the ride.

Connect to Susanne

Blog: https://catsandtrailsandgardentales.com
Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/swansos/
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/catsandtrailsandgardentales

I am sure you enjoyed as much as I did and thanks to Susanne for letting me browse her archives.. so much to choose from… I know she would love your feedback.. thanks Sally.

Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore – New on the Shelves – A Braxton Campus Mysteries Book #4.. Mistaken Identity Crisis. by James J. Cudney


Delighted to share the news that James J. Cudney has a new book on pre-order for June 30th. A Braxton Campus Mysteries Book #4.. Mistaken Identity Crisis.

About Mistaken Identity Crisis

A clever thief with a sinister calling card has invaded Braxton campus. Meanwhile, a string of jewelry thefts, remarkably similar to an unsolved eight-year-old-case, is taking place in town.

When a body is discovered at the campus, Kellan is called in to investigate. And if the latest murder isn’t enough to keep him busy, Kellan partners with April to end the Castigliano and Vargas crime family feud.

As the summer heat begins to settle in Wharton County, what other surprises are in store?

Pre-order the book for June 30th at $2.53: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07Q6YSTPN

And on Amazon UK at £1.99: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Mistaken-Identity-Crisis-Braxton-Mysteries-ebook/dp/B07Q6YSTPN

Also by James J. Cudney

One of the recent reviews for  Flower Power Trip – Book #3 Braxton Campus Mysteries

Candace Peterson 5.0 out of 5 stars Flower Power Trip: Death at the Masquerade Ball (#3) May 29, 2019

Kellan Ayrwick is helping the Braxton College president, Ursula Power, find who is stalking her. Maggie Rourke, head librarian of the Memorial Library, is hosting a masquerade ball to raise funds to renovate the library. The theme is Heroes and Villains. The guest are to come dressed as their favorite hero or villain. It is during the ball that Kellan comes across a dead body with the murderer still holding the knife. The victim turns out to be a visiting professor, and the murderer is a close family friend, Helena Rourke. Believing Helena is innocent, Kellan uses his amateur sleuthing skills to track down the real killer. In the meantime, Kellan is receiving postcards from his much-alive wife, and he’s helping Nana D run for mayor.

James J. Cudney has written another masterpiece. The characters are dynamic and memorable. The dialogue is snappy and witty. The mystery is top notch. It keeps the reader guessing till the very end. The red herring kept pointing in key directions. I was sure I knew who the murderer was, then Woops! it turned out to be someone I wasn’t considering. Excellent job, Jay! And, of course, that’s not all. The cliffhanger will have us all sitting on the edge of our seats until the next book, Mistaken Identity Crisis, is published this summer. Kudos, Jay, for an excellent read

Read the reviews and buy the books: https://www.amazon.com/James-J.-Cudney/e/B076B6PB3M

And on Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/James-J.-Cudney/e/B076B6PB3M

Read more reviews and follow James on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/17128817.James_J_Cudney

About James J. Cudney

James is my given name; most call me Jay. I grew up on Long Island and currently live in New York City, but I’ve traveled all across the US (and various parts of the world). After college, I spent 15 years working in technology and business operations in the sports, entertainment and media industries. Although I enjoyed my job, I left in 2016 to focus on my passion: telling stories and connecting people through words. My debut novel is ‘Watching Glass Shatter,’ a contemporary fiction family drama with elements of mystery, suspense, humor and romance. To see samples or receive news from my current and upcoming books, please subscribe with your email address at my website: https://jamesjcudney.com

What do I do outside of writing: I’m an avid genealogist (discovered 2K family members going back about 250 years) and cook (I find it so hard to follow a recipe). I love to read; between Goodreads and my blog at https://thisismytruthnow.com, I have over 500 book reviews which will give you a full flavor for my voice and style. On my blog, I started the 365 Daily Challenge, where I post a word each day that has some meaning to me, then converse with everyone about life. There is humor, tears, love, friendship, advice and bloopers. Lots of bloopers where I poke fun at myself all the time. Even my dog has a weekly segment called “Ryder’s Rants” where he complains about me. All these things make up who I am; none of them are very fancy or magnanimous, but they are real and show how I live every day.

A bit of humor: Everything doubles as something else when you live in NYC. For me, it’s the dining room, my favorite space in the apartment, where more than just my cooking is on display! As I look out the windows onto a 12th floor terrace, various parts of nature (trees, bushes, flowers, bugs & animals) inspire me to write. Ryder, my 10-year old shiba inu, usually lays on my feet, growling when I shift positions too many times or when I forget to share my food! Although he’s only 20 pounds, he’s quite strong and pushy. But how else can you pen the best story possible without these things by your side?

Connect to James J. Cudney

Website and Blog: https://thisismytruthnow.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ThisIsMyTruthNow/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/jamescudney4/
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jamescudney4/

Thanks for dropping in and it would be great if you could spread the word about James and his books as far as possible. Thanks Sally

MarySmith’sPlace – Time out


If you notice that Mary Smith is missing for a couple of weeks then do not be alarmed.. she is working on a new history of Dumfries an A_Z that sounds fascinating… then there is the sunset walk next Friday that if you are in the area would be good to sign up for.. and she is also having to cajole the cat from under the floorboards… head over and read the post for yourselves… very entertaining.

Mary Smith's Place

I’m taking a blogging break for a couple of weeks until I catch up with various projects which have deadlines looming.

Around the time of the winter solstice, photographer Keith Kirk and I led a sunset poetry walk and we are doing another to celebrate the summer solstice. We’re actually a week late as the event is on Friday, June 28 but Keith is on holiday, no doubt seeing some fine sunsets, so we couldn’t do it tonight. As I type this at almost 10.30pm the sky is still streaked with red – fingers crossed it will be a fine sunset next Friday.

Keith's sunset (Custom) Photo credit: Keith Kirk Photographer

The walk starts at the National Trust Visitor Centre by Threave Castle carpark. After a short introduction we’ll head off along the way-marked route (see picture above), taking in the sights, sounds and scents around us. People can expect to see a…

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