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/

My New Service for Authors


Stevie Turner is offering a second pair of eyes on your manuscript for a very reasonable cost.. and I mean reasonable. So head over and check it out.

Stevie Turner

One thing I’ve always had to be mindful of in my many years as a medical secretary is good spelling and grammar, as doctors read the letters I’ve typed and they can be quite scathing if letters are not up to standard.

Therefore using these talents, I’ve had an idea that might help me promote my books.  Goodness knows we authors try so many ways to market our novels, and this is a new one.  It might work or it might not.  I’ll let you know in 6 months’ time…

If you’d like to post your (anything up to) 50,000 word manuscript to me, then I’ll check it for spelling and grammar.  I won’t alter the story at all, so rest assured there.  I prefer to mark a physical manuscript rather than work online, as my eyes do not fare too well if I stare at a screen for long…

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Colleen’s 2019 #Tanka Tuesday #Poet of the Week & Honorable Mention(s), No. 140, “Light & Dark,” #SynonymsOnly


Colleen Chesebro shares the poet of the week.. D. Avery (congratulations) and some honourable mentions.. some great poems in response to ‘Light and Dark’…. the new challenge will be posted tomorrow..

Colleen M. Chesebro

Welcome to the Tanka Tuesday Poetry Recap featuring the Poet of the Week and any honorable mention poetry from last week’s challenge. If you would like to participate in this challenge, you can learn the rules in the menu item calledColleen’s Weekly Tanka Tuesday Guidelines.

Congratulations, and many thanks to all the participants! Once again you all submitted poetry that filled my heart with joy!

Please visit the challenge post comments HERE, where you’ll find the links to everyone’s poetry. It would mean so much if you could stop by and say hello! ❤

The Poet of the Week and Honorable Mention Poets 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…

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Smorgasbord Posts from Your Archives – #Potluck – 35mm Film Photography – One Hit Wonders: Tumbleweeds in Thompson Springs, Utah by Marsi


Welcome to the series of 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. This is the final post from Marsi, who with her husband Robert, embarked on a four month journey west. I will be sharing posts from their trip in addition to other posts in their archives. This post only has one photograph, but I thought it would make an amazing prompt for a bit of fiction…..

Prologue

The past year and a half had been difficult for us. Within the span of this time, we lost my father to a lengthy, painful illness, two beloved geriatric dogs, and both of our office jobs came to an end for reasons beyond our control. We sold our house in Tennessee, put our belongings into storage, and headed west with everything we need for four months of traveling & camping stuffed into our Subaru Outback. Our journey is not just a long vacation, but a plan for healing.

35mm Film Photography – One Hit Wonders: Tumbleweeds in Thompson Springs, Utah by Marsi

As much as I love to immerse myself in dramatic landscapes, I am generally underwhelmed by my nature photography. So it’s good that I am fascinated by the roadside oddities, quiet city streets, and man-made structures that have begun their return to the earth.

Film seems an appropriate medium for capturing these less-than-perfect subjects. There is beauty in decay.

35mm film photography Tumbleweeds inside the Thompson Springs Motel, Utah©Westwardwewander 2018

Atop Lassen Peak in Lassen Volcanic National Park

About Marsi

Hi there! I’m Marsi – Traveler, Designer & Home Renovator, Vintage dealer, Amateur film photographer, and Administrative Ninja.

After a year of researching and loosely planning an itinerary for an epic western U.S. road trip, my husband Robert and I sold our house in Tennessee and embarked on a grand adventure.

Our 2018 travels included thirteen national parks + several dozen state parks, national monuments, national forests, national historic areas, BLM sites, big cities, tiny towns, and everything in between. (You can check out our list of parks visited here. ) Instead of a making a set schedule, we had a very long list of destinations in mind, allowing ourselves the freedom to wander rather than have a fixed itinerary.

I created this blog to chronicle our 2018 western road trip. From time to time we’ll flash back to prior vacay and adventure spots we’ve enjoyed over the years, with some “what we’re doing now” posts thrown in too.

I also post some of my favorite film photos. If you would like to see more of my film photography, please check out my Instagram

Connect to Marsi

Website: https://westwardwewander.com/about/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/WestwardWeWander/
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/westward_we_wander/
Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.ie/westwardwewander/

My thanks to Marsi for permitting me to share these wonderful travel posts with you…Thank you for joining us to day and your feedback is always welcome. I hope you will visit Marsi and Robert and explore their travels further.. thanks Sally.

Smorgasbord Afternoon Video – D.G. Kaye finds another Gem – Dogs Shopping


Debby Gies has been scanning the airwaves for videos to share… here are some more that she has come across.. ..D.G. Kaye Writer Blog is where you will find an archive full of wonderful posts across several subjects including writing tips, social issues and book reviews.  love the track too….

I wonder if these dogs work freelance  uploaded by Krisz Zalai Kutyasuli

D. G. Kaye – Buy: http://www.amazon.com/D.G.-Kaye/e/B00HE028FO
Blog: http://www.dgkayewriter.com Goodreads: D.G. Kaye on Goodreads

Catch up with Debby’s Travel Column here every month: https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/the-travel-column-with-d-g-kaye/

Thanks to Debby for finding another gem.. I hope you have enjoyed… thanks Sally

Smorgasbord Posts from Your Archives – #PotLuck – #Dogsitting – Chapter Four: Muskoka by Debbie the DogLady


Welcome to the series of 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.

This is the final post of Debbie the DogLady who lives in Toronto, Canada and posts about travel, music, life and of course dogs. I have chosen four of her dog sitting adventures to share with you and in this post we meet Muskoka a labrador with a taste of cigarette butts and socks…

Prologue…

Dogs have always been part of my life; a love passed down from generation to generation. Protracted unemployment in the early 90s required some creativity. Thus, my pet care business was born. This is a continuing series.
(Click HERE for more chapters)

Chapter Four: Muskoka by Debbie the DogLady

Muskoka was a massive yellow lab and a first ever dog for his owners, Rick and Janet. They travelled a lot, so, he stayed with me quite often.

A wonderful guest indoors; he didn’t bother with the other dogs much and was perfectly house trained. You can imagine how important this is to a dogsitter! (It’s one of my stipulations, but some people actually lie about it. )

Outside was a whole different story, however. Muskoka had a fetish. Anything he saw on the ground was immediately swallowed, no matter what it was. Kleenex, lost gloves, even cigarette butts. Shortly after he was dropped off one day, I took him for a walk and he immediately threw up a large pile of them. Disgusting!

One wonders how this was allowed to happen. My best guess is that somebody dumped the contents of their car’s ashtray on the ground and Muskoka’s owners weren’t paying close attention. You have to watch these “garbage hounds” like a hawk, at all times! Even still, sometimes they’re so quick, nothing can be done about it. Muskoka caused me worry on a couple of occasions; once by swallowing a glove and another time, a broken tennis ball. Down the hatch they went, before I got a chance to fish them out of his mouth. Fortunately, in both instances, he regurgitated the objects within hours. You can imagine my relief!

He wasn’t always so lucky. A few years later, Janet told me the story of their family’s frantic Christmas. Muskoka had swallowed a sock and they were expecting to find the expelled remains, as usual. Nothing was forthcoming however and a few days later, the poor dog refused to eat, (alarming on its own!), and seemed to be in pain. An X-ray revealed the sock, coiled around his intestinal tract and emergency surgery was performed immediately.

Thankfully, he did make a full recovery, but, started gaining weight. I suspect his owners were giving him too many treats, in order to break him of the sock habit. That part was accomplished, but it came to the point where just walking would cause severe breathing difficulties. I always try to be honest with my clients, albeit diplomatic. My concern was for Muskoka’s health and I gave Rick and Janet some suggestions to help him lose weight, (prescription diet food and no more of those 50 calorie a pop “Marrow Treats”.) To their credit, they took this advice to heart. Muskoka’s next visit was about 8 months later and he was a svelte and handsome Dude, with plenty of energy.

All was well for a long time, then came the unhappy news that Muskoka had injured his right knee and needed another operation. Sadly, he wasn’t quite the same after that, (similar to most of us with gimpy knees), but, the weight stayed off and he was otherwise a normal Lab. As is often the case, his left knee started to go too and a few more years went by, with him hobbling around. It came to the point where he could barely move and wouldn’t eat. Dogs are often adept at conveying the message that they want to go to their final rest. Rick and Janet heeded the signs and said one final goodbye to their boy when he was 13; that’s 80 in human years.

Tears were shed by all. Muskoka had been coming to my home since he was a mere lad of 18 months. On a happy note, it was less than a year later that Parker came into the family. A grand nephew of Muskoka, he had similar facial features, but, a completely different personality.

©Debbie the Dog Lady 2012

About Debbie

Hello from Toronto!

Thanks for visiting my little corner of the internet. Let me entertain you with memoirs, photos, travelogues, creative writing pieces, music galore and so much more.

I was born in Germany, now living in Canada. My mother was German and my father, Canadian of German descent. They met in 1953, during his first posting to her homeland, following a tour of duty in Korea. This makes me an “Army Brat”.

I speak English, German, some French, a little Italian and a smattering of Spanish. I love music, travel and of course dogs.

Connect to Debbie

Blog: https://thedogladysden.com
Twitter: https://twitter.com/DebbieDoglady
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Debbie.D.Writer.Photographer/

My thanks to Debbie for permitting me to share posts from her archives and I hope you will head over to explore them further.. Thanks Sally.

Smorgasbord Something to think about – Volunteer Work – Getting the most out of life – Sally Cronin


Once we have completed this house and sold to move to what we are planning is our forever house (famous last words). I intend to get back to volunteer work. I am not sure in what capacity as yet but there are usually lots of local opportunities to explore.

Volunteer Work – Getting the most out of life – Sally Cronin

In most of our countries there are millions of family members caring for elderly parents or other family. They are unsung heroes and rarely get recompensed for the huge burden they carry and the time and money they save the state. It is something that we do for those we love and whilst voluntary is not the subject of today’s post.

It is difficult sometimes to imagine that we can find a few hours in our busy modern lives on and offline, to go out and work at a job, especially unpaid. But there are many physical, mental and emotional benefits from getting out and engaging with others in a different environment. It makes us fitter, more optimistic, gives us a sense of worth and helps others too.

There are over three quarters of a million volunteers in the UK who work unpaid for a number of enterprises including the largest, the Charity sector. There are also thousands here in Ireland you contribute their time on a regular basis. This does not include those who might give up a few hours or even days each week to help out neighbours, friends and family.

This might range from mums helping out at schools, teenagers working after school and weekends for charity shops, grandparents taking on the role of childcare, retired men and women continuing to use their work skills in mentoring roles, or even walking dogs for an animal sanctuary.

I have some links at the bottom of the post that will give you an idea of the enormous scope of the voluntary sector and its importance for non-profit organisations, and definitely for the volunteers themselves. They have all the information you need to get started and other links to check out.

Volunteering by its very nature means that payment does not come into the equation, but expenses may be met for travel or clothing. That has a huge impact on the bottom line of any organisation and can insure that more of the donated cash is available to help those supported by the charity. Many would not be able to function without a voluntary workforce and that is another reason to pay tribute to all those who give up their time to help.

It is not only non-profit organisations that can benefit from the expertise of the retired work force. Start-up businesses who have a tight budget can gain much by asking for guidance from those who have worked in their particular sector at all levels. It is sometimes more important to find someone who understands the front line service issues, as it is a senior executive to act in an advisory role.

The elderly sometimes need a helping hand, a friend to listen, someone who drops by each week, will take them to doctor visits or to church. Sharing a meal with someone elderly is an amazing thing to do as we all know what eating alone can be like. For the very young there are reading groups or perhaps a need for a surrogate grandparent.

With training you could also be the voice on the telephone, that a person at the end of their tether reaches out to, preventing an unnecessary tragedy.

For those who live alone, giving a few hours a week to their church, local school, charity or social club will also provide an opportunity to build new friendships and interests. Certainly it has been found that from a physical and mental perspective, volunteering can help prevent a number of age related diseases.

Both the links that I have given you have a huge amount of information, so if you have experience in any field that might be useful, including being a mum or dad, and are currently either unemployed or retired with time on your hands then you might consider it.

Over the last 40 years working in industry as well as a freelancer I have considered the volunteers as an essential part of my working team and I have also acted in the role of unpaid consultant. Here are just a few things to consider.

If you have been out of work for some time, perhaps because of family commitments or ill health, and are thinking of getting back into work, you might consider volunteering for a time, finances permitting. Not only will you learn new skills but also regain your confidence about entering today’s more modern workplace. For example, there are always jobs to be found in the retail sector and by working in a busy charity shop, handling cash, dealing with merchandise and customers you will find it is a great entry position to a full time job. You will certainly be able to offer a reference when applying for other positions.

Recently in the UK there has been a push by the NHS for more volunteers that carry out a number of roles within the emergency room and on the wards. Making sure an elderly patient is not afraid and alone, taking notes and transporting patients and equipment between department or helping at meal times. That makes a huge difference and frees up medical staff to do their jobs.

https://volunteering.royalvoluntaryservice.org.uk/volunteering-in-hospitals

If you love animals, becoming a dog walker would give you a schedule, exercise and a non-judgemental co-worker! Even carrying out some of the less fragrant jobs in an animal shelter that makes the environment of abandoned pets a happier place, has its merits.

For the younger generation a chance to improve future employment prospects.

There may be opportunities within a voluntary position to learn more advanced computer skills which will not only affect your employability, but also be very useful in your personal life.

When I have been interviewing for positions at all levels within an organisation, I have usually found that those who detail out their voluntary work on their resumes are candidates who will find themselves on the short list.

Yes qualifications and experience are important but so are a work ethic and a commitment to helping others. This is particularly important for young men and women starting out in employment. The same applies to those who worked after school and during their holidays to earn money. They took useful skills with them when finishing their education, most importantly in how to build effective relationships with co-workers and customers.

Those of us who are considered to be passed our sell by date.

If you have knowledge then don’t hang onto it – it took you years to develop this and your skills and by sharing both with those who are less experienced, you will be responsible for driving the next generation of successful businesses.

If you retire at 65 and live to 95 that is 30 years. Great if you want to travel, write, spend time with grandchildren and other family, but if you ever get to the point when you find you have a few more hours on your hands than expected, you are never too old to lend a hand to a good cause and benefit others.

You might even start by blogging and sharing your years of experience in that way. And if you are an experienced author and blogger, then helping those new to both can a rewarding project.

Here is a website for the UK and I am sure that in all of your countries there will be an equivalent: http://www.voluntaryworker.co.uk/

I couldn’t manage my schedule without my own team of volunteers..

Thanks for dropping in today and as always look forward to your feedback.. Sally.

Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore – Author Update #Reviews – Dorinda Duclos, Lucinda E. Clarke, Sue Coletta.


Welcome to the first of the author updates this week, and the first author with recent reviews is Lucinda E. Clarke for Savage Safari (Amie in Africa Book 5).

About the book

Amie, the world’s most reluctant spy is back.

Amie is assured that her next assignment will be easy and very safe. How could a safari camp in the African bush along with the President and international representatives from several countries possibly be dangerous?

She has no choice but to do as they say.

Simon has flown back to England for a brief meeting and then disappears. Amie has no idea where he is.

But not everyone is pleased about the rare and precious minerals discovered in the north and they are prepared to do whatever it takes to disrupt the safari and stop the auction even if it causes an international incident and people are killed.

Amie now has two lives to save and faces a bleak future on her own.

Fans of Wilbur Smith, Peter Rimmer and Tony Park will love this series by award winning author Lucinda E Clarke set in the modern day in the African bush.

One of the recent reviews of the book

Is this book 5 already? For some reason I struggle to click with books in series but I have to say I can make an exception for Lucinda Clarke’s Amie series. I think I have enjoyed these books largely because the author has a way of painting pictures with her words that is in a class of its own. A bit different to the last one I read but here I found intrigue and suspense in abundance and I thoroughly enjoyed my latest visit to Africa courtesy of Ms. Clarke. Excellent structure, clear, captivating plot and very much a page turner. Pick this one up it stands alone but I would recommend you read all the Amie series, you won’t be disappointed. Great read.

Read the reviews and buy the book: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07NCDKF8P/

And more reviews on Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Amie-Savage-Safari-Africa-Book-ebook/dp/B07NCDKF8P

A selection of other books by Lucinda E. Clarke

Read the reviews and buy the books:  http://www.amazon.com/Lucinda-E-Clarke/e/B00FDWB914

And on Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Lucinda-E-Clarke/e/B00FDWB914

Read more reviews and follow Lucinda on Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7996778.Lucinda_E_Clarke

Connect to Lucinda via her blog: http://lucindaeclarke.wordpress.com

Time to catch up with Sue Coletta and her release on Augusts 7th Racked...

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?

One of the recent reviews

Denise H 5.0 out of 5 stars Gripping. Gritty. Emotional. August 7, 2019

This is such a great series! Every time I pick up one of Coletta’s books, the rest of the world disappears as I delve into the pages of the new thriller. It is impossible not to be swept up in the mystery and track the clues right alongside Niko and Sage. This read is another emotional powerhouse for both Sage and Niko as they fight one of a parent’s greatest fears…a missing child. While Niko, Frankie, and team are deeply involved in a new murder in the county, Sage is pulled into the mystery of children going missing in the area. When Noah, their son, is given the same toy the other missing children received before their disappearances strong emotions and irrational behaviors take over and she dives in headfirst to find the abductor and bring them to justice. Will Sage and Niko be able to piece all the clues together before time runs out and another child disappears? And what if that child is Noah?

Alongside Sage and Niko, we also get more of the fabulous Frankie (Niko’s second in command) and her sassy behavior and snarky remarks. She has absolutely no filter and says the first thing that pops in her mind and most of her comments are hilarious (and ill-timed but that is what makes them funnier). She also has her own side drama continuing in this story and I am extremely curious as to what will happen when Niko discovers her secret. I really want to know! I am on pins and needles every time a re-telling scene comes up and connects to the present happenings that could possibly expose her. The suspense on this is a killer.

RACKED is full of intense moments, intriguing characters, gripping scenes, emotional turmoil, and a strong storyline that will keep you glued to the pages. I laughed, held my breath, and might have even shed a tear while reading this breathtaking thriller. This book is a wonderful addition to the series and I cannot wait to see what is in store next for Sage and Niko.

Read the reviews and buy the books: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07T2MLSYS

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

A selection of books by Sue Coletta

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

Connect to Sue via her website/blog: www.suecoletta.com

The final author today is Dorinda Duclos with a review of the short story and verse collection, Short & Not always Sweet

About Short and not always Sweet

Imagine yourself being lost in a faraway land, or sailing on a pirate ship. Perhaps you’ll find yourself in a predicament, or a romantic rendezvous. From passages to longer, more detailed stories, these are writings that are sure to capture your imagination and evoke emotions, from sadness, to madness, to happiness and beyond.

One of the recent reviews for the collection

D. W. Peach 5.0 out of 5 stars Stories to savor June 18, 2019

Duclos offers a generous selection of over 60 short stories, pieces of poetic prose, and flash fiction in a compilation that kept me enthralled for an entire afternoon. The writing is lovely, evocative, and in many cases emotional. Some pieces are lyrical and heartfelt reflections with themes centered on nature, serenity, and empowerment. Others are dark forays into ghostly hauntings and the realms of murder and revenge. Some of my favorites are Patience, Dusk, Wilted, and I Am. A wonderful way to spend an afternoon or to savor over a week, one page at a time.

Head over to buy the collection: https://www.amazon.com/Short-not-always-Sweet-Passages-ebook/dp/B07PPWTPCV

And on Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Short-not-always-Sweet-Passages-ebook/dp/B07PPWTPCV

A selection of other books by Dorinda Duclos

All the books including signed copies can be purchased through Dorinda’s website: Book Page

Read the reviews and buy the books: https://www.amazon.com/Dorinda-Duclos/e/B00LE97O5K

And Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Dorinda-Duclos/e/B00LE97O5K

Read more reviews and follow Dorinda on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/8405193.Dorinda_Duclos

Connect to Dorinda on her blog: https://dorindaduclos.com

Thanks for dropping in today and I hope you are leaving with some books under your arm… thanks Sally.

Reading Like a Reader Is More Fun Than Reading Like a Writer


A terrific post from author Audrey Driscoll that I recommend you all read. I was only thinking the other day when reading my latest book off the bestseller list that was much anticipated, how my reading process had changed. As a writer I see issues that I would never have noticed before.. a bit like watching a movie that involves an area in which you have a level of expertise. Audrey lays it out very clearly and I agree with her analysis. She would love your feedback.. Thanks Sally

Audrey Driscoll's Blog

Last week I posted about too many books and too little time. Today’s topic is the reading process itself.

Years ago, when I was young, there were two kinds of reading. The first one was obligatory reading, usually for school, later for college courses. It was done at a table or desk, with notebook and pen nearby. The second was reading for pleasure. Whether I read classics, trashy paperbacks, serious novels, children’s books, or nonfiction, I didn’t need to take notes or write book reports. This kind of reading was an escape from real life.

Now that I’m a writer, reading is complicated. Thanks to all the “how to write right” blog posts I’ve read, my brain is full of rules and admonishments, things writers should do and many they must never do. For example, overuse of dialogue tags other than “said.” I just read a book…

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Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore – New Series – Sunday Author Interview – Coming Soon.

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Welcome to the new Sunday Interview series, and this time, the focus is on the authors in the Cafe and Bookstore.

At any time there are approximately 150 authors in the Cafe and Bookstore who have new releases or recent reviews. My focus for the rest of the year is going to be on those authors in the Cafe and Bookstore and on promoting new authors who would like to join them on the shelves.

If you are a new visitor to the blog and an author with recently published books or reviews then please pop in to the Cafe and find out how you can submit your books. It is completely FREE, and all I ask is your participation when your books are promoted. This includes responding to individual comments on your posts and sharing on your own social media.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-free-author-promotion/

Now to the new Sunday author interview.

I would like you to select five questions from the twenty I have prepared, and please use as many words as you need to answer the questions fully.  It is an example of your writing and therefore should be considered as book marketing.

In addition, I would like you to select one of your books to feature. It can be a new release or might be an older book, perhaps the first in the series that you would like to give a boost to. It is a good idea to select a book that has received some good reviews and you would like to add more recent feedback.

Please select up to 1000 word extract from the book that you feel will encourage the readers to buy the book.. It might be from the first chapter or could be from later in the book when you introduce a major character.

As you are in the Cafe and Bookstore and have already been featured on the blog, I will have all your information, and will check the various links to confirm it is up to day. I will source and insert the cover of the book and  blurb and will select one of the most compelling of the reviews the book has received, and include all the usual buy links. I will also add your biography, photo and social media links.  I will also add your other books with an author page link.

Time for those questions

Head over to read more….

 

via Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore – New Series – Sunday Author Interview – Coming Soon.

The Delta Pearl 3 — Face


All aboard the Delta Pearl along with a mixed bag of other passengers who seem to be well heeled and bejeweled. Émeraude beautifully attired as befits her name, is the face of the ship and crew, an honour that she is uncertain does not raise certain concerns about the need for iced tea with added herbal stimulants… Head over and enjoy the boarding party…and meet more of the crew at the same time. #recommended

Teagan's Books

Saturday, August 17, 2019

Welcome, my chuckaboos!  Even though we don’t see one another face-to-face, I do feel you are my dear friends.

jenna-coleman-as-emeraudeJenna Coleman, my original Émeraude

Regardless of physical appeal — and I acknowledge the endlessly different standards of beauty, faces are usually important to how we imagine stories.  Whether we’re writing tales or reading them, seeing a character’s face helps. No matter whether it is handsome or ugly.

When I found the steampunk image that is the basis for the cover of The Delta Pearl, the woman made me think of Jenna Coleman, pictured above.  I saw her as Émeraude.

However, as I began this serial, a re-write of the unfinished novel (and revamped the look of this blog), I ran across the image of the steampunk girl in my banner. (Thank you Pixabay.)  The young girl in my banner reminded me of the Claudia Donovan…

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