Smorgasbord Weekly Round Up – New Magazine, Dionne Warwick, Glastonbury and Watermelon


Welcome to the weekly round up of posts that you may have missed. After a stormy start to the week we are ending in the same way with heavy winds and lots of rain the last two days. But not as bad as Ophelia, but for those who have not still had power or water for the week it is hampering the repairs.  Interestingly people here were saying that following the last hurricane in Ireland in 1961 there was a ferocious winter of snow and very cold temperatures, and the weather forecasters are saying the same thing now for the UK and Ireland.

I have been catching up this week and also putting in place some of the new features for the new look blog. As you will see if you read the post below, I am aiming for a more magazine theme, with contributions from other bloggers to provide a wider spread of content. Posts from Your Archives has been a wonderful start to this with posts on travel to La Palma and Kyoto, relationship issues such as rejection, education, mental health and food. I am scheduling posts for November and there are some slots still available. Please read the post and see if you have some posts gathering dust from your first days of blogging that might like to be given some TLC over here.

As always my thanks to my regular contributors, William Price King, Paul Andruss and Carol Taylor.. their hard work and talent brings a great deal to the blog and I am very grateful for their efforts.

And thank you too, for all your support with likes, shares and comments. I really do appreciate it.

Time to get on with the round up… I hope you enjoy.

The new look Smorgasbord Blog Magazine

With even more opportunities to promote blogs and books. With more to come in the New Year.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/10/18/smorgasbord-invitation-blog-magazine-a-new-concept-and-more-opportunities-to-be-promoted/

Weekly contributors

William Price King with part two of the Dionne Warwick story.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/10/18/william-price-king-meets-some-legends-dionne-warwick-a-hit-filled-1960s/

Paul Andruss explores the Zodiac map made from landscape features close to the legendary Glastonbury Tor.

Thomas the Rhymer Paul Andruss

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/10/20/smorgasbord-writer-in-residence-the-glastonbury-zodiac-by-paul-andruss/

Carol Taylor turns the very healthy watermelon into delicious recipes that make it easy to include in your diet.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/10/18/smorgasbord-health-cook-from-scratch-with-sally-and-carol-taylor-wonderful-watermelon/

The Sunday Interview – The Ultimate Bucket List

This week it is the turn of Paul Andruss to express his wishes for the top two items on his Ultimate Bucket List… I think you will love his response.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/10/22/smorgasbord-sunday-interview-the-ultimate-bucket-list-something-close-to-my-heart-by-paul-andruss/

Posts from Your Archives

These are some of the contributors to this new series with posts on food, life, relationships, education, mental health, Personal challenges and travel.. Check you archives since you began blogging to see if you have any posts that would benefit from being shared to a new audience. Mine. Details are in the posts.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/10/16/posts-from-your-archives-life-is-like-a-carousel-by-carol-taylor/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/10/16/posts-from-your-archives-barcelonas-magical-beauty-lizards-cathedrals-casa-mila-tapas-spains-brilliant-imagery-by-john-rieber/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/10/17/posts-from-your-archives-a-good-education-by-pete-johnson/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/10/18/posts-from-your-archives-screen-time-compromise-by-deana-metzke/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/10/19/posts-from-your-archives-are-you-cleaning-up-your-amazon-links-be-careful-sharing-book-links-by-d-g-kaye/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/10/19/smorgasbord-reblog-spiral-effect-volcanic-ambition-by-urban-liaisons/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/10/20/smorgasbord-posts-from-your-archives-on-listening-to-schizophrenia-by-robert-wertzler/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/10/20/smorgasbord-reblog-posts-from-your-archives-and-now-kyoto-japan-by-lillian-csernica/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/10/21/smorgasbord-posts-from-your-archives-rejection-the-ultimate-teacher-by-tina-frisco/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/10/22/smorgasbord-posts-from-your-archives-art-music-and-technology-by-jennie-fitzkee/

Odd Jobs and Characters series – Shoplifters in Liverpool hosted by Jane Sturgeon

My thanks to Jane Sturgeon for featuring the most recent episode of Odd Jobs and Characters.

https://janesturgeon.wordpress.com/2017/10/16/odd-jobs-and-characters-fashion-department-manager-and-shop-lifters-by-sally-cronin/

Smorgasbord Book Promotion – Cafe and Bookstore – New on the Shelves

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/10/16/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-new-book-on-the-shelves-boomer-on-the-edge-by-molly-stevens/

Author Update

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/10/16/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-author-update-sacha-black-marcia-meara-and-m-j-mallon/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/10/20/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-author-update-paul-cude-d-g-kaye-and-alethea-kehas/

Air Your Reviews

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/10/17/smorgasbord-book-promotion-air-your-reviews-colleen-chesebro-lucinda-e-clarke-and-sue-coletta/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/10/19/smorgasbord-book-promotion-air-your-reviews-annette-rochelle-aben-gigi-sedlmayer-sally-cronin/

Smorgasbord Cook from Scratch

Robbie Cheadle has shared a very simple but delicious recipe for brown yoghurt bread.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/10/19/smorgasbord-health-cook-from-scratch-delicious-and-easy-brown-yoghurt-bread-by-robbie-cheadle/

Smorgasbord Health

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/10/16/smorgasbord-health-2017-winterise-your-body-a-little-herbal-health-insurance-echinacea/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/10/17/smorgasbord-health-2017-two-ways-to-look-at-your-shopping-list-by-food-and-by-nutrient/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/10/20/smorgasbord-health-in-the-news-aspirin-can-trigger-teeth-to-self-repair/

Humour

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/10/17/smorgasbord-laughter-academy-graveyard-humour-laugh-while-you-can/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/10/19/laughter-the-best-medicine-hippies-beethoven-and-natural-born-citizens/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/10/18/smorgasbord-afternoon-video-parrot-accompanies-pavarotti-and-pavarottis-most-ardent-fan-by-geoff-cronin/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/10/20/afternoon-video-three-bears-and-a-hammock-and-one-joins-the-fishing-party/

Thanks very much for dropping in this week and your support.

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Afternoon Video – Three bears and a hammock and one joins the fishing party!


This mama bear is relaxing in the sun whilst her three cubs amuse themselves with a hammock.. the original video was several minutes long so they had plenty of fun.. I have the same problems with these contraptions.

 

And there you are fishing and minding your own business when along comes a bear to sit down beside you.. This guy was filming the river and turned his camera on the guest but I bet he did not breath for the two minutes…..

If you go down to the woods today… beware the bear..

Smorgasbord Afternoon video – Parrot accompanies Pavarotti!! and Pavarotti’s most ardent fan by Geoff Cronin


I have to give this little guy A for effort as he leaves it all out there on the stage… I have shared another parrot who loved Pavarotti before but this one is in a class of his own.. earplugs available…

 

My father-in-law Geoff Cronin who died in February was 93 and had a memory like a bear trap… and who is also a great raconteur.. and I had a conversation one weekend about the music series on the life of Luciano Pavarotti with William Price King. He reminded me of this story that he had told a number of times..   I know that since his death you have been enjoying his stories and this one was one of the favourites.

A Pavarotti Fan Achieves a dream of a lifetime

Michael lived in Donegal and his mother, who was a music teacher and introduced him to opera and specifically the work of Luciano Pavarotti back in the 1980s.

This began a lifetime’s obsession with the singer and despite being short on cash, Michael bought every recording the great man released. He would also record any television appearances and cherished the DVD of the one film that Pavarotti made.. Yes Giorgio… and successive girlfriends were forced to watch copious times during predictably short-lived romances.

Eventually Michael set up his own business with a record shop and bookstore. Over the years he saved up money in a large cake tin, hidden on the top of his kitchen cabinets in his flat above the shop. His friends down at the pub on a Friday night would indulge Michael’s fantasy of one day attending the great Pavarotti’s performances; laughing behind his back when he would enthuse about the singer’s most recent album release.

Finally, after twenty years, Michael had saved enough to buy a front row ticket for a performance to be given in Modena, Italy.  There was also sufficient left over to hire a tuxedo and spend a night or two in a modest hotel on the outskirts of town.  He headed off to Dublin and the airport on the train. This was his first flight and excursion out of the country and he was beside himself with fear and excitement.

Eventually he arrived in Modena and was grateful that the lady who ran the small hotel spoke English.. She was very helpful in getting his suit pressed and getting a taxi to take him to the concert on time.

Three days later Michael arrived back in Donegal in a state of bliss. He couldn’t wait to get to the pub on the Friday and tell all his friends about the most amazing experience of his life.

Sure enough his friends were all ears when he began to tell them about his adventures. None of them had ever left the country nor flown in a plane and they plied him with questions about every aspect of the trip. Finally one asked about the actual concert.

Michael, relishing being the centre of attention, and with all eyes on him, talked them through the evening moment by moment.  The venue, the beautiful women in their expensive gowns, the men all in black tie and the champagne in the interval. His front row seat had offered him the most wonderful view of the performance and his heart had beaten rapidly at being so close to his beautiful Pavarotti.

One of his friends asked him if the singer was as good in person as on the recordings.

‘Oh he was superb and it was so thrilling to see him live; I cannot tell you how amazing those two hours were.’

One of them piped up. ‘And what was he like as a man, you know did he interact with the audience.’

Michael shook his head and grimaced slightly. ‘Well he doesn’t like it much when you sing along with him!’

I hope you enjoyed this little musical interlude…. and will pass it on… thanks Sally

Smorgasbord Weekly Round Up – Cafe and Bookstore revamp, Archived Post bonanza and great guests.

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Welcome to the weekly round up and so pleased that there have been so many guests this week. Delighted too that the Posts from your Archives has proved so popular. Some wonderful posts this week from Pete Johnson, Debby Gies, Carol Taylor, Jennie Fitzkee and Deana Metzke with more bloggers joining next week with the start of their four week series.

My thanks as always to William Price King, Paul Andruss and Carol Taylor for their contribution to the blog with fabulous posts covering music, mystery and legends and food.

And, last but not least, thank you for your continued support, views, likes, shares and comments...

Here are the posts from the week that you might have missed..

William Price King Meets Some Legends – Sir Tom Jones The Finale

This week was the last part in the series featuring Sir Tom Jones and some of his hits from the last decade. Still going strong at 77, this dynamic performer clearly has a huge following across all age groups.  Here he is in 1977 with another performer who has crossed the decades with style.. Tina Turner and Hot Legs. Next week we begin a new series with that fabulous talent – Dionne Warwick.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/10/04/william-price-king-meets-some-legends-sir-tom-jones-career-and-hits-2007-to-2017/

Writer in residence – Paul Andruss

It was Paul’s birthday yesterday and he recently sent me a post called The Gift and rather than share later in the series, I decided to share on Friday in honour of his special day. Paul writes exclusive posts for Smorgasbord that take a huge amount of research and time to prepare and I am eternally grateful that he accepted the invitation to be writer in residence. I am sure if you missed this post you will enjoy heading over to read. Thought provoking and resulted in some interesting comments.

Thomas the Rhymer

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/10/06/smorgasbord-writer-in-residence-the-gift-by-paul-andruss/

Cook from Scratch with Sally and Carol Taylor and this week the health benefits of watercress and some wonderful recipes provided by Carol after creating in her kitchen in Thailand.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/10/04/smorgasbord-health-cook-from-scratch-with-sally-and-carol-taylor-watercress-more-iron-than-spinach/

The Ultimate Bucket List – the top two items on Luanne Castle’s bucket list… time travel…and read on to find out what else.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/10/08/smorgasbord-sunday-interview-the-ultimate-bucket-list-author-luanne-castle-with-time-travel-and-zeeland/

Posts from your Archives

So pleased at the response to this series which showcases posts from YOUR archives. Perhaps from the start of your blogging career when you may have had fewer followers and you would like to share again with MINE.. It is a way of not only promoting your blog but also if you have books to promote I will add those in too. Email me with four links to posts that you would like to share again. If you want to promote your books then we can do that separately. I am looking for posts that are about life, love, adventure or an experience that you feel made a difference in your life.  Email me on sally.cronin@moyhill.com

Here are this week’s Posts From Your Archives.

Carol Taylor with an entertaining anecdote about her father who despite requiring a walker for mobility managed to do some Cirque de Soleil moves!

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/10/02/posts-from-your-archives-its-not-what-you-look-at-that-matters-but-what-you-see-by-carol-taylor/

Pete Johnson of Beetley Pete with a life changing experience that all parents can relate to.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/10/03/posts-from-your-archives-pete-johnson-with-not-waving-but-drowning/

Deana Metzke shared her experiences with the Olympics and her young son’s reaction to watching on television

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/10/04/posts-from-your-archives-parenting-raising-readers-the-little-engine-that-could-and-the-olympics-by-d-metzke/

D.G. Kaye – Debby Gies with a post on a relationship issue that applies to both male and female partners. When one is receiving more attention and success than the other it can require careful thought and management.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/10/05/posts-from-your-archives-5-indicators-your-partner-may-feel-insecure-with-your-success-and-how-to-rectify-by-d-g-kaye/

Jennie Fitzkee with reflections on the natural and unaffected conversation with young children

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/10/08/posts-from-your-archives-lunchtime-conversations-in-the-classroom-its-important-by-jennie-fitzkee/

New Series – Guess Who I Bumped Into – I shall be doing my usual browse through my readers and will share a blogger each week who is new to me and who I think you might like to meet too. This week  author Peter Davidson who has published 28 books and has just begun a blog.. Marital Advice to my Grandson.. very entertaining.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/10/03/new-series-guess-who-i-just-bumped-into-author-peter-davidson-and-marital-advice-to-my-grandson/

Book Promotions – Air your Reviews – A chance to show case your most recent reviews.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/10/03/smorgasbord-book-promotion-air-your-reviews-judith-barrow-and-vashti-quiroz-vega/

Pure Trash Bette Stevens

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/10/05/smorgasbord-book-promotion-air-your-reviews-paulett-mahurin-teagan-geneviene-and-bette-a-stevens/

Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore Updates – New Releases and Reviews

N.B. The cafe and bookstore has had a facelift and over the coming weeks I will be increasing the number of book covers displayed and will also be including and extract from the most recent review for one of those books. The aim is to encourage readers to click the review link and end up in the buy page… I hope it helps.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/10/02/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-author-update-joyce-k-gatschenberger-john-w-howell-and-annette-rochelle-aben/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/10/06/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-update-jane-dougherty-mary-smith-and-lucy-brazier/

Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore New on the Shelves – New authors on the shelves of the Bookstore… if you would like to be featured then please email me sally.cronin@moyhill.com

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/10/05/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-new-on-the-shelves-come-back-by-melissa-maygrove/

Odd Jobs and Characters – hosted by author Lyn Horner – My odd jobs that inspire my stories and characters.

This week I get to grips with a sword wielding champagne magnet and fall in love – not a bad day’s work! https://lynhorner.com/2017/10/02/special-guest-sally-cronin-the-odd-jobs-gal-swashbuckle-and-romance/

Media Training for Authors – the series continues with a look at the some of the online watering holes where readers gather. There are several out there and once you get started you can explore others that might suit you better but achieve the same result. Bringing you together with readers and reviews.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/10/07/smorgasbord-media-training-for-authors-advertising-gather-around-the-right-waterholes/

Moyhill Publishing – Update.

Now that the house and garden renovations are nearing the end (garden weather dependent!) Moyhill Publishing is up and running again and we have been working quietly in the background for the last couple of months. We have just received a wonderful testimonial and I have updated some of the details and covers.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/moyhill-publishing-working-with-indie-authors-established-2004/

Health – that time of year when we need to make sure we are making dietary and lifestyle changes to boost our immune system.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/10/02/smorgasbord-health-2017-winterising-your-body-influenza-the-opportunistic-pathogen/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/10/03/smorgasbord-health-2017-cook-from-scratch-snacks-and-dips-for-your-guests/

Smorgasbord Pet health – Hip Dysplasia – get to know your puppy’s relatives.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/10/05/smorgasbord-pet-health-hip-dysplasia-a-good-reason-to-meet-you-puppys-relatives/

Humour

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/10/02/smorgasbord-laughter-academy-some-gender-specific-nouns/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/10/03/afternoon-video-rewind-abstract-art-by-a-mammoth-talent/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/10/04/smorgasbord-laughter-academy-more-observations-on-life-from-cowboys-and-cats/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/10/06/smorgasbord-laughter-academy-dog-language-and-other-canine-behaviours/

Thank you once again for dropping and as always your feedback is very welcome. 

 

Smorgasbord Weekly Round Up – New Cafe Bookstore Feature, Guests and Tea Tree Icecream


I actually put out the round up last week on the Saturday as I was busy elsewhere on Sunday.. So this week you get a couple of bonus posts that you might have missed.

Enough about the past. How about we talk about the future. As I enter my fifth year of blogging I am taking a look at the features that I am running currently.

I am going to be making some changes to Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore in it’s current format. There are a number of authors who have been in the bookstore for a couple of years but I have not had any updates or contact with them since they went on the shelves. That is okay I know how hectic everyone’s lives are and everyone is juggling so many different platforms that it is tough to keep up with them all.

So I am going to be going through the bookstore and moving some authors off into a draft file where they will be safe and if they do come back to me with some news then I can move them back onto the shelves again.

Those that remain on the shelves will have an additional feature that reinforces my aim to increase the number of reviews that we receive. As I feature recent reviews for authors in the Cafe update and the Air Your Reviews posts, I will put the first paragraph and the heading which links back to the original review on Amazon or Goodreads.

As you can imagine this will increase the amount of administration of the blog and it is therefore very helpful if you would keep me updated.

I hope that those that feature in the promotions here and are on the shelves see some increase in their sales even if it is only one or two books, or increased readership of their blogs and social media. It is certainly not on a par with Goodreads or other book promotion sites but it is exclusive and it comes with some benefits. Including regular updates that go out across my social media including Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Google+ and my blog.

I hope you will like the new feature. It will take me a few weeks to roll it out across all authors but hopefully it will add another inducement to readers who visit the cafe and bookstore to buy your books.

If you can remember in the middle of the excitement of a new release or fantastic review to drop me a line to sally.cronin@moyhill.com. There are two hundred authors in the bookstore so I am very happy to share an update every four to six weeks to make sure as many authors as possible are featured.

If you are not sure if you are in the bookstore or not then check it out.. Authors are listed alphabetically and if you have not updated me for a while then please contact me.

Thanks again to all of you who have been in this week and liked, commented and shared and I will be starting the Blogger Daily again very soon as I know that I am neglecting my blogging community in the promotions.. Blame Queen Filigree and her new toyboy… a Prince in every sense of the word!!

Here are this week’s posts if you missed them and please head over and check out my guests, they are amazing.

William Price King meets Sir Tom Jones

This week some of the hits from the 1970s and Sir Tom Jones’ time in the Country Charts.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/09/27/william-price-king-meets-some-legends-sir-tom-jones-country-music-and-sex-bomb/

Writer in residence Reblog – Paul Andruss

Did you know about the beautiful and intelligent daughter of Karl Marx? I didn’t and Paul Andruss introduces us to her.

Thomas the Rhymer

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/09/29/smorgasbord-reblog-writer-in-residence-mister-marxs-beautiful-daughter-by-paul-andruss/

Cook From Scratch with Carol Taylor

This week Carol Taylor elevates one of my superfoods to a new level with some delicious recipes to encourage you to include in your daily diet.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/09/27/smorgasbord-health-2017-cook-from-scratch-with-sally-and-carol-taylor-green-tea-ice-cream-latte-and-macarons/

Cook from Scratch guest post – Holiday stuffing from D.G. Kaye in time for Thanksgiving in Canada on October 9th.

 

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/09/28/cook-from-scratch-2017-holiday-stuffing-d-g-kaye-style/

The Sunday Interview – The Ultimate Bucket List

Sue Vincent has set her heart on a VW Camper Van and travel to find and share all of the ancient sites and relics of Britain and I did my best….

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/09/24/smorgasbord-sunday-interview-the-ultimate-bucket-list-living-the-dream-with-sue-vincent/

Steve Costello shares his top two items on his Ultimate Bucket List. Although all of us would no doubt put achieving world peace on the top of our list, Steve has placed some personal goals and actions on this challenging task.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/10/01/smorgasbord-sunday-interview-the-ultimate-bucket-list-author-steve-costello/

 

Posts from your Archives Guest Posts

Do you have posts that you wrote some time ago that you would like to share with my readers and an opportunity to promote your blog or books? Then check out the posts and get in touch.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/09/25/posts-from-your-archives-accept-what-is-let-go-of-what-was-and-have-faith-in-what-will-be-david-avocado-wolfe-by-carol-taylor/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/09/26/posts-from-your-archives-guest-pete-johnson-with-bermondsey-summers/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/10/01/posts-from-your-archives-this-was-a-great-day-by-jennie-fitzkee/

 

Author Promotion – Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/09/25/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-author-update-d-wallace-peach-mary-smith-and-victoria-zigler/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/09/29/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-author-update-andrew-joyce-linda-swain-bethea-and-jacquie-biggar/

New on the shelves

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/09/25/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-new-on-the-shelves-tan-a-story-of-exile-betrayal-and-revenge-by-david-lawlor/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/09/26/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-new-on-the-shelves-from-the-prairie-to-passchendaele-by-fred-knight-adapted-by-joy-lennick/

Book Promotion – Air Your Reviews

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/09/26/smorgasbord-book-promotion-air-your-reviews-pamela-s-wight-ritu-bhathal-and-natalie-ducey/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/09/28/smorgasbord-book-promotion-air-your-reviews-jack-eason-mary-smith-and-pamela-schloesser-canepa/

Humour and Afternoon videos

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/09/25/the-afternoon-video-rewind-nightmares-nothing-like-a-mums-arms/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/09/26/smorgasbord-laughter-academy-heavens-above-and-the-other-one/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/09/27/afternoon-video-rewind-keep-calm-courtesy-of-the-cat-whisperer-2/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/09/29/smorgasbord-laughter-academy-some-useful-observations-on-life/

Media Training for authors

I have adapted my media training manual that I used for seminars to reflect the business needs of authors. Post production marketing and advertising. You will find the main directory in the menu. https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/media-training-for-authors/

This week… Advertising, covers and key words.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/09/30/media-training-for-authors-advertising-covers-titles-and-key-words-by-sally-cronin-2/

Personal stuff

I have not had much time recently for responding to awards (shameful I know) but Judith Barrow kindly nominated me for the Miranda Sings Award… You have to name 7 things you love about yourself… tough challenge.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/09/24/award-the-miranda-sings-award-a-chance-to-say-i-love-me/

If you find yourself saying ‘I will be happy when…..’ you might want to read this post.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/09/27/something-to-think-about-stop-putting-restrictions-on-your-happiness/

Odd Jobs and Characters – This week I posted the next episode in the saga of my job history.. next Tuesday Lyn Horner is kindly hosting me.

I arrived in the dead of night to the doors of a gothic style hotel in the mountains of Wales and my arrival does little to confirm that I have made the right decision.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/09/28/odd-jobs-and-characters-hotel-in-wales-senior-receptionist-a-ghostly-arrival/

Health

Another addition to my Medicine Women’s Larder – Sunflower seeds.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/09/29/medicine-womans-larder-sunflower-seeds-and-oil-sunshine-all-year-round/

Pet Health

Kittens and Puppies are really cute but finding homes for them can be difficult with so many unwanted pets needing to be adopted. But is you find that you do have a pregnant fur family member, here is some tips.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/09/28/smorgasbord-pet-health-new-arrivals-on-their-way-pregnancy-in-cats-and-dogs-2/

Thank you so much for dropping in today and for your great support.

 

 

 

 

Smorgasbord Weekly Round up – Sir Tom Jones, King Arthur and other VIPs..


Welcome to this week’s round up and a week of two halves. One half had failing internet, which like a dodgy hair piece, was all over the place for four days. On for 10 minutes and then off for 20 minutes and variations along that theme. Thankfully I had scheduled posts so that I could take a writing break, but it was frustrating to say the least.  The good half of the week is that I got on with Tales from an Irish Garden and made good progress.. A way to go yet, but it will get there in its own good time.

Apart from that I was lucky to have great guests and their contributions to entertain you, and I am very grateful for their time and effort.

William Price King provided us an insight into the career and music of Sir Tom Jones in the mid 1960’s for the rest of the decade. A very busy time for him both in chart success and his residency in Las Vegas.  Here is a later performance of Tom Jones and Pavarotti which you might enjoy as you browse.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/09/20/william-price-king-meets-some-legends-sir-tom-jones-1960s-las-vegas-elvis-presley-and-delilah/

Also this week we enjoyed the latest post from Carol Taylor who turned my post on the health benefits of mushrooms into a fantastic feast. Carol has put so much love and effort into her recipes that even those who don’t normally eat some of the foods we feature, are giving the a try.. Don’t miss…

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/09/20/smorgasbord-health-2017-cook-from-scratch-with-sally-and-carol-taylor-mushrooms/

Delighted to welcome Debby Gies with some posts from her archives and this week she took us through the various social media platforms available to us as writers, and the pros and cons

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/09/21/post-from-your-archives-how-are-you-spending-your-most-valuable-time-on-social-media-by-d-g-kaye/

Also with a post for all dog lovers Pete Johnson of Beetley Pete, shares some tales of Ollie… fabulous face and the only creature who can wear wrinkles well…

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/09/19/post-from-your-archives-guest-pete-johnson-with-ollies-gang/

Writer in Residence – Paul Andruss – Smorgasbord Reblog – A companion piece to the post on King Arthur last week.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/09/22/smorgasbord-reblog-who-was-arthur-part-two-by-paul-andruss/

On a personal note.

This week’s episode of Odd Jobs and Characters was very kindly hosted by Robbie and Michael Cheadle and thank you to everyone who went over and commented and shared. If you missed you might like to find out how I managed to cook 3000 meals a week in a boarding school.. and still have time to wave a feather duster.

https://robbiesinspiration.wordpress.com/2017/09/18/odd-jobs-and-characters-with-sally-cronin/

The next episode next week will be on my own blog before resuming its travels around blogland.

A quick look at my WIP with a story that appeared earlier the year with an illustration by Donata Zawadzka

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/09/18/my-wip-tales-from-the-irish-garden-after-the-festival-illustrated-by-donata-zawadzka/

A new series – Media Training for Authors -ways to promote you and your books locally and on a national scale.  All four posts so far.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/09/15/media-training-for-authors-introduction-dont-be-shy/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/09/16/media-training-for-authors-getting-a-foot-in-the-door-press-releases-and-door-knocking-2/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/09/17/media-training-for-authors-radio-or-podcast-interviews-gold-dust-for-an-author-get-prepared/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/09/23/media-training-for-authors-preparing-for-an-interview-on-camera/

New Series – The Sunday Interview – The ultimate Bucket List

The first guest was our resident food expert Carol Taylor who shared the top two items on her ultimate bucket list. I am sure that they will both come true. Tomorrow the author, poet and fabulous blogger, Sue Vincent.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/09/17/smorgasbord-sunday-interview-the-ultimate-bucket-list-with-carol-taylor/

Book Promotions – Air Your Reviews

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/09/19/smorgasbord-book-promotion-air-your-reviews-d-g-kaye-and-mary-anne-edwards/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/09/21/smorgasbord-book-promotion-air-your-reviews-teagan-riordain-geneviene-and-m-c-v-egan/

Cafe and Bookstore Author Update

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/09/18/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-author-update-judith-barrow-charles-e-yallowitz-and-sandra-j-jackson/

Cafe and Bookstore – New on the Shelves

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/09/19/sallya-cafe-and-bookstore-new-on-the-shelves-a-girl-named-truth-by-alethea-kehas/

New Series – Something to think about – this week volunteering – helping out charities, school, libraries can be both rewarding and teach you new skills.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/09/20/voluntary-work-a-hugely-valuable-sector-of-the-workforce-and-beneficial-to-those-who-volunteer/

Humour

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/09/18/afternoon-video-rewind-the-intelligence-of-crows-the-8-part-puzzle/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/09/19/smorgasbord-laughter-academy-the-irish-view-on-life-bars-accents-and-heaven-and-hell-2/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/09/20/afternoon-video-rewind-snowball-the-cockatoo-another-one-bites-the-dust/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/09/21/smorgasbord-laughter-academy-rewindhot-dogs-swim-aids-and-venetian-blinds/

Health

Smorgasbord Health 2017

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/09/18/smorgasbord-health-2017-food-safety-listeria-an-invisible-and-unwanted-visitor/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/09/22/smorgasbord-health-2017-leprosy-hansens-disease-a-modern-miracle/

Pet health

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/09/21/smorgasbord-pet-health-house-training-reward-not-punishment-for-you-or-your-dog/

Thank you for all your visits, likes, comments and shares during the week… it is so appreciated.

 

 

 

Smorgasbord Round Weekly Round Up – Sir Tom Jones, King Arthur, Brussel Sprouts and Author Media Training


Welcome to the weekly round up where I share my posts from the week and also those of my guests. Those guests are providing a much valued different perspective on topics that I might not cover normally and I thank them so much for their work and time that they spend creating their posts.

Also news of some new ways to promote your books and blog this week and tomorrow the start of the new Sunday Interview show… The Ultimate Bucket List and to show you how it will look… our foodie guest writer Carol Taylor volunteered to be the first victim guest……going out just after midnight.

Resident musical director – William Price King is back with a new music series… the every youthful and dynamic Sir Tom Jones, and this week in the early years, William shares some of his early influences and hits.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/09/13/william-price-king-meets-some-legends-sir-tom-jones-the-early-years/

Paul Andruss tackles the legend of King Arthur this week which is not an easy thing to do. As you will read, Arthur has been a pawn in other Kings and Emperor’s claims to their position and there might have been a few pretenders along the way too.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/09/15/writer-in-residence-arthur-king-or-pawn-by-paul-andruss/

Julie Lawford has been with us over the summer with some excellent posts on lifestyle and weight loss and I hope that in the future she will find time to donate some of her archived posts again. This week Julie shares some useful links to healthy living sites and some videos that are worth watching.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/09/14/smorgasbord-health-2017-guest-writer-julie-lawford-dietary-heresy-or-new-wisdom-functional-medicine-sugar-fat-carbs-cholesterol/

Carol Taylor has been adding her special blend of spices and love of fresh produce to the foods that I have showcased in the past as being particularly healthy.. Sally and Carol’s Cook from Scratch is going from strength to strength and we are grateful for you likes, shares and comments. This week the little powerhouse of nutrition… Brussel sprouts.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/09/13/smorgasbord-health-2017-cook-from-scratch-with-sally-and-carol-taylor-brussel-sprouts/

 

 

And in the new series of Posts from your Archives, Pete Johnson from Beetley Pete starts a four week series on posts from his stash. In this post you will also find out how you can participate by giving posts that you would like to share with a new audience a showcase. Look forward to hearing from you.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/09/12/new-series-posts-from-your-archives-guest-pete-johnson-with-going-to-the-pictures/

Milestones along the Way by Geoff Cronin

Last weekend we came to the end of my late father-in-law Geoff’s books with the love story of how Geoff and Joan, his wife of 50 years met.  All his stories are in the directory for you to revisit. https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/books-by-geoff-cronin/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/09/10/milestones-along-the-way-how-i-met-her-by-geoff-cronin/

Odd Jobs and Characters – Public House Landlady my host Chris the Story Reading Ape.

This week some challenges in my role as landlady of a pub in Cowes on the Isle of Wight with rather over the top customers courtesy of the ‘booze cruises’ on Saturday nights – Read all about it: https://thestoryreadingapeblog.com/2017/09/11/reserved-for-sally-cronin/

New Series – Media Training for Authors.

I have been an Indie author for 20 years and without a massive budget behind me to get noticed, I had to push open a few doors myself. For most of it is very hard to self-promote, even for someone like myself, who have a background in public speaking at conferences and major events.

We have a tendency to think global with our marketing because we have access to the world via the Internet. But I have always sold more books, especially print books by creating a market in my local environment. When I first began marketing my books there was no Amazon, worldwide web or global readership to the same extent and we relied on local media picking up the story. This sometimes led to nationals then taking an interest. That is how it worked with my first book Size Matters and I enjoyed both local and national coverage. The same applied to my family health book – Just Food for Health that sold well at book fairs, health events and summer fetes.

Most authors that I speak to are seeking international recognition for their work and to become a bestseller. But, there is no harm in getting some much needed experience locally first, before stepping onto the worldwide stage. One reason being, that most national radio stations and media, will be looking to interview authors who have had some experience of being behind a microphone or in front of a camera.  I have adapted my media training course to focus on authors and book marketing.

Here are the first two posts with more tomorrow and next weekend.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/09/15/media-training-for-authors-introduction-dont-be-shy/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/09/16/media-training-for-authors-getting-a-foot-in-the-door-press-releases-and-door-knocking-2/

Book Promotions

Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore – Author Update

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/09/11/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-update-sue-coletta-j-e-spina-and-c-s-boyack/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/09/15/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-author-update-dan-alatorre-and-various-authors-john-nicholl-and-lucinda-e-clarke/

Air Your Reviews – share your most recent rave review with everyone..

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/09/12/smorgasbord-book-promotion-air-your-reviews-jena-c-henry-chuck-jackson-and-deborah-jay/

Thomas the Rhymer Paul Andruss

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/09/14/smorgasbord-book-promotion-air-your-reviews-paul-andruss-d-wallace-peach-and-christina-steinner/

Blog Promotions – The Blogger Daily now on hold for next week (writing break)

Smorgasbord Blogger Daily

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/09/11/smorgasbord-blogger-daily-monday-11th-september-2017-patrick-dykie-terri-webster-schrandt-van-by-the-river-annette-rochelle-aben-robbie-cheadle-and-traci-kenworth/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/09/12/smorgasbord-blogger-daily-tuesday-12th-september-2017-d-g-kaye-sue-vincents-c-skillman-alethea-kehas-and-gary-loggins/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/09/13/smorgasbord-blogger-daily-wednesday-september-13th-2017-madelyn-griffith-haynie-janice-spina-and-the-non-smoking-lady-bug/

Smorgasbord Health 2017

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/09/11/smorgasbord-health-2017-a-z-of-common-conditions-chicken-pox-and-shingles-a-double-act/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/09/12/smorgasbord-health-2017-the-soda-stream-worth-125-billion-dollars-a-year-at-the-cost-of-your-health-2/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/09/13/smorgasbord-health-2017-rewind-food-safety-toxoplasma-gondii-cats-and-other-carriers/

Smorgasbord Pet Health

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/09/14/smorgasbord-pet-health-allergies-fleas-and-benefits-of-raw-food-diest-for-dogs-and-cats/

Humour

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/09/12/smorgasbord-laughter-academy-lifes-great-truths-and-some-snippets/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/09/11/the-afternoon-video-rewind-the-most-graceful-dog-dancing-i-have-seen/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/09/13/afternoon-video-rewind-you-can-lead-a-dog-to-water-bath-time/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/09/15/afternoon-video-rewind-cats-vs-flip-flops-shared-by-n-a-granger/

Personal Stuff

I underwent a procedure this week that was long overdue.. the process prompted a poem!

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/09/12/smorgasbord-poetry-farewell-to-colourful-friends-by-sally-cronin-2/

Thank you very much for dropping in this week and as always very grateful to see you and get your feedback. Enjoy the rest of the weekend… thanks Sally.