Smorgasbord Reblog – Q and A with D.G. Kaye – Featuring Author Jacqui Murray – Promote Your Book


his week’s guest on D.G. Kaye – Debby Gies Q & A is author Jacqui Murray (I am a fan of her books) with an excerpt from her latest release The Quest for Home (highly recommended).

Welcome to this week’s edition of Q and A. Today I’m happy to be featuring Jacqui Murray and her latest, book 2 in her Crossroads Trilogy – The Quest for Home. Jacqui is a prolific author, tech teacher, columnist, book reviewer, and a fellow blogger – just to name a few of the accolades under her belt. Read on to learn more about Jacqui, her writing, and her well-received newest book to her trilogy

Jacqui Murray

About Jacqui:

Jacqui Murray is the author of the popular Building a Midshipman, the story of her
daughter’s journey from high school to United States Naval Academy, the Rowe-
Delamagente thrillers, and the Man vs. Nature saga. She is also the author/editor of
over a hundred books on integrating tech into education, adjunct professor of technology in education, blog webmaster, an Amazon Vine Voice, a columnist for NEA Today, and a freelance journalist on tech ed topics. Look for her next prehistoric fiction, In the Footsteps of Giants, Winter 2020, the final chapter in the Crossroads Trilogy.

Let’s get to know a little more about Jacqui and her writing:

Where do your book ideas grow from?

Book ideas come from my insatiable curiosity. I get interested in a topic, dig-dig-
dig relentlessly only to find that a full understanding requires the characteristics of
fiction to organize my thinking on the subject. By that, I mean I need powerful
actors, appealing settings, and a story arc to make sense of my research. This is
how my early man saga (and the current Crossroads trilogy) came into being: I
was trying to figure out how we-all survived a world with sabertooth cats, violent
natural disasters, and no way to kill animals for food. We had no fangs, weak
nails, and thin skin. Really, nothing about that equates to dominance—until you
factor in our brains!

Anyone else have that experience?

DG – Well, I have to say this is a fascinating topic.

What are your writing goals for this year?

Head over to Debby’s to discover more about Jacqui and her books: https://dgkayewriter.com/q-and-a-with-d-g-kaye-featuring-author-jacqui-murray-promote-your-book/

About D.G. Kaye

Debby Gies is a Canadian nonfiction/memoir author who writes under the pen name of D.G. Kaye. She was born, raised, and resides in Toronto, Canada. Kaye writes about her life experiences, matters of the heart and women’s issues.

D.G. writes to inspire others. Her writing encompasses stories taken from events she encountered in her own life, and she shares the lessons taken from them. Her sunny outlook on life developed from learning to overcome challenges in her life, and finding the upside from those situations, while practicing gratitude for all the positives.

When Kaye isn’t writing intimate memoirs, she brings her natural sense of humor into her other works. She loves to laugh and self- medicate with a daily dose of humor.
I love to tell stories that have lessons in them, and hope to empower others by sharing my own experiences. I write raw and honest about my own experiences, hoping through my writing, that others can relate and find that there is always a choice to move from a negative space, and look for the positive.

Quotes:
“Live Laugh Love . . . And Don’t Forget to Breathe!”

                 “For every kindness, there should be kindness in return. Wouldn’t that just make the world right?”

When I’m not writing, I’m reading or quite possibly looking after some mundane thing in life. It’s also possible I may be on a secret getaway trip, as that is my passion—traveling.

Books by D.G. Kaye

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Read all the reviews and buy the books: http://www.amazon.com/author/dgkaye7

and Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/D.G.-Kaye/e/B00HE028FO

More reviews and follow Debby on Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/dgkaye

Connect to Debby Gies

Blog: http://www.dgkayewriter.com
About me: http://www.wiseintro.co/dgkaye7
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/@pokercubster (yes there’s a story)
Linkedin: http://www.linkedin.com/in/dgkaye7
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/dgkaye
Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/dgkaye
Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/dgkaye7

Thanks for dropping in today and I hope you will head over to read the entire post:  Sally

Smorgasbord Blogger Daily – Monday 11th November 2019. Robbie Cheadle with Ritu Bhathal, Patricia Furstenberg and Richard Dee


Time to catch up on some of my favourite blogs again after our two weeks away.

The first post is from Robbie Cheadle who is in the process of promoting poets in a Readathon.. And in this post she is showcasing Ritu Bhathal.

Poetry readathon

Today I am introducing you to poet, author and blogger, Ritu Bhathal. Ritu has selected a lovely poem from her book Poetic RITUals to share here today.

From Twinkle to Reality

Let me take you down that road,

Much-travelled through eternity

The journey to become a mum,

From twinkle to reality.

Head over and enjoy the rest of the poem and post: https://robbiesinspiration.wordpress.com/2019/11/09/poetryreadathon-meet-poet-and-blogger/

Robbie and Michael Cheadle, Buy: https://www.amazon.com/Robbie-Cheadle/e/B01N9J62GQ Blog: https://robbiesinspiration.wordpress.com/ Goodreads: Robbie Goodreads

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Now a guest post by Patricia Furstenberg on the blog Books by Women on the subject of women writers and contemporary war fiction.

At some stage during my adult life, and this will astound my history teacher if she’d discover, I found myself fascinated by the thought of writing fiction inspired by contemporary events.

A thread that brought me here might have been reading Margaret Mitchell’s “Gone with the Wind” in my teens; another one, witnessing the terrorist attack on World Trade Center on Live TV while pregnant with my daughter. A definite thread, silky and alluring, came from enjoying historical fiction by Philippa Gregory and Diana Gabaldon. While the most recent one, still carding itself, draws from my son’s keen interest in war computer games and my own, in military working dogs.

When the seed of writing a fictional book about dogs involved in combat was still on the counter, not even planted yet, I turned to literature for guidance. And hit a wall.

Contemporary war fiction penned by women pales in comparison to the amount of books written by men. Be it in poetry or prose, throughout the centuries an author, not an authoress, depicted more often the combat male protagonist. As Homer put it in his Iliad, “war will be men’s business”.

Why so, since countless notable women were not afraid of fighting battles? The Greek goddess Athena is shown as a warrior, the patron of justice, strategic warfare, mathematics, and arts. The Celtic goddess Brigid is the patron of poetry and smithcraft. Scathach is an Irish Goddess who taught the martial arts. The Amazons were fierce warrior women and there were even gladiator women, gladiatrices, although Juvenal, the Roman poet of those times, depicted them as a mere novelty. History is splattered with the blood of innumerable women warriors: Hatshepsut, Queen Boudicca, Queen Samsi of Arabia, the Trung Sisters from Vietnam, Empress Theodora of Byzantium, Olga of Russia, Eleanor of Aquitaine, Mary I and Elizabeth I of England.

Please head over to read the rest of this fascinating article by Patricia: http://booksbywomen.org/why-we-need-contemporary-war-fiction-written-by-women/

Patricia Furstenberg, Buy: https://www.amazon.com/Patricia-Furstenberg/e/B018QGC570 Blog:  http://alluringcreations.co.za/wp/ Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/8867736.Patricia_Furstenberg

Here is a post for all of you who are in the second week of your NaNoMo projects from Richard Dee who completed the challenge with the first in his Andorra Pett series in 2016. Head over to compare your experiences of this writing challenge.

Welcome back to my trip through the NaNo projects of the past.

This time, I’m looking at 2016. I didn’t attempt NaNo in 2015, I was otherwise engaged in adjusting to life after work, as I mentioned last week. My shoulder required an operation in the end, an 8mm bone spur was removed. After six months off work. I decided to take early retirement, rather than have to retrain and re-certify for a job that I had been doing for forty years. Don’t you just love the system?

Ribbonworld, the subject of last weeks post, was actually published in November 2015. And I did write a novel in 2015, just not in one concentrated spell or as part of the NaNo challenge. A change of genre for me, it was a Steampunk adventure called The Rocks of Aserol.

I also wrote several short stories. Among them was one that I wrote as a bet. My wife had challenged me to write a female character, and to do a ‘woman-runs-away-from-it-all-and-starts-again-in-a-new-place’ type story, only set in space.

I thought about it and had an idea for a jilted woman, who reluctantly turns amateur detective when she is forced to, by circumstances beyond her control.

I named her Andorra Pett and based her on a combination of the character traits of my wife and my three daughters.

Head over to find out more about Richard’s experiences and to add your own: https://richarddeescifi.co.uk/the-second-monday-of-nanowrimo-2/

Richard Dee, buy: https://www.amazon.com/Richard-Dee/e/B00CN4TTCG/
Website: http://richarddeescifi.co.uk/Goodreads: Richard Dee at Goodreads

Please go to Amazon or Richard’s website to view all his books.

 

Thank you for dropping in today and I hope you will head over to read all these posts in full…more tomorrow thanks Sally

Smorgasbord Reblog – What Can We Learn from Comments as #Bloggers Plus Tips! by D.G. Kaye


D.G. Kaye (Debby Gies) has a great deal of experience on commenting on posts (she is everywhere) and also receiving them, and today she is sharing a comment regarding the layout of her posts that we should all remember when formatting them.

Blogging tips

I received a lovely comment from a newcomer to my blog last week, complimenting me on how nicely I relay information on my blog without adding a ‘lot of filler’ as he put it, and with legible font size and good white-space. What a lovely compliment!

I do try to live my life with the adage of ‘Do unto others’ mantra. That’s what inspired me to share this comment I received. I try my best to keep my blog ‘clean’ and not crowded, and thought I’d pass on a few tips. Now, I do know that sometimes my blog posts will have the occasional wonky formating in them – courtesy of WordPress and theme not playing nice. But I do use the ‘preview’ before scheduling a post to make sure it doesn’t look wonky, and sometimes, there are conditions beyond my control, which I will always state on my blog so that others don’t think I’m being sloppy. So below, I’ll mention a few options we have in our WordPress editors to enhance the reader’s experience.

Some Things to Keep in Mind When Drafting a Post

Head over and find out more about making your blog user friendly: https://dgkayewriter.com/what-bloggers-can-learn-from-comments-and-a-few-tips/

About D.G. Kaye

Debby Gies is a Canadian nonfiction/memoir author who writes under the pen name of D.G. Kaye. She was born, raised, and resides in Toronto, Canada. Kaye writes about her life experiences, matters of the heart and women’s issues.

D.G. writes to inspire others. Her writing encompasses stories taken from events she encountered in her own life, and she shares the lessons taken from them. Her sunny outlook on life developed from learning to overcome challenges in her life, and finding the upside from those situations, while practicing gratitude for all the positives.

When Kaye isn’t writing intimate memoirs, she brings her natural sense of humor into her other works. She loves to laugh and self- medicate with a daily dose of humor.
I love to tell stories that have lessons in them, and hope to empower others by sharing my own experiences. I write raw and honest about my own experiences, hoping through my writing, that others can relate and find that there is always a choice to move from a negative space, and look for the positive.

Quotes:
“Live Laugh Love . . . And Don’t Forget to Breathe!”

                 “For every kindness, there should be kindness in return. Wouldn’t that just make the world right?”

When I’m not writing, I’m reading or quite possibly looking after some mundane thing in life. It’s also possible I may be on a secret getaway trip, as that is my passion—traveling.

Books by D.G. Kaye

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Read all the reviews and buy the books: http://www.amazon.com/author/dgkaye7

and Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/D.G.-Kaye/e/B00HE028FO

More reviews and follow Debby on Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/dgkaye

Connect to Debby Gies

Blog: http://www.dgkayewriter.com
About me: http://www.wiseintro.co/dgkaye7
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/@pokercubster (yes there’s a story)
Linkedin: http://www.linkedin.com/in/dgkaye7
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/dgkaye
Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/dgkaye
Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/dgkaye7

Thanks for dropping in today and I hope you will head over to read the entire post:  Sally

Smorgasbord Reblog – Poetryreadathon – Meet poet, author and blogger, Sue Vincent with Robbie Cheadle.


Robbie Cheadle is running another series of her popular PoetryReadathon and in this post she shares a wonderful French/English poem from author, blogger and poet Sue Vincent.

Poetry readathon

Sue Vincent from the inspirational blog Sue Vincent’s Daily Echo is the author of a number of unique and interesting books which you can find along the sidebar of her blog.

Sue is also a director of the Silent Eye, a modern mystery school which you can find out more about on the website  Dare to Awaken to Being

Sue is kicking off my poetry readathon series of blog posts by sharing her poem, My Quest, written in French and English, as well as how she came to write this poem and its meaning to her.

‘My Quest’ was written many years ago. I had gone to work in Paris, eventually married a French musician and we set up home in Vichy where our eldest son was born. It was during this time that my schoolgirl French matured and became fluent, though not always completely correct!

Please head over to find out the background to My Quest and read the poem in French and English: https://robbiesinspiration.wordpress.com/2019/11/02/poetryreadathon-meet-poet-author-and-blogger-sue-vincent

Robbie and Michael Cheadle, Buy: https://www.amazon.com/Robbie-Cheadle/e/B01N9J62GQ Blog: https://robbiesinspiration.wordpress.com/ Goodreads: Robbie Goodreads

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I hope that you will head over and enjoy the post in full. thanks Sally.

Smorgasbord Blog Magazine – Guest Writer Mike Biles – A Bit About Britain- The George Inn at Borough #Southwark #History


Delighted to welcome Mike Biles, author of A Bit About Britain’s History as a guest writer until the end of the year. This week Mike shares the history of The George Inn at Borough the only surviving galleried coaching inn to be found in London.The original pub served customers in the reign of King Henry VIII.

George Inn, Southwark, Borough, SE1, coaching inn

I wonder how many pints of ale have been supped here? Let me see: if just twenty people drank a modest 4 pints every night, that would be, er, 29,200 pints a year – 2,920,000 for every century. But the revenue generated by that amount of beer would not be enough to make the place viable. So given that there has been an inn on the present site of the George Inn since medieval times, the mind boggles at how much alcohol and food has been consumed within its precincts over the centuries.

George Inn, old London pubs, Southwark

You can play this game at hundreds of pubs throughout Britain of course. Unlike several, the George does not claim to be the oldest pub in the land, but it is the only surviving galleried coaching inn to be found in London and therefore deserves a little respect. You’ll find it in Southwark, tucked away off Borough High Street and just a few minutes from London Bridge station. During the reign of Henry VIII it was called the St George – I idly wonder if this was anything to do with the parish of St George the Martyr nearby – and was probably known to, if not frequented by, William Shakespeare. The inn was badly damaged by fire in 1669 and then destroyed in the great fire that engulfed much of this part of Southwark in 1676. It was rebuilt, apparently on the same footprint, in 1677. Coaching inns of yesteryear provided so much more than merely food and drink for the weary traveller and, at one time, the George must have been huge, a building occupying three sides of a long galleried rectangle with a central courtyard where plays were performed and a gated frontage off the High Street.

Greene King, Abbot, George, London pubs

Southwark was once well-stocked with inns and hostelries of all sorts. Until 1729, London Bridge was the only bridge across the Thames east of Kingston. Travellers from the south up the old Roman Stane and Watling Streets converged in Southwark, and if they arrived at nightfall after curfew they needed somewhere to stay before entering London the following day. Merchants heading south would cross London Bridge before curfew, to avoid morning rush-hour, sleep over in Southwark and make an early start.

Dickens wrote in The Pickwick Papers (1836):

“In the Borough especially, there still remain some half dozen old inns, which have preserved their external features unchanged, and which have escaped alike the rage for public improvement, and the encroachments of private speculation. Great, rambling, queer, old places they are, with galleries, and passages, and staircases, wide enough and antiquated enough to furnish materials for a hundred ghost stories, supposing we should ever be reduced to the lamentable necessity of inventing any, and that the world should exist long enough to exhaust the innumerable veracious legends connected with old London Bridge, and its adjacent neighbourhood on the Surrey side.”

Dickens was about to introduce his readers to the celebrated White Hart Inn, which once stood immediately to the north of the George and which was demolished in 1881. The White Hart was allegedly used as a headquarters by the 15th century rebel leader Jack Cade. Immediately to the south of the George Inn stood an even more famous inn, the Tabard, which was allegedly doing business in the early 14th century. It was from here that Chaucer’s pilgrims gathered before setting off on their journey in the 1380s:

Bifil that in that seson on a day,
In Southwerk at the Tabard as I lay,
Redy to wenden on my pilgrymage
To Caunterbury with ful devout corage,
At nyght were come into that hostelrye
Wel nyne-and-twenty in a compaignye,
Of sondry folk, by aventure y-falle
In felaweshipe, and pilgrimes were they alle,
That toward Caunterbury wolden ryde.
The chambers and the stables weren wyde,
And wel we weren esed atte beste.
And shortly, whan the sonne was to reste,
So had I spoken with hem everychon,
That I was of hir felaweshipe anon,
And made forward erly for to ryse,
To take oure wey, ther as I yow devyse.

Now it happened in that season one day,
In Southwark at the Tabard where I lay,
All ready to be on my way
To Canterbury with a very devout heart,
That there had come into that hostelry
At night some twenty-nine, a company
Of various people who by chance fell
Into fellowship, and they were all pilgrims
Who intended to ride to Canterbury.
The bedrooms and the stables were spacious
And were well accommodated in the best way.
And by the time the sun had gone to rest
I had so spoken to every one of them
That I was soon in their fellowship,
And we agreed to rise early
To make our way, as I will tell you.

The Tabard was renamed the Talbot and was demolished in 1873. Talbot Yard is next to the George Inn.

Many of the inns that once lined Borough High Street were rendered redundant by the arrival of the railway. Indeed, the Great Northern Railway Company demolished the north and east wings of the George in 1889, to make way for warehouses. Now, what remains of the place is safe in the ownership of the National Trust, who lease it out. At my last visit it served a rather pleasant Abbot Ale – I’m quite partial to Greene King – and there wasn’t a TV or slot machine in sight; perfect! So, tarry awhile amongst the wood panelling in this surviving relic of London’s past and contemplate all who have supped before you. Dickens certainly did – he mentions the George in Little Dorrit.

George Inn, Borough, historic pubs, London

I have discovered there’s a book about The George at Borough – “Shakespeare’s Local: Six Centuries of History Seen Through One Extraordinary Pub” – looks like it could be a fascinating read and is available from Amazon. It’s by Pete Brown

© Images Mike Biles 2019

A Bit about Britain’s History: From a long time ago to quite recently.

About the book

Could this short, elegant, volume be the only book on British history you’ll ever need?

A Bit About Britain’s History is for anyone who wants a serious, yet light, introduction to Britain’s amazing story. If you don’t know the basics, or would like a reminder, this book is for you. It is also perfect for those that didn’t enjoy history at school, but who have suddenly realised they’d like to understand it a bit better now.

What did the Romans achieve? How did Christianity arrive? Who are the English and why did they fight the French so often? What is Henry VIII’s greatest legacy? When did democracy start and people get the vote? Why on earth did Britain get involved in WW1?

Organised clearly and chronologically, A Bit About Britain’s History covers every period from a long time ago until quite recently. It begins by briefly mentioning that the place was once inhabited by extremely large lizards, and ends up with a post-war 20th century consumer society. Brief articles explain the essential aspects of Britain’s past, including how the ancestors of its current inhabitants arrived, how they fought each other, formed nations, fell out over religion, acquired a large empire, became gradually more democratic, helped win a couple of world wars and were left wondering what to do next. At the end of the book are detailed timelines for each period, which provide useful reference and make fascinating reading in their own right.

A Bit About Britain’s History might be the only book on British history you’ll ever need; or it might be your stepping stone to more in-depth academic reading

My review for the book on October 31st

A wonderfully succinct but rich timeline of British History.I loved history at school and more recently I explored our own family history as part of the Oxford Gene project in 2001 and then with Ancestry DNA. Not half as interesting or entertaining as A Bit About Britain’s History. Mike Biles has succeeded in bringing every major event from the formation of the land through to the present day in an easy to read and absorb timeline. And at the back of the book you will find a very useful section summarizing those key dates and events that have forged the ethnicity, culture, religion and alliances of modern day Britain.

Clearly painstakingly researched and compiled, there is nothing dry and dusty about this book as it brings hundreds of thousands of years of history to life. There were more than a few ‘I did not know that’ moments’, and two of those were the reasons behind the name ‘Redcoats’ for British soldiers and how the Coldstream Guards got their name.

Even if history has not been one of your passions, I do recommend that you read this book as it has all the elements of a murder mystery, political thriller and action packed historical novel. Add in some humour and it will both inform and entertain you.

Whether you are British, or one of the millions around the world with British roots, this book will give you a sense of pride, in both your origins, and the incredible challenges your ancestors had to survive in order for you to be here today.

Read the reviews and buy the book in print and kindle: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Mike-Biles/e/B07W928W23

And on Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/Mike-Biles/e/B07W928W23

Follow Mike on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/19553725.Mike_Biles

About Mike Biles

Mike has lived in Britain all his life and generally loves the place, warts and all. He first learned history on his dad’s knee and went on to study medieval and modern British and European history at university. He was planning on teaching it, but then drifted into a career running his own business. Despite having worked with some of the UK’s most prestigious firms, he is often at his happiest with his nose in a history book, or exploring a historic site where the past is close. Several years ago, Mike began a blog – now an increasingly authoritative website – ‘A Bit About Britain’. He had to write a bit about Britain’s history for the website, and it seemed only sensible to put the material into his first book, ‘A Bit About Britain’s History’.

Connect to Mike Biles

Website home pagehttp://bitaboutbritain.com/
Blog pagehttp://bitaboutbritain.com/blog-2/
Facebook pagehttps://www.facebook.com/bitaboutbritain/
Twitterhttps://twitter.com/bitaboutbritain
Pinteresthttps://www.pinterest.co.uk/bit1032/

 My thanks to Mike for sharing the history of this ancient watering hole..

Join Mike again next week for another glimpse into the history, people and places in Britain.

Smorgasbord Blogger Daily – Thursday 24th October – Norah Colvin with Pamela S. Wight, Michelle Clements James #BookRevie – D. Wallace Peach #Audio Books


This series is an opportunity to showcase posts from around our community and the brilliant bloggers who share with us. It would be amazing if you would follow the links to the post I have highlighted and whilst visiting follow and support the blogger.

The first post is from educator and storyteller Norah Colvin who hosted Pamela S. Wight recently with news of her latest book – Molly Finds Her Purr.  If you have not discovered this delightful children’s book yet.. here is your opportunity.

Pamela Wight discusses her new picture book Molly Finds Her Purr

A Purr-fect new picture book by Pamela Wight – readilearn

Today, I am talking with author Pamela Wight about her new picture book Molly Finds Her Purr. I previously introduced you to Pamela when her first picture book Birds of Paradise was released in 2017. You can read that interview here.

The importance of being true to yourself and the acknowledgment of the strength of friendship, even when differences exist, are strong themes in Pamela’s books.

Please head over to enjoy the rest of this interview: https://norahcolvin.com/2019/10/18/a-purr-fect-new-picture-book-by-pamela-wight-readilearn/

Connect to Norah via her websites –  www.NorahColvin.com – and: www.readilearn.com.au – twitter: https://twitter.com/NorahColvin

Pamela S. Wight, Buy: http://www.amazon.com/Pamela-S.-Wight/e/B00AYXT6R6Goodreads: Pamela on Goodreads Blog:https://roughwighting.net/

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The next post is from Michelle Clement James who has reviewed A Wedding in December by USA Today and Sunday Times Bestselling author Sarah Morgan and with Christmas only two months away, the festive books are hitting the shelves.

A Wedding in December by Sarah Morgan.

Book Blurb

This funny, charming and heartwarming new Christmas novel is USA TODAY bestselling author Sarah Morgan at her festive best!

In the snowy perfection of Aspen, the White family gathers for youngest daughter Rosie’s whirlwind Christmas wedding. First to arrive are the bride’s parents, Maggie and Nick. Their daughter’s marriage is a milestone they are determined to celebrate wholeheartedly, but they are hiding a huge secret of their own: they are on the brink of divorce. After living apart for the last six months, the last thing they need is to be trapped together in an irresistibly romantic winter wonderland.

Head over to find out more about the book and Michelle’s review and get into the festive spirit: https://michelleclementsjames.com/2019/10/17/a-wedding-in-december/

Michelle also offers Copy-editing and proofreading services

For over thirty years I have proofread and edited hundreds of books, newsletters, and other documents for numerous authors and organizations. I have decided to use this wealth of experience to offer copy-editing and proofreading for authors and writers. Copy-editing and proofreading are key components of successful publishing.

Connect to Michelle on her blog: https://michelleclementsjames.com Twitter: https://twitter.com/macjam47 and Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Macjam47

The final post today is from D.Wallace Peach whose book Sunwielder was released in audio this week. Diana has interviewed the narrator of the book TJ Clark, and for anyone thinking of releasing their books in audio, this will be very useful.

Sunwielder on Audible (see offer below) & on Amazon (global link)

I did it again. I jumped in feet first and then asked questions later. Thank goodness I had an audiobook narrator who held my virtual hand.

Rather than share my newbie inexperience, I thought you might be interested in hearing from a pro.

Meet TJ! His voice brought my book Sunwielder to life, and this week the audiobook went live!

1. Tell us a little about you, your professional background, and why you decided to begin narrating audiobooks.

I’m a trained actor with a BFA in theater from Syracuse University. My family was always big on audiobooks (back when they were “books on tape”) during long road trips. I have a pretty vivid memory of listening to James and the Giant Peach on a trip from Connecticut to South Carolina. Somewhere along that road there is a giant water tower in the shape of a peach and it made the whole thing really magical to me. I realized I wanted to do them myself when I was a teenager and my sister was reading Lamb by Christopher Moore during a cruise vacation. She got seasick and couldn’t keep reading so I picked it up and read aloud to her on the beach while she tried to keep from throwing up. After a while, mom came over and told me I need to keep my voice down. I looked around and a little gathering had amassed. Everyone said “no, no, keep going. This is great!”

Head over to read the rest of this interesting post especially if you are thinking of taking your books to audio and there is also a great new review for the book: https://mythsofthemirror.com/2019/10/21/interview-with-an-audiobook-narrator-tj-clark/

D. Wallace Peach, Buy: http://www.amazon.com/D.-Wallace-Peach/e/B00CLKLXP8
Website/Blog: http://www.mythsofthemirror.com – Goodreadshttps://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7068749.D_Wallace_Peach

Please visit Amazon or Diana’s website to view all her books.

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Thanks for dropping in today and I hope you will head over to read the posts in full. I am on the high seas on a ferry as you read this and offline for a few days but I will respond to comments on Monday..

Smorgasbord Blogger Daily – Wednesday October 23rd – John W. Howell #WhiteHouse -Lisa Thomson #Divorce – Jan Sikes #Nashville


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I missed some great posts last week and so I am doing some catch up today… and starting from this entertaining piece which is part of Top Ten Things Not to Do from John Howell.. and this week the most famous house in the USA…

Top Ten Things Not to Do at the Laying of the White House Cornerstone in 1792

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Yes, this week marks the anniversary of the laying of the cornerstone of the White House by George Washington in 1792. I’m sure you want to be there, but before you go, take this list and maybe avoid making social or time travel mistakes.

Top Ten Things Not to Do at the Laying of the Cornerstone of the White House in 1792

10 If you go to the cornerstone laying, do not think the silver trowel is a souvenir. If you do, at best, a kindly George Washington will ask you to put it back. At worst, the Navy men in attendance who are also celebrating the founding of the Navy will help you put it back. (It seems as if those Navy boys have had a little too much rum, Jakome. They are serious about your yardarm swing.)

9 If you go to the cornerstone laying, do not sit in Tiny the WWF champ’s seat. If you do, at best, he will find another. At worst, Tiny, who missed his Anger Management support group that morning, will not be able to control himself. (If you can hold on for another minute, Jalen, Tiny will grow tired of spinning you around above his head. Of course, your landing after that helicopter experience might be a little rough.)

Head over and check out what else you shouldn’t do: https://johnwhowell.com/2019/10/14/top-ten-things-not-to-do-at-the-laying-of-the-white-house-cornerstone-in-1792/

John Howell, Buy: http://www.amazon.com/John-W.-Howell/e/B00HMRWO6CGoodread: John Howell Goodreads Blog: https://johnwhowell.com/

The next post is from Lisa Thomson who shares the ins and outs of marriage..i.e. divorce on her blog. This is my second marriage, the first lasted 7 years in total (I must have broken a mirror) but this time around 39 years. Many of my friends are also enjoying their second permanent relationships, but Lisa explores the option of getting married for the third time!

Third Marriages, Yeah or Nay?

A second marriage is a gimme while a third marriage is akin to a Mulligan.

You’ll notice I didn’t ask about a second marriage because that’s practically a Gimme. It’s expected, even. It’s considered a sign of moving on. A third marriage? That’s more like a Mulligan (you will use it judicially and with caution). Why the golf analogy, you may be wondering. I don’t even know, it just popped into my head. Maybe because my ex was an avid golfer.

But back to third marriages, some say “third time lucky” but I’m more skeptical. If you’ve shanked your first two attempts at this institution, should you really keep trying and furthermore continue to drag a second person into your sub-par game of marital woes?
Third Marriages, Yeah or Nay?

What are your thoughts on this over optimistic choice to marry a third time when the first two ended in divorce? Head over and let Lisa know: https://www.lisathomsonlive.com/third-marriages-yeah-or-nay/

Lisa Thomson buy: https://www.amazon.com/Lisa-Thomson/e/B007HNG4CQ/ Blog: https://www.lisathomsonlive.com/Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6692957.Lisa_Thomson

The third post is from award winning author Jan Sikes who shares an article that she wrote for the Buddy Magazine.. and I am sure you will enjoy Taking Texas to Tennessee. As a long time Country music fan, I had no idea about the rift within the industry and was fascinated to find out the background. And delighted to see that the rift has been healed..

Since not everyone gets to see the Buddy Magazine publication I decided to post a recent article I wrote after my trip to Nashville. So far, it’s getting some good attention and feedback!

A Tale of Two Music Cities Divided

On the heels of the Ken Burns sensational documentary about the evolution of country music on PBS, the one undisputable fact is that country music has been and is a large part of American history.

At one time during that history, Nashville was the only place to go if an artist wanted to break into the business. However, over the years, that changed and Texas played a large part in that change.

It is no secret that there has been a complicated rift between Nashville and Texas music artists ever since Waylon bucked the establishment, insisting on making music his own way and Willie took his music home to Texas.

I compare it to the famous stand-off between the Hatfields and McCoys. Shots were fired, and many folks threatened, but now the dust has cleared, and hands shaken. Judging by the recent spate of Texas Musicians who’ve made the trek to the famous city to perform on the Grand Ole Opry, I’d say there is at the least, a truce.

Could it be that the Nashville heads are watching the flourishing Texas music industry with some envy? Or perhaps they are only seeing dollar signs.

Head over to enjoy this post in full: https://rijanjks.wordpress.com/2019/10/20/taking-texas-to-tennessee-buddy-magazine/

Jan Sikes, Buy: https://www.amazon.com/Jan-Sikes/e/B00CS9K8DK
Website: https://www.jansikes.com/Goodreads: Jan on Goodreads

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Smorgasbord Blogger Daily – October 22nd 2019 – Audrey Driscoll #Peeves – Janice Spina #Children – D.G. Kaye #MovieReview


This series is an opportunity to showcase posts from around our community and the brilliant bloggers who share with us. It would be amazing if you would follow the links to the post I have highlighted and whilst visiting follow and support the blogger.

The first post is from Audrey Driscoll, who probably speaks for most of us when it comes to the little niggles in life that drive us crazy… I am sure Audrey would love to hear what niggles peeve you the most!

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Ten Little Things That Bug Me

A while ago, I wrote a post complaining about parking lot design. It was going to be the first of a series of grumbles. Since then I’ve realized that writing a string of posts whining about “first world problems” isn’t the best use of my blogging time. So I’ve bundled all the small things that bug me into one post.

This one.

These are low-level annoyances that regularly make me say “Why…?” They’re things — poorly-designed physical objects, not human behaviour. Many aspects of human behaviour (individual and collective) bug me, and many more sadden and enrage. Maybe I’ll get into some of them in future posts. For now, I’m sweating the small stuff.
Such as…

  • Noisy yard machines. Sometimes my corner of suburbia sounds like a war zone with competing roars from lawn mowers, string trimmers, and leaf blowers.
  • Scented dryer sheets and laundry soaps. Nose-twisting synthetic “perfumes” with names like “April Fresh” and “Mountain Breeze” wafting from dryer vents in the neighbourhood. And I’m not even allergic!

Head over and read and enjoy the rest of the list and add your own notes: https://audreydriscoll.com/2019/10/20/things-that-bug-me-the-complete-list/

Audrey Driscoll, Buy: https://www.amazon.com/Audrey-Driscoll/e/B00J7X7QVC
Blog: http://audreydriscoll.com   Goodreads: Audrey on Goodreads

To view all of Audrey’s books please visit her Amazon page.

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The next post is from children’s and thriller writer Janice Spina on the subject of getting children to read. She asks Are Books Better than Tablets for Children? In my view, anything that gets a child to read is great, but that a print book for a child is a treasure that they will keep and look at frequently..

Are Books Better than Tablets for Children?

This is an excellent question as today’s technology is so important to all of us. I read an interesting and informative post, Study: Books May Foster Bonding Better Than Tablets by Linda Carroll that was published in New Hampshire Union Leader on October 1, 2019.

Here are some excerpts from this excellent post: Parents and children both appear more engaged when stories are read from a book, researchers say.

Toddlers appear to be much more engaged with their parents when stories are read to them from books rather than digital tablets, a new study finds.

It may be that when parents and toddlers engage over a tablet, it might be harder for them to have moments of connection, said Dr. Tiffany Munzer, a developmental and behavioral pediatrician at the C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital and the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor who led the study.

Head over and find out more about the study and add your views in the comments: https://jemsbooks.blog/2019/10/07/are-books-better-than-tablets-for-children

Janice Spina, Buy: http://www.amazon.com/Janice-Spina/e/B00HNET4HG
Blog: http://jemsbooks.wordpress.comGoodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7222888.Janice_Spina

Please visit Amazon or Janice’s blog to view all her books for adults and children.

And finally a five star film review from D.G.Kaye (Debby Gies) for Ladies in Black, set in an Australian department store in the late 1950s. I watched the film some time ago and loved it and can add my recommendation to Debby’s.

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Sunday Movie Review with D.G. Kaye – Ladies in Black

It’s Sunday Book Review time, and once again, I’m sneaking in a movie I recently watched – Ladies in Black, written by Madeline St. John. This movie is a story that takes place in the 1959 era, where women’s jobs consisted mostly of being a secretary or working in retail sales. The movie depicts the lives of 4 women who work in Goode’s Department store in Sydney, Australia at a time where European migration changes the landscape of Australia with cultural changes, a mixing of class structure, and the rise of Women’s Liberation.

Head over to find out more about the movie and Debby’s review: https://dgkayewriter.com/sunday-movie-review-with-d-g-kaye-ladies-in-black

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/

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Smorgasbord Blogger Daily – Monday 21st October – Pamela Wight #Shopping, Robbie Cheadle #Poetry and D.G. Kaye with Marie Lavender #Interview


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The first post is from author Pamela Wight on the subject of shopping.. which you either love or hate…but Pamela is not that keen, but it is a family tradition that this year had a surprise in store…(pardon the pun).

The Dollar Bill

I hate department stores. I don’t use the word “hate” lightly. The empty vastness of material nothingness; the bright lights spotlighting our greed; the vapid noise of elevator music and high-pitched meaningless laughter.

Thus, when my daughter suggests I go with her and my 11-year-old granddaughter for a girls’ day of shopping, I respond immediately:

“Of course. I’d love to.”

I may hate department stores, but I love my girls, so I’ll travel into the bowels of hell for them.sweater, fashion, clothing

Every fall the three of us go on this mall-journey. Sophie’s birthday is in July, and my gift to her is an afternoon at the mall to select a new school outfit. She has no idea how much of a sacrifice I make for her in the name of grandmotherly love.

She finds the “perfect fall sweater” at one of those beastly pre-teen/teen stores and I pay for it with cash. The young woman at the register owes me $2.50 in return, but I can see her trying to struggle how to break my $20 bill. I raise my eyes to heaven, asking for strength. She finally reaches for the calculator close at hand and then hands me my change.

One of the dollar bills has inked writing on the top of each side and I’m about to return it to her (I like my bills clean and not tattered) but I read the message on the George Washington side quickly.

Head over to find out what message was written on this dollar bill: https://roughwighting.net/2019/10/18/the-dollar-bill/

Pamela S. Wight, Buy: http://www.amazon.com/Pamela-S.-Wight/e/B00AYXT6R6Goodreads: Pamela on Goodreads Blog:https://roughwighting.net/

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The next post is from Robbie Cheadle with the news that she will repeating last year’s popular series Poetry Readathon…. here are some of the details but head over to the post to find how you can participate.

Poetry readathon

Many of you will remember the poetry readathon that I ran during November and part of December 2018 and part of January this year. The readathon comprised of a selection of five questions that were answered by each participating poet as well as the sharing of one of their poems. I also read and reviewed a number of poetry books by participating poets.

The idea behind the readathon was to introduce poetry lovers to poetry bloggers and published poets and I think it was very successful. I enjoyed watching our poetry family engaging with one another and meeting new friends.

I have decided to run it again this year and am inviting interested poets to please email me. This year I would like to publish a poem with special meaning by each participating poet and the reasons as to why they wrote this particular poem and why it has special meaning for them.

Head over to find out the full details of this great opportunity for poets and also to read a new poem from Robbie: https://robbiesinspiration.wordpress.com/2019/10/19/poetry-readathon-2019-and-a-new-poem/

Robbie and Michael Cheadle, Buy: https://www.amazon.com/Robbie-Cheadle/e/B01N9J62GQ Blog: https://robbiesinspiration.wordpress.com/Goodreads: Robbie Goodreads

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And last but certainly not least.. D.G. Kaye with last week’s Q &A with romance and multi-genre writer Marie Lavender..

Welcome to this edition this month to my author series, Q and A with D.G. Kaye. I’m happy to introduce Romance and Multi-Genre Author, Marie Lavender here today to share a bit of herself, her writing and her books, and tell us a little about her book Directions of the Heart – A Romantic Drama Collection.

Marie Lavender

About the Author:

Multi-genre author of Victorian maritime romance/family saga, Heiresses in Love Series, and 21 other books. Reached the Top 10 Authors list on AuthorsDB.com for the last 4 years. Featured interview in the January 2018 issue of Womelle Magazine. BLOOD INSTINCTS reached TOP 10 status in the Romance category. DIRECTIONS OF THE HEART both reached the semi-finalist round in the 2018 AuthorsDB Book Cover Contest. Voted TOP BLOGGER for 2018 on the Romance Lives Forever Blog. TOP 20 Authors of 2018 on Amy’s Bookshelf Reviews blog. DIRECTIONS OF THE HEART was nominated and made it past the first round in the 2018 Author Academy Awards. UPON YOUR LOVE and THE MISSING PIECE placed in the TOP 10 on the 2017 P&E Readers Poll. DIRECTIONS OF THE HEART was nominated for the 2017

Head over to find out more about Marie and her books in this very interesting interview: https://dgkayewriter.com/q-and-a-with-d-g-kaye-author-promotion-series-featuring-marie-lavender/

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

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Smorgasbord Blogger Daily – Monday 21st October Part Two- Toni Pike #Boxset – Charles E. Yallowitz #Monsters – Tara Sparling #Bookblurbs


This series is an opportunity to showcase posts from around our community and the brilliant bloggers who share with us. It would be amazing if you would follow the links to the post I have highlighted and whilst visiting follow and support the blogger.

The first post is from author Toni Pike to announce the release of the boxed set of The Jotham Fletcher Mystery Thriller Series Books 1-4…

I’m very pleased to announce that the four books in The Jotham Fletcher Mystery Thriller Series are now available as a Box Set. THE MAGUS COVENANT, THE ROCK OF MAGUS, THE MAGUS EPIPHANY and HOLY SPEAR OF MAGUS are still available separately, but buying the box set will definitely save you money. It represents great value as you get four full-length thrillers in one convenient ebook, with non-stop, action-packed entertainment on just about every page. I also hope to publish the paperback version in the very near future.;

Head over to read a synopsis of each of the books and where you can buy the set: https://tonipike.com/2019/10/04/the-jotham-fletcher-mystery-thriller-series-books-1-4-box-set-just-released/

Toni Pike, Buy: http://www.amazon.com/Toni-Pike/e/B009I70E8Y
Website www.tonipike.com – Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/14736589.Toni_Pike

   

With Halloween on the horizon, our thoughts turn to the dark side with trolls, ghouls, vampires and witches brought out for the night.. If you want to see how the master of monsters creates them.. head over to author Charles Yallowitz for a fright.. Windemere Monsters: Trolls #fantasy #adventure

What would a fantasy world be without trolls to drive terror into the hearts of adventures at least once? Obviously, you can do this, but I was picking from the classics early on and trolls were top of the list. I wanted them to be one of the biggest threats that my heroes can run into. Nothing on the scale of dragons or demons, but they certainly take the top spot among the less magical beasts. For this, I went wild with the description and kept writing until I ran out of steam. Easiest to give an excerpt from Legends of Windemere: Prodigy of Rainbow Tower when they debuted:

Head over to read the excerpt: https://legendsofwindemere.com/2019/10/16/windemere-monsters-trolls-fantasy-adventure/

Please visit Amazon or Charles’s blog to view all his books.

Then final post today is from Tara Sparling who shares the news that the heavy hitters in the books department have just released their books for Christmas..I better get a move on!!!  This post however, is primarily a guide to writing a book blurb.. Part One.

Tara Sparling on Books

Just in case you missed it, Thursday October 2nd was a big day in the book world: the day when 426 heavy hitters released their books for Christmas, including Philip Pullman, Jojo Moyes and Bill Bryson. This was swiftly followed by just last Thursday October 17th, when further probable blockbusters from mahoosive names including Elton John, John le Carré and Nadiya Hussain swamped the shelves. So if you had a book coming out this autumn, and you HAVEN’T released it in the last 2 weeks… congratulations! You just avoided being stampeded by a herd of anxious, needy elephants in a race for column inches.

In previous posts, I examined when might be the best time of year to publish a novel, which concluded that Christmas might actually not be the worst idea, despite the flood of heavyweights. I also examined the effect of blockbusters on the sales of other books.

Assuming anyone out there agrees with any of these ideas (and I’m not saying they should. I am notoriously unreliable, and often cheat at Lego), you might be thinking about getting a book out there in the near future. So today I’m referring back to another former post, to look at how blurbs work – or don’t, as the case may be…

Head over and read the complete post about how a book blurb should be written: https://tarasparlingwrites.com/2019/10/20/how-to-write-a-book-blurb-part-1/

Tara Sparling

About Tara Sparling

Writer of fiction and screenplays. Winner of Funniest Blog at one awards thingy and Best Newcomer at another. Blogging about bestselling book trends, literary humour, people’s behaviour on the internet, traditional and self-publishing, marketing tips, success stories and spectacular failures at tarasparlingwrites.com.

You can find out more about Tara on her blog: https://tarasparlingwrites.com/about-me/Twitter: https://twitter.com/TaraSparling

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