Smorgasbord Short Story Festival and weekly round up – and The Mummy!

Welcome to a slightly shorter round-up this week as I get back into the swing of things after my weekend in London.  You can read all about the day at the 3rd Annual #BloggersBash in my post earlier today: and I hope that next year more of you will be able to join the party.

David came with me for the weekend and we flew by City Jet into London City Airport and if you are travelling to spend the weekend in London then I can recommend this as an airport. Small and easy to navigate and there is a Docklands Light Railway station that links to Bank station and Central line into the heart of the City.

We opted to stay at the Travelodge which to be honest is cheap and cheerful. But we reckoned we were only going to sleep there and at the weekend the airport is on restricted hours meaning you can get some sleep! They were very friendly and the rooms are fine and economical. We spent what we would have on accommodation at central London rates on eating out during our stay… and perhaps the odd G&T!.

Friday night was very nostalgic. We both worked in the Docklands from 1987 to 1996 and when we first started Canary Wharf was still a hole in the ground. The amount of construction in the last twenty years is astonishing and we barely recognised the place. The year that I left to move to another part of the company, a floating Chinese Restaurant opened in the wharf where our office was based. The Lotus is like a paddle steamer and so 22 years after my leaving lunch.. we enjoyed a feast for two… including our favourites Crispy Duck and some Sake…

On Saturday we split up and David headed off to see his brother and family and I headed off to the hugfest in Central London.We had booked to eat at Zedel’s Brasserie in Piccadilly Circus after the #BloggersBash but David sent me a text to get a cab to The Cafe Royale where we downed a couple of G&Ts before heading off to eat.

The weather was sweltering all weekend but we had pre-booked tickets to see The Mummy and after a lengthy walk around Marble Arch and Oxford Street we retired to the air conditioned Odeon.

To be honest I would only give The Mummy 6 out of 10. The movie had some great stunts and special effects but they were linked with a very suspect script. It was not Tom Cruise’s finest work and Russell Crowe spent most of his time mumbling into his beard with a dodgy English accent. The Mummy herself however did a pretty good acting job!  If you like action with little plot then it is worth going to see.

We were not up with the lark but with the first plane taking off at 7.00 on Monday morning. We had breakfast in the airport and a pleasant hour long flight back to Dublin where thankfully we remembered which row we had left the car in at the long term carpark! It was a great weekend with plenty of highlights and I do have one tip for you if you are going to London for sightseeing and are going to use public transport of any kind. Buy an Oyster Card online before you go (can take a while to get to you) or buy at a station. This will save you at least half on your fares and you can use on the Docklands Light Railway, Underground and buses.

I will be updating the directories with all of last week’s posts but I wanted to mention the wonderful writers who took care of Smorgasbord while I was off gallivanting. The Short Story Competition was a huge success and I must also thank Paul Andruss for providing his usual fantastic post on Friday morning.

For those of you who missed the finale of The Stevie Wonder story with William Price King here is the link.

You will find links to all the contributors blogs and social media in their individual stories and if you missed.. here they are.

Thanks to Paul Andruss, Sheila Williams, John Howell, Phillip T. Stephens, Mary Smith, Wendy Janes and Robbie and Michael Cheadle. 

You will also find three of my stories from my previous collection and hope you enjoy.

Thomas the RhymerFrankenstein

Paul Andruss with the background to Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein.

Boy with a Harmonica

Sheila Williams with a story set in France during World War II with a supernatural twist.


Sally Cronin –  Meet a man who was the perfect candidate for the job set in the near future.

Saturday 10th June.

The Matmakers

Geoff Cronin – As a boy Geoff befriends the travellers who come to the beach near his home every summer.

The World Darkly

John Howell with a story that makes you rethink your approach to finding lost property!

The Last Emperor

Sally Cronin with a story of redemption and loyalty in the Magic Garden.

Sunday 11th June


Geoff Cronin explains the old country ways of bird catching.

Search and Seizure

Phillip T. Stephens with a futuristic look at border and customs control.

From Hackney to Hollywood

Wendy Janes takes us on the trail to stardom from Shakespeare in Hackney to the chat show sofa in Hollywood.

Monday 12th June

The health benefits of laughter and an invitation to join the academy with your favourite jokes, videos or images.

Sir Chocolate and the Stolen Moon and Stars

Robbie and Michael Cheadle bring us another adventure story starring Sir Chocolate in verse and also Michael’s original concept for the tale.

Trouble with Socks

Mary Smith with a story of how simple things can become very important to us.


Sally Cronin with the story of a woman planning to surprise her husband on his birthday.


My thanks for all your support during the week and over the weekend. Sally

#TheBloggersBash 2017 – Time to turn virtual hugs into real ones.

Firstly, it goes without saying that enormous thanks must go to the team who have spent what little spare time they have, money and a great deal of effort in getting this event off the ground three years ago and organising it again this year.  These wonderful people can be found at these links and I do recommend that you follow to enjoy their entertaining, interesting, nostalgic, legendary and always superb posts.

Sacha Black –

Geoff Le Pard –

Ali Isaac –

Hugh Roberts –

Geoff began the day with a magenta beard (courtesy of the lovely Sacha) but unfortunately by the time I moved in for my first real hug with him it had faded to a very fetching pink.  However I thought this photo showed off his unique fashion sense.

Virtual vs. Real Hugs.

For me the highlight of the day was exchanging real hugs with those that I have only met online before. Some have been with me on this blog and on social media since the beginning in 2013 and it was as if I was meeting old friends and immediately picking up where we left off online the day before.

Here are a few photos that I took on the day along with some profile photos of those that I did not manage to take. Some photos have been taken from the #BloggersBash Facebook page.

Thanks to the two speakers on the day who talked about various aspects of improving our blogging experience including earning a living, working with Pinterest and other sites to bring more traffic to our blogs and presenting a more professional and easy to navigate face to the world.

Suzanne Elliott and Suzie Speaks

Geoff Le Pard, Ali Isaac and Mary Smith.

Julie Lawford and Marjorie Mallon

Sacha Black, Sheila Robinson and Jessica Norrie

Noelle Granger

Marjorie Mallon, Sherri Matthews and Mary Smith

Allie Potts

Willow Willers

Our MC for the day – Geoff in full flow

Ritu Bhathal (great baker) Sacha Black and Lucy Mitchell.

Shelley Wilson

And here is a photo that Marjorie Mallon took of Sherri, me and Mary and you can read her post on the day here:

Here is a list of those that I managed to chat and hug on Saturday with apologies to those that I may have missed.

Christoph Fischer –
Ritu –
Shelley Wilson –
Willow –
Graeme Cumming
Marjorie Mallon
Noelle Granger –
Sherri Matthews –
Alli Potts
Helen Jones –
Mary Smith –
Eloise de Sousa –
Julie Lawford –
Ellen Best –
Lance Greenfield-
Lucia Gray-
Sue Vincent –
Suzie Speaks –
Lucy Mitchell –
Sacha Black –
Geoff Le Pard –
Ali Isaac –
Hugh Roberts –
Steve Tanham-

And last and of course not least is the awards and congratulations to all the winners that can be found on Sacha’s blog.

I was very honoured to have been runner up in the Most Informative Blog category and thank you so much to all those who voted for me.

Congratulations to the winner and the second place blogs- The Book Trail and Novel Gossip as well as the honourable mention for Icy Sedgewick. Head over and find out all about them.

First place –

Second place –

Honourable Mention –

A wonderful day and next year’s bash is on June 9th 2018… so put in your diary. Keep up with the news via Sacha’s blog and as importantly if you can spare some time to be part of the organisational team, they are looking for volunteers.


Smorgasbord Blogger Daily – Wednesday 7th June 2017 – D.G. Kaye, Annette Rochelle Aben with Hugh Roberts, Rave Reviews Book Club and Cathy Ryan

Smorgasbord Blogger Daily

The first blog had me laughing as I have lived in so many countries with their various sizing systems for women’s clothes that I am totally confused.  Debby Gies shares her thoughts on the issue and I am sure she would love you to weigh in on the matter.. no pun intended. I do know that I am a size smaller in the US… but I am unlikely to make it into single digits.  But in shoes in the US I am two sizes bigger…Anyway over to DG…

How many women are confused about what size we actually are when trying to buy clothes? I know I sure am.

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If I go back in decades to the years when I worked in the fashion and clothing industry, I can remember when clothing was made mostly of natural fabrics as well as some in polyester. Spandex was mostly reserved for articles such as leotards and dancewear. Regular sizing began at size 2 (although often not an option) and size 0 was unheard of. Seriously, what is size 0? It denotes to me a non-existent body. If someone is a size zero wouldn’t that make them invisible?

Read the rest of the post and add your dimensions:

Annette Rochelle Aben of The Magic Happens is a wonderful broadcaster who showcases her fellow authors on Tell Me a Story. Her guest today is Hugh Roberts, storyteller and author of Glimpses.

Let’s call him, the man from Wales and welcome author, blogger and all around cool dude, Hugh Roberts to Tell Me a Story today!

Hugh fills his blog with so much helpful information, and entertaining stories, that you would do yourself well to check it out and FOLLOW him. Hugh has also published a cool collection of his short stories in his book, Glimpses ….and he’s got the coolest Corgi, named Toby…

Head over to the post and follow the links to meet Hugh:

Now for a spotlight on the Rave Reviews Book Club and the Rave Reviews by Nonnie Jules website…if you have not crossed paths with it before. Certainly if you are looking for honest reviews for books this is a place to find your next read. Here are the basic details and I suggest you head across and find out more by checking out their FAQs.


Hi, and welcome to “Rave Reviews by Nonnie Jules” and “RAVE REVIEWS BOOK CLUB!”

Rave Reviews by Nonnie Jules is a site designed specifically for the purpose of introducing the world to some really good reads. After having read so many books that had been given high marks, yet weren’t deserving of those marks, Nonnie wanted to offer a forum where readers could come and trust that the reviews of the books posted were truly HONEST. If you would like to have your book(s) reviewed by her, please submit your request by clicking here.

RAVE REVIEWS BOOK CLUB is a virtual book club made up of authors and readers. The reviews of the Book Club members are not necessarily the same as the reviews of the author, Nonnie Jules, and vice versa. We encourage each of you to JOIN, especially if you are an author, as we expect (although we cannot guarantee) that the books we select, will be profiled and hopefully propelled to new heights via the support of the club. The more members of the club, the more successful and stronger our collective voices will be. For more info on the club, please visit our FAQ page.

Head over and find out more and check out the authors from our community who participate:

To end today’s selection something for all the murder mystery writers out there. Cathy Ryan posts on The Poison Garden… an enclosed part of Alnwick Castle that cannot be explored unaccompanied….

I was intrigued to visit The Poison Garden, a walled and gated part of Alnwick Castle gardens. The public are not allowed in unless on a guided tour, and are forbidden to touch or smell the plants, which surprisingly look like plants you could find in any cottage type garden.

All the ninety plus plants in the garden are deadly, some obvious ones such as belladonna or deadly nightshade. The name belladonna originated when used by Venetian ladies, because of the plant’s ability to beautify by making the pupils dilate.

Read the rest of the post and enjoy the photographs:

Thanks for popping by and I hope you enjoy this small selection of blog posts I have enjoyed today.. The next Blogger Daily will be next Tuesday after my trip to the Blogger Bash.

Smorgasbord Reblog – The Pool of Salmacis by Paul Andruss

Our writer in residence Paul Andruss has an amazing blog of his own where he dives behind and beneath myths and legends as well as some oddities to entertain, inform and fascinate. This week he turns his spotlight on Mount Olympus and some of the shenanigans that the Gods got up to… As mere mortals we can only read and marvel….

Salmacis & Hermaphroditus become one flesh (Andruss)

Hephaestus, the club-footed blacksmith god was thrown down from Olympus after his mother, Hera, rejected him because he was deformed. Needless to say Hephaestus’ skill with forging weapons was so great, the Olympian gods needed him long before he needed them. To soften his heart Zeus, gave Hephaestus Aphrodite as his bride.

The beautiful goddess of love was not pleased and never lost an opportunity for taking her revenge by having affairs; often with other gods. The result of one such tryst with fellow god Hermes was her son Hermaphroditus.

As you would expect of any child whose mother was the goddess of love, Hermaphroditus was a bit of a stunner, but being brought up in secret, away from people and hidden from the gods for fear of reprisal, he was also naive.

Our story begins when Hermaphroditus, hot and tired from the day’s hunting chanced on a pool, deep within a shady glade, and thought to quench his thirst.

©Paul Andruss 2017

Read the rest of this myth and find out what happens to Hermaphroditus:

Thomas the Rhymer Paul Andruss

You can find articles that Paul has written for Smorgasbord in this directory:

Smorgasbord Blogger Daily – Monday June 5th 2017 – Tina Frisco, Joyce Gatschenberger, Ali Isaac #BloggersBash and Take Five Authors

Smorgasbord Blogger Daily

Welcome to the first Blogger Daily of the week and sadly it follows a weekend of more violence in London. But also the coming together of thousands in Manchester to demonstrate that fear will not prevent us carrying on with our lives and supporting those who are a victim of mindless terror.

The first post today is by Tina Frisco who urges us to take another path towards resolving this centuries old feud based on the belief that only one religion can be the true faith.

The hatred evidenced by terrorist attacks around the world could easily be met with equal hatred, should we allow it. But how would that identify and inform us as a species? What would that do to the hearts and minds of individuals as well as society? What do we want to teach our children, and what kind of world do we want to leave them?

It is a challenge to keep our hearts open amid such unconscionable acts of violence. Yet it is our only hope of survival. Meeting these despicable acts with an equal amount of aggression could lead to our annihilation in this nuclear age. At the very least, it could alter our consciences and consciousness to a degree beyond repair. And that is as unacceptable as the terrorist act itself.

Read the rest of this thought provoking post:

Next Joyce Gatschenberger, author of Listening Between the Lines reminds us of our extended family both at home and work and the changes to the dynamics in our modern world.

During the summer months some families celebrate reunions. In today’s society the definition of family seems to include an extended vocabulary. The definition may include the traditional – mom, day and the kids. Or the blended family may be more current with a step mother, step brothers and sisters. Possibly, a set of two mothers who are raising an adopted, foreign-born child, is the most descriptive of family. Or even the more extended definition should include the “family” we belong to in our public life – school and work.

Read more about our extended family at home and at work:

If you are heading to the #BloggersBash this Saturday in London and missed this post over the weekend.. here is the agenda for the day from Ali Isaac… already thinking about what to pack.. but don’t think there will be a need for sunblock!

So, are you joining us at the Bloggers Bash? Have you got your ticket, booked your transport, and decided what to wear? If not, it’s still not too late to get yourself a ticket. You can do that here.

Curious about what we’ve got planned for you on the day? Here’s what we’ve got lined up…

Head over to get the agenda for this exciting day:

As authors working to a budget it is tough to decide which of the professional services you can afford to give your book that final polish. In this post from Take Five Authors, written by the ChickLitSisters, the options are reviewed.

So you’re hot on language, your grammar is impeccable, your style puts Strunk and White to shame and like Akeelah you could win any old spelling bee. Why would you, as an indie author, need to pay for outside help? Well, you only have to read a few Amazon reviews to know that readers can be an unforgiving bunch, quick to spot a typo or a missing space between paragraphs. As an indie author you have to make some difficult choices about how much assistance you can afford to enlist. We wrote a whole post on the importance of a good book cover and we still feel that unless you’re amazingly hot stuff at art, you’re probably wiser to leave that to a professional. But here’s Ellie Campbell’s take on things.

Read the rest of this very useful post:

Thank you for dropping in today and don’t forget to pop the link to your latest post in the comments. Thanks Sally

Smorgasbord Weekly Round Up – Short Story Fest, Stevie Wonder, Lord Byron and a cast of thousands

Because I am going to be in London next weekend for the #BloggersBash I will be leaving some entertainment behind in the form of short stories… some of my own but also those contributed by you. Still some slots to fill if you have the time to send one of yours in.

Details in the post.

Now onto the week’s post in case you have missed one or two.

My thanks as always to my weekly contributors William Price King and Paul Andruss for their amazing support and creativity.. and of course to all of you who have visited, liked, commented and shared. Very appreciative.

William Price King Meets some Legends – Stevie Wonder

Next week is the finale of the Stevie Wonder series and we will be sharing some of his most popular singles from the last two decades.

Writer in Residence – Paul Andruss.

Paul takes another of our literary legends and puts a different spin on the story behind this rock star of his era. Meet the real Lord Byron…. Mad, Bad and Dangerous to Know.

The Colour of Life by Geoff Cronin

This weekend is the last of the Colour of Life but next week I will begin sharing Geoff’s second book The Black Bitch and other Stories. – Sangria

Smorgasbord Book and Blog Promotions.

Just a reminder of the ways you can promote your books and blog. Details are in the post.

The Book Reading and Interview at the Cafe

New on the Shelves

The Updates

Book Promotion Air Your Reviews

Smorgasbord Blogger Daily

Smorgasbord Short stories

I shared one of the stories from my next volume of What’s in a Name being released later in the summer. Sorry about the need for tissues…

And one from my first collection of short stories – Flights of Fancy.

Smorgasbord Health 2017

Smorgasbord Health 2017

A fascinating article about a new book that debunks much of the current thinking of salt in our diet and its effect on our blood pressure and obesity.


Well that is it for another week.. As I am away until Monday next week you will find the next round up on Tuesday 13th…

Thank you again for all your support and have a good week. Sally



Smorgasbord Blogger Daily – June 1st 2017 – Kevin Morris, Vashti Quiroz-Vega with D.G.Kaye, Andrew Joyce and The Librarian Talks

Smorgasbord Blogger Daily

Welcome to the day’s snapshot of blog posts that I have visited.. I wish I could mention everyone here but we would be here until Christmas.. please let me know if you have a blog post of your own you would like to share. Just pop the link into the comments section or email me on

The first blog post today is for poet Kevin Morris who is preparing for the launch of his latest collection in a few weeks time. He has been interviewed by Victoria on her site Rhyme and the interview covers a variety of topics including what inspired Kevin to write poetry and those poets who have influenced him.

Rhyme is pleased to publish an interview with an English poet Kevin Morris whose short biography you can read here. Kevin’s new book of poems “My Old Clock I Wind” will be released in June 2017. Read more on his blog.

In your opinion and experience, what is essential to being a poet?

Having a poetic soul is essential if one wishes to write deep, meaningful verse. By poetic soul I mean a sensitivity and appreciation of the world, nature and all facets of the Universe. A study of the poetic tradition (for example Keats, Shakespeare and Blake) also assists in developing the capacity to write poetry, if you want to learn an art of creating beautiful and powerful images using words.

To read the rest of Kevin’s interview please head over to Rhyme:

The next blog post is the author spotlight by Vashti Quiroz-Vega for Debby Gies, author D. G. Kaye.

It is my pleasure to introduce today a woman who I greatly admire for her strength, positive attitude, and writing talent: Debby Gies (D. G. Kaye). She is also a very supportive friend. An author of nonfiction memoir she writes about life, matters of the heart and women’s issues. Debby inspires others by sharing stories about events she has encountered and lessons that come along with them.

Growing up as an emotionally neglected child, she struggled, tormented with guilt, with whether or not she should remain obligated to being a faithful daughter, feeling in debt to her narcissistic mother for giving birth to her. Her first book, Conflicted Hearts is a memoir, written about her journey to seek solace from living with guilt.

Read the rest of the spotlight:

Next is a story by Andrew Joyce that carries a powerful message through from the past to the present carried by a young man caught up in two world conflicts and the aftermath of both. It is a long story but do bookmark and read when you can.


I went off to war at the tender age of sixteen. My mother cried and begged me to stay, but my country needed me. I would not see my mother again for four very long years.

Due to my age, I was assigned to field headquarters as a dispatch courier for the first two years of the war. However, by the beginning of the third year, I had grown a foot taller and was shaving. And because men were dying at an alarming rate, I was sent into the trenches.

They say that war is hell. I say hell is peaceful compared to living in a muddy trench with bombs exploding around you at all hours of the day and night. Though there were periods of respite from the shelling. Those were the hours when the enemy had to let their big guns cool or else the heat of firing would warp them. I lived like that for two years.

I was at Verdun where I saw the true hell of war. After eleven months, we fought to a standstill. When the dead were counted, almost a million men from both sides had given their lives and not one inch of ground had been gained.

By November of 1918, we were out of food, out of ammunition, and almost out of men to send to the slaughter. The people at home had had enough of seeing their sons and fathers and brothers shipped home in boxes. There were marches and protests against the war. Near the end, the dead were not even sent home. They were buried in the fields where they had fallen.

At last, the war was over. I am told that nine million men died in those four years, and another twenty million were wounded. I was there and those numbers seem a little low to me, but what do I know? I was only a private.

When I returned home, President Ebert was there to meet us soldiers. He shook my hand and said, “No enemy has vanquished you.” He said the same thing to each man as he stepped off the train. Then I read in a newspaper that he repeated the same phrase in a speech. He should not have done so. It was the basis of, the beginning of, Dolchstoßlegende, the Stab-In-The-Back Myth. The myth that said we lost the war because of the Jews, the Socialists, and the Bolsheviks. But mostly because of the Jews.

I told you of my war experience because I wanted you to know I was there. I saw why we lost the war, and it was not because of Dolchstoßlegende. However, Dolchstoßlegende would affect me much more than the war ever had.

Read the rest of this compelling story that demonstrates how we do not learn from the lessons of the past:

Now time for a book review from The Librarian Talks for Before the Rain Falls by Camille de Maio.

This is a story of love in it’s purest form. It’s about sacrifice and family. It’s about finding oneself amidst the crisis of your life. It is truly a beautiful story.

This book cannot be classified into any particular genre. It’s realistic fiction, women’s fiction, historical fiction, mystery, and romance. Di Maio’s writing has springboarded from it’s already lofty place (with her debut novel, THE MEMORY OF US) with the story of Della Lee. As the story unfolds, the author skillfully parallels four storylines, weaving them together like an elaborate tapestry to a beautiful and satisfying conclusion. The characters are wonderful and the descriptions are so fantastic. I could almost feel the heat on my skin as I read about Puerto Pasar I really can’t say enough about how much I enjoyed the writing in this book.

Absolutely DEVOURED this book! Best book I’ve read all year. It has history, romance, intrigue and wonderful characters that make you feel like you’ve known them all of your life. What an amazing story this turned out to be. I loved Di Maio’s first book, but this one blows it out of the water! I’d give it 10 stars if I could!

Read the synopsis and the review:

I hope that you have enjoyed this small selection today and it is open season on interesting blog posts.. don’t be shy and leave your link to your latest in the comments or email me on

Smorgasbord Blogger Daily – 31st May 2017 – Lauren Taylor, Charla Puccino, Patricia Salamone, A Chaos Fairy

Smorgasbord Blogger Daily

Welcome to a small selection of posts that I have enjoyed in the last couple of days.. please do not be shy and put the link to your most recent post in the comments section so that I can share.

The summer holidays are looming and if the weather is not great then you need some indoor activities for children.. or yourself if you are of a mind.. here is a post and then some follow up links from Lauren Taylor’s blog. There are a series of posts on how to make paper boats and then decorate them.

We then decided to have a go at making some paper boats ourselves, following the instructions we had found on the internet, and also a really helpful youtube video we found which showed us how to make there paper boats. The video was really useful and we plan on using it at the workshop to help with our explanation, and help the children to make their paper boats.

Head over and watch the video and get the plan of action for the activity:

The other posts that show you examples on how to decorate the boats.

Next is a place to visit for anyone visiting New England… of particular interest to those of you who are Sherlock fans. This castle built in 1900 comes with theatrical back story. Charla Puccino gives us the guided tour of Gillette Castle.

For those of you who live in New England, love exploring, hiking, and being outdoors I recommended a day trip to Gillette Castle.

Gillette Castle is one of Connecticut’s hidden treasures. Built in the early 1900’s, it took roughly five years before the construction was complete. Standing in the middle of nearly 200 acres, overlooking the river, the now famous stone structure is visited by hundreds of thousands of people each year. It is such an awesome spot if you are a photographer looking for some inspiration, or you are just looking to get away from city, traffic, and day to day drab routine.

Read the rest of this interesting article:

If you have not been following the latest murder/thriller serial on Patricia Salamone‘ blog then this is as good a time as any to get started. The number 13 is my lucky number and here is a snippet from Part Thirteen.. You can find links to all the other parts of the story down the side. Pour a glass of wine and start with Chapter One.

Clara answered her phone. “Hello”.

“Clara good morning. I just got a report back from Jack. He went over Clem’s body very carefully again. The only mark on his body was a small scratch or cut on his neck, he said it could have been done while he was shaving or scratched himself. No needle marks anywhere on his body”.

“What about his Potassium level”.

“Let me look. It says here it was slightly high but not high enough to kill him. And, his alcohol level was high of course”.

Here is the link to the latest episode:

To end today’s post on a sad note with another four-legged friend passing away. There seems to have been a great many loved pets who have done so this week judging by the Facebook and blog posts. Each one grieved for and my heart goes out to every one of them. The Chaos Fairy shares a tribute to a beloved cat and I empathise with the feeling that you are almost directionless after they have gone.

They do provide a purpose in our lives and there is no lying in bed in the morning because there are walks to be done, breakfasts to be made, grooming rituals to be completed. They appear randomly throughout the day and then still manage to find a corner of the bed to watch over you. They also love us despite our appearance, smell (or because of) and age and toothfulness. There is no judgement. Anyway  here is an extract from the post by The Chaos Fairy and I am sure you would be very welcome over there should you drop in and leave a message.

Last Tuesday, my cat Cricket died. She was about 20 or so years old. I got to be with her all day and into the evening, at least. My little Queen Bee.

She was the last of 12 (13?) critters in my animal family. I kinda lost count of how many critters I had, because, well, I can’t count too good. *wry laugh* I started doing rescue work, and ended up with a lot of new animal friends. (<—sucker).

Cats: Sid, Nancy, Forest aka Loki, Lettuce, Smelly Cat, Cricket. Rabbits: Rowan and Charlotte, plus a guinea pig named Bubble Piggy, and an (also adopted) hamster named Russia. And some fish and a couple of captive-bred leopard geckos I got from a herp expo. I’ve got a gazillion pictures I could post, and about that many more on actual film. Want to see? Nope? Fair enough. (Maybe just one more?).

Read the rest of this lovely post:

Thanks for dropping by and do remember to drop your link to your latest post in the comments. Sally

Smorgasbord Blogger Daily – 30th May 2017 – Shehanne Moore with P.J Lazos, Linda Hill with Sacha Black and Don Massenzio with Darlene Foster

Smorgasbord Blogger Daily

Welcome to the snapshot of my browsing today on WordPress.. unfortunately not room for all the great blogs that I have visited but a handful that I am sure you will enjoy. If you have a post you would like to share then please put in the comments section so that I can share.  This is an opportunity to showcase your writing in all its glory.

The first post is for those of you who have not yet experienced The Hamstah Dudes who guard the Scottish castle of author Shehanne Moore.. As her first line of defence they also insist on vetting any of her guests for her popular interview series. I suggest that you head over and enjoy this unique way of interrogating interviewing authors and that you wipe your feet on the way in and don’t handle the suits of armour in the hall.. they may contain toothy guardians!

Shehanne’s victim guest is:

P. J. Lazos is the author of the novel Oil and Water, about oil spills and green technology, and of Six Sisters, a collection of novellas; a blogger for the Global Water Alliance (GWA) in Philadelphia; on the Board of Advisors for the wH2O Journal, the Journal of Gender and Water (U of Penn); a member of the Jr. League of Lancaster; a former correspondent for her local newspaper (Lancaster Intelligencer Journal now LNP); a literary magazine contributor (Rapportage); an editor; a ghostwriter; an author of a children’s book (Into the Land of the Loud); an environmental lawyer; and, because it’s cool, a beekeeper’s apprentice. She practices laughter daily.

Read the delightful and entertaining interview:

Sacha Black is boss and chief organiser of the wonderful team who put together the #BloggersBash and this year it is being held in London again, but in newer and larger premises. I have been unable to attend the last two years with one thing and another but I booked my flight and my ticket back in February and I am so looking forward to catching up with other bloggers who are heading there to meet up, most for the first time. If you can be there then here are the details with a link to buy the tickets.. only £10 and well worth it.

In the meantime head over and check out Sacha’s guest post about her book… how to give your evil characters an even edgier presence.

I’m thrilled to welcome Sacha Black, author of 13 Steps to Evil: How To Craft Superbad Villains to Linda’s Book Bag today. Sacha was one of the first people I followed on social media when I began blogging and is the driving force behind the Annual Bloggers Bash awards. I’m sure Sacha won’t mind me hijacking her post to hint that votes for the Best Book Review Blog can be made here!

As Sacha’s book 13 Steps to Evil: How To Craft Superbad Villains is published today, 30th May 2017, I asked her to choose three villains she feels are the best she’s encountered for her guest post.

13 Steps to Evil: How To Craft Superbad Villains is available for purchase through the links here.

Read the rest of Sacha’s guest post on Linda Hill’s blog:

The next post is from the blog of Don Massenzio and is part of his Perfect 10 interview series. Today his guest is children’s author Darlene Foster.. Don still has a few spots left for this year if you would like to join the following guests.

Today, I’m very excited to feature Darlene Foster as she sits down for this weeks edition of a Perfect 10. Please enjoy.

If you want to check out past interviews, you can find them in the following links:

A.C. Flory, Steve Boseley, Kayla Matt, Mae Clair, Jill Sammut, Deanna Kahler, Dawn Reno Langley, John Howell, Elaine Cougler, Jan Sikes, Nancy Bell, Nick Davis, Kathleen Lopez, Susan Thatcher, Charles Yallowitz, Armand Rosamilia, Tracey Pagana, Anna Dobritt, Karen Oberlaender, Deby Fredericks, Teri Polen

Also, if you are an author and you want to be part of this feature, I still have a few slots open for 2017. You can email me at

 Read Darlene’s interview:

Smorgasbord Weekly Round Up – Stevie Wonder, The Neanderthals and other legends

Thanks for dropping in and a quick review of the guests and posts this week in case you missed.

The Blogger Daily returns next week and to help me out it would be great if you would email me the link to your most recent post in the last week so that I can share from tomorrow.

My thanks as always to contributing guests for their hard work. William Price King shares the 1970s and Stevie Wonder’s amazing music with us and Paul Andruss delights with news of our distant relatives – The Neanderthals and a doyen of the kitchen.. Mary the woman behind the Marie-Bain.

A poem that touched everyone’s hearts from Carmen Stefanescu and some cook from scratch Eggs and a bit of a disaster.

If you are in the bookstore and have a new release, review or offer then get in touch so that they can be included in the two Cafe and Bookstore updates on Monday and Friday..

Even if you are not in the bookstore you can join the 200 other authors with your books by emailing me

The new Air your Reviews post is doing well and this is open to any author even if you are not in the bookstore to share your latest great review.

I do check as many authors and blogs but I do not use a crystal ball so please help me out and let me know  Thanks

Hope you enjoy the post and thanks again for all your tremendoous support.. It keeps me motivated.

William Price King meets some Legends.

Writer in Residence Paul Andruss

Thomas the Rhymer

The Colour of Life by Geoff Cronin

Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore

The Updates

New on the Shelves

Book Reading and Interview

Air Your Reviews

Smorgasbord Health 2017

Cook from Scratch

Nutrition in the news

Top to Toe


Smorgasbord Poetry

Smorgasbord Short Stories

Tales from the garden volume two

I have just finished writing the stories for the second volume.. You have not read them all and I am giving you the choice to read one of the stories beginning with the following letters. Q  V W X Y Z… put your choice in the comments section and the story will be posted on Tuesday.. The selection ends at midnight tonight.

Thank you so much for keeping me company.. Enjoy the rest of the weekend.. Sally