Smorgasbord Blogger Daily – Thursday July 29th 2021 – #Olympics Pete Springer, #Patchwork Jennie Fitzkee, #Research Jacqui Murray

A small selection of posts I have enjoyed over the last few days and I hope you will head over to enjoy in full.

The first post is from Pete Springer who shares the background to Olympic gymnast Suni Lee and her Hmong community… also the news in the last day or so of the stepping down from one of the events by the gold winning Simone Biles. This has resulted in the worst example of human nature the vicious trolling of this young athlete.

Suni Lee—Heart of a Champion

Every Olympics, there are human interest stories that capture my attention. I don’t follow women’s gymnastics, but I always enjoy the spirit of competition. One Olympic athlete we may hear more about in the days to come is American gymnast Sunisa “Suni” Lee.

There are many aspects of Suni Lee’s story that I find fascinating. She is the first Hmong American athlete to compete in the Olympics. The Hmong are an ethnic group that originated in Southeast Asia. They haven’t had a country of their own. There are between 9 and 11 million Hmong people in the world today. They lived in southwestern China for thousands of years but began immigrating to other neighboring countries in the 17th century. As a teacher, I taught several Hmong children. 

Head over to read the rest of this excellent post: Pete Springer – Suni Lee Heart of a Champion

The next post is from another teacher who delights in bringing innovative projects into her classroom of small students.. In this series Jennie Fitzkee has been sharing the expoits of Milly in the classroom.. a lovely character who is a loving friend to all the children. In this particular post, singing and artwork are ways the children share their patriotic spirit and one of their favourite projects.. a new quilt.

Milly – Part 5

In Part 4 the Peace Quilt became part of the permanent collection at the National Liberty Museum in Philadelphia, and Milly became an important part of my classroom. Children adored her. She loved singing, and Milly’s favorite song was our favorite song, too – “God Bless America.”

Part 5

“Jennie, can we sing again? Can we sing “God Bless America?” This was what I heard from children, every day. I sing many songs with children, all kinds of songs. So, why was this particular song the favorite? I don’t know. But, what I do know is to pay attention to children and what they gravitate towards. My lesson plans might be terrific, but I know intuitively that what children are drawn to, is far more important. I paid attention. And it grew. When children were in the playground they started singing on their own for other children. They sang all the time for Milly. She joined in, and she loved it!

I had to do more, because the children wanted, needed, more. Veterans Day arrived and we invited soldiers into the classroom to say Thank You, and of course to sing.

Head over to enjoy the rest of this delightful post: Jennie Fitzkee – Milly part 5

The final post today is by Jacqui Murray who writes the most amazing pre-historic novels that I can highly recommend. Jacqui shares the complexities of researching a time that is unknown in many respects and papers and books on the subject often hard to come by and few online. The post is hosted by Kathy Steinemann.

How Can You Research What Happened Before Recorded History?

Today we have a guest post by Jacqui Murray, who tells us how she writes books about prehistoric times even though there’s no recorded information about those times.

Her technique could be applied to other types of fiction as well.

How to Research What No One Knows: By Jacqui Murray 

Good research feels like a satisfying detective story. You have a mystery, how something did or didn’t happen, and follow the clues until the dots are connected. But as the author, how do you research what no one knows well enough to explain it in your story?

I’ll use my series, Man vs. Nature, as an example.

This multi-book saga explores pivotal points in history when man would either thrive or become extinct depending upon events. The first trilogy — Dawn of Humanity — is that era when the earliest versions of man were about as far from the alpha on the landscape as possible. The second trilogy, Crossroads, addresses the time when man conquered fire, discovered clothing, invented weapons, and the many other innovations that enabled them to dominate nature. The next trilogy, Savage Land, deals with a recent time in man’s history (75,000 years ago) when nature almost beat us.

For each, I had to research the events that made these happen without benefit of books, recorded notes, or even apocryphal stories, because the only clues were rocks and artifacts.

Head over to discover more about Where to Research What No One Knows: Kathy Steinemann – Guest post by Jacqui Murray


Thanks for dropping in today and I hope you will head over to enjoy the posts in full.. thanks Sally.

Smorgasbord Blogger Daily – Tuesday 20th July 2021 – #Funnies The Story Reading Ape, #Canoes #Invitation Rebecca Budd, #Salad Dorothy New Vintage Kitchen

A small selection of posts I have enjoyed in the last few days and I hope you will head over to enjoy.

The first post is from The Story Reading Ape and is guaranteed to put a smile on your face as he shares his latest Monday Funnies.. Maxine, no doubt the doyenne of Crabby Road, is dispensing her words of wisdom, wit and sarcasm.. she says things we can only dream of getting away with..

Head over to enjoy all Maxine’s words of wisdom this week: Monday Funnies with The Story Reading Ape and Maxine

A wonderful post from Clanmother Rebecca Budd with two features.. and invitation to join in a read along for The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoyevsky and the background to the Black Eagle Canoe on display at The Simon Fraser University.

Simon Fraser University – Black Eagle Canoe & #Karamazovreadalong

I am on location at Simon Fraser University, situated on Burnaby Mountain. I have come to visit the Black Eagle canoe, caved by the great Canadian artist, Bill Reid, assisted by Guujaaw, Tucker (Robert Brown), and a dedicated team of carvers.

Black Eagle Canoe

In September, Simon Fraser University is opening their doors orchestrated within a planned safe, equitable and supportive return to campus. But now, the campus is quiet waiting for students to return. I am alone with this remarkable Great Canoe of the Northwest Coast, which represents a history that can be traced back over 10,000 years.

Head over to discover more about the wonderful project behind the installation of this traditional canoe and also the Karamazovreadalong: Simon Fraser University – Black Eagle Canoe & #Karamazovreadalong

And today’s recipe is from Dorothy of the New Vintage Kitchen with a wonderful summery dish for those of us who love peanuts…

Stuffed Napa Cabbage Leaves with Peanut Sauce

We love the ease of feeding ourselves a rainbow of nutrition in high summer in Vermont!

You never know what you will find at the farm stands and farmers markets in July in Vermont, but it’s a sure bet there will be lots from which to choose and enjoy.

This week, I found everything I was looking for, and then some. Beautiful purple Napa cabbage caught my eye, crunchy and flavorful looking. The leaves were so delightful, I knew I would stuff them with other delicious vegetables. New carrots, snow peas, and peppers would provide even more color and nutrition. You could also add cucumbers, green beans, radishes, kohlrabi, or many other treasures here, just pick something to blanch quickly so there’s still a lot of texture. This is a perfect place to chop up those neglected broccoli stems, and the new broccoli is so tender and flavorful right now.

Use an organic, natural peanut butter with no additives. The ingredients in my house peanut butter are peanuts and salt, no sugars or preservatives. If you don’t like crunchy, you can use smooth.

Head over to discover how to create this stunning summer platter: New Vintage Kitchen – Stuffed Napa Cabbage Leaves with Peanut Sauce


Thanks for dropping in today and I hope that you will head over to enjoy these posts in full.. thanks Sally.

Smorgasbord Blogger Daily – Thursday July 15th 2021 – #Moving D.G. Kaye, #BookbubPromos D.Wallace Peach, #Cakes Robbie Cheadle

A small selection of posts I have enjoyed over the last few days.. I hope you will head over to enjoy… thanks Sally.

D.G. Kaye, Debby Gies has recently moved and faced some challenges in the process despite moving just a few floors in her apartment complex. Tough at any time but shortly after losing someone you love, and having to give so much away from your life adds so many layers of sadness. Knowing Debby I am sure that after just a week that her new home looks amazing.

Moving – Closure and Erasure, and #Grieving

Moving UpdatesI recently did the big move two Saturdays ago. It was a horrendous journey from the getgo. Barely two weeks had passed after my husband’s death when I was informed there was a one bedroom coming available in July. I probably wasn’t in my rightest mind, but I did know I didn’t want to pay exuberant rent living alone in the big place, so I agreed to take the early departure. 

Head over to read Debby’s post and please join us on Monday for her latest Relationship Column: Debby Gies, Moving, Closure and Grieving

I am on Bookbub but as yet have not taken advantage of their promotions.. Diana Wallace Peach shares her experience and tips.

My Bookbub experience and a few tips

Phew. What an experience. Talk about pins and needles.

I ran my first Bookbub promo on May 15th and wanted to share a bit of my newbie experience — what I learned, and what I might do differently next time.

First of all, I dove into this effort after reading a detailed post by Deborah Jay (author’s of The Prince’s Man – an excellent fantasy series, I might add). Deborah provided wonderful guidance regarding her strategy as well as a look at her results.

I wasn’t as financially successful as Deborah, but I did turn a profit. Two months after the promotion, my sales are still above pre-promo levels. I’m happy with that.

I also hit #1 Bestseller in a number of categories including Epic Fantasy, ahead of Sarah Maas (and her 22K reviews) for a day! And ranked #24 in the Fantasy genre over all. That little “Best Seller” banner was a giddy high while it lasted.

Head over to read this informative and helpful post about Bookbub’s promotions: D.Wallace Peach shares her experience of Bookbub promotions

And now for a post from Robbie Cheadle and being in the middle of her winter, there is normally a Christmas celebration in July. However with the pandemic and restrictions there will be no party this year.. however there will be cake!  Also some wonderful fondant characters for Robbie and her son’s Michael upcoming latest children’s book.

Christmas in July has gone to the dogs

We normal have a Christmas in July celebration with a roaring fire, delicious hot midday meal, and a few fun treats. We do this to make winter more fun and because we can’t have a traditional Christmas on 25 December as it is far to hot.

This year there will be no celebration due to the pandemic. No sisters and their families, no in-laws and no auntie. I decided yesterday that if I couldn’t have a big celebration I could still have the cake. I made three cakes. I didn’t have certain ingredients so I substituted; extra sultanas and raisons and a packed of mixed fruit instead of currents. Lemon and orange zest instead of peel. They look pretty yummy and I gave them a good brandy shower. 


Head over to enjoy the rest of Robbie’s post with some music to get you in the spirit: Christmas in July with Robbie Cheadle


Thanks for dropping in today and I hope that you will head over to read the posts in full.. thanks Sally.



Smorgasbord Blogger Daily – Monday July 12th 2021 – #AncientStones Ailish Sinclair, #Roundup Carol Taylor, #Writing #Children The Story Reading Ape

A small selection of posts I have read over the last few days and I hope you will head over to read in full.. thanks Sally.

The first post is from author Ailish Sinclair and showcases her scenic part of Scotland and shares some ancient stone circles.

Aikey Brae, one of my favourite stone circles

Stone Circles, Henges, Hills and a Barrow

It’s no secret that I love stone circles and other old stony places. I visit them. A lot. I hug them. Quite a bit. And I write about them. Aikey Brae, above, is probably my absolute favourite. The circle in my books is loosely based on this one. I’ve blogged about it here in the snow and here after the trees were felled

Today I’m sharing some older photos of ancient sites that I’ve not used before, so they may not be too perfect, but I hope they capture the spirit of these special places.

Head over to discover these wonderful images and read the rest of the post: Stone Circles, Henges, Hills and a Barrow with Ailish Sinclair

The next post is from Carol Taylor with another amazing week of posts from National Fried Chicken Day, A-Z of environmental terms ‘K’, Peanut Butter fruit, Green Kitchen column over at my place, and Saturday Snippets.. Enjoy

Welcome to this week’s edition of my weekly roundup of posts…Especially for you just in case you missed a few posts during this last week…Time is marching on…It is now officially rainy season here so there will definitely be some dancing in the rain…

July…No month ends on the same day of the week as July unless it is a leap year when January does so. Both Canada and the United States celebrate their Independence Days in July. Seven US presidents have died in July- that’s more than any other month…on a brighter note, the Anglo-Saxons had multiple names for the month of July, including Maed-monath and Hey-monath. Respectively, these translated into “the flowering of meadows” and “hay month.”

It was National Fried Chicken Day in the US last week and who doesn’t love the crunch of fried chicken… 

Head over to catch up with all of Carol’s posts from this last week: CarolCooks2 weekly roundup…July 4th-10th July 2021…#Plastic Free July, Whimsy, Music,#Peanut Butter Fruit

The final post is for all budding children’s authors who are looking for some tips on how to create the perfect story. Guest post by Desiree Villena hosted by Chris, The Story Reading Ape.

Writing for children is an extremely rewarding type of creative writing, with little readers often being the most enthusiastic, inquisitive, and invested fans out there. The common misconception, however, that writing for children is somehow an easy feat (presumably due to the shorter length of children’s books, or the assumption that plots are “simpler”), is just that — a misconception. Publishing or self-publishing a children’s book shouldn’t ever be approached as an easy fix for someone looking to release a book. It’s just as demanding as writing for an older audience, but in different ways.

Head over to read the rest of the post: 5 Tips for Writing for children by Desiree Villena


Thanks for dropping by and I hope you will head over to read the posts in full.. thanks Sally.

Smorgasbord Blogger Daily – Tuesday June 29th 2021 – #Luck Suzanne Craig-Whytock, Book Reviews Vashti Quiroz-Vega, #Funnies The Story Reading Ape

A small selection of posts I have enjoyed in the last few days and I hope you will head over to enjoy in full.. thanks Sally.

The first post is from author Suzanne Craig-Whytock on My Dang Blog… and discusses the effectiveness of lucky charms, especially underwear that may have lost its mojo…

The Streak Is Over

You may or may not remember that I’ve written in the past about my lucky underwear. They’re a paisley pattern in a very soft fabric—there’s nothing otherwise notable about them, but for some reason, when I wear them, good things tend to happen. I’ve begun saving them for special occasions or times when I feel like I want to ‘encourage’ good fortune, and if you think this is weird then obviously you haven’t been following me for long because it’s par for the course around here. At any rate, last Wednesday we were supposed to get our air conditioner fixed. It had broken the week before, during the first heatwave of the year, obviously, and when the guy came, he was like “OK, the spinny thing isn’t spinning and the cool-y thing isn’t cooling so you need a new one of these box-y things.” Of course, he used more technical terminology, but I couldn’t hear him very well over the noise of all the fans I had going to try and keep cool. Being very hot makes me sad and grumpy, so I grunted at him and agreed that he needed to replace the outside cold box.

On Wednesday morning, after a week of excruciating heat, I put on my lucky underwear specifically to entreat the air conditioning gods to ensure that the repair people arrived on time with the right unit. 

Feasting Upon The Bones: A Collection of Twisted Tales

Head over to discover how this reliance on lucky underwear worked out:
The Streak is Over

The next post is from author Vashti Quiroz-Vega with three reviews for some terrific looking books… from Annika Perry (Children’s Reading Room), Yvette M. Calleiro and Ken Stark

Hi, everyone! Welcome!

Today I’d like to share reviews of an eclectic group of books I’ve read lately. I’ve enjoyed reading since I was a child, and I have my favorite “go to” genres, but through the years, I’ve diversified my reading. I figure life as a whole has romance, horror, suspense, thrilling events . . . and reading different genres gives me insight into all aspects of life. With this knowledge, I can ground my fiction in reality and also add an extra layer to my stories.

Head over to enjoy the reviews and find your next book to read: Book Reviews Vasti Quiroz-Vega

And last but not least… some funnies from Chris, The Story Reading Ape… always a boost to the day…


Head over to enjoy the rest of the funnies...:The Story Reading Ape – Monday Funnies


Thanks for dropping in today and I hope you will head over to enjoy the posts in full.. thanks Sally.

Smorgasbord Blogger Daily – Monday June 28th 2021 – #Invitation Beetley Pete, #Doglove D.G. Kaye, #FamilyHistory Antoinette Truglio Martin

A small selection of posts I have enjoyed over the last few days and I hope you will head over to read in full.. thanks Sally.

The first post is from Pete Johnson – Beetley Pete who has an open invitation to be a guest on his blog. If you have been reading my PR for Authors series, this is the kind of invitation all authors should be taking advantage of to meet new people and new readers.

Blog Features, Guest Posts, and Promotions

As regular readers know, I have been ‘easing off’ posting too many things on my blog recently. Although my daily serial is still published, I try to cut back on other posts.

This could be good news for the rest of you, as I now have more time for guest posts, book promotions, and blog features.

If you are a blogger in this community and have a book to promote, let me know.

If you are a new blogger who follows me and want to submit a guest post to potentially increase your audience, then let me know.

If you would like your blog to be featured here so that more readers get to know about you, let me know. 

Head over to find out how to get in touch with Pete: Feature with Beetley Pete

Debby Gies, D.G. Kaye shares a lovely story for her #WATWB contribution this month.. A stray dog fell for a purple and pink stuffed unicorn in a store and tried to steal 5 times… the authorities were called, but what they did next with warm your heart..

We are the World Blogfest

It’s that time of the month again, the last Friday of the month where a group of writers share an article about something good going on around the world to deflect from negativity for the We are the World Blogfest, #WATWB.

Sisu with his stuffed purple unicorn

Well, it seems this little stray dog had an attraction to a stuffed unicorn that he was determined not to leave behind – no matter if legal or not!

Stray dog kept stealing a stuffed unicorn from a store, so animal control bought it for him 

Head over to read the rest of this lovely story: Stray Dog steals stuffed unicorn from a store

The final post today is from Antoinette Truglio Martin who shares here experiences of discovering stories through the oral history shared in her family. It is amazing what you discover…

Telling The Stories

Since the dawn of humans, all cultures have gathered together and swapped stories, supplying windows into who we are, where we’ve been, how we got there, and why. Over time, these yarns morph and take on the point of view of the teller and the perspective of the listener. The best stories are retold and replayed for generations. The tales become legends and the characters achieve a slice of immortality.

The hard facts gleaned from documents provide the settings and circumstances to a story. However, the plethora of data can only imply the colors and emotions. Dairies and photos may fill gaps, but not everyone kept these records accessible. We all have that pile of pictures we cannot identify. There are several journaling packages to subscribe to that prompt life stories. Listing the first jobs, the favorite movies and first cars jog the memory. If the recipient cares to write, intriguing details emerge on the page. Frequently, however, answers are short sentences providing the barest insight and engagement. Better stories are collected through a conversation.

I am fortunate to have a large loud family. Our favorite sport is to sit around the table, share food and tell stories about present adventures and past escapades. 

Head over to read the rest of the post and make a note to engage any older members of your family to discover hidden gems from the past: Antoinette Truglio Martin – Telling the Stories


Thanks for dropping in today and I hope you will head over to enjoy the posts in full.. thanks Sally.

Smorgasbord Blogger Daily – Thursday 17th June 2021 – #IndieAuthors Timothy Pike, #BloggingTips Hugh Roberts, #Chocolate Eat Dessert First Greece

We all know how tough it is to get our books marketed, sold and reviewed and any help in getting them noticed is fantastic. Timothy Pike is on a mission to share the reviews of indie authors and he did just that this week for D.G. Kaye, Debby Gies and her memoir Twenty Years After “I Do”.. I hope you will head over to find out more about Tim’s Discovery List.

“How to keep a marriage happy and unbreakable”: This 5-star memoir reveals the secrets 

The Discovery List is off to a great start, and I’m finding solid gold already!

I’ve made it my quest to find every self-published book worth reading, and to do this, I created a spreadsheet that we as a community can add to.

It’s called the Discovery List, and whether you happened across a great self-published book or wrote one, we want to hear about it.

I love featuring books that got great reviews, so without further ado, here’s this week’s best self-published book:

Twenty Years: After “I Do” 
Reflections on Love and Changes Through Aging
by D.G. KayeReview: Lauren Scott at Baydreamer gives it 5 stars, and raves:

Head over to read Lauren Scott’s review for the memoir and check out Tim’s Discovery List:Tim Pike with D.G. Kaye – Review and Discovery List

More blogging gold from Hugh Roberts who talks through the most effective way to share your posts automatically and in a way that encourages readers to head over to enjoy the post in full. I make a cameo appearance….

Banner for the blog post 'How Changing This Setting On Your WordPress Blog Will Help It Gain More Views'

Here’s a screenshot of an email notification I got from WordPress when blogger Sally Cronin recently published a new blog post.

Screenshot showing a new WordPress blog post notification from Sally Cronin

Notice how only the first part of the post is visible to me.

To read the whole post, I have to click on its title or the ‘read more of this post‘ link (highlighted in the above image). This means I have to visit Sally’s blog to read the post, thus improving the viewing statistics on her blog.

Are there any disadvantages in displaying whole blog posts in email notifications? 

Head over to read the step by step guide to setting your notifications effectively:
Hugh Roberts with more tips on how to gain more views

And to end today a recipe that would have been banned as sinful in past centuries and I would have been at the front of the queue! From our friends at Eat Dessert First a chocolate divine invention that I am sure you will love. In this post the team share all the other delicious ingredients you can combine with chocolate to enhance both their flavours. Following this masterclass in chocolate… you will find the recipe for this indulgent tart…

Dark, milk and white chocolate, what to pair it with? 

Our tart with peanut butter cream and chocolate ganache

Anyone who does not like chocolate should not continue reading this article! In our new chocolate article we will meet again the dark, milk and white chocolate and we will see with which ingredients each one pairs. In the end we will make a delicious tart with a pairing of chocolate with peanut butter!

In our earlier chocolate article entitled “Black, milk or white?” we saw the different types of chocolate and where we use them. Now we will go one step further and see which ingredients suit them best, to get inspired by delicious combinations for our creations. Of course the combinations we will suggest are not binding, they are just ideas to inspire your creations … So lets go for another trip to the world of chocolate!

Head over to find out which ingredients go perfectly with the different types of chocolate and the recipe for that tart: Chocolate pairings with Eat Desser First Greece

I hope you have enjoyed today’s selection and will head over to read the posts in full.. thanks Sally.

Smorgasbord Blogger Daily – Wednesday 16 June 2021 – #Writertips D.G. Kaye, #Shakespeare Paula R. C. Readman, #Bookbub/Offer Jacquie Biggar

A small selection of posts I have enjoyed in the last few days and I hope you will head over to enjoy in full…thanks Sally.

The first post is D.G. Kaye’s monthly Writer’s Links which is packed with interesting posts for bloggers and authors alike.

Writer's Tips

Writer’s Tips – Tool Rocket, Publishing #Scams, Word Slash, #Stylesheets, #Blogging Tips

Welcome to June edition of Writer’s Tips. It’s an exceptionally crazy time for me right now in the middle of getting ready to moving madness. But I’ve managed to capture a few posts that stood out to me in my short travels along blogland. I hope you bloggers and authors all find something of interest here today. Hugh Roberts, Kathy Steinemann, Sally Cronin, Nicholas Rossis and Anne R Allen’s blogs are always filled with valuable information. I also came across an interesting new social platform – Clubhouse, an interesting new medium where we can be heard without being seen. Check it out! 

Head over to follow the links Debby has gathered for us:
Writer tips and tools, publishing scams, word slashing, blogging and stylesheets

A fascinating post by Paula R C Readman​ that explores the thousands of words that William Shakespeare added to the English Language and phrases we use often without thought of their origins.

Old English, No Jacobean

Whether being dyslexic has made me more interested in words than a non-dyslexic I can’t answer, but the one thing I do know for sure is I’ve always been fascinated in where words come from originally and their history within our British language.

Like all languages, ours is a living thing that has changed over the centuries, and is still evolving as we come in contact with different cultures, and as new technologies bring with them their own words too.

During the Elizabethan era, one man added 1700 new words to our language and these words were coined by him. In total, he introduced about 17000 English words through his plays and writing. William Shakespeare was born in 1564 during the reign of Elizabeth the first, but most of his more popular plays were written after her death, so in reality he was a Jacobean writer.

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Head over to read the rest of this fascinating post and discover how many words and phrases you are using today that originated with the Bard:
Old English, No Jacobean – Paula R. C Readman

And the last post today is still with the writing and publishing theme from Jacquie Biggar on the power of promotions on Bookbub.. Plus an offer on Married To The Texan for 99c

The Power of Bookbub #WritingCommunity #Promotions

The Power of Bookbub makes it well worth the Investment.

Of all the book promotional companies out there, Bookbub has the largest readership by far. Which means they can charge those astronomical fees because, well, they’re worth it.

Over my writing career, I’ve had four different Bookbub Featured Promotions (different from their paid ads) and every time I’ve seen enormous success on the featured book the day of the promo, but as an added bonus, my other books get a boost as well- one that lasts for months after!

I won’t bore you with the numbers, instead I want to suggest a few ways you can capitalize on this strategy for getting your books into new readers hands. 

Head over to find out more about Jacquie’s successful strategies for getting your books noticed and bought:The Power of Bookbub makes it well worth the Investment.


Thanks for dropping in today and I hope you will head over to enjoy in full..thanks Sally.

Smorgasbord Posts from the Archives 2021 – Pot Luck – 3 Reasons to Create a Facebook Group by J.Q. Rose

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Since this series began in January 2018 there have been over 1000 Posts from Your Archives where bloggers have taken the opportunity to share posts to a new audience… mine. The topics have ranged from travel, childhood, recipes, history, family and the most recent series was #PotLuck where I shared a random selection of different topics.

In this series I have shared posts from the last six months of 2020 and the series is now closed to new participants.

This is the second post by J.Q. Rose on the reasons to create a Facebook group.

3 Reasons to create a Facebook group.

Hello and welcome to the Focused on Story Blog and to the Author Toolbox Blog Hop #AuthorToolboxBlogHop which meets every third Wednesday of the month to share resources and tips for authors. Thanks to Raimey Gallant for hosting this venture.

Please join us to learn more about the craft of writing and to meet bloggers who are dedicated to helping each other become the best writers possible. Click here to visit other blog hop participants.


Why Create a Facebook Group? by J.Q. Rose

Do you have an author page on Facebook? Have you considered creating a Facebook Group Page? I opened my group in January, Telling Your Life Story and Memoirs Circle and I’m enjoying interacting with folks who are interested in telling their life stories. Every author will have a different goal for their group. I listed below 3 reasons why I created my group.

3 Reasons to Create a Facebook Group:

1. Mentoring–My book,Your Words, Your Life Story: A Journal for Sharing Memories, is based on my workshops on life storytelling. The best part of the class was always the time when the participants volunteered to share a life story with us. I was amazed at the gamut of topics folks wrote about and how well they presented such emotional and funny pieces to the members; the participants also appreciated the stories which sparked memories from their lives too. Lively conversations followed the readings.

Writing memories in the journal offers no way to share the stories with a group. So to give that supportive, interactive piece of the class, I created a Facebook group where it is possible to inspire, motivate, teach, spark memories and a place to post their writings, video or audio recording.

The closed group assures privacy and safety for those who wish to contribute. You do not have to buy my book to join the group.

2. Author Platform–A group based on your fiction or non-fiction book is perfect for your fans. If your book is about gardening or historical romance, your group may be based on gardening or the era that is the backdrop of your story. Members get perks like unveiling the book cover, being the first to read excerpts, deciding or suggesting a character’s name, offering opinions through polls, helping you with research. Use social media to allow people to get to know, like and trust you, the author. You bet they will share about the book and about you. The members will become a “street team” who are happy to shout about you and your book.

3. Marketing–If you haven’t already realized it, being an author means you are operating a business. You are an entrepreneur with a product to sell. You wrote the book and you want folks to have the experience of reading it for entertainment, information, awareness and so many other reasons. If not, why bother to write it?

Caution: Avoid saying “buy my book, buy my book, buy my book” every day!

Click here to join the Telling Your Life Story and Memoirs Circle Facebook group.

Are you a member of a Facebook group? Why?

If you have created a group, please tell us about it and why you decided to create a FB group. Please share the link below in the comments.

©J.Q. Rose

About J.Q. Rose

Whether the story is fiction or non-fiction, J.Q. Rose is “focused on story.” She offers readers chills, giggles and quirky characters woven within the pages of her mystery novels. Using her storytelling skills, she provides entertainment and information with articles featured in books, magazines, newspapers, and online magazines.

Blogging, photography, Pegs and Jokers board games and travel are the things that keep her out of trouble. She and her husband spend winters in Florida and summers up north with their two daughters, two sons-in-law, four grandsons, one granddaughter, two grand dogs, four grand cats, and one great-grand bearded dragon

A selection of books by J.Q. Rose

One of the recent reviews for the memoir Arranging a Dream

Rosemary Morris 5.0 out of 5 stars A Young Couple’s Struggle to Achieve Their Dream Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 24 February 2021

J. Q. Rose’s husband had a full-time job and grew plants in a greenhouse in his spare time. He dreamt of his ‘green fingers’ earning his living. Although it meant leaving their families behind, with J.Q.Rose’s encouragement and enthusiasm he resigned, and they bought what is now described as a garden centre, with greenhouses and a florist shop. They moved far from family and friends to Missouri with their baby girl. With help from the previous owners, and many ups and downs they learnt how to manage their enterprise. Guilt over childcare for their daughter warred with how much the young mother enjoyed her fulltime job managing the shop.

In J.Q’s autobiography she describes being a mother, a housewife, a working woman and, with her husband arranging their dream.

I really like the author’s vibrant voice which kept me turning the pages when I read about their mistakes, the bitterly cold Missouri winters, and how to capitalise on weddings, and important days for their business, for example, Easter, and Mother’s Day.

I recommend this inspirational book which lingers in my mind after I reached the end.

Read the reviews and buy the books: Amazon US – And: Amazon UK – Follow J.Q. Rose: GoodreadsWebsite: J.Q. Rose – Blog: J.Q. Rose – Facebook: J.Q. Rose Author


My thanks to J.Q. Rose for letting me share posts from her archives and I hope you will head over to enjoy browsing yourselves.. thanks Sally.

Smorgasbord Blogger Daily – Thursday June 10th 2021 – #Children #HandWriting Robbie Cheadle, #BetaReaders Richard Dee, #Guest C.S. Boyack with D.L. Finn

A small selection of posts I have enjoyed over the last few days and hope you will head over to read in full.. thanks Sally.

The first post is from Robbie Cheadle about children and one of the skills they learn which is so essential to their development.. and it is not how to swipe an iPad… handwriting is an skill that we still need despite our digital age. This is part of the Growing Bookworms series hosted by Kaye Lynne Booth of Writing to be Read.

Growing Bookworms: Handwriting skills for children, Part 1 

Why handwriting is still important

As technology becomes increasingly important in our modern lives, writing by hand with a pen has become less common. Writing on a computer is easy and allows us to move text about, delete and add text, and save sections in a separate place for future use. We are also able to access our writing from a number of devices. I access my email and blogs from all three of my laptops, both of my iphones, and my ipad. This all makes writing so much simpler, so why do our education systems still focus on handwriting? Why not let the children use laptops and ipads to write?

Head over to discover more about how handwriting benefits children: Growing Bookworms: Handwriting skills for children, Part 1

The next post is from Richard Dee and is on the subject of Beta Readers… who provide an important role in the end processes of a book by providing impartial and constructive criticism where needed before your book meets its public.

They read it first, in praise of the Beta Reader

Before my new masterpiece sets out into the big wide world, there’s a group of unsung heroes who help to make it a lot more readable than it might have been.

One of the problems with being the author of anything is, by the time you think that it’s finished, you’ve read and seen it so many times that you become blind to its faults. As far as you’re concerned, it reads perfectly, there are few (if any) mistakes and all it needs is a quick polish from an editor.

What the story really requires is the eye of someone who knows nothing about the content but will honestly tell you what they think of it as a whole. Someone who will offer unbiased advice. In effect, a person who is allowed an advance read and a chance to offer a critique, warts and all.

It’s a nervous time for an author, but it has to be done. It’s better to get the initial reaction privately, for a whole host of reasons. Enough said, I could write a whole post about THAT subject.

Enter the beta reader – find out  more about the benefits: Praise the Beta Reader by Richard Dee.

And the final post today is from Craig Boyack who is chatting to D.L.Finn about her new book Tree Fairies and Their Short Stories with an excerpt for you to enjoy.

The lives of fairies

Today, I have a special guest for you. Denise is a wonderful author and a great person to get to know. She’s also one of my partners over at Story Empire. She has a new book to tell us about, and I’m exited to see the wildlife photos. I have these same birds in my back yard, but don’t have access to redwoods. Make her feel welcome, and don’t forget to use those sharing buttons to help her spread the word. Take it away:



Thank you, Craig, for having me here today to share my latest children’s release, “Tree Fairies and Their Short Stories.” 

In Tree Fairies, several birds make an appearance, including red-tailed hawks and horned owls. So I thought I’d share some interesting facts about them. The red-tailed hawk weighs between 2-4 pounds, with the females being the bigger bird. They can have a 56-inch wingspan and “kite” or hover in the air over their prey, which is usually rodents. 

Head over to read more about the birds in Denise’s new book and read an excerpt:The Tree Fairies with D.L. Finn and Craig Boyack


Thanks for dropping in today and I hope you will head over to enjoy the posts in full thanks Sally.