Smorgasbord Cafe and Bookstore – New Author on the Shelves – CROSSROADS (Winds of love): Poetry and Prose by Jude Itakali


Delighted to welcome Jude Itakali to the Cafe and Bookstore with his new book on Pre-Order for May 17th CROSSROADS (Winds of love): Poetry and Prose

About the collection

In the corridors of love, at the crossroads of loneliness, we stand at our most vulnerable. As the winds of love swirl, we are often ill prepared for the portends and promises that they carry. The longing, lust, fear and deception. But also the hope, renewal and lessons of love. In this book, may we be strengthened by the memory of things we have survived, soothed with the understanding of perspective, and comforted with the hope of things yet to come.

May these poems, prose and short stories touch each of us in our own particular way.

The book is on Pre-Order until May 17th: Amazon US – And: Amazon UK

About Jude Itakali

Jude Itakali was born and lives in Kampala, Uganda. He is publishing his first collected works, “CROSSROADS (Winds of love)

When not being an athlete on the rugby field, or crunching down numbers on a computer for work, he delicately pens the epiphanies from life and its different relationships and encounters.

He writes about all sorts of topics, finding a way to relate them with each other, because no one theme exists in a vacuum. Empathy is sometimes considered a gift, and Jude has it in abundance.

Jude is a regular participant in the Colleen Chesebro weekly poetry challenge and contributed the recently released  Poetry Treasures

Connect with Jude:Amazon US And:Amazon UK – Follow Jude:GoodreadsBlog: WordPress – Tales Told Different – Facebook: Kirya Itakali Jude – Twitter: @jude_clutch

 

Thanks for dropping in today and it would be great if you could spread the word about Jude’s new book.. thanks Sally.

Smorgasbord Blog Magazine – Weekly Round Up – May 2nd -8th 2021 -Jose Feliciano, Allergies, Magic Gardens, Book Reviews, Book Excerpts and Funnies


Welcome to the round up of posts you might have missed this week on Smorgasbord.

Time flies when you are having fun so they say, and I do think that applies. I certainly have no idea where this last week went, but here we are again with the round up.

I have had a good week in other aspects to as I am finally on the vaccination list with hopefully my first jab in the next three weeks. Being a similar age as each other means David and I are eligible at the same time. We have decided however that he will book his after I have had my first just in case one of us reacts which hopefully will not be the case. We hope to get away in September and at the rate of 2nds jabs we might just make it by the end of that month. We have moved a ferry booking three times so far and it would be nice to use it at some point.

The Tales from the Irish Garden finishes tomorrow with a formal palace announcement which should clear up the mystery about the Queen’s malaise…

I asked if there was a preference for the next book and since it was split between the original Tales from the Spanish Garden.. and What’s in a Name? I am sharing one book on Saturdays and the other on Sundays from next week. Meanwhile I am creating new stories for the Irish Garden to be released later in the year.

I am also putting together a poetry collection and working on another health book..so that should keep me out of mischief.

There will be some new series coming up on the Book Promotion front in the next couple of months including Share an Excerpt from your current book and Meet the authors where I will feature every author in the Cafe at the time.  I will do promotional posts for those in the next couple of weeks so keep your eyes peeled..

Coming this week…

D.G. Kaye, Debby Gies is back with us on Monday 10th with her brand new Realm of Relationships. As you all know Debby lost her husband a month ago and this heartfelt post is very appropriate, as loss of a loved one in a relationship is devastating. Understanding the dynamics of the stages of grief can bring some comfort.

I have been out and about this week as a guest of author and poet Robbie Cheadle who posed some interesting questions.. we would love you to head over. Sally and Robbie.. Blogging, books and the future 

On with the posts from the week and as always many thanks to William Price King for co-presenting The Breakfast Show and this week special guest Malcolm Allen for sharing his funnies from Australia.

Thank you as well to you for dropping in, commenting and sharing the posts on social media.. it makes a huge difference and keeps me motivated.

 

The Breakfast Show with William Price King and Sally Cronin – Chart Hits 1968 – Part Two 

D. G. Kaye Explores the Realms of Relationships – Rewind – Calling All Fixers! 

Winter: Chapter Nineteen – Winterising the Palace 

Winter: Chapter Twenty – Betrothals and Surprises 

– Butterfly #Cinquain – #Sunflower by Sally Cronin 

Family Health A-Z – Allergies and Intolerances – Part One – The difference between them 

Monday May 3rd 2021 – #WATWB D.G. Kaye, #Injustice Jill Dennison, #Snippets Carol Taylor 

Tuesday May 4th 2021 – #Progress Mary Smith, #Family Claire Fullerton, #Writing Richard Dee 

Thursday 6th May 2021 – Books and Reviews from D.Wallace Peach, John W. Howell and Robbie Cheadle 

– Life During Lockdown – My Mother’s Story by Melanie Stewart 

In Pursuit of Fame – Part 1 by Barbara Spencer 

#Paranormal – The Emissary Trilogy; A Riverbend Spinoff by Marcia Meara 

Past Book Reviews 2020 -#Poetry – Rescue and Redemption (A Love Poetry Trilogy Book 3) by Frank Prem 

Past Book Reviews from 2020 – #Romance – Perfectly Imperfect by Jacquie Biggar 

Past Book Reviews 2020 – #Supernatural Adventure Eternal Road: The Final Stop by John W. Howell.

#Reviews – #Bilingual Dawn Doig, #Ghosts Emily-Jane Hills Orford, #Friendship Donald Lloyd Jr. 

#Dragons – Janice Spina, #Little Miss History Barbara Ann Mojica, #Redhair Joyce Murphy 

#Family #ComingofAge -The Stone in My Pocket by Matthew Keeley 

MayDay! (The Juniper Junction Holiday Mystery Series Book 5) by Amy M. Reade 

Wordcrafter #Poetry Anthology Compiled by Kaye Lynne Booth and Roberta Eaton Cheadle and featuring other talented poets. 

#Fantasy Sunset on Golden Wings (Swans Book 2) by Barbara Spencer 

#Paranormal Swamp Ghosts (Riverbend Book 1) by Marcia Meara 

#Christian #Mystery – Dangerous Sanctuary by J.Q Rose 

#Medical #Thriller – Going Home by Sharon Marchisello 

#ShortStories – We All Die in the End Elizabeth Merry 

#Memoir Pete Springer, #FamilySaga M.L Holton, #Family Lisette Brodey 

May be an image of text that says "Doctor to female patient:- You're looking so weak and exhause.e.........Are you taking the 3 meals a day as I had advised female patient Oh my god".. Your nurse wrote 3 males a day.!. 15:06"

May 4th 2021 – Hosts Debby Gies and Sally Cronin – Age Benefits and Mothers 

May 6th 2021 – Hosts Debby Gies and Sally Cronin – Hitch-Hiker and Groaners 

Open Mic Night – May 7th 2021 – Guest Malcolm Allen – Accordians and DIY

 

Thanks very much for dropping in and I hope you have a wonderful weekend.. thanks Sally.

Smorgasbord Cafe and Bookstore – New Book on the Shelves – MayDay! (The Juniper Junction Holiday Mystery Series Book 5) by Amy M. Reade


Delighted to share the news of a new release by Amy M. Reade… MayDay! (The Juniper Junction Holiday Mystery Series Book 5)

About the book

Lilly Carlsen has planned the perfect wedding reception for her brother, but her plans unravel in spectacular fashion when a dead body turns up and someone’s dangerous prank spirals out of control.

After Bill and Noley head off to their well-deserved honeymoon in the tropics, Lilly is determined to find out who was behind the events that turned a fairy-tale evening into the worst reception in Juniper Junction history. But all is not as it seems, and Lilly may be putting herself in grave danger by attempting to uncover the culprits.

And to make matters worse, serious family issues are mounting and Lilly may have to do the one thing she swore she wouldn’t do…

One of the early reviews for the book

Veronica 5.0 out of 5 stars Wedding Mayhem and Mystery!  Reviewed in the United States on April 27, 2021

Lilly Carlsen has taken on a big task–planning the wedding and reception for her police officer brother, Bill and best friend and cook book author, Noley. As the big day approaches, she has to deal with the somewhat expected hiccups between the caterer and venue manager, and a call or two from a weepy bride-to-be with last minute jitters. Staying calm through it all, Lilly is relieved when the big day arrives…for a moment at least!

Bill and Noley’s reception gives a whole new meaning to the phrase ‘wedding bell blues’. As guests literally dodge an unexpected visitor, it’s game-on for Lilly to try and salvage the day for her brother and friend. Just as things appear to be back on track, once again the wedding trolls intervene–this time with deadly results.

Author Reade delivers a thrill filled tale that will send shivers down the spine of even the most seasoned wedding planners! Throw in a dose or two of teen love angst, deadly deeds, career sabotage and the bittersweet decline of a beloved relative leaves Lilly reeling. As she pieces together the clues and events, unexpected twists place her directly in danger’s path. Will the wicked actions prevail? An exciting read to the end, highly recommended!

Read the reviews and buy the book: Amazon US – And: Amazon UK

A selection of books by Amy M. Reade

Read the reviews and buy the books : Amazon US – And: Amazon UK – Blog: Amy Reade WordPress Goodreads: Amy Reade Goodreads – Twitter: @readeandwrite

About Amy M. Reade

Amy M. Reade is a USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestselling mystery author who practiced law until she realized it was way more fun writing fiction.

She writes cozy and Gothic mysteries under the name Amy M. Reade and historical mysteries under the name A.M. Reade. She lives in New Jersey with her family and loves reading, cooking, traveling, playing with the dog, quilling, counted cross-stitch, chocolate, wine, and cheese, though not necessarily in that order.

If you’re looking for her and she’s not in her office, check the kitchen. If she’s not there, she’s definitely in the laundry room.

 

Thanks for dropping in today and it would be great if you could share the news of Amy’s latest book.. thanks Sally.

 

Smorgasbord Posts from My Archives – Past Book Reviews from 2020 – #Romance – Perfectly Imperfect by Jacquie Biggar


I read some amazing books in 2020 and I would like to share them again with you, updated with the authors most recent releases and their biography.

This is my review from 2020 for the lovely romance from USA Today Bestselling author Jacquie Biggar and Perfectly Imperfect.

About the book

What happens when Miss Perfection clashes with Mr. Casual?
Chaos!

Georgina’s in trouble. The startup money she borrowed from her parents’ retirement fund is long gone and her dream of owning the next big thing in market-to-table cuisine disappeared with it.
Her only choice? Merge her company into the corporate giant, CLO, and hope she isn’t making a huge mistake.

Rhys Turner is his father’s progeny, born and raised to take over the empire when his dad deems him ready. Rhys doesn’t mind the fast-paced lifestyle, though he detests the coldblooded mantra of the corporation- Buy from the weak and sell at a profit.
It’s made his family millions. But now, just when CLO’s reins are within reach, he’s run into the one woman who could change everything.

A delightful mixture of women’s fiction, chick-lit, romantic comedy, and New adult, Perfectly Imperfect has something for every reader.

My review for the book December 11th 2020

What a wonderful romantic interlude and an escape from the daily headlines projecting doom and gloom. As always Jacquie Biggar has a deft touch when creating characters and the age old dance of falling in love.

Of course all is not plain sailing as two people with different business agendas meet with preconceived notions about each other’s intentions. But there is no doubt that the spark of attraction between them, is going to lead to more than an intense boardroom discussion.

The book also underlines the loyalty of friends, the complexity of a father and son relationships and becoming self-reliant.

And for dog lovers, there is a very cute rescue puppy pulling at the heart strings of everyone she comes into contact with. Highly recommended read to lift your spirits.

Read the reviews and buy the book: Amazon US – And: Amazon UK

A small selection of Jacquie’s books

About Jacquie Biggar

Jacquie Biggar is a USA Today bestselling author of romance who loves to write about tough, alpha males and strong, contemporary women willing to show their men that true power comes from love. She lives on Vancouver Island with her husband and loves to hear from readers all over the world!

In her own words:

“My name is Jacquie Biggar. When I’m not acting like a total klutz I am a wife, mother of one, grandmother, and a butler to my calico cat.

My guilty pleasure are reality tv shows like Amazing Race and The Voice. I can be found every Monday night in my armchair plastered to the television laughing at Blake and Adam’s shenanigans.

I love to hang at the beach with DH (darling hubby) taking pictures or reading romance novels (what else?).

I have a slight Tim Hortons obsession, enjoy gardening, everything pink and talking to my friends.”

Read the reviews and buy the books: Amazon US – And: Amazon UK – Follow Jacquie : Goodreads – website: Jacquie Biggar – Twitter: @jacqbiggar

Thank you for dropping in today and I hope you have enjoyed the review.. and will head over to buy the book.. Thanks Sally.

Smorgasbord Cafe and Bookstore – Weekly News – #Reviews -#Memoir Pete Springer, #FamilySaga M.L Holton, #Family Lisette Brodey


Welcome to the Cafe and Bookstore weekly news with recent reviews for authors on the shelves.

The first author today is retired teacher Pete Springer with his memoir They Call Me Mom

About the book

Who Will You Inspire Today? Teachers face this challenge and responsibility each day, but in the process, the author discovers that his students can also have a profound influence on him. Pete Springer takes you on his memorable thirty-one-year journey in education as an elementary school teacher and offers the many valuable life and teaching lessons he learned along the way. Get ready to laugh out loud at some of the humorous and memorable experiences that all teachers face, feel inspired by the inherent goodness of children, and appreciate the importance of developing a sense of teamwork among the staff.

Learn valuable tips for working with children, parents, fellow staff members, and administrators. This book is ideal for young teachers, but also a reminder to all educators of the importance and responsibility of being a role model. This book is a must-read for all new teachers and those teachers that need a reminder they are human! Mr. Springer educates others in his easy-to-read, story-like, first-hand manuscript. You will laugh, cry, and get motivated to be the best educator you can. After reading this, I have a better outlook on relationships with my colleagues and am reminded to savor every moment. -Tami Beall (Principal, Pine Hill School)

One of the recent reviews for the book

Jacqui Murray VINE VOICE 5.0 out of 5 stars Teachers are friend, advisor, mentor, mom, and so much more  Reviewed in the United States on April 26, 2021

Pete Springer’s memoir about his first years teaching is a delightful story for new teachers and will have experienced educators nodding along with him. His early experiences remind all of us of the joy inherent in teaching:

“This job required about as much brainpower as my tree planting experience.”
“This is the story of how I fell in love with teaching and the joys and challenges that this noble profession provided to me over the course of thirty-one years.”

He breaks the book into chapters every teacher will understand:

How did i get here
Setting up your classroom
Working with students
Working with colleagues
Working with your boss
Discipline

…and more. Aside from grading, parents, lunch duty, conferences, and yard duty, these are the biggest issues we teachers face. I’m a veteran teacher of thirty years and still I couldn’t wait to read Pete’s take on these timeless issues.

“Instead of saying, “Do everything my way, and you can become a successful teacher,” she was giving me her permission to find my way.”
“…storytelling was one of the most successful methods to get my students to pay attention.”
“…when we lose our calm, we are teaching them that it is okay to behave in this manner when something is not going right.”

Every new teacher will benefit from Pete’s daily experiences of what in the end results in a journey well traveled with more importance than most of us would car eto admit. Educational philosophies change. Favorite tools like iPads and Chromebooks change. What never changes is the fundamentals that Pete covers in this book:

“…tell the kids when I made similar mistakes growing up.”
“I do think that it is possible for parents or schools to provide too many rewards for kids.”

Overall an excellent book. If you’re a new teacher, I’d call this an essential read prior to your first day.  

Read the reviews and buy the book: Amazon US – and:Amazon UK – Read more reviews:Goodreads – Website: Pete Springer WordPressTwitter: @OfficerWoof

The next author is Margaret Lindsay Holton with a recent review for her sweeping family saga Trillium

About the book

Insightful, compelling, engrossing and enlightening, TRILLIUM intimately portrays the intertwining evolution of three very distinct families in the wine-making region known as Niagara in the Golden Horseshoe region, Ontario, Canada. …It all starts when 19-year-old Tom Hartford crosses over the mighty Niagara River in the 1750s … Readers will meet Maaka, an ingenious indigenous trapper; Franco, a dirt poor Sicilian labourer; Paddy O’Sullivan, a sweet-talking Irish con-artist and sweet Cate, the Hamilton port prostitute. And that’s just the beginning!

All unfolds with a pair of motherless red-headed twin brothers, a diabolical hate-filled drunkard, two devoted raven-haired sisters, an obsessed land developer, hard-working Mexicans, a blind man, a handsome Italian-Canadian wine-maker, a blessed treasure trove of attentive mothers, one demented vineyard-wandering wife – and a startlingly beautiful, simpleton savant, Anna. A 250 year-old story about three families: the good, bad … and ugly.

One of the recent reviews for the book

Reviewed in the United States on February 7, 2021

Trillium is the story of European settlers in Canada over a 250-year period from the 1700s through the early 21st century.

The sweeping saga follows three families in the wine-making region of Ontario. Those unfamiliar with Canadian history and culture might find it interesting that the trillium is the official flower of Ontario, and is considered a symbol of beauty, purity and recovery.

Holton’s historical novel has elements of romance, family drama and mystery. Her vivid descriptions of Canadian life, and the compelling characters she has created, make her epic tale even more fascinating.

Readers interested in Canadian history, or those interested in an exploration of wine-making, will find this an appealing read.  

Books by Margaret Holton

Read the reviews and buy the books: Amazon US – And: Amazon UK – Follow Margaret:Goodreads Twitter: @TrillLINDSAY

The final review today is for LIsette Brodey..and The Sum of our Sorrows.

About the book

In an idyllic suburb in Northern California, tragedy strikes the Sheppard family when Abby, the mother of three daughters and wife to Dalton, is killed in a car accident. Charlotte, the middle daughter, is in the car with her mother and survives without physical injury but remains deeply scarred on the inside.

Dalton tells Lily, his eldest daughter, that she must sacrifice long-awaited college plans and put her life on hold to take care of her sisters. Lily is torn between her devotion to family and an increasing need to find her place in the world — but how can she leave, knowing her family may crumble? Will her presence eventually cause more problems than it resolves?

The Sum of our Sorrows reveals how the aftermath of a family tragedy can precipitate sorrows never imagined. It is a tale of grief, hope, healing, coming-of-age, friendship, and survival. It is also a love story of two broken souls living through pain in search of better days and the renewal of one’s spirit.

NOTE FROM THE AUTHOR: I write characters as I hear them speak to me. Some of these stories contain non-gratuitous expletives and sexual references. This book also contains some situations that may be triggering to some readers. If this is not to your liking, please don’t read this book. Thank you.

A recent review for the book

In the blink of an eye, the Sheppard family is torn asunder. Abby, devoted wife and mother, is killed in a car accident. Her daughter, Charlotte, survives the accident without physical harm but what lies beneath the surface? Lily, the eldest daughter, must stay at home and help raise her two sisters. She’s torn between family love and making her own way in the world. What would her mother want her to do? As each member of the family deals with grief, pain, loss, memories, moving on, they must come to grips with life after Abby or their sorrows will drown their souls.

The Sum of Our Sorrows is a heart-wrenching piece of fiction with roots in real life. From the beginning, my soul ached for this family. As someone who has survived the sudden death of a parent, the emotional trauma each character deals with is authentic and realistic. Lisette Brodey is a gifted writer and her ability to connect with readers is impressive. There were times where I was so engrossed in the story, I forgot what I was doing. The plot moves at a good pace, not too rushed, with characters and dialogue I couldn’t stop reading. When I finished reading, I cried. An emotional story, The Sum of Our Sorrows brings into focus the magnitude of the human spirit. For some readers, it will be a life-changing read. For others, it will give renewed hope. I thoroughly enjoyed it and look forward to reading more from Lisette Brodey. Fans of family dramas and intelligent women’s fiction will love The Sum of Our Sorrows. Highly recommend! 

Read the reviews and buy the book: Amazon US- And: Amazon UK

A small selection of books by Lisette Brodey

Read the reviews and buy the books: Amazon US – And: Amazon UK – Follow Lisette: Goodreads – Website/blog: Lisette Brodey – Twitter: @LisetteBrodey – Facebook: Lisette.Brodey

 

Thanks for visiting today and I hope you will be leaving with some books.. thanks Sally..

 

 

Smorgasbord Blogger Daily – Thursday 6th May 2021 – Books and Reviews from D.Wallace Peach, John W. Howell and Robbie Cheadle


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 Diana Wallace Peach with some of her book reviews from April.. so if you are looking for your next book…head over.

Happy May! Time for some reading!

April was a month of catch up on my to-do list, which included resuming my Jane Fonda workouts from 1985 (before some of you were born!) That means I’m not reading on the treadmill anymore, but I still made time for some great books!

April book reviews include my 4 and 5 star reads of a western romance, a military romance, an afterlife time travel fantasy, a serial fantasy, and a horror anthology.

Head over to read Diana’s reviews for Jacquie Biggar, Sandra Cox, Teagan Geneviene, John Howell and Dan Alatorre: Myths of the Mirror April Book Reviews part two

Another book post, this time from John Howell who introduces us to Robert Hookey and his new book.

Into The Dark by Robert Hookey #newbook

Today I am delighted to welcome Robert Hookey (known in some circles as The Hook) to Fiction Favorites. I am happy for a couple of reasons. The first is I’ve been following Robert on his blog, and he has given me many hours of enjoyment with his humor. Second, Robert has a new book, and I’m excited to have him here to talk about it.

So, with that, welcome Robert. I hope you are comfortable. I would offer you a margarita, but I know that drinking alcohol is not one of your vices. I don’t do virgin drinks very well either. How about a cup of tea, eh?

First off, thank you for making this Canadian boy feel at home with the “eh?”, John. I’m currently enjoying some milk from a bag that I‘m using to wash down my Canadian back bacon. (It’s tastier than it sounds.)

Thank you, Robert. The bacon smells delicious. Now let’s get to the first question. I know you have written another book about your life in the service industry, but I’m curious about what caused you to venture into fiction?

Head over to discover more about The Hook and his book: Robert Hookey interviewed by John Howell

The final post today is from Robbie Cheadle who is combining her usual excellent reviews with an audio version to enjoy as well.

#Bookreview #Audioreview – The Seal’s Temptation by Jacquie Biggar – The SEAL’s Temptation: Wounded Hearts- Book 7 Kindle Edition

What Amazon says

DEA Agent Maggie Holt knows about Hell…

After eighteen months undercover in a Mexican cartel, Maggie is broken. The kickass agent she once was, is gone, leaving her riddled with guilt and nightmares. Forced to take paid leave, Maggie accepts the offer of a vacation on the ranch of the man who’d rescued her from an almost certain death.

Frank Stein knows the signs of PTSD, he’d suffered the symptoms himself as Chief Petty Officer of SEAL Team Five. Honorably retired from duty, Frank has found peace at the family ranch and hopes it will do the same for Magdalena. Ever since he’d first met her when she was interrogating his buddy, Jared, Frank has been fascinated by the raven-haired beauty and wants the chance to see where their relationship could go.

Head over to read and listen to Robbie’s review for Jacquie’s book:Audio review – The Seal’s Temptation by Jacquie Biggar

 

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

Smorgasbord Laughter Lines – May 6th 2021 – Hosts Debby Gies and Sally Cronin – Hitch-Hiker and Groaners


Welcome to laughter lines. We will be sharing some of our favourites from the archives over the next few weeks.

If you have not discovered the non-fiction books by D.G. Kaye: Amazon USAnd: Amazon UK Blog: D.G. WritesGoodreads: D.G. Kaye on Goodreads – Twitter: @pokercubster

Check out Debby’s column here on Smorgasbord D.G. Kaye Explores the Realms of Relationships 2020

Now something from Sally

And now for some one liners….please no groaning from the balcony….

I just watched a program about BEAVERS.

It was the best dam program I’ve ever seen.

===

What did the PIRATE say on his 80th birthday

“Aye, matey!”

===

How do you organize an OUTER SPACE party

You planet.

===

What type of magazines do COWS enjoy reading

Cattlelogs.

===

What did the OCEAN say to the sailboat

Nothing; it just waved.

===

What did the mermaid wear to MATH CLASS

An algae-bra.

===

I ordered a CHICKEN and an EGG online.

I’ll let you know which comes first.

===

A termite walks into a BAR and asks

“Is the bar tender here?”

===

What did DADDY spider say to baby spider

You spend too much time on the WEB.

===

What do you call a group of KILLER WHALES playing instruments

An orca-stra.

===

We might be going SNORKELING this weekend

but I’m not holding my breath.

Thanks for dropping in and we hope you are leaving with a smile on your face… Debby and Sally.

Smorgasbord Cafe and Bookstore – Share an Excerpt from a previous books 2021 – #ShortStories – We All Die in the End Elizabeth Merry


We put a great deal of effort into promoting our new, recent and upcoming books but often our previous releases get sidelined.

In this latest series I am offering authors in the Cafe and Bookstore a chance to promote an earlier book (not your most recent) by sharing an excerpt from the book of 500 words. At the end of the post you can find out how to participate.

Today Elizabeth Merry shares an excerpt from her short story collection We All Die in the End.

About the collection

This is a diverse collection of interlinked stories set in a small, seaside town in Ireland. Some of them verge on the macabre; others deal with abusive relationships and many of them are grim. But there is humour here too – although it is dark humour:

“SADIE said nothing. She trimmed the fat off the kidneys and the liver, her fingers curling away from the soft, red slither and she held her breath against the faint smell of blood.”

“So, I watched Lydia and waited for some bloody nuisance of a child to come screeching after her but no child came. Well, that didn’t make any sense but then Lydia stopped and I saw her speak to the doll. Oho, ARTHUR, I said to myself and I threw down the cigarette. Oho, I said, what’s this? What have we here?”

“ANDY felt the unhappiness grow in his chest again. It was heavy and he fought against it. No, he said to himself. No. He held his arms up and out in front of him and made soft, crooning, engine noises.”

“ROSEMARY always made Dominic wait outside the door until she was in the bed. He could feel the slackness in her thighs and arms; he didn’t have to look at it as well. ‘Come in,’ she called when she was ready. Dominic bounced into the room half-undressed and dropped his shoes. ‘Wait now,’ he said, and brought in a bottle of red wine and two glasses.”

This is just a flavour of the great characters who people this small town, where everyone knows their neighbours, and everyone else!

An excerpt from We All Die in the End.

The last few months have been tough, you know. It’s not always easy. You needn’t think it’s easy to motivate myself. I do the mental exercises – say the right words – but it’s like I’m not listening sometimes, and then I just lie around all day. I listen to the radio and I keep the curtains closed. Jennifer knocks but I don’t answer. The thing is – it always passes and I get up again.

And I remember what I’ve been told, that I should try to help others and not be feeling sorry for myself. It’s easy for others to talk, people with families, cars, holidays, all that. What do they know about routine and exercises and watching every word that comes into your own head? Oh, Arthur, I say to myself. Where did you go wrong? Well, I know the answer to that one all right.

Anyway . . . It was two weeks before I saw Lydia again (having gone through a bit of a bad patch) and I said to myself, oho, Arthur, there she is, poor soul, a woman who lost a baby if ever I saw one. It was obvious, wasn’t it? She was holding the doll again, tight under her arm. You see, other people wouldn’t notice a thing like that – they would just assume there was a child with her. But I’m different – I pay attention. I kept my distance this time, happy to be back by the sea. It was a cold, calm day and the sea was blue and quiet. I sat on my rock and stared out at a ship moving slowly against the horizon and when Lydia turned to go back up the street, I followed her. It would help me to help her and that was a fair exchange.

Well, it was the strangest thing, and it made no sense at all but I thought she was going to my house. She wasn’t, of course; she went straight on up Main Street to one of the wee terrace houses. To think I’d never seen her before and her living right here under my nose! Of course I’ve been away for a long while but all the same, I’d have thought I knew all the faces.

When she went into her house I sauntered past and back a few times and then I went to sit on the low wall opposite and have a smoke. I studied the house; the paint was a bit tired looking but the curtains were white. Poor woman, I thought, with a little dead baby. Maybe she had a collection of pills too and a bottle of that which cannot be mentioned.

I ground out the fag and stood up and right then the curtain moved in the front room. I was sure of it and I stood still for a minute. I lifted my hand to my eyes and peered up and down like I was waiting for someone, and then I thought – so what if she had seen me anyway? I wasn’t hiding, was I? I was entitled to sit on the public wall if I liked – in fact, she had no business nosing around the curtain like that.

© Elizabeth Merry..

One of the recent reviews for We All Die in the End

S. J. Main 4.0 out of 5 stars Good collection of stories Reviewed in the United States on March 2, 2021

We all die in the end is a collection of interlinked stories that are placed in a small seaside town in Ireland called Co Down. Aside from the beautiful cover design, the book consists of diverse and colorful characters. Alongside humor, you also get stories that are grim and sometimes dark to the nature of storytelling.

I liked the book because although the book was a collection, the characters all knew each other and somehow connected with one another within the stories.

The stories were descriptive and exciting to read. I particularly enjoyed Eleanor, who was married to Jack and planned to kill her tormenters. Most of the stories were compelling and relished with amusement.

When it comes to collection stories, I always comment on how nice it is for people who like to take breaks between readings. However, since the characters were connected with this one, it was best to read it as a whole.

The book isn’t for the light-hearted but still manages to keep you going till the end. The book’s title is very fitting, and as haunting as it is, we certainly will all die in the end.

Read the reviews and buy the book: Amazon US – And: Amazon UK

Other books by Elizabeth Merry in the Cafe and Children’s Reading Room by Elizabeth Merry.

Read the reviews and buy the books: Amazon US – And: Amazon UK – Follow Elizabeth: Goodreads Blog: Embookstuff WordPress – Twitter: @ElizabethMerry1

Elizabeth Merry was born in Bangor, Co Down in the province of Ulster but has spent most of her life in Co Dublin. She has been writing for many years and has previously published a novel for children and many short stories. “We All Die in the End” is a series of interlinked “scenes” set in a seaside town on the Ulster coast where most people know each other. It is a book filled with miserable couples, meddling siblings, or individuals struggling to survive. Some of the “scenes” are twisted, some are macabre, and more than a few deal with abusive relationships. But there is joy here too, and a lot of dark humour.

Elizabeth’s has recently published a collection of poetry, much of which has been published over the years in literary magazines. Also two children’s books Ghost’s in Trouble and Felix Finds Out.

Thank you for visiting today and I know that Elizabeth would love to hear from you.. thanks Sally.

How to participate in this series

In this latest series I am offering authors in the Cafe and Bookstore a chance to promote an earlier book (not your most recent) by sharing an excerpt from the book. Please check the link if it has been some time since you were promoted in the Cafe.

The aim of the series

  1. To showcase a previous book and sell some copies.
  2. Gain more recent reviews for the book.
  3. Promote a selection of other books that are available.
  4. Share an excerpt from the first book in a series to encourage readers to buy following books.

I will top and tail in the usual way with your other books and links, bio, photo and social media. I will also select a review that I feel has the best selling pitch for the book.

  • This series is open to authors in the Cafe and Bookstore who have more than one book (as this already gets promoted on a regular basis) and have reviews for that book I can select from. Cafe and Bookstore
  • I suggest an extract of 500 words or a poem that you feel best reflects the theme of your collection. This is a PG rated blog and there are younger readers so it would be great if you could bear that in mind.
  • If you have an illustration or images you can attach to the email for me to include. No need to send the cover as I will have that or will access from Amazon.
  • I will check reviews on Amazon sites as well as Goodreads and select one I feel is a great advertisement for the book.
  • As an author in the Cafe and Bookstore I will already have all your details, links and covers of other books so need to send anything further.
  • Please send your excerpt and any accompanying images to sally.cronin@moyhill.com

N.B..If you participated last year in the two series and would like to check which book you shared, please email and I will let you know.

Look forward to hearing from you.

 

Smorgasbord Book Reviews – #Paranormal – The Emissary Trilogy; A Riverbend Spinoff by Marcia Meara


I took advantage of the great offer for The Emissary Trilogy by Marcia Meara, bringing the three novellas together in one terrific read.

About the Emissary Trilogy

Now for the first time, Marcia Meara, author of the popular Wake-Robin Ridge and Riverbend series, has made all three of her Riverbend spinoff novellas available in one trilogy. Join Jake, Dodger, and that ginormous glowy-eyed archangel, Azrael, on their quest to save mortals about to make some serious mistakes.

THE EMISSARY – Was Gabe Angelino, the mysterious truck driver in Finding Hunter: Riverbend Book 2, really an angel, as Willow Green believes? Or was he simply a good man, determined to help a stranger in need? Find out, as author Marcia Meara reveals the truth in the first Riverbend spinoff novella, The Emissary.

An angel’s work is never done—that’s part of the gig. But angels hadn’t been created to deal with such a vastly over-populated planet, rife with misery, suffering, and general chaos. Helping souls in peril has become a nearly impossible job, and even angelic tempers are frayed.

The archangel Azrael has had enough. He believes he’s found a way to ease their burden while saving jeopardized humans, too—hired help.

THE EMISSARY 2: To Love Somebody – They’re back! Jake and Dodger, the first (and so far, only) Emissaries to the Angels, are on the road again, looking for mortals about to take a wrong turn.

Of course, there are rules by which the emissaries must play, and the archangel Azrael stands ready to enforce them. First and foremost, a person’s free will must never be compromised. Emissaries are allowed to use only the smallest of mental nudges. Thankfully, a whispered suggestion here or images of a better course of action there is usually all it takes.

But whether the results are immediate or not, Jake and Dodger are fully committed to making a positive difference, even as they struggle with issues of their own.

THE EMISSARY 3: Love Hurts – The archangel Azrael created his emissaries to help mortals avoid choices that would doom them for eternity. He hadn’t planned on the youngest member of the team falling in love with one.

Azrael’s emissary program was growing daily, but it still met with stubborn opposition from many on the Council of Angels. Dodger’s request to be allowed to experience what falling in love was all about didn’t help matters, but Azrael believed emissaries who’d shared a loving relationship during their mortal lives would have a deeper understanding of human emotions and motivations, thus enhancing the skills needed to do their jobs.

With that in mind, the archangel gave Dodger one chance to search for true love. He then laid down a daunting set of stringent rules and guidelines that could not be broken under any circumstances, warning that dire happenings could occur.

Sometimes even angels hate to be right!

My review for The Emissary Trilogy May 3rd 2021

As you can tell from the blurb, being an emissary on earth is no easy task. It is a learning curve for both the new recruits and their supervising angel Azrael, who despite thousands of years on human over watch, is not familiar with the emotional element so crucial to mankind’s existence.

As always Marcia Meara creates wonderful lead characters who engage the reader from the first moment. Never afraid to include flaws, the author always shines a light on their goodness as their roles develop during the course of the story. Jake, Dodger and Azrael are no exception.

Traveling up and down the Florida coastline, familiar territory for the author and therefore wonderfully described, Jake and Dodger hone their powers in an effort to prevent a human from straying from the straight and narrow with evil on their minds. As they learn how to harness this power they can also reach out to humans who are on a more self-destructive path, saving lives and futures.

But, a young man such as Dodger whose life ended far too young, has not experienced the wonder of falling in love and despite Azrael’s initial reservations, he allows two young people to discover the true meaning of the word. It comes with a price and despite this their romance is a wonderful element to this paranormal journey.

There is danger along the road and despite their special status, the two emissaries are not immune to violence and have to learn patience, desperate though they are to prevent tragedies. It is a fine line when attempting to nudge the mind of a dangerous criminal away from their path without causing themselves harm. However both discover the satisfaction of making a difference as the miles pass under the truck of their semi.

These three novellas come together in a lovely package with elements that will delight those who enjoy paranormal mysteries, thrillers, romance and a well written story with exceptional characters.  I highly recommend.

Each of the individual novellas have their own reviews accessed via the authors’ Amazon page but here are the links to buy the trilogy.

At a special Trilogy price of $4.06: Amazon US –  And £2.92:Amazon UK

A selection of other books by Marcia Meara

Read the reviews and buy the books: Amazon US And : Amazon UK – Marcia Meara on: Goodreads – Blog:Marcia Meara WritesTwitter: @MarciaMeara

Marcia Meara lives in central Florida, just north of Orlando, with her husband of over thirty years, four big cats, and one small dachshund.

When not writing or blogging, she spends her time gardening, and enjoying the surprising amount of wildlife that manages to make a home in her suburban yard. She enjoys nature. Really, really enjoys it. All of it! Well, almost all of it, anyway. From birds, to furry critters, to her very favorites, snakes. The exception would be spiders, which she truly loathes, convinced that anything with eight hairy legs is surely up to no good. She does not, however, kill spiders anymore, since she knows they have their place in the world. Besides, her husband now handles her Arachnid Catch and Release Program, and she’s good with that.

Spiders aside, the one thing Marcia would like to tell each of her readers is that it’s never too late to make your dreams come true. If, at the age of 69, she could write and publish a book (and thus fulfill 64 years of longing to do that very thing), you can make your own dreams a reality, too. Go for it! What have you got to lose?

 

I hope you have enjoyed my review and will be leaving with some books.. thanks Sally.

Smorgasbord Posts from My Archives – Past Book Reviews 2020 -#Poetry – Rescue and Redemption (A Love Poetry Trilogy Book 3) by Frank Prem


I read some amazing books in 2020 and I would like to share them again with you, updated with the authors most recent releases and their biography.

This is my review from July 2020 and  is the last in the trilogy of poetry by Frank Prem that I have read and enjoyed. Rescue and Redemption – Poetry inspired by T.S. Eliot’s ‘The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock’

About the collection

Let us go then, you and I,
When the evening is spread out against the sky
Like a patient etherized upon a table;
Let us go, through certain half-deserted streets,
The muttering retreats
Of restless nights in one-night cheap hotels
And sawdust restaurants with oyster-shells . . .

from The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock

Drawing on the phrasing of T.S. Eliot’s amazing early 20th century poem The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock (above) Frank Prem has produced a collection of companionable and introspective love poetry written, as always, in the unique style that allows every reader to relate.

Prem’s interpretations breathe new life into contemporary exploration of themes of love in poetry, and utilise Eliot’s original phrases to inspire a contemplation of the self in the context of landscape and the wider world:

I am seeking you
within the hubbub
and the burly

trying to gauge
location
by the strength
and timbre
of your voice

rising
and falling
even as you rise
and fall

from rescue and redemption

rescue and redemption is the third of the three collections that together comprise A Love Poetry Trilogy, with each revisiting outstanding work by stellar poets of the past to produce vibrant new collections. The first collection, walk away silver heart, draws on Amy Lowell’s deeply personal Madonna of the Evening Flowers, while the second, a kiss for the worthy, derives from Walt Whitman’s Leaves of Grass.

This is a new kind of poetry that tells stories, draws pictures and elicits emotional responses from readers. Just as the best poetry should.

My review for the collection July 4th 2020

I have read all of Frank Prem’s collections of poetry and this latest trilogy has been a pleasure to read. I felt that the poems in this most recent collection resonated even more with me, perhaps because I was already familiar with the originating poem by T.S. Eliot.

Frank Prem writes poetry which has a flow and intent that is addictive. It makes you laugh, nod in agreement and also has moments of sadness as it reminds us of how fleeting some precious moments can be.

There are several poems from the collection that I would like to highlight with a few lines from each.

Yesterday (never dies)

Here’s to you
my darling
here’s to you
ever since you left
I have found myself
secluded

A brief sojourn (in rain) – reminds me of walks with the dog in the Irish rain

I will retrieve
my hat and coat
my gloves
and boots
so
let us go.

A breakfast taken (dishabille) – Before the taking of tea and toast

It becomes
a breakfast
taken in your bed

This is a beautiful collection of poems based on a fascinating concept, that can be read in one sitting or be dipped into when you need to step back from the world for a short time and refresh your heart and mind.

Read the reviews and buy the collection: Amazon US – And: Amazon UK

Also by Frank Prem

Read the reviews and buy the books:Amazon US –And: Amazon UK – Website:Frank Prem – Goodreads:Goodreads – Twitter:@frank_prem

About Frank Prem

I’ve been a storytelling poet for about forty years. Longer in fact, as I remember the first poem I wrote while at secondary school was about 150 – 200 words long and was accepted in lieu of a 500 word essay. I think that may have been the start.

I love to read my work to a live audience, and have audio recorded some recent recordings and popped them on my author page. I have also done some studio- recorded work under the direction and accompaniment of my wife Leanne Murphy that can be listened to there. These poems are on mythological themes and the accompaniment by Leanne makes them a little bit extraordinary.

By profession, I am a psychiatric nurse and have worked across most facets of public psychiatry and the mental health/mental illness spectrum. My experiences and reflections on what I have seen and done are the subject of a forthcoming memoir – scheduled for late 2019, or perhaps more likely, 2020.

I’ve been published in magazines, zines and anthologies, in Australia and in a number of other countries, but for a long time I haven’t sought much publication. The whims of editors are a little too capricious and unknowable, so I have preferred to hone my craft and self-publish on my poetry blogs

Leanne and I reside in the beautiful township of Beechworth in the North-East of Victoria (Australia).

 

Thank you for dropping by today and I hope you have enjoyed my review for Frank’s poetry collection… Sally