Smorgasbord Cafe and Bookstore – Meet the Authors 2021 – #Childrens Norah Colvin, #Horses Deanie Humphrys-Dunne

Over the summer I will be updating author’s details in the Cafe and Bookstore and also sharing their bios, books and recent reviews with you in this series…

Meet Norah Colvin a recent addition to the Children’s Reading Room.

Norah Colvin is a passionate educator and writer.

She is a published educational writer and freelance author for publishers such as Jacaranda Wiley, Greygum Software, Blake Education, Pascal Press, MacMillan and ITC Publications.

She has two children’s books published with Library For All, a ballad included in the Share Your Story Tell ‘Em They’re Dreaming anthology and flash fiction in the Carrot Ranch Rough Writers Anthology Vol 1. She loves to write picture books manuscripts for the six-year-old in her own and others’ hearts.

She belongs to the following writers’ groups:
Queensland Writers Centre
Book Links
Write Links
Writing NSW
Creative Kids Tales
and other Facebook writing groups.

She blogs at Norah Colvin and produces teaching resources for her educational website

Books by Norah Colvin

A recent review for Wombat Digs In.

Robbie Cheadle5.0 out of 5 stars A delightful book with beautiful bright illustrations  Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 8 June 2021

This is an adorable book for small children about a wombat who is struggling to keep up with some of the other animals including the kangaroos who can bounce, the possums who can climb, and the fruit bats who can fly. Wombat is feeling a little dejected, but when Baby Koala falls out of the tree, Wombat’s own special skill of digging comes to the forefront. This little book is illustrated with simple and bright pictures that small children will love.

To find out more about Library For All: A force for equality through literacy

Connect to Norah Amazon USAmazon UK WebsiteNorah ColvinEducational WebsiteReadilearnTwitter: @NorahColvin

Meet Deanie Humphrys- Dunne

Deanie Humphrys-Dunne is an award-winning children’s author of eight books : My Life at Sweetbrier-A Life Changed by Horses, Charlie the Horse, Charlene the Star, Charlene the Star and Hattie’s Heroes, Charlene the Star and Bentley Bulldog, A Tractor Named Wilbur and Un Tractor Llamado Wilbur and Tails of Sweetbrier. All of her fictional books are beautifully illustrated by Holly Humphrys-Bajaj who also designed the covers for them. The series of Charlene the Star books is told by the animal characters.

Deanie’s writing has won the coveted Mom’s Choice Awards for My Life at Sweetbrier and A Tractor Named Wilbur. Charlene the Star and Hattie’s Heroes won the Reserve Champion Winnie Award at the Equus Film Festival in Children’s Fiction. In that same contest, My Life at Sweetbrier won the Winnie Award in Equine English Biography. Other accolades include the Feathered Quill Silver Medal, Readers Favorites silver medals, and New Apple Solo (Gold) Medal, among others.

Deanie believes the message that perseverance is the key to accomplishing amazing things and has made it her mission to share this message, one that can benefit every child. Through her inspiring, real life and fictional works, children learn that anything is possible when they refuse to give up on their dreams. Deanie knows from her own life experience that we can attain much more than we ever imagined possible by never quitting.

Deanie’s stories remind readers that tenacity is the key to success. She shares proof that obstacles can be overcome. With the goal of being a positive role model for generations of children, Deanie loves to write entertaining stories that emphasize values that build self-esteem and confidence in young readers. She works tirelessly to create stories that appeal to children in an engaging manner.

A selection of books by Deanie Humphrys- Dunne


One of the recent reviews for My Life at Sweetbriar

Neesie3155.0 out of 5 stars A Truly Inspiring Story  Reviewed in the United States on February 4, 2021

This was an enjoyable book with a great message for anyone. Although it is written for children, I am well past childhood and enjoyed it a lot.

The author was born prematurely and when she was still unable to walk at the age of three, her parents were told that she had Cerebral Palsy and would never be able to walk. However, her Daddy (especially) was determined that Deanie would be able to walk and more. Her parents bought a horse farm named Sweetbrier and there her life truly began.

Deanie slowly learned to ride a horse and then eventually became a champion rider and jumper. Her determination and persistence are an inspiration to anyone reading this book.

This would be a great book to read or listen to as a family or a good book for young readers to read for themselves. The courage, patience, determination, persistence and positive attitudes shown by Deanie and her family have a great message for all of us.

The narrator was perfect for this book and added a lot to it. I was given the chance to listen to this book by the publisher and chose to review it.  

Read the reviews and buy the books: Amazon US – And : Amazon UK – Follow Deanie Humphrys- Dunne : Goodreads – website: Children’s books with Life Lessons – Twitter: @DeanieHDunne


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


Smorgasbord Children’s Reading Room – #Reviews – #Shortstories D.L. Finn, #Safety Miriam Hurdle

Welcome to the Reading Room Update with reviews for books on the shelves.

The first review is for the latest children’s book from D.L. Finn – Tree Fairies and Their Short Stories

About the book

When reality and magic meet in the forest

It’s 1969, and twelve-year-old Daniel Burns is camping in the redwood forest with his family. Danny wants to listen to his music and read, but his family has other plans. S’mores around the campfire and stories end their first day. The family is sleeping soundly in their secluded tent when Danny wakes up and finds his sister, Colette, is missing. Assuming she went to use the outhouse, he goes after her. When he finds his sister, they discover there is a thin veil between reality and fantasy. Two bonus short stories offer a glimpse into the magical world that finds Danny and Colette. These hidden beings not only share our world but have a role in protecting their forest.

One of the recent reviews for the book

Stephanie 5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful story  Reviewed in the United States on July 11, 2021

My name is Ellie and I’m 14. I was looking for a book to read and the title of this one caught my eye. I’ve had fairies “on the brain” lately. My dad was recently painting this fairy picture for my sister’s bedroom and he’d been asking for my opinion and input as he went along [like…a lot]. This was a fun read for many reasons. First, it was 3 stories in one, so it seemed to go really fast and it held my interest.

I liked that the 3 stories were connected so I didn’t have to learn new characters for each one, but each story was in a different time period and from different points of view. I think the 1st one was from the time of, like, when my mom was a kid, because it talked about a portable radio. I’ve only ever had Spotify on my phone, so it was weird to think about taking a portable radio to the forest. I liked the poetry that was included, too. I like poetry and I don’t think I’ve ever read a book with that included before.

Most of all, though, I liked the environmentalist theme/moral of the story. I liked that it showed that – while there were bad-acting humans – it wasn’t just a story of fairies against the humans. The fairies worked WITH humans to protect the forest. I liked how much the fairies were like regular people, too; it made it really easy to relate to them. And I liked that it showed that something like caring for the forests isn’t something that is done just once or in a single action. It’s something that you have to work on together for years for it to work. The trees in the stories were truly wise to know that!

Head over to buy the book: Amazon US – And: Amazon UK

Other children’s books by D.L. Finn and for adults in the Cafe and Bookstore

Read the reviews and buy the books: Amazon US – And: Amazon UK – Follow D.L. Finn: Goodreads – Connect to D.L. Finn – Website: D.L. Finn Author – Facebook: D.L. Finn Author – Twitter: @dlfinnauthor

In April of this year I was delighted to read and review the children’s book by Miriam Hurdle – Tina Lost in a Crowd.

About the book

Tina invited her friend Erica to attend a popular Tchaikovsky’s Spectacular concert on a summer evening with her parents. During the intermission, her dad left the seat to buy some snacks. Tina and Erica followed him wanting to use the restroom. The shoving crowd pushed them away, and they lost sight of him. It would be impossible to fight through the 18,000 people to find him or go back to Tina’s mom. What would the girls do?

This story tells about what happened to Tina and Erica after they got lost. Children can adapt to the learning from different situations they may observe or encounter. Adults could have discussions with the children about the situations to help them develop problem-solving skills.

A recent  review for the book

Amazon Customer 5.0 out of 5 stars Find universal lessons from “Tina Lost in a Crowd” Reviewed in the United States on June 8, 2021

Like many children, the sweet main character “Tina” (based on Hurdle’s daughter in real life), has a memorable experience of getting lost in a crowd. This central conflict for the eight-year-old instantly sent me back into my own memories of being separated from my grandparents at a young age when I paused too long in front of a tank of jelly fish in a bustling aquarium in Los Angeles. When I turned around, my grandparents were gone; the brief separation felt terrifying at the time. Calm under pressure, young Tina does not panic as she relays the important lesson of staying put in this type of situation until parents or guardians can come find her and her friend. She models leadership and level-headedness for her friend Erica, and this event becomes a strong lesson learned rather than one underscored by fear.

I thoroughly enjoyed reading this story with my pre-school age son, and we both enjoyed the flow of the story, well-developed characters and realistic relationships, and expressive water color illustrations. As a parent and teacher, I appreciated the enthusiasm that naturally springs from the transition from school to summertime. Mrs. Tyler collaborates with Tina to create a list of fun events or activities to comprise “Tina’s Summer” and displays earnest interest in her daughter’s choices, interests, and questions. Beyond the main event at the Hollywood Bowl, the dialogue, storyline, and illustrations provide multiple conversation points and opportunities for follow-up questions between reader and listener. Thank you, Ms. Hurdle, for such an enjoyable book!

Head over to buy the book: Amazon US And:Amazon UK

Also by Miriam Hurdle for adults

Read the reviews and buy the books:Amazon US And:Amazon UK Goodreads: Miriam Hurdle – Blog: The Showers of Blessings – Twitter: @mhurdle112


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


Smorgasbord Blog Magazine – Weekly Round Up – 11th -17th July 2021 – Podcast, Hits of the 70s, Stories, Reviews, Chicken Pox, Pet Health and Funnies

Welcome to the round up of posts you may have missed during the week.

Hi everyone and hope you are staying safe despite the upsurge in cases. Care still needed around others in crowded places and cases in Ireland were nearly 1000 yesterday and considering our population is only 5 million that is way too high.. Nearly 50k in the UK and it must be very difficult with families booking their holidays after the mythical Freedom Day of July 19th. So sorry for those who are yet again being caught up in the infections.

On the home front, the weather has been spectacular, which is not a term I use in reference to our weather often!  I have taken full advantage, pottering in the garden and sitting in a sunspot in the back garden catching up with books on my overloaded TBR.

A few weeks ago I mentioned that I was going to begin sharing reviews, new books and short stories in audio and after some trial runs opted to use anchor and record live. Some short stories have been pre-recorded and edited in the past and I will be sharing those and new ones from my collections.

 Smorgasbord Cafe and Bookstore - Sally Cronin

To give you a taster.. here is my new platform for recording Anchor FM Sally Cronin

The podcast also goes out on spotify but I have uploaded the book reviews to Soundcloud where you can if you wish leave a comment and share a bit easier than on Anchor. It also allows me to share the audio here on WordPress. Soundcloud Sally Cronin

Over the coming weeks I shall be recording my past and my current book reviews, new books added to the shelves of the bookstore and and more of my short stories. With nearly 100 reviews over the last few years that will keep me busy. The posts are shared on Spotify and also I will share a link on the blog in the weekly round up and on my social media. I hope this will add another incentive for readers to buy the books on the shelves.

Going forward I will share the links here in posts with details about the author etc or the collection.

Eventually the plan will be to offer to read excerpts for authors in the Cafe and Bookstore to help promote their new books when they are added.

Here is my recent review for C.S. Boyack for The Ballad of Mrs Molony

William Price King is on his usual extended summer break with his family and will be back in September.. in the meantime the Breakfast Show will be going out as usual as William made sure to leave his recommendations for us. My thanks to Debby Gies and Malcolm Allen for supplying great funnies.

Thank you too for all your support during the week and have a great weekend..Sally.

Chart Hits 1973 – Part Two – Dawn and Tony Orlando, Carly Simon, Roberta Flack and Wings

Chapter Ten – The Last Summer Ball and the Winter Fairy – Part One by Sally Cronin

Eric Just Making Do.

#Fantasy – Legacy of Souls (The Shattered Sea Book 2) by D.Wallace Peach

#Children’s #Adventure – Felix Finds Out by Elizabeth Merry

Book Reviews Rewind – #WWI – #Family Saga – The Heart Stone by Judith Barrow

Smorgasbord Coffee Morning – Bring a Guest – Editor Alison Williams and Author Norman Matheson – A Speyside Odyssey

Chicken Pox and Shingles- The lurking opportunists by Sally Cronin

Massage for your pet that benefits you too

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

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

#Memoir D.G. Kaye, #Thriller Iain Kelly, #Poetry Miriam Hurdle

#Thriller Daniel Kemp, #Scifi Thorne Moore, #Memoir #Africa Ann Patras

#Memoir Geoff Le Pard, #Children’s Toni Pike, #Fantasy Vashti Quiroz-Vega

#Mystery Amy M. Reade, #Wine Linda Sheehan, #Paranormal Jan Sikes.

New Book on the Shelves – #Change #Language -Whaaat? by Dawn Doig

#Poetry – Slivers: Chiseled Poetry by Balroop Singh

#Preorder – #Poetry – Grief Songs: Poems of Love & Remembrance by Elizabeth Gauffreau

#Shortstories – Flashes of Life: True Tales of the Extraordinary Ordinary by Pamela S. Wight

New Book on the Shelves – #Poetry – Into the Fire: A Poet’s Journey Through Hell’s Kitchen by Mary Clark

#Biography Mary Smith, #Historicalfiction Bette A. Stevens, #Dystopian #Thriller Terry Tyler

July 13th 2021 – Hosts Debby Gies and Sally Cronin – Pre-Pandemic Funnies (1) and Witty Sayings

July 15th 2021 – Hosts Debby Gies and Sally Cronin – Pre-Pandemic Funnies(2) and More Witty Sayings

July 16th 2021 – Malcolm Allen – Devices and Heaven


Thanks so much for dropping in today and I hope you will join me again next week.  thanks Sally.


Smorgasbord Children’s Reading Room – New Book on the Shelves – #Change #Language -Whaaat? by Dawn Doig

Delighted to announce the release of a new children’s book by Dawn Doig – Whaaat?: Celebrate the challenges and successes of a young child trying to understand a new language in a new country.

About the book

Imagine having to learn a new language in a new school and in a new country. This is the reality for many children globally in our very mobile world as they become bilingual, trilingual or even multilingual.

Anand is a little Mongolian boy who is attending an English-speaking school for the first time. What a scary experience! And why does he always hear people says, “E el gi piddr”? What does that mean? With time, practice, and support from his caring teachers, Anand gradually learns the language and he finally understands what they have been saying all along. “Whaaat?” gives children the opportunity to try to understand the challenges and successes some of their classmates face when immersed in a new culture and a new language. Through the experiences of Anand, children can see the value of compassion and learn to appreciate the diversity of our world.

Buy the book: Amazon US –  And: Amazon UK

A selection of other books by Dawn Doig in several languages.

One of the reviews for Hair Peace

Maria Catalina Egan 5.0 out of 5 stars Empathy and Understanding  Reviewed in the United State

I was floored by this book. I did not expect the ending. I thought it was like a few other ones I have read, and good. But SPOILER when the book addressed Alopecia and took it to another level. THAT makes this a STAD OUT READ!

The little girls search for identity and desire to fit in, is very well written, but then when the author cleverly adds the layer of understanding that there is so much more to life than vanity I was floored. BRAVO a FIVE STAR unless I can give more!!!!

Read the reviews and Buy Amazon US – And: Amazon UK – Follow Dawn: Goodreads – Website: Dawn Doig – Twitter: @Shoebears

About Dawn Doig

Dawn Doig

Authors in the shadows can lead very interesting lives full of inspiration for the next engaging story: I am the author (and sometimes illustrator) of 15 children’s picture books.

Three new books were just recently released. I am a certified Canadian audiologist and had an amazing 23-year career that took me to Kuwait, England, and the far north of Canada (Northwest Territories and Nunavut), culminating in an eight year stint as the head of the audiology unit in a large rehabilitation hospital in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. In 2013, I went back to school to complete a second master’s degree, this time in education, and I am now a teacher of English as an additional language. My husband, an educator with many hats, had followed me around the globe for 23 years and now I follow him.

My first job teaching was in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia. We traded in the parkas, heavy boots, gloves, scarves and pollution masks for short-sleeved shirts, sunglasses and sandals and relocated to Yaoundé, Cameroon almost two years ago. Many of my books have been inspired by the children I have worked with as an audiologist and ELL teacher. Most have received 5-star reviews and one recently received a silver medal for cover design. I had the pleasure of reading one of my books to the three and four year old Pre-K classes and it was sheer delight to hear them giggling throughout the reading. I am still very much in the shadows when it comes to selling my books (very difficult from Africa), but it tickles my heart when students find my books in the library and announce, “Ms. Dawn, you’re a real live author!”

Knowing that my books bring on laughter and tears brings me great joy and I dream that one day my stories will touch more and more people around the world. My time will eventually dawn (pun intended).


Thanks for dropping in today and I hope you will head over explore Dawn’s books in more detail.. thanks Sally.

Smorgasbord Blog Magazine – Weekly Round Up – 4th – 10th July 2021 – 1970s Music, Green Kitchen, Poetry, Short Stories, Book Reviews, Children’s Books, Health and Humour

Welcome to the round up of posts you might have missed during the week.

I hope you are all well.. as in the UK, Covid cases are on the increase here as expected, although they have been quite strict about non-essential travel. That all changes later in July and thousands of Irish families are heading off on holiday… long awaited. I think we will be sticking around in our coastal backwater and keeping out of the way.

The garden has been watered naturally for the last two weeks without my intervention and despite the sparcity of sunshine…has continued to blossom.. I have a number of lilies that I have cultivated from bulbs over the years and then divide and repot at the end of the season. This last two weeks has seen them bloom and this year I used a different potting soil and instead of orange they have emerged as dark red…

I was delighted to be invited to join Rebecca Budd on her podcast Tea and Trivia to talk about memories, writing and book marketing. It was a wonderful experience and Rebecca did a wonderful job of making it seem like a chat between two friends. Her husband Don is also a technical genius who edits and produces the broadcast.  I hope you will head over to join us.

I invite you to put the kettle on and add to this exciting conversation on Tea Toast & Trivia: Sally Cronin on Writing, Marketing and Telling your Story.

Recently I ran a series Public Relations for Authors which focused on how we are perceived by those who view our profile photographs, biographies and presence on social media. This included guest posts on other writer’s blogs. Here is an opportunity to not only promote your own blog or books, but those of someone you admire as well. Instead of Sunday Lunch with a guest, this year I have cut back a little on the food side, but you will get a slice of cake!!

Is there an inspiring individual, blogger or an author you would like to give a boost to who might enjoy joining you for a coffee and a piece of cake with us all?

 For the first post in this new series, editor Alison Williams has brought author Norman Matheson as her guest. Norman as you will discover, is an inspiration to all of us who might think we are too old to take on a new challenge.

Details on how to participate are at the end of the first post in the series on Tuesday.

This week I was joined by my friends and collaborators William Price King, D.G. Kaye, Carol Taylor and Daniel Kemp and my thanks to them for their wonderful contributions.

William is off for the next few weeks on his annual summer break with family but he will be back in September. In the meantime he has left his selections and thoughts on the chart hits which will go out as normal on Tuesdays…Wishing him a wonderful summer.

Time to get on with the show….

Chart Hits 1973 – Part One – Billy Paul, O’Jays, Elton John and Helen Reddy 

Carol Taylor’s Green Kitchen – July 2021 – Plastic Free, Buttermilk Bread, Buying Bulk, Stuffed Mushrooms, Grow Your Own, Conservation. 

Elaine, A Shining Light

Chapter Nine – The Boy, his Dog and a Fairy Princess

#Historical – Sheep On The Somme: A World War I Picture and Poetry Book by Frank Prem

#Dystopian #Scifi – Megacity (Operation Galton Book 3) by Terry Tyler 

Book Reviews Rewind – #1960s #Thriller – Paris Escapade by Ted Myers 

Book Reviews Rewind – #Teaching #Memoir- They Call Me Mom by Pete Springer

Choka… Spices

Hip Dysplasia – A good reason to meet your puppy’s family  

Antibiotic, Antioxidant, Aroma

Family Health – Nothing more common that a cold

#Poetry Balroop Singh, #Shortstories #Crime Jane Risdon, #Thriller Gwen M. Plano 

#YAFantasy Deborah E. Bowman, #Psychological #Thriller Lucinda E. Clarke, #Adventure Audrey Driscoll. 

#Contemporary Anne Goodwin, #Historical Joyce Hampton, #Family Saga Margaret Lindsay Holton 

#Adventure Annika Perry, #Bears Sue Wickstead

#Biographical #Fiction – Ever Rest by Roz Morris 

#NorthernIreland #Thriller #Romance – Stones Corner Turmoil by Jane Buckley

#YA #Magic #Mystery – Bloodstone (The Curse Of Time Book 1) by M.J. Mallon 

#Fantasy K.M. Allan, #Fantasy C.S. Boyack, #Poetry Colleen M. Chesebro

July 6th 2021 – Hosts Debby Gies and Sally Cronin – Handwriting and more Oddities 

July 8th 2021 – Hosts Debby Gies and Sally Cronin – Senior Jeopardy and even more oddities

July 9th 2021 – Another Open Mic Night with author Daniel Kemp – Brooms and Coffins


Thanks very much for dropping in today and I hope you will join me again next week…Sally.

Smorgasbord Children’s Reading Room – #Reviews – #Adventure Annika Perry, #Bears Sue Wickstead

Welcome to the reading room and some recent reviews for authors on the shelves with books for up to the age of 12.

The first book today with a recent review is  Oskar’s Quest by Annika Perry.

About the book

Oskar is afraid of adventures. Yet one day he finds himself on a mysterious island which needs his help.Join Oskar on this unexpected and magnificent quest, where he finds not only courage but so much more…“It’s light, extremely enjoyable and very gripping.” Esther Chilton – author & editor.Perfect for ages 3 to 6.

A recent review for Oskar’s Quest

Vashti Quiroz-Vega5.0 out of 5 stars Gorgeous illustrations and captivating story!  Reviewed in the United States on June 9, 2021

What a lovely picture book! This marvelous children’s book is filled with beautiful and colorful illustrations and is a riveting story.

Oskar is an adorable little bird that was frequently afraid. The other birds often teased him calling him “Scaredy-bird.” One day, he got lost on his way home and landed on a beautiful flower on an enchanted island. The flower cried in sorrow because the island’s most exquisite songbird, Maya, had been kidnapped by an enormous, ominous cloud. Although Oskar felt fear, he decided he would rescue Maya, anyway.

In the end, Oskar conquered his fears, rescued Maya, and befriended the scary cloud. I loved this sweet, compelling story, and the amazing illustrations added to my joy.

I recommend this book to parents who want their kids to learn to triumph over their fears, feel for others, and make new friends.  

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

Read the reviews and buy Annika’s books: Amazon UK – And: Amazon US – Follow Annika: Goodreads – blog: Annika PerryTwitter @AnnikaPerry68

The next author today is Sue Wickstead with a recent review for Barty Barton: The Bear That Was Loved Too Much

About the book

‘What happens when you outgrow your teddy bear? Will you let it go?Barty was a special teddy bear. He was soft, cuddly and always made you smile.All the loving cuddles had flattened him over time, his nose bent to one side and his paws needed repairing.But he was too full of memories to be thrown away. Thomas had loved Barty but now he was grown up and going to be a daddy himself. Would he want Barty for his new baby?

A recent review for the book

dash fan 5.0 out of 5 stars 5☆ A Treasured Picture Book  Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 15 June 2021

5☆ A Treasured Picture BookBarty Barton is such a special children’s book that bought back many memories of my special teddy Snuggles. Who went everywhere with me even abroad on holiday when I was younger.

Barty is an adorable Teddy that has been cherished over the years by Thomas. But when Thomas becomes a Dad himself he rejects Barty for his baby boy as he said hes too old! And tatty!

But luckily Mum knows how special Barty is, she decides to get all Thomas’s old toys out and give them some much needed TLC.

But with a lil care and attention can Barty be nearly as good as new?

Barty Barton is such a beautiful book with wonderful illustrations.
The story is also based on real toys, which I adored as it makes it even more special.
This Treasured picture book teaches children to Be Kind, supportive, brave, to care for our toys, and a lil bit about toy restoration, which will be interesting to children.
So if you love toys and Teddies, are looking for a Heart Warming and Engaging Children’s Picture Book then I highly recommend you pick up a copy of Barty Barton. The perfect read for Children aged 5+

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

A selection of other books by Sue Wickstead

Read the reviews and buy the books: Amazon UK – And: Amazon US – More reviews: Goodreads – Website/Blog: Sue Wickstead – Facebook: Stories Sue – Facebook: Teacher Page – Twitter: @JayJayBus – LinkedIn: Sue Wickstead


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


Smorgasbord Blog Magazine – Weekly Round Up – June 27th – July 3rd – #Celebrations, #Music Al Green, PR for Authors, Health, Reviews, New Books and Funnies

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

I hope everyone is well despite the rising cases of Covid…our cases are on the increase here in Ireland too and not sure that is going to impact the lifting of restrictions in coming weeks. Not that we will be sunning ourselves on the beach for the next ten days.. but the grass is staying lovely and green this ‘summer’!

But today I would like to focus on the positive as one of our long term supporter of the blog and resident in the Cafe and Bookstore, Judith Barrow has been shortlisted for The Rhys Davies Fiction Award for The Memory.. a book that I can highly recommend – my review

This prestigious award is part of Wales Book of the Year People’s Choice Award 2021 and is dependent on public votes. It is very easy.. all you have to do is click on The Memory and your vote is counted.

Here is a screenshot of the listing of Judith’s book… and below is the link to the page where you will find the voting panel for the books… I hope you will head over to support this amazing author and friend to so many. Just wonderful to see Judith receive the recognition she deserves..

Here is the link for the rest of the article…please take just a minute of your time to head over to cast your vote – thanks Sally: Wales Book of The Year 2021 – Article and Voting panel

And I know many of you will be celebrating July 4th this weekend and I hope you have an amazing time and are able to meet up with friends and family

Independence Day » Free animations , animated gifs

My thanks to William Price King, Debby Gies and Malcolm Allen for their posts this week and to you for your support, likes, shares and comments..

On with the show..

Chart Hits 1972 Part Two – Staple Singers, Al Green, Don McLean, America 

Volume One – David – In Remembrance 

Chapter Eight – The Goose and the Lost Boy by Sally Cronin 

#Military #Romance The SEAL’s Temptation: Wounded Hearts- Book 7 by Jacquie Biggar 

Smorgasbord Book Reviews Rewind – #Thriller #Sci-fi- The Hitman and the Thief by Richard Dee 

Smorgasbord Book Reviews Rewind – #Fantasy #Adventure – Voyage of the Lanternfish by C. S. Boyack 

#Haiku with a twist 

Writers’ & Artists’ Yearbook 2022 (Writers' and Artists') by [Bloomsbury Publishing]

Part Five – Who else might your Public Image impress?  

The patter of tiny paws!  

Home Remedies for Bruises

Bruises and when to check them out 

#Fantasy Lorinda J. Taylor, #Memoir Pete Springer, #Historical J.E. Spina 

#Historical #Paranormal Roberta Eaton Cheadle, #Metaphysical James J. Cudney and Didi Oviatt, #Poetry Natalie Ducey 

#Fairystories D.L. Finn, #Vaudeville Elizabeth Gauffreau, #Historical Andrew Joyce 

#Romance Jacquie Biggar, #Fantasy C.S. Boyack, #Romance Lizzie Chantree 

#Invitation Beetley Pete, #Doglove D.G. Kaye, #FamilyHistory Antoinette Truglio Martin 

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

Wednesday 30th June 2021 – #CoverReveal Sarah Brentyn with Marcia Meara, #Review Jacqui Murray, #Inspiration Rebecca Budd 

#Romance #Mystery – Secrets, Lies & Alibis (Wounded Hearts Book 8) by Jacquie Biggar 

#Comingofage #Crimethriller – Just Before Sunrise by Carol Balawyder 

#Scifi #Crime – Falling and Uprising by Natalie Cammaratta 

#Contemporary Anne Goodwin, #Fantasy D.Wallace Peach, #Crime #Thriller Fiona Tarr 

#Chocolate Robbie and Michael Cheadle, #Poetry D.L. Finn 

June 29th 2021 – Hosts Debby Gies and Sally Cronin – Reading and Trivia 

July 1st 2021 – Hosts Debby Gies and Sally Cronin – Fitted Sheets and Oddities 

– July 2nd 2021 – Malcolm Allen – Enunciation and Beavers 


Thanks very much for dropping in today and I hope you have a great weekend, particularly those of you celebrating July 4th… Look forward to seeing you again next week.  Sally.

Smorgasbord Children’s Reading Room – #Chocolate Robbie and Michael Cheadle, #Poetry D.L. Finn

Welcome to the Children’s Reading Room with books for ages up to twelve years old.

The first authors today are Robbie and Michael Cheadle with a recent review for Sir Chocolate and the Ice Cream Rainbow Fairies Story and Cookbook

About the book

Join Sir Chocolate and Lady Sweet on a fun adventure to discover why the milkshake rain is pale and white.

One of the recent reviews

Marian Beaman 5.0 out of 5 stars Candy Delight  Reviewed in the United States on May 25, 2021

Treat yourself to a delightful confection of rhyming poetry, photos of creative fondant, all ensconced in a playful story featuring fairies, rainbows, and fanciful flavors of ice cream.

The author, who works in high finance by day, gives expression to her creative side in this book, tasty Sir Chocolate and the Ice Cream Rainbow and Fairies Story, part of a series. Recipes are included in this book with colorful photos, including cheese and bacon scones, fudge balls, and strawberry jelly cupcakes.

I can imagine parents and grandparents enjoying baking the recipes or simply reading the rhymes together. Excellent gift idea! 

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

Other books in the Sir Chocolate Series


Read the reviews and buy the books :Amazon US And:Amazon UK – Robbie on : Goodreadsblog: Robbie’s Inspiration- Twitter: @bakeandwrite

The second review is for the latest children’s book from D.L. Finn – Tree Fairies and Their Short Stories

About the book

When reality and magic meet in the forest

It’s 1969, and twelve-year-old Daniel Burns is camping in the redwood forest with his family. Danny wants to listen to his music and read, but his family has other plans. S’mores around the campfire and stories end their first day. The family is sleeping soundly in their secluded tent when Danny wakes up and finds his sister, Colette, is missing. Assuming she went to use the outhouse, he goes after her. When he finds his sister, they discover there is a thin veil between reality and fantasy. Two bonus short stories offer a glimpse into the magical world that finds Danny and Colette. These hidden beings not only share our world but have a role in protecting their forest.

One of the recent reviews for the book

Reviewed in the United States on June 12, 2021

In the redwood forest, the tree fairies and their human friends are tasked with protecting the woodlands and it’s creatures. They have the help of the Wise Trees who’ve watched over the land for thousands of years. In many ways, this middle-grade book is about real environmental threats, all crafted into age-appropriate and magical stories.

The three tales are connected, sharing the same characters, and each one addresses a different danger to the natural world. “Tree Fairies” introduces the forest fairies and kicks off their relationship with young Daniel and his human family who will save the land from clear cutting. “Roselle” addresses the illegal dumping of toxic waste. And in “Goldie,” the fairies drive off a pair of poachers.

There’s plenty of magic in the books and activities that middle-grade kids will relate to such as fairy school, writing papers, listening to parents, and standing up to bullying by the “city fairies” who’ve lost touch with nature. A fun read for kids who enjoy magical tales while learning about the importance of protecting the old forests 

Head over to buy the book: Amazon US – And: Amazon UK

Other children’s books by D.L. Finn

Read the reviews and buy the books: Amazon US – And: Amazon UK – Follow D.L. Finn: Goodreads – Connect to D.L. Finn – Website: D.L. Finn Author – Facebook: D.L. Finn Author – Twitter: @dlfinnauthor


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


Smorgasbord Cafe and Bookstore – Meet the Authors – #Travel #Mystery Darlene Foster, #Travel #Puppy Patricia Furstenberg

A reminder of the talented children’s authors in the Reading Room and their amazing books.

Meet Darlene Foster

Growing up on a ranch near Medicine Hat, Alberta, Canada, Darlene Foster dreamt of writing, travelling the world, and meeting interesting people. She also believed in making her dreams come true. It’s no surprise she’s now the award-winning author of Amanda Travels, a children’s adventure series featuring a spunky twelve-year-old who loves to travel to unique places. Readers of all ages enjoy following Amanda as she unravels one mystery after another. When not travelling herself, Darlene divides her time between the west coast of Canada and the Costa Blanca, Spain with her husband and entertaining dogs.

A selection of books by Darlene Foster


A recent review for Amanda in Malta

B. A. Chiles 5.0 out of 5 stars Another Fun Trip with Amanda!  Reviewed in the United States on June 6, 2021

While I am not a 7-12 year old who would be the target audience for this enchanting story I loved learning about Malta through Amanda’s eyes. Author Darlene Foster has such a great way to tell a story and impart information about a location at the same time that I found myself thinking “Hey- I want to go to Malta!”. I think that is the sign of a great writer when the reader wants to visit the place that is written about in the book.

The Amanda series is such a wonderful series and with each adventure young readers are able to learn a little bit more about the country that Amanda is visiting. This time she is drawn to Malta by her BFF who alludes to being in some sort of trouble and in true Amanda style she is able to come to the rescue.

From jellyfish stings, to sightseeing, to eating lots of native food and even visiting a Cat Cafe (my favorite) Amanda manages to take in a lot of what Malta has to offer.

If you have a young reader in your life this is definitely a series for them. Thanks to author Darlene Foster, her publisher and NetGalley for an advance copy for my honest review. Definitely one for your child’s bookshelf.

Find out more about Darlene’s books and read the reviews: Amazon US – And: Amazon UK – Website/Blog: Darlene Foster WordPressGoodreads: Goodreads – Twitter: @supermegawoman

Meet Patricia Furstenberg

Patricia Furstenberg is a skilled author, poetess and mother. With a medical degree behind her, Patricia is passionate about mind, brain and education and the psychology behind it.

Her latest book, “Silent Heroes: When Love and Values Are Worth Fighting for”, is a highly emotional read, action-packed, a vivid story of enormous sacrifice and bravery. “Silent Heroes” is a narrative about the value of life. Whose are the spoils-of-war? A new look at the War in Afghanistan, at the MWD, Military Working Dogs and the brave Marines fighting it, but also at the Afghans caught in it.

Her book “Joyful Trouble” is an Amazon Bestseller. Her book of poems “As Good As Gold” became a #1 New Release the day it was published.

When she’s not writing Patricia enjoys reading, researching for forthcoming books and traveling with her family. She never counts how many cups of coffee she enjoys in a day.
Patricia lives happily with her husband, children and dogs in sunny South Africa.

A small selection of other children’s books by Patricia Furstenberg (some in Afrikaans)

One of the  reviews for Just Nuisance – The Sea Dog

Gina R Mitchell 4.0 out of 5 stars The excellent tale of a dog named Nuisance.  Reviewed in the United States on January 20, 2021

Just Nuisance, the Sea Dog by Patricia Furstenberg is a fun children’s tale about a Great Dane that loves to travel. Whether by ship, train, or plane, Just Nuisance finds a way to follow the humans he loves.

This children’s book is a great lead-in to the more in-depth book Joyful Trouble. It’s also the 6th book in Ms. Furstenberg’s series about animals.

Some of the great takeaways for this book are about perseverance and finding a solution when all seems hopeless. The book can simply entertain or open discussions between parents and children.

I recommend this tale to all lovers of dogs, parents, families, and more. I will be adding it to my library of great kids lit.

Read the reviews and buy the books: Amazon US – and: Amazon UK Blog: Alluring Creations Goodreads: Goodreads – Twitter: @PatFurstenberg


Thank you for dropping in today and I hope you will be leaving with some books.. thanks Sally.


Smorgasbord Cafe and Bookstore – New Books on the Shelves – #Poetry Pawfect Pet Poems and Born from Stardust by Victoria Zigler

Delighted to add two books to the shelves for children’s author and poet Victoria Zigler – Pawfect Pet Poems and Born From the Stardust and other poems.

About the collection

A short collection of poems of various lengths and styles, all with one thing in common: they were written for – or about – some of the various pets my hubby and I have had.

The poems in this collection are mainly about chinchillas and dogs, though other types of animals – in particular degus – sometimes make an appearance too. All poems are captioned with details of the pets they were written for or about.

Head over to buy the collection: Amazon UK – And: Amazon US

About the collection

A selection of poems of various lengths and styles, exploring a variety of themes and subjects.

Topics explored in the poems that make up this collection include – but are not limited to – animals and nature, writing and creativity, death and grief, as well as the Covid-19 pandemic.

Head over to buy the collection: Amazon UK And: Amazon US

A small selection of other books by Victoria Zigler

One of the reviews for Witchlet on Goodreads

Robbie Cheadle rated it Four Stars

The Witchlet is a lovely story about a nine year old girl, Paige, who is a witch. Paige is an obliging girl who is happy to assist other people in need but she has a quick temper and bears a lot of unjustified guilt due to an unfortunate accident, when she was only three years old, when her uncontrolled magic powers resulted in her cousin being injured and permanently disfigured. Paige’s aunt has never forgiven her and when she comes to visit, Paige’s mother hides all indications that she is a witch.

Paige is frustrated and the reasons are threefold: 1. her father was not able to cope with the idea of her being a witch and left her and her mother to manage on their own, 2. people do not have faith in her abilities initially due to her age and she is tired of being treated like a child, although she is one and her powers don’t change that fact, and 3. her guilt and her aunt’s attitude towards her which are things she has been unable to change.

In this book, Paige performs an act of magic which saves the life of a three year old girl, a feat for which the girl’s grandmother is extremely grateful. When Paige’s aunt comes to visit after this piece of magic, certain disclosures and events are put in motion which will change life for Paige. Will these changes result in positive changes to Paige’s life? You’ll have to read the book to find out

Read the reviews and buy the books in print and audio: Amazon UK – and : Amazon US – Follow Victoria on: Goodreads – Website: Victoria Zigler – Twitter: @VictoriaZigler

About Victoria Zigler

Victoria Zigler is a blind vegan poet and children’s author. Born and raised in the shadow of the Black Mountains of Wales, UK, she moved away from Wales three times: once to spend six months living in Alberta, Canada, the other times to spend a few years living near Hastings on the South-East coast of England, UK, each time returning to Wales. Now she lives in Wales again, along with a chinchilla named Mollie, a West Highland White Terrier named Lilie, a Cavapoo named Logan, a Hermann’s Tortoise named Artemis, and her Canadian husband, Kelly.

Despite spending far too much time in hospital, and eventually losing her sight to Congenital Glaucoma, Victoria – or Tori, if you prefer – has been writing since she knew how, with no plans to stop any time soon. So far she has published 11 poetry books and 46 children’s books. Tori is also a contributor of the sci-fi and fantasy anthology Wyrd Worlds II, as well as the Poetry Treasures anthology. Additionally, her Hermann’s Tortoise, Artemis, was featured in both the Magnificent Pets Coloring Book For Children and the Magnificent Pets Mandala Coloring Book For Adults.


Thanks for dropping in and I hope you will be leaving with some books.. Thanks Sally.