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 

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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 Children’s Reading Room – #Reviews – #Bilingual Dawn Doig, #Ghosts Emily-Jane Hills Orford, #Friendship Donald Lloyd Jr.


Welcome to the Children’s Reading Room with some recent reviews for books on the shelves.

The first author with a recent review is Dawn Doig for her bilingual Counting with Adjectives in English and French.

About the book

The Big Shoe Bears and their friends are excited to be learning how to count in more than one language. Join them as they also learn some exciting new words (adjectives) used to describe them and their friends while they are doing different things. A wonderful early readers resource for children learning English and/or French.

Les Ours aux grands pieds et leurs amis sont ravis d’apprendre à compter dans d’autres langues. Joins-toi à eux et apprends aussi de nouveaux mots passionnants (adjectifs) utilisés pour les décrire eux ainsi que leurs amis en train de s’amuser. Une merveilleuse ressource pour des lecteurs débutants qui apprennent l’anglais ou une autre langue.

One of the recent reviews for the book

Len  5.0 out of 5 stars What a lovely bilingual book!  Reviewed in the United States on March 6, 2021

A selection of books by Dawn Doig which are available in several languages.

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

The next author today is Emily-Jane Hills Orford with a review for her latest release Mr. Murray’s Gun (The Piccadilly Street Series Book 4)

About the book

It’s been a year since Mary and Granny returned from their adventures in Scotland. Witch Penelope is still frozen, or so everyone believes, but strange things are starting to happen again. And there’s another ghost in the house, a male ghost with a gun. Is anyone safe? With Mary’s Halloween/birthday party coming up, the danger intensifies, and not just for Mary and her family.

One of the recent reviews for Mr Murray’s Gun

Reviewed in the United States on February 17, 2021

It’s been a year since Mary returned from Scotland. She’s got a lot on her mind including starting 6th grade, dealing with her brother playing his rock music in the middle of the night, and the appearance of a mysterious gun. It can’t be Penelope, the evil witch who has tormented her for years… or has she somehow escaped her frozen existence? Mr. Murray shows up now and again, so Mrs. Murray promises to track him down. As Mary’s birthday party approaches, she’s determined to get rid of Penelope once and for all. She has a secret spell up her sleeve. Will Mary be successful in eliminating her forever or will Mr. Murray’s gun silence Mary for all eternity?

Mr. Murray’s Gun is an imaginative fantasy adventure. Don’t be fooled by the title because this book is so much more than a gun-toting ghost story. Mr. Murray’s Gun is about family, friendships, and fitting in at school. This is also about dealing with school bullies and being strong. It’s about seizing the magic within. There is a fair amount of bullying in Mr. Murray’s Gun and I found it distressing at times. I wish the author would tone down the bullying. It’s not needed to make a book appealing to kids and only magnifies the power bullies have. The plot moves at a good pace with plenty of mystery to keep the reader entertained. I especially enjoyed the horse scenes. I found the scenes dealing with Mary’s brother and his rock music quite amusing. If you’re a fan of Malfoy and his gang, you’ll love Mr. Murray’s Gun. If you love antagonists who can’t be stopped or killed, you’ll absolutely adore Mr. Murray’s Gun. 

Other books in the series

Read the reviews and buy the books: Amazon US – And: Amazon UK – Follow Emily-Jane: Goodreads – Website: Emily-Jane Books – Facebook: Real People Stories – Twitter: @ejhomusic

The final author with a recent review is Donald Lloyd Jr. for his recently published The Adventures of Monkey and Toad: Two Remarkable Friends

About the book

Ever wanted to make a new friend but were not sure how? Have you ever met someone and instantly knew that you would be friends? “The Adventures of Monkey and Toad: Two Remarkable Friends” is a story about finding a friend, learning how to be a friend and realizing that a true friend can be anyone from anywhere!

One of the recent reviews for the book

Satya M 5.0 out of 5 stars My daughter loved this book.  Reviewed in the United States on April 9, 2021
Read and reviewed by my daughter.

I love beautiful picture books, and if you do too, you must read this funny story.

‘The Adventures of Monkey and Toad’ is a beautiful picture book about Monkey going out in search of a strange croak he heard. When he found the source of the noise, he saw that it was a toad.

Monkey was sure that they would be great friends, but Toad was hesitant because of their many differences. Will they ever get to know each other? Can they ever become friends? Read this cute picture book to find out!

I loved the colorful and engaging illustrations and the beautiful cover.

I recommend this book to children 3+ as it is a short, sweet, and funny book.

I give this book 5/5 stars as it is a great read.  

Read the reviews and buy the book:Amazon US –And: Amazon UK – Read reviews:Goodreads – Author Pages: Amazon US –And: Amazon UK – FacebookDonald LloydInstagramDonald Lloyd Author – Twitter@DonaldLl0yd

 

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

 

Smorgasbord Blog Magazine – Weekly Round Up – April 25th – May 1st 2021 – Chart Hits 1968, Empaths, Irish Tales, Poetry, Reviews, Health and Humour


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

I hope that everyone is doing well. From Monday we will have a few restrictions lifted and we can buy clothing again in the supermarkets and other non-essential items which is useful. Not that I buy many clothes these days as I have more than I could possibly wear in a lifetime along with bags and shoes… and some of them even fit!  But, I do like their t-shirts and everyday clothes and it will be pleasant to be able to browse through them again. Of course I will be looking for just the perfect bikini for the summer lol.. I have no ideas what it would do the breeding cycle of the common garden sparrow if I wore that in the back garden!!

On another note.. Tales from the Irish Garden comes to an end next weekend and because I am currently spending weekends knee deep in the sequel for later in the year, I will be sharing another of my books. You can help me out please… Let me know which of these books you would liked shared again.. I know that regulars to the blog over the years might have read them before but hopefully newcomers might enjoy reading.

You can find reviews for the books if you are interested along with my other books:
My books and reviews 2019 – 2021

 Book One – What’s in a Name? Volumes one and two  – 36 short stories

Our legacy is not always about money or fame, but rather in the way that people remember our name after we have gone. In these 36 short stories we discover the reasons why special men and women will stay in the hearts and minds of those who have met them. Romance, revenge and sacrifice all play their part in the lives of these characters.

Book Two – Just an Odd Job Girl

Imogen was fifty! Life is unpredictable and will often throw you a curve ball that knocks you out of the park.

For Imogen this curve ball knocked her out of a twenty five year marriage and a lovingly renovated home into a single life at age 50. She had been a very contented wife and mother of two children, who for every one of those 25 years had thought her husband had been equally as happy. It was a shock to find out that she had been delusional and replaced so easily.

Her confidence was non-existent. She had forgotten any skills she possessed and was totally unprepared to enter the modern job market. Or so she thought.

Book Three – Tales from the Garden

Fairy Stories for children of all ages, from five to ninety-five that will change the way you look at your garden, forever. Set in my garden in the mountains of central Spain, the statues tell their stories and we meet Queen Filigree and her court for the first time before they have to seek sanctuary in the Irish Garden.

With over 80 photos/illustrations, “Tales from the Garden” by Sally Cronin,reveals the secrets that are hidden beneath hedges and trees.

You will discover what really happens at night as you sleep unaware in your bed. Stone statues and those hidden worlds within the earth are about to share their stories.

The guardians who have kept the sanctuary safe for over fifty years will allow you to peek behind the scenes of this magical place. They will take you on a journey through time and expand your horizons as they transport you to the land of fairies, butterflies and lost souls who have found a home here.

All you have to do is write Book One, Two or Three in the comments section.. otherwise I will pick one out of a hat!!  (you will get them all eventually over coming months)

Time to get on with the posts from the week… thanks to William Price King and Debby Gies who are the main contributors this week.. and you will be delighted to know that Debby will be back with us on May 10th with her new relationshiop post that will touch your heart.

Thank you for all your comments of encouragement and interest over the week and have a wonderful weekend.. Sally

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

Rewind – Empaths and Spiritual Communication through Energy 

Chapter Seventeen -Autumn: All Hallows Eve 

chapter Eighteen – All Hallow’s Eve Part Two – Freakish Village prepares for the Zombies 

#Photoprompt – #Double Etheree – #The Future? by Sally Cronin 

 Advance review – Amanda in Malta: The Sleeping Lady (An Amanda Travels Adventure Book 8) by Darlene foster

Smorgasbord #Children’s Reading Room – Book #Review – Tina Lost in a Crowd by Miriam H. Hurdle

Past Book Reviews 2020 – #Historical #Mystery #Chicago – A Child Lost by Michelle Cox 

– Past Book Reviews 2020 – #Mystery #Humour – In Search of McDoogal by Mae Clair 

What’s In a Name? And How Do You Choose One? by Marcia Meara 

#Music Monday: So Many Genres by Leon Stevens 

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#Publishing – What about Books in 2030 by Jemima Pett 

New Book on the Shelves – My Twin Sister and Me: A scout always does her best! by Emiliya Ahmadova

New books on the shelves #Paranormal Ghosts in Trouble and #Mystery Felix Finds Out by Elizabeth Merry 

Dead Dry Heart: A psychological thriller by [Toni Pike]

Dead Dry Heart: A #psychological thriller by Toni Pike 

#Medical #Thriller – Type and Cross (Cathedral Lake Book 1) by Staci Troilo 

#BiographicalFiction – Flowers and Stone by Jan Sikes Posted on April 28, 2021 by Smorgasbord – Variety is the Spice of Life.  

– New Author on the Shelves – #Psychological – House of Sorrow: Legends of Madeira by Joan Hall 

New Book on the Shelves – #Horror #Occult Delilah Astral Investigator Infinity Series: Episode 2, The Boy Who Would Be King by Deborah A. Bowman 

#Poetry Balroop Singh, #Fantasy Vashti Quiroz Vega, #Poetry Sue Vincent, #Mystery James J. Cudney 

Monday 26th April 2021 – #Writing K.M. Allan, #Animals #Stories D.L. Finn, #Chutney Sowmya’s Spicy Corner 

Tuesday April 27th 2021 – #Family Antoinette Truglio Martin, #Story Beetley Pete and Jim Webster, #LemonCake Dorothy New Vintage Kitchen.

Thursday April 29th 2021 – #Guest Post Robbie Cheadle and Jane Risdon, #Environment Carol Taylor, #Funnies The Story Reading Ape. 

Family Health A-Z – Acidity in the digestive system – Acid Reflux – Triggers and Diet by Sally Cronin

April 27th 2021 – Hosts Debby Gies and Sally Cronin – #Domestic and #Court Humour 

April 29th 2021 – Hosts Debby Gies and Sally Cronin – #Inflight Entertainment and #Life’s Laws

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April 30th 2021 – Another Open Mic Night with author Daniel Kemp – Onions and other Favourite Things 

 

 

Smorgasbord Book Reviews – #YA – Amanda in Malta: The Sleeping Lady (An Amanda Travels Adventure Book 8) by Darlene foster


Delighted to step back in time to my own childhood and read the latest adventure by Darlene Foster. Amanda in Malta: The Sleeping Lady (An Amanda Travels Adventure Book 8)

This is an advance review and the book is still on pr-order until May 11th at a special price.

About the book

Amanda receives a postcard from her best friend, Leah, and is surprised to learn that she is in Malta with her aunt. Reading between the lines, she senses Leah is in trouble. Desperate to help her, Amanda travels to Malta with her classmate Caleb and his parents.

Amanda is intrigued by this exotic island in the middle of the Mediterranean, full of colourful history, sun-drenched limestone fortresses, stunning beaches and fascinating birds. But…who is killing the protected birds? Who stole a priceless artifact from the museum? And why is Leah acting so strange? She couldn’t possibly be involved in these illegal activities, or could she?

Join Amanda and her friends as they visit ancient temples, an exciting falconry and the enchanting Popeye Village, as they try to get to the bottom of the mystery of the Sleeping Lady.

My review for Amanda in Malta May 1st 2021

This book is a fantastic mystery thriller for young readers. It would also be a wonderful guidebook for anyone visiting Malta with their family and wanting to get the most of the time of this ancient Mediterranean island.

Amanda and her friends Caleb and Leah get involved in two potentially dangerous criminal activities as they explore the island with Caleb’s parents, unsuspecting of the younger generation’s involvement in solving mysteries sounding missing artifacts and endangered wildlife.

We get a guided tour of some of the main tourist attractions on and around the islands, including churches with miracles and artifacts, museums, the falconry centre and the Popeye theme park. As in any well written adventure stories, there are some heart stopping moments, as nature and criminals do their best to ruin the holiday, but the resourceful teens are on a mission to solve the mysteries.

The author has created some wonderful characters to undertake this well researched and entertaining adventure, and developed an exciting plot for young readers and those of us who are delighted to tag along.

I lived in Malta as a child and have returned since, and I appreciated the attention to detail about the history of the three main islands and tourist attractions. Not to mention a reminder of sunlit blue seas and the delicious Patizzi.. pastry filled with Ricotta cheese.

Recommended as an entertaining, exciting and educational read for anyone from young teen upwards.

Head over to buy the book at the pre-order price until May 11th: Amazon US – And:Amazon UK

A selection of other books by Darlene Foster

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

About 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 dog, Dot.

 

Thanks for visiting and I hope you will head over to buy Darlene’s latest book.. thanks Sally.

 

Smorgasbord Children’s Reading Room – #Paranormal Ghosts in Trouble and #Mystery Felix Finds Out by Elizabeth Merry


Delighted to share the news of not one but two new children’s books by Elizabeth Merry, who is already in the Cafe and Bookstore with her books. Ghosts in Trouble and Felix Finds Out.

About Ghosts in Trouble

Lizzie blamed Cormac. Stealing the silver tea-set was all his idea, and now they can’t get into heaven until it’s returned to Old Whelan. They need help, but who can they turn to?

“I’ve just thought, Cormac. That awful cousin of yours, Imelda. The house is hers now. Hers and poor Dermot’s and those noisy twins, David and Dora.”

Might it be possible for them to make friends with the twins?

“Lizzie stopped short as the front door was suddenly thrown open and in rushed the cold, night air, followed by two large children who tripped over the boxes in the hall and fell down laughing.”

Things get even more complicated when the villain, John the Pots, gets involved. He wants the tea-set for himself; he could sell it for a lot of money.

“Someone moved in the dark. Someone who peered and moved, his eyes raking the house and garden . . . ”

All seems lost until Cormac and Lizzie meet Jamesy, an old ghost who knows a lot, and has an idea, but will it work . .

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

About Felix Finds Out

Hennessy is the school caretaker. He is also a devious thief and a bully. Felix is ten years old, a quiet boy, and small for his age. How is he to find out what Hennessy is up to? ‘Felix wondered where Hennessy was. As he thought of the tall figure in the heavy anorak, his mouth went suddenly dry, his heart leaping and banging, his whole face squeezed up with frowns.’But when a new girl arrives at the school, Felix watches her closely; this could change everything. She might suit as an accomplice.'”Hello, I’m Samantha. Is your name really Felix? That’s a good name, I think.”‘Can Felix and his new friend find out what Hennessy is up to, and save Uncle Eddie’s job? Samantha has a plan!

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

Books in the Cafe and Bookstore by 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 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 publishe 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 dropping in today and it would be great if you could share the news of Elizabeth’s new children’s books.. thanks Sally.

Smorgasbord Children’s Reading Room – New Book on the Shelves – My Twin Sister and Me: A scout always does her best! by Emiliya Ahmadova


Delighted to welcome another children’s author to the Reading room, Emiliya Ahmadova   with – My Twin Sister and Me: A scout always does her best! Readers’ Favorite five star rated

About the book

Glue on the windowsill and toothpaste in the shoes. Who did the deed?

Twelve-year-old Cub Scout twins Julieta and Rafaela have to deal with their older sister’s ugly tricks, which get them into trouble.

At school, Julieta is being mocked for the freckles on her face and her crooked teeth. Forgetting her own plight, however, she stands up to a bully, Claudius, in order to protect her friend Montano from being persecuted. Out of kindness she agrees to go to the movie with Montano. Due to situations beyond her control, it ends up being an embarrassment in more ways than one. However, once again, she stands up for Montano.

Another time, their Uncle David surprises the family by flying from his home in the US to Caracas for a visit. His visit causes worry; something is wrong. Julieta faces her fears in order to save her ill uncle in the middle of the night. After saving him, she becomes a hero in the uncle’s eyes.

The Scouts plan to attend a Jamboree in Russia, and the girls get caught up in the planning and carrying out of various schemes to pay for the adventure.

This book not only introduces children to Scouting, but also teaches them values, morals, and faith. My Twin Sister and Me shows how to manage anger, face one’s fears, the importance of self-respect, and how to deal with bullying. Above all, it helps kids learn how to show kindness to others. Oh–and very importantly: how to have fun.

Why readers are hooked by The My Twin Sister And Me:

‘This is a very interesting story, the sort of story that could take place anywhere. For any young girl between nine and thirteen years old (the age range for this book) who is having trouble dealing with adolescence, or thinks that no one can understand what they are experiencing, reading this book is a very good idea. This gets 4, maybe 4.5 stars.’

 ‘Through the eyes of a twin, it tells about real life struggles, particularly how to deal with bullying in school, and how to become a better person. ‘

One of the great reviews for the book

Sheila Deeth VINE VOICE 4.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating insight into a different culture Reviewed in the United States on May 16, 2018

My Twin Sister and Me by Emiliya Ahmadove is set in Caracas, Venezuela, and told in the slightly formal tones of twelve-year-old twin Julieta. “My jaw almost dropped to the floor” she declares, describing how she found her father dying his beard, she assumes because his “misshapen body made him feel insecure, especially as my mother held an esteemed position as a manager.” Mother and daughters are blessed with good looks, though only Julieta suffers from freckles and twisted teeth. Meanwhile the blonde-headed older sister is described as “repulsive.”

Appearances matter in school of course, and bullies abound, making appearances matter even more. But Julieta is soon helping Fat Boy and, “cognizant of the negative consequences o arguments and name-calling,” threatening a bully with just what things she might reveal to his father (including stealing the teacher’s toilet paper). There’s a pleasing humor behind the formal tones, and pleasing wisdom in the advice.

This tale of teen angst, girls growing up, faith and Scouthood has a serious side, with a sick uncle, shortage of money, questions of faith in a good God when good people are ill, and the desire of a girl to be good. Black and white illustrations add convincing faces to the characters and enhance the old-world feeling of this very modern-world tale.

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

Also for adult readers

Read the reviews and buy the books: Amazon US – And: Amazon UK –  Follow Emiliya: Goodreads  –  Website: Emiliya Ahmadova  – Twitter: @authoremiliya

About Emiliya Ahmadova

Although I was born and grew up in Azerbaijan, as a married woman I now live abroad. Because of this redirection in my life, I speak three languages: Azeri, Russian and English. As a believer, mother, author, motivational coach, and former scout and youth leader, my life is entirely governed by the necessity of believing in the possibility of everything. In applying myself to my family and working diligently on my career, I always ensure that God plays the central and key role in my life to avoid a mere existence.

My primary pursuit revolves around writing and helping people in the process by getting published: writing drives me forward by always creating texts from new ideas and thereby bringing a positive force into the lives of those surrounding me. As a writer by craft, I aim to treat subjects that not only spark and capture my readers’ interest, but also instruct by highlighting those issues that we humans confront on a daily basis by providing direction (often by the indirect to find direction out as Iago said in William Shakespeare’s Othello).

 

Thanks very much for dropping in today and it would be great if you could share the news of Emiliya’s book… thanks Sally.

 

Smorgasbord #Children’s Reading Room – Book #Review – Tina Lost in a Crowd by Miriam H. Hurdle


Miriam Hurdle has been on the shelves of the main Cafe and Bookstore for some years but now adds her new book Tina Lost in a Crowd to the shelves of the Children’s Reading Room.

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.

My review for the book 28th April 2021

This is a beautiful picture book that carries an important message even very young children will benefit from.

School holidays are to be enjoyed, with a mix of fun and learning experiences that broaden a child’s knowledge about their environment and surroundings, but some do come with risks that even with the best will in the world, can ruin a special outing.

The setting is spectacular at a classical music concert in the Hollywood Bowl. This of  course comes with an audience of thousands of people, and it is easy for a small child to slip from a parent’s hand or wander off in a brief moment when a back is turned. Every parent’s nightmare.

Thankfully in the story, Tina and Erica benefit from a mother’s wise words to her child to keep them safe, and what might have been a distressing situation ends well.

I applaud the author for the flow of the story which is easy to follow and carries nuggets of wisdom for both parents and children. The illustrations are beautifully drawn and brightly coloured to catch the eye of a child and enhance the story as it unfolds.  Highly recommended.

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

About Miriam Hurdle

Miriam Hurdle is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI). She published four children’s books at twenty-six years old. Her poetry collection received the Solo “Medalist Winner” for the New Apple Summer eBook Award and achieved bestseller status on Amazon.

Miriam writes poetry, short stories, memoir, and children’s books. She earned a Doctor of Education from the University of La Verne in California. After two years of rehabilitation counseling, fifteen years of public-school teaching and ten years in school district administration, she retired and enjoys life with her husband in southern California, and the visits to her daughter, son-in-law, and granddaughters in Oregon. When not writing, she engages in blogging, gardening, photography, and traveling.

 

Thanks for dropping in today and I hope that if you have small children or grandchildren that you will gift them a copy of Miriam’s book.

Smorgasbord Blog Magazine – Weekly Round Up – April 18th – 24th 2021- Hits 1967, Podcasts, Online presence, reviews, new books, health and humour


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

It would be comforting to see the numbers of new Covid infections coming down as the vaccinations are rolled out, but nearly 900,000 people worldwide were reported in just one day on Friday.. taking the total to over 146 million so far and over 3 million deaths. Personally it will be a long time before I am tempted to travel despite many European countries opening up for tourists this summer, some like Spain with no requirement for masks on crammed beaches. Of course those vaccinated are not immune to catching the virus in whatever variant it is hiding in at the time, and whilst Spain and other countries may not see the fallout from these trips abroad, their home countries will.

We have restrictions still in place for non-essential travel in Ireland but public demand is likely to loosen that necessary mandate for the summer months. We personally are more than happy to remain where we are and I am afraid we do not want any visitors however much we love them, staying with us. Vaccinations are definitely part of the solution but continued safety precautions are also going to be essential for far longer than we anticipated. I hope that others will consider staying at home and enjoying what is on the doorstep and leaving more time before leaping into someone else’s backyard.

On a brighter note.. this week the sun has been shining and I have spent time in the garden catching up on my reading which was long overdue.

Podcasts – Marketing and Pleasure.

I also had the pleasure of being interviewed by Rebecca Budd for her Tea, Toast and Trivia Podcast –

The reason I am including this in the round up is to encourage more authors and bloggers to add podcasts to their marketing options and reach a new audience for their writing.. and to enjoy as it is great fun too.

About Rebecca Budd who has a other wonderful blogs including Clanmother –  Lady Budd – And On The Road Book Club

I was given the title, Clanmother, September 2008, when I was travelling the Scottish Highlands with an audacious collection of young people who came from all over the world to join an expedition to the misty Isle of Skye. I was the oldest woman on the tour so the title was appropriate. What was more surprising was that I liked the label – it was catchy, spirited and encompassed the next stage in my life. It was my turn to grow old. I stood at Glencoe, breathing the chilled air, memorizing, for future recall, the rugged terrain covered with proverbial heather. There was certainty in my thoughts. This was going to be my most profound and daring adventure.

I want to share this journey with other, like-minded individuals – young, old, or in-between. It is an exploration that will take many turns as life advances. Many say that wisdom comes from the aging process. I am not ready to accept that premise as I have learned from children. What I do know, is that connection is the greatest gift of all. Clanmother is about a backward look forward!

We talked about book marketing, obesity and life in general and the time flew by.. A wonderful experience and I am looking forward to sharing the interview with you in coming weeks.

I have also been catching up with previous podcasts over the week on Rebecca Soundcloud with more to enjoy, including from some of your favourites from the Cafe and Bookstore: Liz Gauffreau, Paul Andruss, Teagan Geneviene, Robbie Cheadle, Darlene Foster, Shehanne Moore and D. Wallace Peach.

You can sign up to Soundcloud with your email or by linking to Facebook etc, and it means you can share the interview and comment to your own social media.

Because of the care taking with editing the interview before broadcast (thanks to sound engineer and editor, Rebeccas’s husband Don) the resulting broadcast is top notch.

I love radio as a medium and it was wonderful to get back on the air. I know from passed conversations that many of you are reluctant to take the plunge. But you are in safe hands with Rebecca, and it is not live so you don’t have to worry if you fluff your lines. It is very relaxed and enjoyable. I do recommend that if you are an author who would like your books to reach a wider audience that you get in touch at the link above.

Meet the Authors

Over the last few weeks I have been sharing the bios and books of authors who have joined the Cafe and Bookstore over the last six months. In May I will be revisiting all the other authors in both the Cafe and the Children’s Reading Room and updating their bios for promotional posts going forward, social media links, covers and most recent reviews to share in posts throughout the summer.

I am in and out of Amazon UK and US in particular and Goodreads to check on reviews for the authors in the cafe and to check for new books. There are quite a few new books that I have to search for because they are not on the author page. So in preparation for the new series here is a checklist you might find useful in updating your online platforms.

  1. Make sure your up to date bio is on your country of origin and also Amazon US and UK as the main English speaking sites.
  2. Check that you claim any new books you have released in the last few weeks or months through Author central so that potential readers are not chasing all over the place to find them.. and they can see your complete portfolio in one place.
  3. If you have a Goodread Author page please do the same.
  4. If you don’t have a Goodreads Author page then I highly recommend that you do. This is the one place that you can showcase all your reviews from any country and worth offering this link to readers to place their reviews as well as their regional Amazon. This is also the place readers who have borrowed the book, been gifted or have read an advance copy can post their reviews by-passing Amazon’s buy to review policy. (Despite the fact Amazon owns Goodreads!)
  5. If you have changed the cover for a book make sure that it is changed on Amazon and Goodreads.
  6. Just a reminder that you need to update your bios on Facebook pages, Twitter and other social media platforms when you have a new book. Don’t forget to pin a tweet about your new releases.. and thanks to Hugh Roberts  who recently reminded me that you need to change your pinned tweet every week or so and anyone wishing to share it can only do so once.  If someone retweets a post of mine I will reciprocate by tweeting their pinned tweet… it is a marketing tool that is underrated and sometimes I see pinned tweets going back several years.. if it cannot be retweeted by your most supportive followers then it is being wasted.

Probably time to get on with the posts from the week… otherwise you will be needing a packed lunch and a bottle of wine to get through the rest…. okay perhaps you do anyway.. here you go..

As always my thanks to my friends who contribute to the blog each week William Price King and Debby Gies …. also to you for dropping in and so kindly commenting and sharing.. .

The Breakfast Show with William Price King and Sally Cronin – Chart Hits 1967 – Part Two 

Forming Healthy Relationships – Rewind – What’s Inside the Box? 

Chapter Chapter Fifteen – Summer – The Piglet Races 

The Kindness of Mice

#Fantasy #Adventure #Humour – H.M.S Lanternfish (The Lanternfish Series Book 2) by C.S. Boyack

Past Book Reviews 2020 -#Fantasy – Liars and Thieves (Unraveling the Veil Book 1) by D. Wallace Peach 

Past Book Reviews 2020 – #Thriller – Acts Beyond Redemption (Unintended Consequences Book 1) by Suzanne Burke 

Double Reversed #Nonet – Ageism 

Family Health A-Z – Arthritis (osteo and gout) by Sally Cronin 

Monday 19th April 2021 – #Smoking Arthur Rosch, #Romance Linda Lee Greene, #Reviews James J. Cudney, #Award Grammy’s Grid, #offer J.Q. Rose 

Tuesday 20th April 2021 – #Community Jennie Fitzkee, #Wellbeing Toni Pike, #Guestpost offer Beetley Pete

Wednesday April 21st 2021 – #Treasure Mary Smith, #Finance Sharon Marchisello, #Kindness Jane Sturgeon 

Thursday 22nd April 2021 – #Torrevieja #Salt Joy Lennick, #NewBlog Patty Fletcher, #Bookoffer Bette A. Stevens 

New Book on the Shelves – Tina Lost in a Crowd by Miriam Hurdle 

#Psychic #Thriller – Anasazi Medium (Rachel Blackstone Paranormal Mysteries Book 4) by G G Collins 

#Fantasy Savagery (War of Nytefall Book 6) 

Pre-Order – #Romance #Humour Shh… It’s Our Secret by Lizzie Chantree 

#Suspense #Mystery – The Vanished Boy by Harmony Kent

-#Genetics – My Father and Other Liars by Geoff Le Pard 

#Family – An Uncommon Family by Christa Polkinhorn 

#YA #Fantasy A.J. Alexander, #Scifi Richard Dee, #Paranormal Roberta Eaton Cheadle, #Thriller Gwen M. Plano 

Lens Artists Photo Challenge #119 – My Hideaway by Miriam Hurdle 

A tale of many cities by Joy Lennick 

#Cricket- Don’t Stop the Carnival by Barbara Spencer 

#YAFamily Sian Turner, #Fantasy P.L. Stuart, #Scottish #Historical Ailish Sinclair 

April 20th 2021 – Hosts Debby Gies and Sally Cronin – Genius and Maths Lesson 

April 22nd 2021 – Hosts Debby Gies and Sally Cronin – Stress Test and Cheap Cow 

Open Mic Night – 23rd April 2021 – Guest Malcolm Allen – Physics and Collies 

 

Thanks very much for dropping in and all your support during the week.. it keeps me motivated.. have a good weekend.. Sally.

 

 

Smorgasbord Children’s Reading Room – New Book on the Shelves – Tina Lost in a Crowd by Miriam Hurdle


Miriam Hurdle has been on the shelves of the main Cafe and Bookstore for some years but now adds her new book Tina Lost in a Crowd to the shelves of the Children’s Reading Room.

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.

One of the early reviews for the book

Jacqui Murray VINE VOICE  5.0 out of 5 stars An important lesson presented beautifully Reviewed in the United States on April 17, 2021

Miriam Hurdle’s Tina Lost in a Crowd (2021) is a delightful story! Third grader Tina is looking forward to her summer activities before entering fourth grade. She loves learning but also loves doing it outside the schoolhouse. She and her mom create a list of her top ten activities, one of which is a concert at California’s famed Hollywood Bowl with its outdoor venue. In the company of her parents and best friend, they start the evening with the traditional picnic to be followed by a symphonic concert. All goes well until Tina and her friend need to use the restroom and get lost in the gargantuan crowd of concert attendees. Thanks to wise advice Tina and her friend follow for just such a circumstance, the story has a happen ending.

This wonderful story touches on so many topics parents will appreciate–the end of a school year, planning summer activities, and most importantly, what to do when their young child gets lost in a crowd. The pictures are stunning. Colors are vibrant and context is deeply tied to the story which serves visual learners as well as textual. I can easily envision parents, teachers, and homeschoolers reading this story aloud to their classes. I love everything about this book.

And don’t forget to read the authors note at the end to find a personal tie in between this story and the author.

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

About Miriam Hurdle

Miriam Hurdle is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI). She published four children’s books at twenty-six years old. Her poetry collection received the Solo “Medalist Winner” for the New Apple Summer eBook Award and achieved bestseller status on Amazon.

Miriam writes poetry, short stories, memoir, and children’s books. She earned a Doctor of Education from the University of La Verne in California. After two years of rehabilitation counseling, fifteen years of public-school teaching and ten years in school district administration, she retired and enjoys life with her husband in southern California, and the visits to her daughter, son-in-law, and granddaughters in Oregon. When not writing, she engages in blogging, gardening, photography, and traveling.

 

Thanks for dropping in today and it would be great if you could spread the news of Miriam’s latest release.. thanks Sally.

Smorgasbord Blog Magazine – Weekly Round Up – 4th – 10th April 2021 – Community, Dusty Springfield, Acne, Cravings, Book Reviews, Humour


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

First some sad news that most of you will have already seen. Debby Gies (D.G. Kaye) has been a contributor to the blog with the Travel and Relationship Column for over three years, but has been a wonderful supporter of the blog and friend since 2014.

As many of you will know, Debby has been taking a break from her own blog and also her regular posts here as she cared for her husband in the last few weeks. George passed away earlier this week and the funeral was yesterday. The service was live-streamed and a number of us attended but we wish we could have been there to offer a more tangible support.

Debby has appreciated your kind thoughts and wishes over the last few weeks and I am sure you join me in sending our love and condolences… never has this writing community of ours been so important and needed.

RIP lovely ‘G’

Here is Debby’s Facebook Page

On the home front there has not been a great deal happening. Allegedly 64 – 69 year olds will be able to book their vaccination from April 16th and we shall see how that goes. At least now the cold snap is over for the time being we have been able to spend some time in the garden, and for the first time this year we had the weather to do the winter clear up.

As always I am very grateful to William Price King for his contributions which go back 7 years and I have learnt so much about all genres of music from his wonderful series on musicians, singers and composers. We are having a lot of fun with the Breakfast Show and so pleased that it is bringing back memories of the 1960s for so many of you.

Thanks to a new contributor to the blog – Malcolm Allen is an author who my husband David has worked with for several years and lives in Australia.. He sends a great selection of funnies to us regularly and I am now passing them along to you. You can find out more about Malcolm’s latest book if you click on the link at the end of the posts under Laughter Lines Extra..

Thank you as well for you ongoing support and wishing you a lovely weekend.. thanks Sally

Here are the posts from the week…

The Breakfast Show with William Price King and Sally Cronin – Chart Hits 1966 Part Two 

D.G. Kaye Explores The Realms of Relationships – #Friendships – Keeping them Healthy 

Chapter Eleven – Summer: The Foxes by Sally Cronin 

The Foxes Part Two – Chapter Twelve – The Storyteller to the Rescue 

– Tanka Tuesday Challenge – #Senryu – Scepticism 

#Musicians #Covid – Pause, Play, Repeat:The real impact of Covid-19 on musicians by Sammy Stein Reviewed by William 

Past Book Reviews 2020 – #Mystery – Frozen Stiff Drink: A Kellan Ayrwick Cozy Mystery (Braxton Campus Mysteries Book 6) by James J. Cudney 

Past Book Reviews 2020 – #1920s #Familysaga – Telling Sonny by Elizabeth Gauffreau 

#YA D.L. Finn, #Shortstories Mandy Haynes, #Vampires Susanne Leist 

#Children’s Jude Lennon, #Poetry Elizabeth Merry, #Poetry Marlene Mesot 

#Historical V.M. Sang, #Myths Barbara Spencer, #Memoir J.Q. Rose 

#Reviews D.Wallace Peach, #BlackHumour Jacqui Murray, #Haddock New Vintage Kitchen 

Tuesday 6th April 2021 – #Tarot Jan Sikes, #BananaKoftas Carol Taylor, #Funnies The Story Reading Ape 

Wednesday April 7th 2021 – #Limericks Esther Chilton, #Humour Charles Yallowitz, #EggPlant Lisa’s Food Blog 

Thursday April 8th 2021 – #Review by Elizabeth Gauffreau, #Challenge Antoinette Truglio Martin, #FREE Book Daniel Kemp 

What causes your cravings? – Part Four – Coal, Dirt and other strange stuff 

Family Health A-Z – Acne – Teenage and Adults 

Fiction In A Flash Challenge Prompt Week #13 – The Key to Unlock the Mystery by Miriam Hurdle 

Words, Wonderful Words…by Joy Lennick 

Amanda in Malta: The Sleeping Lady (An Amanda Travels Adventure Book 8) by Darlene foster 

Share an Excerpt 2021 – #Family – Brody Cody and the Stepmother from Outer Space by Toni Pike. 

#Poetry – Lines by Leon : Poems, Prose, and Pictures by Leon Stevens 

#Scifi #Cats – Fluffy’s Revolution by Ted Myers 

New Author on the Shelves – #Historical, #Spiritual -The Windmill by K. Lewis Adair 

#Poetry Sue Vincent, #Paranormal #Romance Jan Sikes, #Fantasy D.Wallace Peach 

April 6th 2021 – Hosts Debby Gies and Sally Cronin – Hindsight and Quick Thinking 

– Open Mic Night – Special Guest Malcolm Allen – #Malapropisms and #Thesaurus 

 

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