Smorgasbord Weekly Round Up – Opera, bloggers, authors, health, Haiku and a few laffs


Welcome to the round up from a blustery and wet Ireland, apart from Saturday morning when we were beguiled into a sense of complacency… still as my husband says there is no such thing as bad weather, just inadequate clothing!

Delighted that the new series are settling in and being enjoyed. I complain enough about the Happiness Engineers ‘fixin’ what ain’t broke’ but I hope that streamlining the promotional series has made it easier for everyone to get some limelight. With the current programme of events.. it means I can promote at least 30 bloggers a week in the Blogger Daily and at least 10 or more authors.

Here are the details… and one is for those of you who are in the Cafe and Bookstore already and another for those who are new to the blog.. For bloggers and writers across the board there is the Blogger Daily. And for those of you have contributed to an anthology there is a way to give the book a boost.

Check it out.. The only cost is a little of your time.

My thanks as always to everyone who has contibuted including William Price King.. we finished the series on Dame Kiri Te Kanawa this week and move to the last in this season of classical artists with American soprano Leontyne Price.  Following that series William will be looking at the lives and work of some of the most popular of contemporary artists such as Shirley Bassey.

I have been working on my own writing projects and should be able to do a cover reveal in the week.. and work begins on the next volume of Tales from the Garden…let’s hope they dont’ proof to be too waterlogged.

Thank you for all your support and for dropping in.. You are always very welcome to contribute a post as a guest..just get in touch with me at

Have a great week.  Hugs Sally

Classical music with William Price King

The last part of the Dame Kiri Te Kanawa series.. Thankfully we will be able to hear this fabulous soprano in the future as long as she continues to delight her audiences with concert performances.


Book Promotions – Cafe and Bookstore Author Update

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Book Promotions Cafe and Bookstore – New on the Shelves



Book Promotions – Collaborative Anthologies.


Blog promotions

If you would like to join these bloggers who featured this week in the Blogger Daily then all you have to do is leave a link to your lates post in the comment section.


Smorgasbord Health 2017The last post in the Weight Reduction Programme with some meal options to help you stay on track

dsc_1737The dynamics of change.. the voluntary and involuntary changes to our body, mind and emotions as we develop from birth to old age.

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The first part of four on the subject of the most common cancers – Breast Cancer

Personal stuff


Kathleen must face the future and move on with her life.. but at what cost?

Weekly Image and Haiku





Thanks for dropping by.. don’t forget to leave the link to your latest blog post so that I can share.  Sally

Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore – Collaborative Anthologies – RUN – A Collection of Dark Tales

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The featured anthology today is packed with tales of the darker side to human nature. There are three anthologies in the series of Run, Scream, Die… Scream is due to be released on 14th February 2017.


About the anthology

Sometimes we can only read dark tales of horror and evil deeds in small doses.. that makes this anthology a great bedside companion… sleep better (or not) after reading the stories in RUN

Collaborating authors in the three books series

Caleb Pirtle III, Rachel Aukes, Kimberly McGrath, Jennifer Chase, Kristine Mason, Paul Dale Anderson, Kathy Love, Joe Broadmeadow, Elle J. Rossi and Sue Coletta.

Here is a brief look at some of the stories in the anthology which was published in October 2016.

Resurrection Morning by Caleb Pirtle III: Ambrose Lincoln is a man without a memory. The government has erased his mind with drugs and electric shots. He is a more effective operative, the powers say, if he has no fear. A man without fear can accomplish assignments that others would be afraid to try.

Sweeton’s Shangri-La by Rachel Aukes: When a young couple discover a mythical paradise, they learn that a fantasy can all too quickly become a nightmare.

The Sideshow by Kimberly McGath: Katie Cartwright is struggling with her memory and is haunted by flashbacks. Regressing to an evening at the circus, things are not as they first appear. Strange events, suspicious deaths, and eerie music set the stage for an unforgettable trip to the big top.

And here is an excerpt from BLACKOUT by Sue Coletta


You can run, but you cannot hide.

I snickered, leaning back in my chair, fingers laced behind my head as my gaze ran across the faces at Blu and Jake Carpaccio’s house. What a waste. If they’d minded their business and stayed the hell out of mine, none of this would happen. But after what they saw last night, I had no choice but to quiet them forever. Problem was, I wasn’t sure which one caught me in the act.
Eenie, meenie, minie, moe, who will be the first to go?

Hmm… Jake was fiddling with something, but his back blocked my view. It wasn’t unusual for him to tinker, and most times, he breathed life into items better suited for the junkyard. Because he might come in handy, maybe I should save him for last.

How about Blu? She’d made zero attempt to hide her disdain. On second thought, I had something better in mind for her. See you soon, my pretty. And your spoiled dog, too.

Eenie, meenie, minie, moe, shall Mark be the first to go? Big lug. Too bad he walked away from the accident. Next time, I’d have to ensure he wasn’t so lucky.

“Did you hear me?” Staring at me, Blu leaned over the table. “Are you all right? You seem…I don’t know…like you’re somewhere else.”

“Sorry.” I shook the fantasy from my mind. “I was just thinking about the power outage. I hope I have batteries for the flashlight. Has anyone called the electric company yet?”

Mark spoke up. “I did. Right after the sparks set the bush on fire.”

Typical. Mr. Perfect had everything under control.

“Blu’s got tons of candles if anyone needs some,” said Jake, before his wife’s head rotated like the girl from the Exorcist.

I was surprised she didn’t correct him. It wasn’t as though Blu’s Yankee Candle addiction was a secret to any of us who lived on Bear Cat Mountain. No doubt Jake would hear about this later, and I could hardly wait to listen in.

“Well—” I slapped my knees and rose— “I better get my house in order before we lose daylight.”

“Wait. I’ll walk out with you.”

Great. Just what I needed. An escort from Mark Maxwell.

Snickering up the walkway, I waved over my head. “Stay safe, you guys.”

That is, until I unleash my wrath. If they thought the thunderstorm was bad, wait till they score the starring role in my darkest fantasies.

A selection of reviews for RUN.

A fabulous collection of stories that will keep you riveted and reading, Run, is a collection of short tales that are alternately, disturbing, surprising and chilling. The authors in this collection have done a bang-up job of looking at the darker side of human nature. From crime fiction and espionage, to tales of psychological terror and even supernatural horror, this gem of a collection will appeal to a diverse variety of readers. These authors know their craft. The writing is polished and I was blown away by the twists and turns in several of the tales. Highly recommended! I look forward to reading more of their individual books.

Read this!! on November 4, 2016

Wow! Wow! Wow! I read The Game by Elle J Rossi! She takes you on a trip! Not a vacation – not one like you’ve ever been on or would ever want to go on!! Father and daughter – and their very complicated relationship! And the Game they play. Woo. I have not had a chance to read the other tales yet, but if they are anything like The Game, lock your doors and leave all the lights on!!  I received a copy in exchange for an honest review*

on November 24, 2016

Recently I’ve fallen in love again with short stories, and have now read a fair amount of collections and anthologies, along with single shorts. This anthology, speaking from some experience now, is awesome! There is something for everyone and each tale has a decided twist. Good stuff! Well worth grabbing a copy for yourself!

Read all the story summaries, reviews and buy the anthology:


The second anthology in the series, SCREAM is on pre-order for February 14th 2017.

Here is a preview of the stories in the book and for pre-order:

If you have participated in an anthology and would like to give it a boost then please take a look at the information that I would need to do it justice. thanks Sally

Smorgasbord Weekly Round Up – Book and Blog promotions, Weight Reduction and Ice cream!


The first week of 2017 is gone.. the Christmas tree and decorations have been put away for another year and it is time to get into gear for the next twelve months.

Because of my own writing projects I will be taking a little more time off… but not at the expense of the book and  blog promotions. Sunday’s now will just have this round up and I will be spending the additional time getting my next books out. In the spring we are also going to be getting a new dog.. something female, medium sized and patient!  But we want to make sure we have time to get out exploring our local area and taking advantage of the great sandy beaches along our coastline.

2016 was a wonderful year and I am so pleased to have connected to you and shared your blogging experience.. I am looking forward to doing even more in  2017.  I hope you will continue to find things of interest on Smorgasbord.

I do have a couple more things up my sleeve that I will reveal going forward.. but for the time being.. here are the posts from this week.

Classical music with William Price King.

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Our new series begins next Wednesday when William Price King is back with the story and music of Kiri Te Kanawa…

Blog and Book Promotions for 2017

There are the three new blog promotions with the details of how you can get your book into the permanent Cafe & Bookstore along with your buying links and website information.

Please read them and then contact me on

Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore Updates


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Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore – New on the Shelves


Collaborative Anthologies


This week’s Blogger Daily

Smorgasbord Blogger Daily

I know that I blog a lot.. and in addition to my own posts there are the reblogs.. I do encourage you not to get email notifications from me daily.. but to perhaps only have them once a week. However I have cut back on the number of posts by bringing my reblogs into one daily post that goes out in the evenings.  There are 29 blog posts that I think you will find interesting and perhaps one or two new blogs to follow.

Smorgasbord Health – A healthy weight reduction programme for 2017.

Smorgasbord Health 2017

Personal Stuff – Weekly Image and Haiku

crows-twoAfternoon video and humour

Thanks for dropping in and I hope you have enjoyed.. As always very grateful if you can share.  Sally

Smorgasbord Book Promotion – Collaborative Anthologies – A Quick Read – A-Z Stories from around the World.

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Welcome to the new series showcasing collaborative anthologies by a number of authors.

As a lover of short stories I feel that a collection of short stories is a wonderful way for writers to showcase their work, but is also an excellent and cost effective bargain for the reader.

If you have contributed to an anthology in the last six months or so and would like to give it a bit more publicity then do read the submission guidelines so that I can do it justice.

To get the ball rolling and to show you how the format for this series will look, here is a recommended anthology from Patricia Salamone, author of The Italian Thing.


Patricia was a contributing author to A Quick Read – An A to Z Stories from around the World, compiled by author C.A. Simonson.

The concept of the book was very clever… to write a story using 26 sentences all beginning alphabetically with the letters in sequence.

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The challenge was given and authors responded. Can you write a story in only 26 sentences – each beginning with a letter of the alphabet in sequence?

Fifty-eight short stories, from warm and fuzzy feel-good stories to horror, romance to suspense, mystery to paranormal.”A Quick Read” is a book you can pick up anywhere, at any time, and have an enjoyable quick read whether waiting in line, riding on a commute, or taking a break. Talented writers from all over the world took the challenge of writing a complete story in twenty-six sentences – one for every letter of the alphabet.

Here is Patricia Salamone’s story in the anthology.. one of 58 for you to enjoy.

Getting Old.

Alone I sit by my window. I watch the world now with little participation.Befuddled in my thoughts at times, I smile to myself at some distant memory.Cradled in my heart is my life’s story.

Damn, why did I waste so much time being foolish? Envy took up a good part of it. Foolish choices made on the spur of a moment can turn out to cost you more than money.

Gratitude was short lived as I climbed the mountain to success. Humility was just a word on a sign posted on an old wooden board along the way. I paid little attention to it. Independence was my goal; I would never ask for help. How foolish….

Junctions in my life were ignored as my ego grew. Knowledge was what I craved; I knew it all, or so I thought. Love came and I let it go; it required too much of me and would take me off my path. Money was my goal, lots of money would give me freedom from the poverty that dwelled in my heart and soul. Narcissism played the music I danced to.

Often I would close myself up to kindness and humility as I had people to use and places to conquer. Passing through the doorways of life I never stopped to smell the flowers or feel the sunshine on my shoulders.

Quietly and swiftly time marched on, and so did I. Roads lay before me: the choice was mine to pick and boldly I traveled the road to success, or so I thought.

Success came and plenty of money lined my pockets; I could have the freedom I craved, I was happy, or was I?

Time passes faster as we age; it stops for no one – I realized that one day when I looked in the mirror. Up, on top of the mountain finally, but as I looked around I was all alone. Virtual silence filled my world, no one to share my success with, no one to love, no children, only material success.

What have I done and why didn’t I stop to read the signs along the way about love, laughter, help, humility, caring, sharing, and the many more were ignored. Exit is now the only sign I can see – a big sign I cannot ignore and I wonder what’s on the other side of it; I am frightened and alone.

Yesterdays are gone, and although I thought I made all the right turns, there are no more choices.

Zero is what I had coming into this world, zero is what I will leave with….

Buy The Italian Thing by Patricia Salamone:

The reviews for the anthology.

Great collection of short-short stories  By William M. on July 9, 2015

Great collection of short-short stories. Neetu Malik’s stories are particularly powerful. I can’t wait to read more of her work!

Great, unique premise!  By Allison Brooks on May 28, 2015

Hey there, C.A. Simonson — I liked this premise so much that I bought the book, even though the Look Inside portion, sadly, cuts off below the extensive front matter and doesn’t let a new reader taste these great stories. Maybe you could consider moving a story up higher into the preview?But now I have tasted (smile), and these are wonderful. Again, this is a very unique approach to a book, and I really enjoyed these. This must have been a tremendous amount of work to lovingly compile all of these. Bravo!

Buy the anthology:

About C.A. (Candy) Simonson


C.A. (Candy) Simonson has always had a love for words. She started writing stories as a child and even won a contest for writing in the third grade. Her first published piece was at age 17. She is an award-winning author, editor, and writer of fiction and nonfiction short stories, articles, and books. She has over 200 publications nationally in anthologies, newspapers, magazines, and other tabloids. She has been the editor of a monthly newsletter for five companies, is a frequent contributor to newspapers, and had a monthly column in a national magazine.She has been published in several anthologies. She lives in the Ozarks of Missouri, and besides writing, she enjoys crafting, painting, and fishing.

Books by C.A. Simonson

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Find out more about Candy and her books:

I managed to get the names of some of the contributing authors from around the world from the Ebook sample..If you also contributed to this anthology please leave a comment.

Tim Mooney, Texas, Randall Lemon, Indiana, Sue Fenton, UK, Sharla Matlock, Missouri, Ken Windsor, Australia, Neetu Malik, Pennsylvania, Mike Olley, UK.

I already have a couple more anthologies to post but I would really love to give these unsung heroes of our book world some serious attention.. They deserve it.

Please spread the word.. thanks Sally