Thistledown – Midsummer Bedlam 25 — Reopening


One of my usual visits over the weekend is to Thistledown to find out about the next escapade involving Bedlam and her fellow faeries. This week with Bedlam held in the abyss and colourless world, it is up to the Crochet group and Bob the Hummingbird to find a way to bring her back. Spellbinding.. literally…..#recommended

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Saturday, February 24, 2018

Welcome back to the whimsical faery land of Thistledown.  

Previously in Thistledown — Midsummer Bedlam

When we last met, Bedlam Thunder had met friends among the “scarey” faeries of the colorless world in Episode 24 The Other Seer.  Yes, she landed in that bleak world again, and who knows how she’ll get back to Thistledown.  Meanwhile her friends and the crochet circle are still trying to rescue her.  Let’s go back to Thistledown and see how their efforts are going.

From Episode 22, A Hair Aflame (click here)

Bob darted up to the ceiling as the periwinkle muskox hair sizzled and lifted up from the pages of the ancient tome.  The hair sparked and burst into purplish-blue flame.  Then it was gone. 

 The black portal popped shut.

Thistledown

Midsummer Bedlam 25

Reopening

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Bob the hummingbird watched in stunned horror.  His rapidly beating…

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Smorgasbord Blog Magazine – Open House Sunday Interview with author Frank Parker


Welcome to the Open House Sunday Interview, and my guest this week is author Frank Parker. Frank will be sharing something of his childhood, special guest for dinner, a delicious sounding lamb roast and some delightful music from Jazz singer Clare Teal.

About Frank Parker

I’m Frank Parker and I am a writer. I didn’t used to be. Like many people I always wanted to be. On several occasions during my career as an Engineer I produced stories that I submitted to publishers. I even had a writing job once. It involved talking to small and medium sized businesses and writing up profiles for a regional business magazine. To make any money you had to sell advertising to accompany the articles. Selling is not a skill that comes naturally to me so that job did not last long.

I returned to Engineering, working on chemical plants, refineries and power stations throughout the North and Midlands of England. In 1997 I joined a defence contractor as a project administrator, a job that saw me through until retirement in the autumn of 2006. I came to live in the Irish Midlands so as to be near my son and his family. And, now at last, I have the freedom to write.

via Smorgasbord Blog Magazine – Open House Sunday Interview with author Frank Parker

PATHFINDER


A very smart piece of flash fiction from Iain Kelly… #recommended

Iain Kelly

Finally he came upon a path.

He had no idea how long he had been wandering lost in the forest. At first he had stumbled blindly, with no sense of direction.

Then slowly, gradually, he had begun to figure out a way to get through the tangled web of roots and foliage and trees.

Now there was a light through the canopy above and a definite path to follow. He just had to make contact, to let them know he was still there and was on his way back to them.

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She wiped her eyes with her sleeve, placing the new Alpine-scented air freshener above his head. He had loved the outdoors.

The doctor placed a consoling hand on her arm. ‘It’s been four months since the accident. There’s been no improvement in his brain activity. It’s our recommendation that we turn off life support, but the final decision…

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Smorgasbord Saturday Meet and Greet – MaMa’s Book Corner, Fifty Something and Jane Kelsey


Welcome to the Saturday morning post where bloggers can introduce themselves.  Each week I will share a small selection of bloggers at random either new contacts or those who provide author and blogger services.

Basically this is a watering hole for bloggers across all the areas of interest. Watering holes are very useful for meeting like-minded people and also a way to grow a supportive and sharing community.

If you are NEW to smorgasbord it would be great if you could introduce yourself in the comments.. a brief intro and then a link to the post that you feel best represents your blogging style.

If you are a REGULAR visitor to the blog then please do leave a link to your latest post too, so that we can visit and share.

The idea is to encourage more readers to your posts and an opportunity for us to get to know you better.

The community that kindly supports me is always welcoming, and you will find a great deal of support and encouragement especially for new bloggers.

I look forward to finding out more about you.  Sally

via Smorgasbord Saturday Meet and Greet – MaMa’s Book Corner, Fifty Something and Jane Kelsey

My Review of Fred’s Funeral by Sandy Day #RBRT #TuesdayBookBlog


Judith Barrow with a review for Fred’s Funeral

Book Description:

Fred Sadler has just died of old age. It’s 1986, seventy years after he marched off to WWI, and the ghost of Fred Sadler hovers near the ceiling of the nursing home. To Fred’s dismay, the arrangement of his funeral falls to his prudish sister-in-law, Viola. As she dominates the remembrance of Fred, he agonizes over his inability to set the record straight.

via My Review of Fred’s Funeral by Sandy Day #RBRT #TuesdayBookBlog

#Writephoto – Between and dusk


Robbie Cheadle responds to Sue Vincent’s #writephotom prompts from the last two weeks and also uses one of her own baked treats with daffodils with a lovely tribute to Paul Andruss and his recent gardening column.. thanks Robbie.

Robbie's inspiration

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A formidable and bulky man, Choice stepped in front of me, blocking my path. Beautiful  yellow flowers filled the fields on either side of the path but I was in a hurry. Focused on meeting my latest work deadline I had barely notice the fields, let alone the beauty that surrounded me.

As I stood looking at Choice in the warm glow of dusk, actively dragging my mind away from my evening’s work to deal with the unwanted intrusion, he spoke. His voice was deep and rumbling.

“The field on the left side of the path is called Peace. Earth travelers who choose to stop and rest in this field will find their minds and souls filled with calm and tranquility. These travelers will move on with a new-found sense of joy and happiness and will always be able to discern the path leading to spiritual fulfillment. The price for…

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Smorgasbord Saturday Meet and Greet – MaMa’s Book Corner, Fifty Something and Jane Kelsey


Welcome to the Saturday morning post where bloggers can introduce themselves.  Each week I will share a small selection of bloggers at random either new contacts or those who provide author and blogger services.

Basically this is a watering hole for bloggers across all the areas of interest. Watering holes are very useful for meeting like-minded people and also a way to grow a supportive and sharing community.

If you are NEW to smorgasbord it would be great if you could introduce yourself in the comments.. a brief intro and then a link to the post that you feel best represents your blogging style.

If you are a REGULAR visitor to the blog then please do leave a link to your latest post too, so that we can visit and share.

The idea is to encourage more readers to your posts and an opportunity for us to get to know you better.

The community that kindly supports me is always welcoming, and you will find a great deal of support and encouragement especially for new bloggers.

I look forward to finding out more about you.  Sally

The first blogger this week is a new contact, LeighAnn is a book blogger/reviewer… always useful person to know. She has been reviewing books for years but has recently moved her blog over to WordPress this year.

About LeighAnn Schneider of MaMa’s Book Corner.

Hello all! My name is LeighAnn and I am a book blogger/reviewer. I have been reviewing books for authors and publishers on my blog since 2012.

I am a mother to some awesome kiddos and a couple fur babies. Reading is my passion (outside of my family) so I would love to share this passion with you! I have just recently switched over to WordPress because I was having a hard time keeping up with Blogger on the go (and as a mom of 5 I’m always on the go) and it was just much more convenient to move it over here! So I’m basically starting fresh and hoping for the best!

I’d love to read your comments and engage with you! If you do follow I’ll also be more than happy to go check your blog out and return the favor. Thanks for stopping by!

Here is the link to contact LeighAnn if you would like her to review your book: https://mamasbookcorner.wordpress.com/contact/

Here is an extract from one of LeighAnn’s recent reviews for Foolish Hearts by Emma Mills.

My Thoughts:

I received this book in one of my Owlcrate subscription boxes. It was a nice change from what I normally read as it was very light and funny. I don’t read many contemporary novels but maybe I should. Parts of this book had me cracking up laughing.

I am in love with the characters in this book. They were so well developed. Each character had their own unique personality and their own flaws. Nobody was perfect, they were real, and I appreciated that. It was refreshing.

My favorite character by far was Gideon. He is so sweet and patient but also super quirky and funny. The things he would say had me laughing all throughout the book. You can’t help but like him.

 

Head over and check out the complete review: https://mamasbookcorner.wordpress.com/2018/02/17/foolish-heartsreview/

Meet Sam Smith at Fifty Something.

I’ve realised over the years that the more you rush around & stress over things the more you tread water and get no-where.

I’ve also learnt that you always feel a whole heap better if you politely distance yourself away from those negative people who just like to try to pull you down for no apparent reason other than the fact that it may make themselves feel better – stay with the positive people in your life, you’ll know who they are.

I’m Sam, I live in Yorkshire, England, I’m fifty something and never felt better. Like most people, I’ve had many life experiences both good and bad. Many have been happy & exciting, some devastating and some quite boring. Since turning fifty I have now realised it’s time to take a step sideways, maybe step out of that box, out of that comfort zone, do those things that others may raise an eyebrow to, and Laugh – a lot.

Fifty is just a number 🙂

There seems to be a temporary problem with Sam’s blog since yesterday and hopefully it will be resolved shortly.

Here is one of Sam’s latest posts about her new home aboard a boat: https://lovingthefiftysomething.com/2018/02/07/how-to-create-a-utility-room-on-a-boat/

The third blogger I would like to showcase is Jane Kelsey who is a book reviewer and supporter of Indie authors. She accepts physical book copies for review and she is interested in the following genres and kick-ass female protagonists….

  • paranormal
  • fantasy
  • romance (not erotica!)
  • horror
  • dystopian

You can find out how to submit your book here: https://janekelsey.com/review-policy-contact/

Here is an extract from a recent review.

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A deadly infection threatens to wipe out humanity. The only people who can stem its advance are the Silver, a vampiric race who offer a simple exchange: protection in return for blood and subservience. It’s not a deal that Emmy’s willing to make, but as her world burns around her she finds herself in the arms of the enemy and the line between oppressor and saviour begins to blur. ” (Goodreads)

Genre: Fantasy, Dystopia, Romance.

Imagine the world as we know it coming to an end and being caught between two races: Vampires (Silvers) and Zombies (Weepers). It does sound good, doesn’t it? Once the Weeper’s infection start spreading, Emmy has one chance at salvation: to submit her life to the Silvers for protection because being human became a hell lot more complicated…

THE CHARACTERS…

What I like about Emmy is that she is not scared of speaking her own mind and not wanting to be bossed around. Her friends are so important to her that she would risk everything for them, and she does. I really liked her for that. However, she is also quite childish and not realising the severity of her situation and instead focusing on the drama of Hot guy 1 and Hot guy 2. She also never stopped to question things and making an actual survival plan… when the end of days come and you depend of those in power, antagonising them is not the best solution!! She was lucky that the love triangle kept her alive. I also had some issues in regards to some of her choices…

Read the rest of the review here: https://janekelsey.com/2018/02/16/bookreview-a-bargain-in-silver-by-josie-jaffrey/

Just a reminder that this is a watering hole and a place to share your latest post and introduce yourself if you are new to the blog or would like to mingle with the other guests.

Thanks for dropping in and look forward to hearing from you. Sally

 

Smorgasbord Invitation Blog Magazine – The Literary Column with Jessica Norrie – O is for Loneliness


Jessica Norrie joins us for her monthly literary column and explores Loneliness in fiction and also in recently published articles on the subject in leading business and science journals. When you have read the article, Jessica would love to have your views on the subject.

O is for Loneliness by Jessica Norrie

https://images.gr-assets.com/books/1405259930l/18774964.jpgI thought I knew why my daughter gave me A Man called Ove for my birthday. I recognised this grumpy middle aged man who drives the computer shop assistant mad with his poor understanding, and grumbles about neighbourhood litter and other people’s driving.

via Smorgasbord Invitation Blog Magazine – The Literary Column with Jessica Norrie – O is for Loneliness