Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore – Author Updates #Reviews – Miriam Hurdle, Jessica Norrie, Cynthia Reyes and Gwendolyn Plano


The first book today to receive a recent review is Miriam Hurdle for her collection Songs of the Heartstrings: Poems of Gratitude and Beatitude

About  Songs of Heartstrings

Human being has the willpower to travel through an exhausting journey, win a tough battle, and heal a deep wound. Strength from hope keeps us going until the light at the end of the tunnel is in sight and striving until the storm is over.

This poetic memoir comprises themes ranging from the suffering through an undesirable relationship, surviving an aggressive cancer, to the happiness in true love, the joy of parenthood, and gratefulness toward the Maker. Hurdle reveals the honest self-talk and reflects a heart filled with optimism, faith and trust. She illustrates the poems with her beautiful photos and paintings.

A recent review for the collection on Goodreads

Sep 14, 2019 James rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Songs of Heartstrings: Poems of Gratitude and Beatitude is the first book of poems I’ve read by Miriam Hurdle. This collection was published in 2018 after the poet found hope through the many lessons she’d experienced in the previous years of her life. Nature inspired her, pushed her to conquer all the obstacles thrown in her path. Though not a frequent reader in this genre, I do review these works a few times each year, as I studied poetry in college and find myself interested in reading it on occasion. I am glad I chose this one and encourage others to give the author a chance too.

The collection is organized in a few manners: by type of poem and by category. In fact, to me, some were mini stories and not necessarily a poem. That said, the author clearly shows us that poetry comes in all forms. It’s not just about rhyming or repetition. Nature is the first focus, aptly titled Songs of Nature. I feel like Ms. Hurdle wrote her poems while sitting in nature, witnessing the great beauty of animals, insects, weather, trees, and other naturalistic parts of our world. Frequent photographs, some the author took herself, accompany the sections, showing us the inspiration of what led to the poem.

Rooted with some religious beliefs, the author connects with God to openly ask for help and thank the Creator for all that she’s been given. There is raw pain and innate fear in the words, but there is also hope and promise. At just the right moments, Ms. Hurdles takes a swift turn to share something more light and funny, almost poking a bit of amusement at something that tickles her in nature. It fits, almost matching the surprises in store for all of us throughout the day.

One of my favorites, A Tiny Spider, is simple but deep:

A tiny spider labors
every night to
spin his web in
perfect symmetry.
What an innate architect is he!
patiently watches for
his prey to volunteer.
Meal for the night and
reward for the
labor and wait.
Before dawn, down
his trap and hides away.
When the night is nigh
he starts his day.
Spins his web
again, again.
Again!

Covering other basic human emotions and complex dreams, we experience dissonance, physical healing, marriage, parenthood, tribute, reflection, challenge, and inspiration. I personally enjoyed the conversations with her parents, learning about how she connected with them from two continents so far apart. Kudos to the author for a wonderful opportunity to express herself and wade through the pain and sacrifice we encounter in life, only to find the ray of light through words and expressions. 4.5 stars for the full collection.

Read the reviews and buy the collection: https://www.amazon.com/Songs-Heartstrings-Poems-Gratitude-Beatitude-ebook/dp/B07K1S47W9

And on Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Songs-Heartstrings-Poems-Gratitude-Beatitude-ebook/dp/B07K1S47W9

Read reviews and follow Miriam on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/17252131.Miriam_Hurdle

Connect to Miriam via her website: https://theshowersofblessings.com/

The second author with a review is Jessica Norrie for her recently released book The Magic Carpet.

About The Magic Carpet

Outer London, September 2016, and neighbouring eight-year-olds have homework: prepare a traditional story to perform with their families at a school festival. But Nathan’s father thinks his son would be better off doing sums; Sky’s mother’s enthusiasm is as fleeting as her bank balance, and there’s a threatening shadow hanging over poor Alka’s family. Only Mandeep’s fragile grandmother and new girl Xoriyo really understand the magical powers of storytelling. As national events and individual challenges jostle for the adults’ attention, can these two bring everyone together to ensure the show will go on?

One of the recent reviews for the book on Goodreads

I must admit that I got an expected but completely welcome surprise when I read this book. The magic carpet is an intricate and beautifully told tale of a school project and several families involved. Each child in the class has been allocated a fairy story to take home and make their own any way they wish.

The narratives switches between each family and each chapter is dedicated to a different class member. Diverse, intriguing and almost voyeuristic, we are allowed to peep into the lives of each family as they tackle the homework project in very different ways. All the adults in the story are increasingly distracted by events in their own lives and it’s up to the children to bring everyone together.

I adore that Jessica Norrie has given each family a very unique identity through circumstances. culture and race. Each relationship and situation is delicately written and issues are tackled with sensitivity but bring he characters to life. I became invested in every single child in this novel.

This is a breathtaking and addictive story about stories, families and children.

Head over and buy the book: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Magic-Carpet-Jessica-Norrie-ebook/dp/B07TXZP2S2

And on Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/Magic-Carpet-Jessica-Norrie-ebook/dp/B07TXZP2S2

Also by Jessica Norrie in English and German

Read the reviews buy the books: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Jessica-Norrie/e/B01CEUZF26

and on Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/Infinity-Pool-Jessica-Norrie-ebook/dp/B011RA8QZW

Find more reviews on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/3270629.Jessica_Norrie

Connect to Jessica via her blog: https://jessicanorrie.wordpress.com/

The next author with reviews for her latest release is Cynthia Reyes, a gardening memoir – Twigs in my Hair.

About Twigs in my Hair

Author Cynthia Reyes returns with Twigs in My Hair, a book about her lifelong passion for gardens and nature and the surprising relationships and events involved. Gorgeous photographs by Hamlin Grange complement a humorous and profound story. A beautiful gift for gardeners and non-gardeners. Readers will meet a variety of interesting creatures, both human and animal, some of whom compete for gardening produce or gardening glory. You may conclude, after reading Twigs in My Hair, that the gardener’s love for growing things swings from reverence to mania. But there is also a deeply emotional side to this story about what happens when a passionate gardener can no longer do what she loves.

One of the recent reviews for the book

K. Pickering 5.0 out of 5 stars A Book to Savor September 7, 2019

I intended to take my time with this book… To read a few pages every day…make it last. I did not succeed. Every time it caught my eye it beckoned me back and just under 4 days later I was finished.

I would highly recommend “Twigs in my Hair” by Cynthia Reyes. She invites us into her world through her gardens, past and present. Her beautiful stories are accentuated by her husband’s (Hamlin Grange) striking photographs. Photographs that give us a glimpse into their gardens and their lives.

Thank you for allowing us to sit awhile in your gardens. Thank you for introducing us to your neighbors and friends. Thank you for sharing part of yourself, warts and all. We are richer for it. – Karen Pickering

Read the reviews and buy the book: https://www.amazon.com/Twigs-my-Hair-Gardening-Memoir/dp/0991837924/

And Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Twigs-my-Hair-Gardening-Memoir/dp/0991837924/

Also by Cynthia Reyes

And co-written with Lauren Reyes-Grange – Illustrated by Jo Robinson

Read the reviews and buy the books: https://www.amazon.com/Cynthia-Reyes/e/B00F1HTQQ6

And on Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Cynthia-Reyes/e/B00F1HTQQ6

Read more reviews and follow Cynthia on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7072186.Cynthia_Reyes

Connect to Cynthia via her website: https://cynthiasreyes.com/

And the final author today with a recent review is Gwendolyn M. Plano for her memoir Letting To into Perfect Love.

About the book

Inspiring and unforgettable, Letting Go into Perfect Love is a riveting account of a journey through the terror of domestic violence to a faith that transforms all. As a college administrator, Gwendolyn M. Plano lived her professional life in a highly visible and accountable space–but as a wife and mother, behind closed doors, she and her family experienced unpredictable threat. The statistics are staggering–every 9 seconds in the United States, a woman is assaulted or beaten–but to Gwen, this was her secret; it was her shame. When her husband eventually turned his brutality on her son, she knew she could no longer remain silent.

Alternately heart-wrenching and joyful, this is a story of triumph over adversity–one woman’s uplifting account of learning how to forgive the unforgiveable, recover her sense of self, bring healing into her family, and honor the journey home. Accompanied by glimpses of celestial beings, Gwen charts a path through sorrow to joy–and ultimately, writes of the one perfect love we all seek.

The story that unfolds is not a blow-by-blow account of savagery hidden within a twenty-five-year marriage; rather, it is a walk through innocent dreams betrayed–to courage found. “Tragedy spares no one;” Gwen points out, “it just courts each of us differently. One way or another, it finds a path into our hearts, and there we do battle with the intruder.” As a survivor who came out of her unhealthy relationship determined to start over, Gwen artfully depicts the challenges of balancing the obligations of motherhood and career with her family’s healing process, while offering hope to anyone facing monumental challenges.

Integral to Gwen’s journey is her faith. Because of her Catholic upbringing, she struggles with the scandal of divorce, but finally makes her peace. When her daughter reveals her molestation by clergy, however, her fragile sense of serenity dissolves. We walk with Gwen as she tries to make sense of this horror. The agony experienced by the entire family is devastatingly palpable. Against all odds, Gwen emerges confident of her faith and begins to see the threads of meaning in even the darkest moments.

This is a book for all. But, for those who have been in a destructive relationship, Gwen’s story will be heartbreakingly familiar. For those who have been spared such diminishment, it will provide insight into the often misunderstood phenomenon of domestic violence. Since one in every four women will experience such threat in her lifetime, understanding that murky world may provide the reader with the skills needed to help his or her sister or friend or neighbor. Whether victim or friend, though, readers will be inspired by the author’s courage and ultimate resolution of her predicament. And, you may see your own challenges a little differently.

One of the recent reviews for the book

In her book Letting Go, Gwen Plano recounted her two abusive marriages in honesty and courage. She married the first husband after he had a mental breakdown. The psychiatrist gave her hope that Bruce could recover. She married him intending to help him and saved him from being admitted. She couldn’t handle his outrage and filed a divorce. She married Ron six months after they met. There were signs of Ron’s disturbed behavior, but Gwen stated that she was in a fantasy world of young love. In the years to come, Ron uprooted the family on minutes of notice and moved across the country and even to Japan. After they came back to the US, he was getting more violent, demeaning and controlling. He physically abused young son when the baby was seven months old. When the daughter was sexually abused at age five by clergies and complained about that years later, Ron didn’t want to deal with it.

During the twenty-five years of abuse, Gwen studied and taught. The workplace was her escape. The busyness kept them going for twenty-five years. At one point, she realized Ron made her feel “small.” In an abusive relationship, women kept the abuse in secret, fear the reporting results in more abuse. These women may fear of not being able to stand on their own feet.

Read the reviews and buy the book: https://www.amazon.com/Letting-into-Perfect-Love-Extraordinary-ebook/dp/B00K7WYTW6/

And Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Letting-into-Perfect-Love-Extraordinary-ebook/dp/B00K7WYTW6/

Also by Gwendolyn Plano and co-written with John W. Howell.

Read the reviews and buy the books: https://www.amazon.com/Gwendolyn-M-Plano/e/B00I5TAJ04

and on Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Gwendolyn-M-Plano/e/B00I5TAJ04

Read more reviews and follow Gwen on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7341478.Gwendolyn_M_Plano

You can find out more about Gwen on her website: http://www.gwenplano.com/

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

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Smorgasbord Blog Magazine – The Weekly Round Up – A Fairy Story, Evergreen, Chocolate, Health, New Books and Reviews oh and a lot of laughter..


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

September 29th each year is a very special date for us… and I thought I would share with you a fairy story that explains its significance.

Once upon a time there was a red-headed girl who was assistant manager in a hotel in a small hamlet in Mid-Wales.  Bontddu ( the dd is th in Welsh and the u is ee so pronounced Bontthee) I mention this as my mother insisted on telling everyone that Sally was working in a hotel in Bonteedudu!

I had been there for 18 months and to be honest, the little time I had between shifts was spent either sleeping or walking (I had no car) to the two towns equal distance 5 miles each way. Dolgellau and Barmouth a delightful seaside resort with a long sandy beach.

I had been married before for seven years and that had foundered around the four year mark but dragged on for another three (I must have broken a mirror). I was quite determined that I was never getting married again after this experience, and to this end I still wore a wedding ring to deter any possible overtures I might have been lucky enough to receive.

On one sunny Snowdonia morning (rare at certain times of the year) I intercepted a phone call in reception from someone wishing to book two rooms for two weeks.  I will admit that I was quite taken with the soft Irish accent of the man on the other end of the phone, and having reserved the two rooms, I put the receiver down and turned to one of the receptionists and uttered the famous last words ” He sounds rather nice, I think I’ll marry him!”  Much hilarity ensued and a week went by.

On the day of the reservation I had been off for a few hours and returned to assume restaurant management duties.  In those days I was required to wear a long dress in the evenings at dinner and guests were formally accompanied to their tables.  It was not long before I identified the Irish accent as Room 40.  Tall, dark haired and very handsome, a veritable Prince Charming.  To be honest I was all of a twitter (not the 140 character kind) and during the course of my duties I enquired of room 40 if he had been given sufficient crackling….

To cut a short story even shorter.  I arranged a number of meetings and dinners for Room 40, and two weeks went by without so much of flicker of interest from said resident.  If not for the opportune intervention of a couple who were regular guests at the hotel it may well have remained a disappointing encounter.

They enquired, obviously in earshot of Room 40, if my divorce had been finalised.  I replied that I had received that particular gift on my birthday back in February, and that I was officially free again.  Well, talk about Speedy Gonzalez…. before I could say I was not that kind of girl, the next day I was taken out on my day off for lunch, treated to a Chinese Takeaway when I got off duty that night, and presented with a Celtic pendant for all my assistance..

There must have been more than MSG in the Chinese because I suddenly heard the words “I think there is only one thing for us to do, will you marry me”

I think my flabber must have been well and truly gasted because before I could laugh at this insane proposal, on our first date, barely past first name terms, I said yes.

That was 29th September 1980, 13 days after his arrival at the hotel and into my life. And forget the long engagement.  He found us a flat in Dolgellau, posted the bans at the local registry office and 39 years ago on November 15th, we were married on a wild and blustery Welsh morning.  Even more shocked than the bride where her parents, the groom’s parents and my boss.

After the proposal David left to get the flat organised whilst I went into the hotel for the normal busy Saturday.  My boss was enjoying his morning coffee with the local paper when I announced casually I was getting married… “Who the hell to”…was the response and mine ” Room 40″

We have travelled the world together, lived in 17 homes both temporary and permanent, worked side by side and on occasion in separate countries.  We have had our moments but they have been brief and usually down to me being a bit of a handful! We are best friends and have shared laughter, loss and humour, and somewhere I believe there is a very smug fairy godmother….

Time to get on with this week’s posts that you might have missed….

As always my thanks to contributors and guests who take the time to write such amazing posts, that are informative, entertaining and inspiring.  And to you for dropping in and being part of the week.

Jessica Norrie is exploring books that are set on the coastline in various places around the world. I love the sea and hope that when we buy our final house it has a view of the ocean and all its changing moods.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/09/26/smorgasbord-posts-from-my-archives-the-literary-column-with-jessica-norrie-coasting-with-spies-and-criminals-1903-2018/

Today my guests is Abbie Johnson Taylor who shares her inspirations and writing with an excerpt from her latest release The Red Dress.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/09/29/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-sunday-author-interview-abbie-johnson-taylor-with-an-excerpt-from-the-red-dress/

The York Chocolate Series – Part Three – Chocolate in wartime Second Anglo Boer War 1899 – 1902 – In 1899, war broke out for the second time between the British Empire and the two Boer Republics in South Africa. In advance of Christmas 1899, Queen Victoria asked Cadbury, which held a Royal Warrant as suppliers of cocoa and chocolate products, to produce tins of chocolate to send to the British men fighting in South Africa as a gift..

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/09/23/smorgasbord-blog-magazine-guest-writer-robbie-cheadle-the-york-chocolate-series-part-three-chocolate-in-wartime-second-anglo-boer-war-1899-1902/

A combined post today with a new book promotion and my review for The Quest for Home, the second book in the Crossroads Trilogy by Jacqui Murray.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/09/29/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-new-book-on-the-shelves-and-review-the-quest-for-home/

Previously  Imogen takes a temporary job selling advertising for a local paper and ends up running a very interesting section … selling personal services! Chapter Thirteen – Makeover and the art of buying a car.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/09/28/just-an-odd-job-girl-serialisation-chapter-thirteen-chapter-thirteen-makeover-and-the-art-of-buying-a-car/

Previously  Imogen went into Central London for a much needed makeover and shopping trip, which brought to mind her friends escapades when buying a new car. She now moves on to a private school where she finds more interesting characters. Chapter Fourteen – Mayhew School for Boys and Girls.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/09/29/just-an-odd-job-girl-serialisation-chapter-fourteen-mayhew-school-for-boys-and-girls/

Time for this week’s response to Colleen’s Tuesday Poetry Challenge 146 and this week we are tasked with finding synonyms for the words ‘Fall and Give‘.. and I have chosen ‘Drop and Gift’..

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/09/26/smorgasbord-poetry-colleen-chesebros-tuesday-tanka-challenge-double-etheree-a-celebration-by-sally-cronin/

This week on the  Carrot Ranch Flash Fiction Challenge by Charli Mills   the challenge was to write a story in 99 words on the subject of someone unremembered…The Close Match

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/09/29/smorgasbord-short-stories-carrot-ranch-flash-fiction-the-close-match-by-sally-cronin/

This week I am going to Facebook in relation to book marketing and also the benefits of joining an exclusive watering hole on social media platforms

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/09/28/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-book-marketing-online-watering-holes-for-authors-facebook-exclusive-watering-holes-by-sally-cronin/

This week a song that many of us remember and still love today.. Evergreen by Barbra Streisand from the 1976 film “A Star is Born

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/09/24/smorgasbord-music-column-my-favourite-songs-from-the-movies-barbra-streisand-evergreen-love-theme-from-a-star-is-born/

Linda Thompson’s first post is a wonderful, nostalgic look back through the years to special family dinners and how it is so important that our elderly parents are given the opportunity to still feel useful in our lives. A Place at the Table for All

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/09/23/smorgasbord-posts-from-your-archives-newbloggers-a-place-at-the-table-for-all-on-aging-parents-by-linda-thompson/

This is the final post from educator and author Pete Springer .I think most of us who have finished our careers allegedly to retire, find there are elements of our jobs that are missed, and in this post, Pete shares the ones that he misses the most about teaching. What I Miss Most About Being a Teacher by Pete Springer

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/09/24/smorgasbord-posts-from-your-archives-newbloggers-what-i-miss-most-about-being-a-teacher-by-pete-springer/

This is the second post of Melanie Stewart, she is faced with a logistical nightmare to get on the road for a trip and deal with a sudden change to her 87 year old mother, Ginny’s cable set up. The Cable Debacle.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/09/25/smorgasbord-posts-from-your-archives-new-bloggers-on-the-scene-melanie-m-stewart-the-cable-debacle-2019/

This is the second  post from Peter Mohan who blogs at Cheers, Govanhill as his alter ego .. Boy David. I selected this post as we head into the late autumn and we get visitors both of the garden variety and field. Footprints in the Butter – Cheers Govanhill.

a collage of mice, all over the flat

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/09/27/smorgasbord-posts-from-your-archives-newbloggers-footprints-in-the-butter-cheers-govanhill/

New books on the shelves

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/09/23/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-new-book-on-the-shelves-fragments-of-a-dream-by-ruth-larrea/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/09/25/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-new-book-on-the-shelves-little-miss-history-travels-to-hyde-park-home-of-franklin-d-roosevelt-presidential-library-museumby-barbara-ann-mojica/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/09/26/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-new-book-on-the-shelves-pre-order-haunted-house-ghost-death-at-the-fall-festival-braxton-campus-mysteries-book-5-james-j-cudney/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/09/27/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-new-on-the-shelves-children-petra-pencil-pines-for-pizza-by-dawn-doig/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/09/28/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-new-book-on-the-shelves-three-ingredients-book-2-by-teagan-riordain-geneviene/

Author Updates – Reviews and offers.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/09/23/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-author-updates-reviews-janice-spina-marian-beaman-and-marcia-meara/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/09/27/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-author-update-reviews-mike-biles-harmony-kent-jean-lee-offer-from-andrew-joyce/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/09/24/smorgasbord-blogger-daily-tuesday-24th-september-2019-miriam-hurdle-norah-colvin-and-cynthia-reyes/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/09/25/smorgasbord-blogger-daily-wednesday-september-25th-2019-john-maberry-third-age-patricia-furstenberg-southafrica-sandra-j-jackson-authorinterview/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/09/26/smorgasbord-blogger-daily-thursday-26th-september-2019-jane-risdon-interview-olga-nunez-miret-and-amy-m-reade-reviewing-books/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/09/27/smorgasbord-blogger-daily-friday-september-27th-2019-d-g-kaye-interviews-stevie-turner-carol-taylor-pies-paddy-cummins-guinness/

The major organs and systems of the body – The female reproductive system, the endocrine system and hormones.

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https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/09/24/smorgasbord-health-column-major-organs-and-systems-of-the-body-the-female-and-male-reproductive-system-endocrine-system-and-hormones/

The obesity epidemic and finding a point to intervene in the life cycle – this week the diet of two to seven year olds, can determine their health in adulthood.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/09/25/smorgasbord-health-column-the-obesity-epidemic-part-two-finding-a-point-to-intervene-in-the-life-cycle-2-to-7-years-old-diet-by-sally-cronin/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/09/24/smorgasbord-laughter-lines-comedian-in-residence-d-g-kaye-and-a-joke-from-sallys-archives-6/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/09/26/smorgasbord-laughter-lines-comedian-in-residence-d-g-kaye-and-a-joke-from-sallys-archives-7/

 

Thank you so much for being part of the week here on Smorgasbord, and I hope you have enjoyed your visit.. please pop in again next week.. thanks Sally.

 

 

Smorgasbord Blog Magazine – Weekly Round-Up – 9th-15th September 2019 –


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

Things have been relatively quiet around here which I am grateful for. We have had some lovey sunny days and I have taken advantage of those. We both have some projects that are nearing completion so that has taken up a fair amount of time.

Coming up next week

  • Robbie Cheadle with the second part of The York Chocolate Story on Monday
  • Tuesday William Price King shares the life and music of Mary Lou Williams – American Jazz pianists, arranger and composer.
  • Carol Taylor’s food and cookery Column on Wednesday
  • The regulars will be here with book reviews and new releases for authors in the Cafe and Bookstore, The health column, funnies and afternoon video..
  • The health column continues with the major organs and systems in the body with the start of a series on the female reproductive system.
  • Some new bloggers who have been writing for under a year start their new series from the archives and some great posts to showcase.
  • The book marketing series on Saturday covers more of the online watering holes that are useful elements in promoting your work.
  • Just an Odd Job Girl with two more chapters Saturday and Sunday.
  • My guest next Sunday in the author interview is Darlene Foster.
  • And through the week the Blogger Daily will share some exceptional posts from the blogging community
  • And there will be some responses to poetry and flash challenges.

Just a reminder if you are in the Cafe and Bookstore and are planning to put any of your books on offer in coming weeks to let me know so that I can include in the updates. You can email me on sally.cronin@moyhill.com or leave a message on Facebook.

On with the posts this week

As always a huge thanks to those who contribute with guest posts and columns…. as well as to you for dropping to read them.

My guest this week is author and proofreader Jo Elizabeth Pinto who has recently released her latest book Daddy Won’t Let Mom Drive the Car: True Tales of Parenting in the Dark. Jo Elizabeth shares the inspiration behind her love of books and her own writing and lets us peek into her latest book with a humour filled extract that definitely entices you to read more.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/09/15/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-sunday-author-interview-jo-elizabeth-pinto-with-an-extract-from-daddy-wont-let-mom-drive-the-car-true-tales-of-parenting-in-the-dark/

Jessica Norrie explores the legendary first lines of books we have read….Authors need a rocket, or at least a hook, right at the start. Dickens has the best opening line ever: “It was the best of times; it was the worst of times” (A Tale of Two Cities). What scope he gives himself, with that, for anything at all to happen, in any possible way

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/09/12/smorgasbord-posts-from-my-archives-the-literary-column-with-jessica-norrie-blast-off-opening-lines/

Delighted that over the next five weeks, author Robbie Cheadle will be sharing the The York Chocolate story with us, following her recent trip to the UK..

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/09/09/smorgasbord-blog-magazine-guest-writer-robbie-cheadle-the-york-chocolate-storypart-one/

Chapter Nine – The Isle of Wight pub life and Skinheads prove to be both interesting and at times dangerous…Imogen recalls her adventures..

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/09/14/just-an-odd-job-girl-serialisation-chapter-nine-the-isle-of-wight-pub-life-and-skinheads-by-sally-cronin/

Chapter Ten – Imogen and Peter’s relationship hits a bad patch and a cat burglar does not help matters.. and then there is the matter of the insurances cheques.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/09/15/just-an-odd-job-girl-serialisation-chapter-ten-cat-burglars-and-insurance-fraud-by-sally-cronin/

A new series of the top songs from the movies in my book at least…..and the first song is Shaft by Isaac Hayes.. a blast from the past.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/09/10/smorgasbord-music-column-my-favourite-songs-from-the-movies-shaft-by-isaac-haynes/

This week the importance your blog has as part of your book marketing strategy. And a checklist to make sure you have certain elements in place to be effective.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/09/14/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-book-marketing-online-watering-holes-for-authors-part-one-your-blog-sally-cronin/

I was born on Friday 13th (February) and it has always been lucky for me… there are a number of variations, including Tuesday 13th and Thursday 13th, on the theme around the world and for various reasons..

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/09/13/smorgasbord-something-to-think-about-paraskevidekatriaphobics-have-no-fear-friday-13th-is-lucky-for-some-sally-cronin/

This week, Carrot Ranch Flash Fiction Challenge by Charli Mills was to create a story in 99 words not more, no less about the greatest gift of some kind… here is my response.. Life’s Greatest Gift….

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/09/15/smorgasbord-short-stories-the-carrot-ranch-flash-fiction-challenge-lifes-greatest-gift-by-sally-cronin/

This week’s prompt words for Colleen’s Tuesday Poetry Challenge 144 were ‘Enchant and Fly and I have used the synonyms Charm and Soar for my double etheree

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/09/11/smorgasbord-poetry-colleen-chesebros-tuesday-tanka-challenge-no-144-double-etheree-the-charm-of-fairies-by-sally-cronin/

This is the third post from the archives of author and poet, Patricia Furstenberg . I love medical conditions.. not necessarily when afflicting me personally, but the causes, symptoms and treatments.. I know I need to get a life. However, some conditions have a literary origin…. 5 Medical Symptoms Named After Literary Characters (2017) by Patricia Furstenberg

Sleeping Beauty painting by Victor Gabriel Gilbert

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/09/09/smorgasbord-posts-from-your-archives-potluck-5-medical-symptoms-named-after-literary-characters-2017-by-patricia-furstenberg/

This is the third post from the archives of author, fitness advocate and photographer Terri Webster Schrandt. I could not share some of Terri’s posts without including a photograph…. so whilst short this is also sweet, particularly as that is the favourite taste sensation of the subjects of the photograph. Photography – Never Ending Quest for Food (2016) by Terri Webster Schrandt

Male hummer finding food

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/09/09/smorgasbord-posts-from-your-archives-potluck-photography-never-ending-quest-for-food-2016-by-terri-webster-schrandt/

This is the third post from the archives of Jim Borden who blogs on ‘Borden’s Blather across a variety of topics. This post from Jim reminds us all of what there is to life we might be missing out on. The Benefits of Having a Purpose in Life (2017) by Jim Borden

(copyright World Economic Forum),

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/09/10/smorgasbord-posts-from-your-archives-potluck-the-benefits-of-having-a-purpose-in-life-2017-by-jim-borden/

This is the final post from the archives of the eclectic blog of writer Marilyn Armstrong and I have selected this one from a series of posts in 2015 – Sharing my World..Hugging the Dogs: Sharing My World 2015- Week 2 by Marilyn Armstrong

Bishop

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/09/12/smorgasbord-posts-from-the-archives-potluck-hugging-the-dogs-sharing-my-world-2015-week-2-by-marilyn-armstrong/

This is the final post of author Antoinette Truglio Martin who began blogging in 2018.. I am going to share four posts from her archives that were part of her A-Z challenge last year.  Pasta is a favourite in our household.. and Antoinette has a story about Pastina…

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/09/12/smorgasbord-posts-from-your-archives-potluck-blogging-a-z-challenge-2018-antoinette-truglio-martin-p-is-for-pastina/

This is the final post from the archives of Anne Copeland, writer of nonfiction articles, books, and poetry, as well as a mixed media and fiber artist. This post is a poem that sums up how I feel about the world at times. Weltschmerz (2018)

pexels-Statue of Liberty

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/09/13/smorgasbord-posts-from-your-archives-potluck-poetry-weltschmerz-by-anne-copeland/

This is the final post from author and designer, Valentina Cirasola I have chosen this post because my mother was a Libra born on October 5th and I am sure several of you will have your birthdays in the coming month. #Astrology Born A Libra Under Venus (2018)

(Photo: https://www.123rf.com/clipart – Artist: Kisslilly)

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/09/13/smorgasbord-posts-from-your-archives-potluck-astrology-born-a-libra-under-venus-valentina-cirasola-interior-designer/

This is the final post of author Ellen Hawley who has enjoyed a wonderfully varied career before leaving the United States to settle in Cornwall. The opioid crisis in the USA and increasingly in the UK and other countries is not the first time in history that an addictive substance has become concerning. In this post Ellen explores Tea and opium.. care of The East India Company. History – Tea, opium, and the East India Company (2018)

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/09/15/smorgasbord-posts-from-your-archives-potluck-history-tea-opium-and-the-east-india-company-2018-by-ellen-hawley/

This is the second post from educator and author Pete Springer who began blogging in April this year. I am sure you will agree that he has made a fantastic start to his new project. I know how many of you are dog lovers, and this one is for you… My Buddies by Pete Springer

Jake and Lulu

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/09/10/smorgasbord-posts-from-your-archives-newbloggers-doglovers-my-buddies-by-pete-springer/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/09/11/smorgasbord-blogger-daily-wednesday-11th-september-2019-m-j-mallon-with-frank-prem-bette-a-stevens-amy-reade-with-andi-cumbo-floyd/

New Books on the shelves

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/09/10/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-new-book-on-the-shelves-childrens-space-dust-by-eloise-de-sousa/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/09/11/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-new-book-on-the-shelves-memoir-gardening-twigs-in-my-hair-by-cynthia-reyes/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/09/12/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-new-book-on-the-shelves-abby-holly-series-book-3-secrets-of-the-trunk-by-janice-spina/

Author update – Reviews and books on offer

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/09/09/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-author-update-reviews-m-j-mallon-mary-adler-jacquie-biggar-and-deborah-jay/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/09/13/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-author-update-reviews-darlene-foster-jan-sikes-teagan-riordian-geneviene-and-jack-eason/

I wanted to describe the passage of a very common and tasty snack that many of us enjoy. Usually with only one thing in mind. The taste.. However, perhaps after following this chicken sandwich through your digestive tract you might think about it in a different way.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/09/11/smorgasbord-health-column-major-organs-and-systems-of-the-body-the-digestive-system-the-immune-system-and-a-chicken-sandwich/

 

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https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/09/12/smorgasbord-laughter-lines-guest-comedian-d-g-kaye-and-a-joke-from-sallys-archives-10/

Thank you for all your support this week and look forward to seeing you soon. Thanks Sally.

Smorgasbord Posts from My Archives – The Literary Column with Jessica Norrie – Blast Off! -Opening Lines


Blast Off! – Opening Lines by Jessica Norrie. (2018)

At choir practice, rehearsing Rossini’s Petite Messe Solennelle, there was a massive crescendo and the pianist stopped accompanying to announce: “That’s known as a Rossini Rocket.” It really is, apparently. Respect.

It set me wondering about Rossini Rockets in literature. Huge, telling moments when everything catches fire and the reader can hardly hear herself think. Battle scenes in War and Peace. Anything involving Bill Sykes or Becky Sharpe. The fire in the picture gallery at Soames Forsyte’s house. Fires anywhere – think of Jane Eyre and Miss Havisham. The 19th century may have been better at this. Presumably, something sparks somewhere in Fifty Shades of Grey, although I only got to around page 53 when I found it in my cousin’s guest bedroom. Nothing much was even smouldering by then, so I went to sleep.

Rossini could write a telling overture too, but authors need a rocket, or at least a hook, right at the start. Dickens has the best opening line ever: “It was the best of times; it was the worst of times” (A Tale of Two Cities). What scope he gives himself, with that, for anything at all to happen, in any possible way. The reader is agog. “It is a truth universally acknowledged…” is a Jane Austen opener we can all finish in our sleep, but fans of John Crace’s Digested Read  will note the whole plot is in that statement. With that sentence, Austen could have cut her words by 122,166 and still had the story (my thanks to My Particular Friend for the word count).

A weak opening line doesn’t have to be the end of sales and reputation though. Consider Marcel Proust’s “Longtemps, je me suis couché de bonne heure.” It loses a comma without gaining interest in translation: “For a long time I used to go to bed early.” Don’t expect nightlife or shenanigans in these nine volumes (though if memory serves even Proust got somewhere, if only with his grandmother, before page 53). Yet over time, sales have held up.

Moving on a century or so, authors can still get away with an apparently humdrum first sentence, if it implies something’s about to change. Here’s Eleanor Oliphant: “When people ask me what I do—taxi drivers, hairdressers—I tell them I work in an office.” The thick paperback in your hand is festooned with award stickers. Clearly, the next 380 pages aren’t going to dwell only on the malfunctioning photocopier and the daily email avalanche. Similarly, to avoid boring you with data, from now on I’ll give only the author’s name with the quote. The works they come from are easy to look up, and whether you do will be the proof of how enticing these first lines are.

An author can be explicit: “Let us begin with two girls at a dance” (Maggie O’Farrell) or you can begin at the end and work backwards: “I am nothing but a corpse now, a body at the bottom of a well” (Orhan Pamuk).

I tried to emulate this in my first novel – “Adrian Hartman wasn’t expecting to die that day, so he hadn’t thought to make a will.” But Pamuk’s corpse makes a bigger splash. (A note: Der Infinity-Pool was published in German today! If German is your mother tongue and you’d like to review it, please get in touch. Adrian Hartman hatte nicht damit gerechnet…)

Authority with a sense of conflict is good: as Jean Rhys tells us: “They say when trouble comes close ranks, and so the white people did.” Or a statement with immediate denial, preferably containing an emotive word: “People think blood red, but blood don’t got no colour.” (Marlon James).

Fitting in both terror and desire is daring: “I am standing on a corner in Monterey, waiting for the bus to come in, and all the muscles of my will are holding my terror to face the moment I most desire.” (Elizabeth Smart). But Jeanette Winterson gets away with dull facts, the better to put a rocket up the following two sentences: “Like most people I lived for a long time with my mother and father.”

Most authors would be wise to use emotive words more sparingly than the genius Smart.

Here’s a selection: blood, as above, and war (here’s Robert Harris who knows how to grab an audience: “Major Picquard to see the Minister of War…”). Also love, heart, sick(ness), death/die, swell, ballroom, gusto, wedding, child, dreams, dawn, waves, not forgetting oddballs with overtones: my personal favourites include boulevard, wisteria/lilies, pitcher/striker, klaxon. Words can combine to kick the reader awake: “All at once the flat was full of noises” (Nicci French) or “It was a bright cold day in April, and the clocks were striking thirteen”(George Orwell). If anyone wants to explore this more deeply, the author Kit Whitfield wrote a series on opening lines that leaves this article at the starting blocks.

I’m tempted to follow next time with a post on endings (as a child, I always used to turn to the back and read the last line first. I must have found it reassuring. ) The trouble with that is, it might involve spoilers for anyone who hasn’t yet had the pleasure/excitement/horror of reading my recommendations. Let me know in the comments below whether you’d like me to go ahead anyway, and meanwhile I’ll leave you with the last word, as used by Rossini. I think we’ll have to call it a Rossini Cop Out, but the music is sublime. “Breathe after men”, was the conductor’s instruction to the sopranos. Maybe it does have something in common with Fifty Shades after all. Start on page 77 and sing: Amen. Amen. A-a–amen. Amen. A-a-a-a-m-e-e-en, men. Amen (repeat and enjoy for 8 minutes 30 seconds, and you can see us in action on October 20th).

©Jessica Norrie 2018

The Magic Carpet – Jessica’s new release.

Outer London, September 2016, and neighbouring eight-year-olds have homework: prepare a traditional story to perform with their families at a school festival. But Nathan’s father thinks his son would be better off doing sums; Sky’s mother’s enthusiasm is as fleeting as her bank balance, and there’s a threatening shadow hanging over poor Alka’s family. Only Mandeep’s fragile grandmother and new girl Xoriyo really understand the magical powers of storytelling. As national events and individual challenges jostle for the adults’ attention, can these two bring everyone together to ensure the show will go on?

One of the recent reviews for The Magic Carpet

Ms. Mary Smith 5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely, lovely book 2 September 2019

I enjoyed Jessica Norrie’s first novel, The Infinity Pool and had been looking forward to her next. I adored The Magic Carpet. It’s a lovely, lovely book which offers an authentic glimpse into multi-cultural society in London. A group of primary school pupils are given a homework project to retell, with input from their respective families, some familiar fairy stories. As would be expected in a story set in a multi-cultural society many issues from racism to domestic violence are touched upon. I enjoyed meeting the characters, both children and adults, who provide insights into their thoughts and feelings and even a week after finishing the book I find myself wondering what they are all doing in their lives and how friendships may be developing.

Read the reviews and buy the book: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Magic-Carpet-Jessica-Norrie-ebook/dp/B07TXZP2S2

And on Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/Magic-Carpet-Jessica-Norrie-ebook/dp/B07TXZP2S2

Also by Jessica Norrie in English and German

Read the reviews buy the books: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Jessica-Norrie/e/B01CEUZF26

and on Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/Infinity-Pool-Jessica-Norrie-ebook/dp/B011RA8QZW

Find more reviews on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/3270629.Jessica_Norrie

About Jessica Norrie

Jessica Norrie studied French literature at Sussex University, and trained as a teacher at Sheffield. Then she wandered into parenthood, told her now grown up children stories, and heard theirs. A qualified translator, she worked on an eclectic mix of material, from health reports on racehorses to harrowing refugee tales. She taught adults and children, co-authored a textbook and ran teacher training. In 2008 came the idea for “The Infinity Pool”, which appeared in 2015 (and in German in 2018). Her second novel “The Magic Carpet”, inspired by teaching language and creativity in multicultural schools, was published on July 22nd 2019, and she is working on a third. She also spends time blogging, singing soprano, walking in the forest and trying to move out of London.

Connect to Jessica

Blog: https://jessicanorrie.wordpress.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jessica.norrie.12
Twitter: https://twitter.com/jessica_norrie

I know Jessica would love your feedback on the post and it would be great if you could share. thanks Sally

Smorgasbord Blog Magazine – Weekly Round Up – New Author Interview, Music, Travel, Seasoning, Apple Coffee Cake and lots of other stuff


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

It is a time of great suffering and challenges for the thousands who have been devastated in the Bahamas and also those caught up in the hurricane as it moves up the Eastern coast of the USA. Whilst the majority of us are just spectators as these tragedies unfold, they do touch us and make us realise how lucky we are not to be in the path of the destructive force of nature so regularly. Especially when so many of those impacted had little to begin with.

I know that I bang on about the Irish weather from time to time, but it is still a moderate climate without the extremes normally, and we are very lucky.

This coming week sees a new feature for those authors in the Cafe and Bookstore, in line with my renewed focus on promoting this group of writers.

If you have a book that you are going to be offering free or for a reduced price, usually 99p/99c then please let me know a week in advance if you can, by email sally.cronin@moyhill.com…or if you are on Facebook you can send me a message. I will add in its own section at the end of one of the Cafe Updates.. all it costs you is a few seconds of your time to let me know.

Also I don’t want to come across as a nag, but please remember to respond to comments individually, as it will encourage more sales, for your books and also for your blog to be remembered with more shares across social media.  Thank you for listening to this service message!!!

As always a huge thanks to the contributors to the blog, my aim to have a magazine approach originally has been fulfilled by their wonderful posts, offering a diverse range of subjects that I could not provide myself. Their knowledge and effort are very much appreciated. Also thank you for your support for their work and for my own posts, it helps motivate and inspire me.

Time to get on with the show…..

A welcome return to our musical columnist William Price King with a new series of posts on influential musicians.. this week American jazz-rock guitarist and composer John Scofield

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/09/03/smorgasbord-blog-magazine-the-music-column-with-william-price-king-with-american-jazz-rock-guitarist-and-composer-john-scofield/

The week D.G. Kaye takes us to one of the lovely islands in the Caribbean and provides us with all the information we need to visit...I’ve written about a few islands in the Caribbean so far, and today I want to continue the Caribbean theme and take us all to Saint Barthelemy, or the often abbreviated, St. Barths, the French prefer to call it, and, St. Barts in English.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/09/02/smorgasbord-blog-magazine-the-travel-column-with-d-g-kaye-caribbean-st-barts/

This week Carol Taylor shows us How to add fuss free flavor to your food. To make delicious family food you don’t need to spend a fortune on fancy ingredients which cost a fortune. Most of us have access to a whole range of simple herbs, spices and aromatics which we can use to accentuate and bring maximum flavor to food.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/09/04/smorgasbord-food-and-cookery-column-with-carol-taylor-how-to-add-fuss-free-flavor-to-your-food/

This month a cake that will tempt you beyond all self-control from Silvia Todesco – a step by step guide to Italian deliciousness.  Fluffy apple coffee cake: irresistible!

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/09/05/smorgasbord-blog-magazine-italian-cookery-with-silvia-todesco-fluffy-apple-coffee-cake-irresistible/

D.G. Kaye, Debby Gies, kicks off the new author interview series in great style sharing the inspiration for her writing, the editing process and software, and books on our craft that she considers are must reads. I am sure you will enjoy as much as I did. You can also enjoy an excerpt from her memoir Twenty Years After “I Do”.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/09/08/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-new-series-sunday-author-interview-non-fiction-memoir-d-g-kaye/

My review for The Magic Carpet by Jessica Norrie.. a lovely book and highly recommended.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/09/07/smorgasbord-book-reviews-the-magic-carpet-by-jessica-norrie/

Previously Imogen had regaled Andrew with her antics as one of the team in the Ladies Fashion department at Huntleys, and her run in with shoplifters. Chapter Seven – The Cosmetic Department.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/09/07/just-an-odd-job-girl-serialisation-chapter-seven-the-cosmetic-department-sally-cronin/

Previously  Working in the Cosmetic Department of Huntleys was not all about nail varnish and lipsticks, there were also fascinating social issues to be discovered and embraced. Chapter Eight – The Steakhouse

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/09/08/just-an-odd-job-girl-serialisation-chapter-eight-the-steak-house-by-sally-cronin/

Being the first Colleen’s Tuesday Poetry Challenge 142 of the month, Colleen allows us the freedom to choose our own words…Double Etheree – The Summer Bids Farewell 

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/09/05/smorgasbord-poetry-colleen-chesebros-tanka-tuesday-challenge-the-summer-bids-farewell-by-sally-cronin/

This week’s Carrot Ranch Flash Fiction Challenge by Charli Mills was to use the title of one of the greatest western’s of all time True Grit in one form or another.. Since is was my father’s favourite film (along with any John Wayne Western) I have responded with this.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/09/08/smorgasbord-short-stories-carrot-ranch-flash-fiction-true-grit-by-sally-cronin/

Attracting your readers, Covers, Book Titles, Tag Lines and Key Words Authors are small businesses with a product that needs marketing to obtain sales. Once you start thinking of yourself as a business it tends to focus your mind differently. One of the key elements of marketing and selling is to attract the right customer for your product and in book marketing this is your readers.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/09/07/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-book-marketing-attracting-your-readers-covers-book-titles-tag-lines-and-key-words-by-sally-cronin/

New books on the shelves.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/09/04/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-new-book-on-the-shelves-ya-amanda-in-holland-missing-in-action-by-darlene-foster/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/09/04/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-new-book-on-the-shelves-nights-tooth-tales-of-the-river-vine-book-1-by-jean-lee/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/09/06/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-new-book-on-the-shelves-the-captains-witch-by-karen-demers-dowdall/

Author Updates

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/09/02/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-author-update-reviews-brigid-p-gallagher-james-j-cudney-and-paulette-mahurin/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/09/06/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-author-update-reviews-mary-smith-bette-a-stevens-and-stevie-turner/

Kicking off the new series of posts from the archives of bloggers who have been blogging for under a year, is Pete Springer, sharing his story of getting fitter and healthier after retirement. Making Healthy Changes by Pete Springer

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/09/03/smorgasbord-posts-from-your-archives-newbloggers-making-healthy-changes-by-pete-springer/

The current series of potluck posts continues for a couple of weeks and in this post Terri Webster Schrandt underlines the need to make sure that children and adults are safe in the water. Don’t Become a Memory: Three Easy Ways to Be Safe in the Water (2015) by Terri Webster Schrandt

Swim-Kids

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/09/02/smorgasbord-posts-from-your-archives-potluck-dont-become-a-memory-three-easy-ways-to-be-safe-in-the-water-2015-by-terri-webster-schrandt/

This is the second post from the archives of author and poet, Patricia Furstenberg who as you can tell from some of her books is a dog lover. In this post Patricia shares the steps to igniting the love of reading in boys. Here’s How To Get Boys To Read In 5 Easy Steps (2017) by Patricia Furstenberg

Image courtesy Unsplash

Image courtesy Unsplash

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/09/02/smorgasbord-posts-from-your-archives-potluck-heres-how-to-get-boys-to-read-in-5-easy-steps-2017-by-patricia-furstenberg/

This is the second post from the archives of Jim Borden. One of the areas I think we do not do well here is with a Community Alert System should there be a potential disaster.. along the lines of this post.  #Community First Night of CERT Training (2016) by Jim Borden – No, this post is not about how to properly take a breath mint, although I know many of us who could benefit from such training.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/09/03/smorgasbord-posts-from-your-archives-potluck-community-first-night-of-cert-training-2016-by-jim-borden/

This is the third post from the archives of the eclectic blog of writer Marilyn Armstrong and I have selected this one because despite being written seven years ago…our lives are still run by batteries and power boards.Charge (Batteries) 2012 by Marilyn Armstrong

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/09/05/smorgasbord-posts-from-your-archives-potluck-charge-batteries-2012-by-marilyn-armstrong/

This is the third post of author Antoinette Truglio Martin who began blogging in 2018.. I am going to share four posts from her archives that were part of her A-Z challenge last year.  Since my downfall is and has always been food….I enjoyed browsing Antoinette’s challenge. This week, a food that immediately brings back memories of New England… Lobster.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/09/05/smorgasbord-posts-from-your-archives-potluck-blogging-a-z-challenge-2018-antoinette-truglio-martin-l-is-for-lobster/

This is the third post from the archives of Anne Copeland, writer of nonfiction articles, books, and poetry, as well as a mixed media and fiber artist. This post is heartrending and inspiring. As someone who has lost a late-term baby, I  found this very touching and it is a beautiful undertaking by an extraordinary woman. An Angel Among Us (2018) Anne Copeland

Garden of Angels Cemetery at Desert Lawn in Calimesa

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/09/06/smorgasbord-posts-from-your-archives-potluck-abandonedbabies-an-angel-among-us-2018-anne-copeland/

This is the third post from author and designer, Valentina Cirasola. I have chosen this post from the Home Designs Blog and as I have always painted by kitchens Yellow… I thought you might get some inspiration from Valentina from September 2018 Yellow For Manifesting – Valentina Cirasola – Interior Designer

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/09/06/smorgasbord-posts-from-your-archives-potluck-yellow-for-manifesting-2018-valentina-cirasola-interior-designer/

This is the third post from the archives of Lee who writes for her blog Woeful to Froful, where she shares about hair and skincare, beauty, positive thinking and music. This is from Lee’s second blog and I thought it was a lovely way to express a mother’s body….

beach-life-maternity-51386-pexels-pixabay

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/09/07/smorgasbord-posts-from-your-archives-potluck-mothers-this-body-has-carried-babies-by-lee/

This is the third post of author Ellen Hawley who has enjoyed a wonderfully varied career before leaving the United States to settle in Cornwall.  Here Ellen shares a recipe for another family favourite. Recipe – Peach or blackberry cobbler: an American recipe

cobbler, eddie 006

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/09/08/smorgasbord-posts-from-your-archives-potluck-recipe-peach-or-blackberry-cobbler-an-american-recipe-by-ellen-hawley/

The new series of the blogger daily where I showcase some of our brilliant bloggers in the community.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/09/04/smorgasbord-blogger-daily-september-4th-2019-jennie-fitzkee-sue-vincent-robbie-cheadle-james-j-cudney/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/09/07/smorgasbord-blogger-daily-saturday-september-7th-2019-beetley-pete-guest-posts-paddy-cummins-irish-names-some-kind-of-fifty-questions/

Last week I began a series on The Immune System and how it works. This week I would like to show you how your role in your immune system’s efficiency is critical and possibly life saving.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/09/03/smorgasbord-health-column-major-organs-and-sysems-of-the-body-the-immune-system-and-your-role-in-its-efficiency/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/09/03/smorgasbord-laughter-lines-comedian-in-residence-d-g-kaye-and-some-jokes-from-sallys-archives-3/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/09/05/smorgasbord-laughter-lines-comedian-in-residence-d-g-kaye-and-some-jokes-from-sallys-archives-2/

 

Thank you for dropping by and for all your amazing support it is much appreciated. It would be lovely if we could connect on the following sites too. Thanks Sally.

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Smorgasbord Blog Magazine – Weekly Round UP – Goodreads marketing, Numerology, Music, Health, Humour and more Book and Blog FREE Promotions


Welcome to the weekly round up of posts you might have missed here on Smorgasbord.

I hope you have had a great week and certainly it has been fun and a little hectic around here. The weather was very autumnal and it seems that this next couple of days will be the last for quite some time for a bit of sunshine. We are thinking of all of you who are dealing with Dorian at the moment and hope that everyone is safe, whilst acknowledging that we might get wet in Ireland but never to the extremes that many of you have to contend with.

One of the tasks this week was to plan the autumn overhaul of the blog and put some new series in place to keep you entertained and informed. My intention is to focus the book promotions on the authors in the Cafe and Bookstore to increase their visibility on a more regular basis.

One of these is the new Sunday Interview series exclusively for authors in the Cafe and to kick it off and to show you how it is done… D.G. Kaye, Debby Gies will be here next Sunday September 8th with her interview. I am now booking interview at the end of October and into November, so if you have a new book coming out then you might like to take advantage of this additional promotion. Details are in this link, including on how to get your books on the shelves of the Cafe and Bookstore in the first place.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/08/18/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-new-series-sunday-author-interview-coming-soon/

Your regular contributors will be with us through the rest of the year – D.G. Kaye is here with the Travel Column tomorrow with another Caribbean gem, William Price King and the Music Column is back this coming Tuesday every two weeks, Carol Taylor will have more recipes with a touch of Thai spice every second Wednesday and Silvia Todesco will be wowing us with Italian Cookery once a month.

I have some guest writers lined up and author Robbie Cheadle whose popular children’s series Sir Chocolate story and cookbook, is contributing a five part series on the history of chocolate…beginning Monday September 9th.

I also want to continue to support new and established bloggers by bringing back the Blogger Daily at least two days a week if not more.

Help me promote you.

I would be grateful if you can help me out and hopefully give your books a boost by letting me know when you have a new release coming out. Some of you are doing pre-orders on your new books and I am happy to do the New Book on the Shelves promotions a week to 10 days in advance of publication date for readers to take advantage of any offers. I think that time scale adds a sense of urgency that encourages readers to buy whilst there is still an offer.

If you have a new review

There are 160 active authors in the Cafe at any one time and I do two review updates a week on Mondays and Fridays. It takes quite a lot of time to check each author and go into Amazon and Goodreads in search of a recent review and you would be helping me out if you give me a helping hand.

If you have a new review for a book that is on the shelves and are on Facebook, direct message me with the book title and I will do the rest, or you can leave in the comments on any of the Cafe and Bookstore posts. The posts receive on average 80 views and it does boost that if all the authors featured share on their own social media. It is free so all it takes is a little time and worth it if you make a sale or two.

Here is the link for the Cafe and Bookstore and you can check to see if you have your most recent review showing on your entry… if not let me know.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-free-author-promotion/

Another new series begins next week offering new bloggers whose blogs are 12 months or younger an opportunity to showcase their posts. Also a step by step guide to setting up your blog to be reader friendly. If you know any bloggers who are just setting out, then please pass this on to them.. thanks

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/08/28/new-series-smorgasbord-posts-from-your-archives-new-blogger-promotionand-setting-up-your-blog-for-accessibility-readability-and-sharing/

The key element to all these promotion is you.. If you want to take advantage of my audience and blog and social media platforms, all you have to do is ask.

Now on with the posts from the last week.

As always a huge thank you to everyone who contributes, participates in the Archive post series and to you for dropping in and leaving a comment or sharing.. It is appreciated.

Annette Rochelle Aben shares the universal energy we can expect in September that will impact us all to one degree or another..

 

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/09/01/smorgasbord-blog-magazine-numerology-your-universal-energy-for-september-with-annette-rochelle-aben/

Jessica Norrie shares some tips on getting back that reading feeling, when  you hit a dry spot…You’ve lost that reading feeling…

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/08/29/smorgasbord-posts-from-the-archives-the-literary-column-with-jessica-norrie-youve-lost-that-reading-feeling/

A took a look at the ‘Quoted’ following of one of the paid for promoting book sites when they approached me on LinkedIn a couple of weeks ago, claiming to put my book in front of 200,000 potential readers.. what I found was considerably less that across their website and social media.. in fact they fell over 198,000 short!

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/08/26/something-to-think-about-dodgy-book-promotion-sites-the-only-numbers-that-are-accurate-are-their-prices-by-sally-cronin/

Goodreads is another great platform to have your books centralised and where anywhere in the world can review your books, whether they have been bought from Amazon, been given as a gift or borrowed from the library. Getting your author page set up step by step.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/08/31/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-book-marketing-being-part-of-the-goodreads-author-programme-sally-cronin/

Chapter Five of Just an Odd Job Girl.. and beware long hair pieces and the Rolling Stones.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/08/31/just-an-odd-job-girl-serialisation-chapter-five-hair-pieces-and-the-shoe-department-by-sally-cronin/

Chapter Six – The Women’s Fashion Department and Shoplifters.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/09/01/just-an-odd-job-girl-serialisation-chapter-six-ladies-fashions-and-shop-lifters-by-sally-cronin/

I have been reading a series over the last few months and am now reading the fourth David Slaton novel. I am reviewing the first in the series, The Perfect Assassin by USA Today Bestselling author Ward Larsen, as I cannot recommend the books enough…

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/08/31/smorgasbord-book-reviews-thriller-the-perfect-assassin-by-ward-larsen-by-sally-cronin/

In the last of the summer festival series, some of the music from the movies that have become iconic hits.. On Wednesday William Price King returns with more musicians in the spotlight.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/08/27/smorgasbord-summer-music-festival-songs-from-the-movies-the-final-dances/

This week’s Colleen’s Tuesday Poetry Challenge 142  offered the prompts ‘Character and Wild’.. with our choice of synonyms.  I have selected Protagonist and Primitive in a double etheree.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/08/29/smorgasbord-poetry-colleen-chesebros-tuesday-tanka-challenge-double-etheree-devolution-by-sally-cronin/

This is the first post from the archives of author, fitness advocate and photographer Terri Webster Schrandt. I chose this post to kick off Terri’s series, since I need a severe kick up the backside with regard to fitness..I need to do better…Perspectives on Fitness (2014)

Go get fit by walking up stairs

photo by Unsplash

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/08/26/smorgasbord-posts-from-your-archives-potluck-perspectives-on-fitness-2014-by-terri-webster-schrandt/

This is the first post from the archives of Jim Borden who blogs on ‘Borden’s Blather’ across a variety of topics –Wellness Wednesday: Take a Two-Minute Walk Before You Read This (2015)

standupdesk2

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/08/27/smorgasbord-posts-from-your-archives-potluck-wellness-wednesday-take-a-two-minute-walk-before-you-read-this-2015-by-jim-borden/

This is the second post from the archives of the eclectic blog of writer Marilyn Armstrong and I have selected this one from 2014 because I think most of us have a favourite, stand out year. Marilyn’s Favourite Year – 1969 (2014)

Apollo 11

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/08/29/smorgasbord-posts-from-your-archives-potluck-marilyn-armstrongs-favourite-year-1969/

This is the second post of author Antoinette Truglio Martin who began blogging in 2018.. I am going to share four posts from her archives that were part of her A-Z challenge last year.  Since my downfall is and has always been food….I enjoyed browsing Antoinette’s challenge. Now who does not like a hamburger….

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/08/29/smorgasbord-posts-from-your-archives-potluck-blogging-a-z-challenge-2018-antoinette-truglio-martin-h-is-for-hamburger/

This is the second post from author and designer, Valentina Cirasola who has three blogs all under the same roof to enjoy.Friday Fashion Blog   Home Designs Master Blog and The Good Life Blog. I have chosen this post as it shares the creativity of the young designers of tomorrow, some as young as 14 years old. Artistry in #Fashion (2016)- Valentina Cirasola

Student's display

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/08/30/smorgasbord-posts-from-your-archives-potluck-artistry-in-fashion-valentina-cirasola-designer/

This is the second post from the archives of Anne Copeland, writer of nonfiction articles, books, and poetry, as well as a mixed media and fiber artist. Fashion Sense More of Who I Will be Today (2018)

lady in funky clothes like Anne

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/08/30/smorgasbord-posts-from-your-archives-potluck-fashionsense-more-of-who-will-i-be-today-2018-by-anne-copeland/

This is the second post of author Ellen Hawley who has enjoyed a wonderfully varied career before leaving the United States to settle in Cornwall. I love Cornwall and its unique place in our history and also its determination to retain its language and customs. So I thought you would enjoy this post as much as I did. A Cornish mile and a Cornish saint (2016)

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/09/01/smorgasbord-posts-from-your-archives-potluck-cornwall-a-cornish-mile-and-a-cornish-saint-2016-by-ellen-hawley/

New Book on the Shelves

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/08/28/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-new-book-on-the-shelves-order-no-227-from-stalin-with-love-by-marina-osipova/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/08/27/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-new-on-the-shelves-fantasy-enchantments-the-beginning-by-claire-plaisted/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/08/27/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-new-book-on-the-shelves-myrtle-makes-a-new-friend-myrtle-the-purple-turtle-series-by-cynthia-reyes-and-lauren-reyes-grange-illustrated-by-jo-robinson/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/08/30/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-new-book-on-the-shelves-the-red-dress-by-abbie-johnson-taylor/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/08/31/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-new-book-on-the-shelves-oroarkes-destiny-cornish-rogues-book-1-by-shehanne-moore/

Author Update

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/08/26/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-author-update-reviews-deborah-a-bowman-hl-carpenter-and-patricia-furstenberg/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/08/30/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-author-update-reviews-jane-risdon-d-g-kaye-and-balroop-singh/

They are expecting an earlier start to the flu season and here is some of the recent news, plus some strategies to beat the virus.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/08/28/smorgasbord-health-column-the-upcoming-flu-season-in-the-news-and-getting-prepared/

As a follow on from the update on the post on the flu, the start of the series on the Immune system and how it works.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/08/28/smorgasbord-health-column-the-major-organs-and-systems-of-the-body-the-immune-system-and-how-it-works-by-sally-cronin/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/08/27/smorgasbord-laughter-lines-comedian-in-residence-d-g-kaye-and-a-joke-from-sallys-archives-4/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/08/29/smorgasbord-laughter-lines-comedian-in-residence-d-g-kaye-and-some-jokes-from-sallys-archives/

Thank you again for all your support this week and I look forward to hearing from you should you wish to participate in any of the current or future promotions.. Sally.

Smorgasbord Posts from the Archives – The Literary Column with Jessica Norrie – You’ve lost that reading feeling…


You’ve lost that reading feeling…Jessica Norrie

A beautiful thing is dying (not quite the words of the Righteous Brothers hit because of copyright laws). You don’t care if the book slips down the back of the sofa or gets left out in the rain; the hero can whistle and the heroine’s dull. No other story or setting would grab you either; they’re just lines of senseless words. For some time now, you haven’t been in the mood.

Instead you’ve got that rotten feeling. A lifelong, reliable healthy habit is failing you. With it disappears your route away from stress, your imaginary version of worlds where anything can happen but all will be resolved, and your escape from situations and conversations you aren’t enjoying. Gone too are access to laughter, empathy, information and travel, new friends (and adversaries), intrigue, entertainment and the luxury of shedding tears over something that never happened. You’re stuck in the real world with the fire doors locked.
Why does reading loss occur, does it matter, and if so, what can you do?

For me it happens when I’m stressed, or worse – unhappy, grieving, in pain perhaps. I lose concentration. Even low brow pot boilers (for which I have great respect) demand a minimum level of focus, and I can’t give it.

It also happens when external demands force themselves into my consciousness – not always a bad thing. I couldn’t read (much) when my children were small. My life rerouted to their time zone and responded to their exuberant or crashed out states – there didn’t seem to be much in between but it had been in the between times that I read. The children are taller than me now, and I’m reading again. Occasionally I read a novel so good I don’t know how to follow it – like the day after a special, rich meal when nothing seems appetising. Nor could I read when my job was demanding and the management unreasonable, or when my to-do list had more pages than a Victorian novel. I missed it.

You may be unable to read because of snacking on social media? But concentration is sapped by gobbits of other people’s trivia, or even snatches of worthwhile information, complete with comments, trolls and links to yet more trivia (or worthwhile information). This article on using social media at work calls it the “pinball effect”; the effect on leisure can’t be very different.

Even before social media, I used to find I could read on holiday in peaceful countryside, but not on city breaks where my senses were already over stimulated by lights, noise, architecture, traffic, food, entertainment…So during city breaks I give myself up to the art galleries I came for and leave reading for the aeroplane. In the countryside – well, the landscape tells its own story. That distant hill is a chapter with the next one behind, the foreground sheep are (restful) characters, and the path winding along the river is the narrative. People watching on the beach is a pleasure too, sitting in parasol shade before an ever changing screen of small stories. Or watching the waves, research has shown, leads the mind to a calmer and more creative space. To read or not to read – it doesn’t matter.

Paradoxically, it can be wanting/having to read that stops us, as when our attention can’t make it to page two of a book prescribed by a course or book group. Bookbloggers, wonderful people who review and publicise books without pay and get a lot of undeserved criticism, admit sometimes to feeling snowed under by the stacks their “hobby” has sent their way, and longing to read “just for themselves”. I’ve no patience with sites like Goodreads that encourage you to set reading targets, numbers of books and genres you’ll read in a week/month/year. We all have enough targets at school and work nowadays.

Reading should be a pleasure.

It does matter when stress takes away the ability to read. It’s a vicious circle because books and stories are exactly the relief we need. When grieving, I might find empathy; when feeling guilty or defensive about my behaviour I might find my reactions mirrored (hence my joy in Rachel Cusk’s  books inspired by her family life, and Elizabeth Jane Howard’s about mothers and daughters).

A bereaved friend found comfort in Joan Didion’s The Year of Magical Thinking. Everyone has different books that speak to them thus, echoing thoughts and expressing feelings on their behalf. Everyone knows the rare clarity of being surprised by a phrase into a standing ovation: “I feel that! She’s telling my story!” Reading those books is as good as therapy (and cheaper). The account makes sense of our experience and we take another step towards recovery.

When the loss of reading does matter, how can you get the pleasure back?
If you are not reading because you’re stressed or depressed, don’t make it yet another thing to beat yourself up about (I’m saddened how often I come across this on social media.) Do yoga instead, or mindfulness, or walk in the park, better still on a beach. One day you’ll read again.

This blog post will appear at the end of UK Mental Health Awareness Week. Perhaps you need something channelled towards the feelings you’re experiencing. I’m not suggesting people with severe mental ill health should be palmed off with a book, but mild to moderate sufferers may have books prescribed  to complement medication. The Reading Agency has some good lists here.

If you’re not reading because you can’t find anything that interests you or the last book was a hard act to follow, try a change of genre. Forget novels: try travel, biography or history – they’re full of stories too. Perhaps you’ve read too much of the same thing recently. Try poetry – each poem is different – and relatively short!

If a book seems turgid, is there a film version? The film will give you entry points and help you visualise.

Remember old favourites. For my mother this was P.G. Wodehouse, for my daughter Harry Potter, for me it’s loved childhood books. If I keep mentioning the same names in these blog posts it’s for a reason: Laura Ingalls Wilder,  Joan AikenHester Burton.  But you will have your own. Bill Bryson makes me laugh, and the chapters are short, always helpful when concentration is poor. “...what is the use of a book,” thought Alice, “without pictures or conversation?” – so look for illustrated books. Magazines are lighter; good magazines lead you back to good books anyway. Try Good Housekeeping (and its supportive book group).

We don’t always do ourselves favours. Is your reading light strong enough, are your glasses right, are you sitting comfortably? Is your phone out of reach and earshot?
Above all, don’t fret. Those who worry about not reading are not the people who should be worrying. They’ll read again one day. It’s the others who need to get on board.

Jessica Norrie ©2018

My thanks to Jessica for offering strategies for those times when reading might be the last thing on our minds… but actually might be beneficial in so many ways. Have you a book or author you turn to when you need to get your reading kick started again?

The Magic Carpet – Jessica’s new release.

Outer London, September 2016, and neighbouring eight-year-olds have homework: prepare a traditional story to perform with their families at a school festival. But Nathan’s father thinks his son would be better off doing sums; Sky’s mother’s enthusiasm is as fleeting as her bank balance, and there’s a threatening shadow hanging over poor Alka’s family. Only Mandeep’s fragile grandmother and new girl Xoriyo really understand the magical powers of storytelling. As national events and individual challenges jostle for the adults’ attention, can these two bring everyone together to ensure the show will go on?

One of the recent reviews for The Magic Carpet

Neville Filar 5.0 out of 5 stars A Fantastic Read 14 August 2019

Based on what is obviously a deep love for and knowledge of the teaching of young children, Norrie weaves an utterly engrossing tale of contemporary London life.

I was gripped from the outset by the vibrant reality of her characters and situations
The writing style is apparently effortlessly easy. Situations develop ,are resolved and all the time one is hungry for more . To learn how the lives of these people who I quickly came to love will turn out. And how the children’s plays will be received when performed

The book has obviously been very fully researched . Not once did I feel that she verges on cliche. I cannot recommend this book too highly

Read the reviews and buy the book: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Magic-Carpet-Jessica-Norrie-ebook/dp/B07TXZP2S2

And on Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/Magic-Carpet-Jessica-Norrie-ebook/dp/B07TXZP2S2

Also by Jessica Norrie in English and German

Read the reviews buy the books: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Jessica-Norrie/e/B01CEUZF26

and on Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/Infinity-Pool-Jessica-Norrie-ebook/dp/B011RA8QZW

Find more reviews on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/3270629.Jessica_Norrie

About Jessica Norrie

Jessica Norrie studied French literature at Sussex University, and trained as a teacher at Sheffield. Then she wandered into parenthood, told her now grown up children stories, and heard theirs. A qualified translator, she worked on an eclectic mix of material, from health reports on racehorses to harrowing refugee tales. She taught adults and children, co-authored a textbook and ran teacher training. In 2008 came the idea for “The Infinity Pool”, which appeared in 2015 (and in German in 2018). Her second novel “The Magic Carpet”, inspired by teaching language and creativity in multicultural schools, is published on July 22nd, and she is working on a third. She also spends time blogging, singing soprano, walking in the forest and trying to move out of London.

Connect to Jessica

Blog: https://jessicanorrie.wordpress.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jessica.norrie.12
Twitter: https://twitter.com/jessica_norrie

I know Jessica would love your feedback on the post and it would be great if you could share. thanks Sally

Smorgasbord Blog Magazine – Weekly Round Up – New Sunday Interview, Old Protagonists, Classic Music, Distinquished Guests and Pick ‘n’ Mix.


Welcome to the the post on the blog for the week that you might have missed.

Firstly, I mentioned last week that there would be a new Sunday Interview beginning soon.. and the promotional post went out today. All authors who are currently on the shelves of the Cafe and Bookstore are invited… and there is also an opportunity for other authors to join them after their initial book promotions.   I hope you will take a look at the post and take advantage of the opportunity to promote your work.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/08/18/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-new-series-sunday-author-interview-coming-soon/

Secondly…Nothing much of note going on around here on a personal level, as the weather has been autumnal and we have had a lot of projects on. I am also offline during the mid part of the day working on my WIP.. which has now turned into 4 WIPs… I just can’t help myself!

As always my thanks to the contributors who bring such interesting content to the blog, and of course to you for supporting and sharing so brilliantly.

Jessica Norrie asks the question Can your protagonist be too old to be interesting? And offers some examples of books where the protagonist’s age is a key element of the story. BTW.. Jessica is undergoing eye surgery and will be back to respond to any comments in a few weeks.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/08/15/posts-from-my-archives-the-literary-column-with-jessica-norrie-can-your-protagonist-be-too-old-to-be-interesting/

The serialisation of my novel. Just an Odd Job Girl – Chapter One – Reflections on the Past.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/08/17/just-an-odd-job-girl-serialisation-chapter-one-reflections-on-the-past-sally-cronin/

Chapter Two – The Curriculum Vitae.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/08/18/just-an-odd-job-girl-serialisation-chapter-two-the-curriculum-vitae-sally-cronin/

This week for Colleen’s Tuesday Poetry Challenge 140 she has given us the prompt words Light and Dark and I selected the synonyms Fair and Night’ As last week I paid tribute to the dogs in our lives.. this week I thought the least I could do was pay homage to our cats. Double Etheree – A Cat’s Life by Sally Cronin

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/08/15/smorgasbord-poetry-colleen-chesebros-tuesday-tanka-challenge-a-cats-life-by-sally-cronin/

I hope you will enjoy my flash fiction in response to Carrot Ranch Flash Fiction Challenge by Charli Mills  This week the prompt was sweet jam… and here is my 99 words, no more no less. Strawberry Jam by Sally Cronin

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/08/17/smorgasbord-short-stories-carrot-ranch-flash-fiction-strawberry-jam-by-sally-cronin/

Those of us who have books available on Amazon and other online book sites, particularly ebooks are also vulnerable to pirates, and Debby Gies, D.G. Kaye, shares an interesting possible action we are taking to enable this. Felony or Flattery? #Copyright Infringement and Content Scraping

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/08/11/smorgasbord-reblog-felony-or-flattery-copyright-infringement-and-content-scraping-by-d-g-kaye/

This week some of the classics I listen to ..

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/08/13/smorgasbord-summer-music-festival-classics-to-kick-back-sally-cronin/

This is the third post of Debbie the DogLady who lives in Toronto, Canada and posts about travel, music, life and of course dogs. Meet Max.

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https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/08/12/smorgasbord-posts-from-your-archives-potluck-dogsitting-chaper-three-max-by-debbie-the-dog-lady/

This is the third post from Marsi, who with her husband Robert, embarked on a four month journey west. I will be sharing posts from their trip in addition to other posts in their archives. In this post Marsi takes us to the other Las Vegas…in New Mexico. With Film Camera in hand, I Explore Quirky Las Vegas (New Mexico) by Marsi

Parisian Dry Cleaners in Las Vegas, New Mexico 35mm Film Photography

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/08/12/smorgasbord-posts-from-your-archives-potluck-with-film-camera-in-hand-i-explore-quirky-las-vegas-new-mexico-by-marsi/

For L.T. Garvin’s third post, I have chosen a poem that I am sure you will enjoy too. The Fisherman by L.T. Garvin

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https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/08/13/smorgasbord-posts-from-your-archives-potluck-poetry-the-fisherman-by-l-t-garvin/

This is the third post from the archives of author Claire Fullerton, and I have selected another of her pieces on life in Ireland as I am sure you will enjoy as much as I doThe Thing about Galway (2016) by Claire Fullerton

The Thing about Galway

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/08/13/smorgasbord-posts-from-your-archives-potluck-ireland-the-thing-about-galway-2016-by-claire-fullerton/

This is the third post from author K.D.(Karen DeMers) Dowdall’s archivesKaren features guest posts and I have selected this one as even writers such as myself, with bad habits…. will find it useful. Ten Tips for Proof Reading and Editing (2017) by Karen DeMers Dowdall

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/08/14/smorgasbord-posts-from-your-archives-potluck-ten-tips-for-proof-reading-and-editing-2017-by-karen-demers-dowdall/

This is the third post from the archives of Smitha Vishwanath who shares poetry, wonderful travel posts and life experiences on her blog. This week I am sharing one of Smitha’s favourite posts about family and returning to her roots.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/08/14/smorgasbord-posts-from-your-archives-potluck-nostalgia-going-back-to-the-roots-2016smitha-vishwanath/

A Few of My Favorite Words 2017 by Elizabeth Gauffreau Do you spend much time thinking about your favorite words, calling each one to the forefront of your mind so that you can explain to yourself once again just how much that word delights you and why?

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/08/15/smorgasbord-posts-from-your-archives-potluck-a-few-of-my-favorite-words-2017-by-elizabeth-gauffreau/

This is the final post from the wonderfully varied archives of poet and author Ritu Bhathal. This week I have chosen the celebration and lessons learnt by Ritu when she lost two stone back in 2017… a great reminder of how you can lose weight healthily. #Weightloss #HealthyEating – 13 Tips I Learned Over The Last Year 2017 by Ritu Bhathal

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/08/15/smorgasbord-posts-from-your-archives-potluck-weightloss-healthyeating-13-tips-i-learned-over-the-last-year-2017-by-ritu-bhathal/

This is the final post for author Chuck Jackson and I have selected a book review that he wrote for Educated, a memoir by Tara Westover Educated by Tara Westover

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/08/16/smorgasbord-posts-from-your-archives-potluck-educated-by-tara-westover-reviewed-by-chuck-jackson/

This is the final post from retired librarian and author Cathy Cade, who has been blogging since early 2018.  I thought that now you have been introduced to Cathy we might find out more about her in this post, where she was awarded the Sunshine Blogger Award.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/08/16/smorgasbord-posts-from-your-archives-potluck-sunshine-blogger-award-an-opportunity-to-get-to-know-cathy-cade-a-little-more/

This is the last of the posts this series, from the archives of author and poet Joy Lennick, This post by Joy, written in 2013 is on the subject of poetry and explores the distinctions between what is considered serious poetry and that which is written by us mere mortals! Serious poetry is art but is it too elitist? 2013 by Joy Lennick

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/08/17/smorgasbord-posts-from-your-archives-potluck-serious-poetry-is-art-but-is-it-too-elitist-by-joy-lennick/

This is the final post from the lovely Linda Bethea (for the series anyway) Good Old Champ (A Children’s Story) (2014)

Horse and HatIllustration Kathleen Holdaway Swain

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/08/18/smorgasbord-posts-from-your-archives-potluck-good-old-champ-a-childrens-story-2014-by-linda-bethea/

New book on the shelves

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/08/12/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-new-book-on-the-shelves-poetry-moments-we-love-balroop-singh/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/08/13/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-new-book-on-the-shelves-pre-order-for-august-25th-fallout-are-you-safe-harmony-kent/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/08/16/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-new-book-on-the-shelves-celebrity-corgi-series-charming-the-chef-sweet-promises-c-a-phipps/

Author Update

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/08/12/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-author-update-jan-sikes-m-j-mallon-and-marina-osipova/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/08/16/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-author-update-reviews-jeanine-lunsford-marcia-meara-judy-penz-sheluk/

Last time I looked at the structure and basic function of the liver and in this post I want to cover some of the conditions that can effect this major organ.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/08/14/smorgasbord-health-column-major-organs-and-systems-of-the-body-the-digestive-system-part-four-liver-diseases/

There have been some studies that have identified that there is an increase in nutritional deficiency in the diet and here are three articles that are worth reading. Including A physician’s warning on the keto diet – Doctor Shivam Joshi

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/08/14/smorgasbord-health-column-health-and-food-in-the-news-nutritional-deficiency-on-the-increase-keto-diet-industrially-manufactured-foods-lack-of-sunshine/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/08/13/smorgasbord-laughter-lines-things-are-not-as-they-might-seem-and-a-few-more-one-liners/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/08/15/smorgasbord-laughter-lines-amisleading-misdirection-and-minding-your-own-businessand-more-one-liners/

I hope I leave you dancing around your office with the partner of your choice… thanks for dropping in and I look forward to seeing you again next week..Sally

Posts from my Archives – The Literary Column with Jessica Norrie – Can your protagonist be too old to be interesting?


Can your protagonist be too old to be interesting?

Never browse Facebook, unless you’re proof against remarks that cause fits of anger.

Here’s one from an author last week:

“There’s been some chatter on other boards about seasoned romances—stories that feature heroes and heroines that are older; late 30s, 40s, even 50s+.

It was that “even 50s+” that got me, aged 59. And one response:

“I wouldn’t just read a book with an older hero or heroine, I wrote one… The hero in my first book is 38 years old, almost 39!” Well, jeez, that must make your readers sweat.

Reading on, I found many others thought 40+ was “old” for a main character, especially if she(!) was romantically intended. Some claimed most main characters in “contemporary fiction” were 20-30; there’d be no interest in anyone older. (I don’t know if they meant only in romantic fiction.) To feel the hurt I experienced, replace “...older; late 30s, 40’s or even 50+” with “...handicapped; mad, blind or even crippled” (I’m deliberately using discredited terms here). Not great, is it? Any better if we say: “disabled; mentally ill, visually impaired or even paraplegic” / “…gendered; trans, bisexual or even gay…” / “…minority ethnic; black, Asian, or even Jewish“? Cringing? But published fiction with minority characters doesn’t yet reflect the numbers in reality, despite exciting initiatives. Drawing attention to it is risky – (hello, trolls).

So I’ll stick to age prejudice, apparently also rife among authors. I went looking for positives: main characters in contemporary adult fiction who represent the “Seven Ages of Man” – “Ten Ages of People” works better nowadays. Obviously, some are too young for romance unless it’s illegal, but I’d argue that none are too old.

Narrator aged 0-10: Nutshell, by Ian McKewan. This narrator is under nought, he’s been in the womb for 8½ months, overhearing his mother’s dastardly plots and adoring her despite them (fuller review here.) Parts of my own second novel, currently touring the publishers, have a 7 year old narrator. I toyed with narrating it all by children, but limited vocabulary, references and understanding pose the problem that the range, however bright the child, could bore the reader. Dickens and Brontë manage it but they’re not contemporary and within their stories, their characters grow up.

Narrator and main characters aged 10-20: In The Dark Circle teenage twins from Jewish London are sent to a 1950s TB sanatorium, author Linda Grant showing contemporary pop culture through their eyes against the momentous social change caused by the establishment of the NHS. In Joanna Cannon’s much lighter The Trouble with Goats and Sheep her young heroines discover more about the adults in their small suburban close. There’s humour, wonder, and just enough fear to keep things interesting. For a teenage story from present day London, read the cheerful, haunting narration of 11 year old Harrison Opoku in Stephen Kelman’s Pidgeon English. You may need to get used to the idiom but stay with it – we ‘re right inside this naive, curious, endangered head as he lives his surroundings to the full. Romance? Oozing from the pores of Linda Grant’s characters, more in the form of pin ups for Cannon and Kelman.

Main characters aged 20-35: Need no further advocacy.

Main characters aged 35-50: To my surprise, Facebook was partly vindicated: there weren’t many on my shelves. Elizabeth Strout rescued me, with My Name is Lucy Barton.  Lucy is looking back through her life. She married young, her parents are old enough to die of natural causes and she has two just grown up daughters, so I’m assuming she’s in this age bracket. Small town Australia provided The Dressmaker, and again, circumstances suggest this heroine is between 35 and 50 years old. But clearly a lady never tells. Both books contain loving relationships (romance?) and much besides – social and economic points, parenting, travel, independence, memory, fear, survival, managing.  Rachel Cusk’s present age – 51 – puts her recent semi autobiographical fiction “Aftermath”, “Transit” and “Outline” here too. These intense, unnerving, truthful books cover the period after a woman with two young children leaves her husband. There’s loneliness, independence, grief, establishing a new home, family and other relationships.

Narrator aged 50-60 I haven’t yet read The Cost of Living  by Deborah Levy but it’s been reviewed everywhere. Like Cusk’s work, it’s variously described as semi-autobiographical, fiction, near fiction, memoir…but Levy’s ten years older. Will that make matters (even) harder, or does added experience help? Definitely fictional – fortunately – is Zoe Heller’s Notes on a Scandal, the narrator a bitter older teacher spying on a glamorous colleague.

As a teacher, I disliked the poor research of how schools function, but the characters certainly stay in the memory. It was a bestselling book and film. Heller was 38 when it was published in 2003; I wonder if she’d be more compassionate to the lonely older teacher now, perhaps allow her a meaningful love life?

Main characters aged 60-70 Maps for Lost Lovers by Nadeem Aslam follows the story of Shamas, his wife Kaukab and their extended family in Britain and Pakistan. These rounded characters disagree, love each other and find it hard to express, are shaped by their beliefs and experiences and try unsuccessfully to influence others. It’s all imbued with colonial India, partition, life for new and established immigrant groups, generational change and misunderstanding. These complex characters destroy stereotypes, in poetic language that, if you savour it, always tells you more. Less complex but equally moving is Rachel Joyce’s narrator in The Unlikely Pilgramage of Harold Fry. Recently retired Harold is a bit lost, until a call comes from his past and he tries to reconcile past and present loves.

Main characters aged 70-80   The Vanishing Act of Esme Lennox by Maggie O’Farrell looks back through Esme’s life, sixty years of it spent in a psychiatric hospital which is now closing. Within living memory, real women were incarcerated for the reason Esme was, but this book is not wholly bleak, oscillating between past and present, treasuring small moments of beauty and strangely full of love. I was going to suggest checking in at Deborah Moggach’s   The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel  (“These Foolish Things” renamed after the 2011 film). But the furious first Goodreads review reminded me of  Sarah Payne’s advice: “the authors job is not to make readers know what is a narrative voice and not the private view of the author.” The characters’ upsetting views are products of their time (memory tells me the film tones them down), but the reviewer’s right to be offended by Moggach’s cartoonish descriptions of India.

Main characters aged 80-90 In  Etta and Otto and Russell and James , Etta sets off on a long walk. Unlike Harold Fry, she’s not visiting a person, but aiming to see the sea for the first time. It’s over 3000 miles away, so the reader must suspend disbelief, but the poetic cadences lull you, the interdependencies and relationships cradle you, and the effect is deeply moving. Is there romance? Read and find out.

Main characters aged 90-10Oldest Living Confederate Widow Tells All. Is this still contemporary fiction, published in 1984? It’s very long, and views are divided over whether the male author can write the female voice. But those who love it, really do.

Main characters aged 100+ I didn’t love The 100 year old man who climbed out of the window and disappeared – the premise and beginning were great, but then it was yet another implausible walk, including historical figures and an elephant. All the rest is absurd, so why not an elephant too? Nonetheless, I welcome any bestseller about a healthy centenarian.

As a Facebook responder I’d like to hug said: I’d like to think I’m still in with a chance for my heroism to be exposed!! I wouldn’t want to stretch the bounds of reality too far, but I haven’t closed the door on chances for romance, either!

I’d love more suggestions for these categories so we can keep his hopes alive.

©Jessica Norrie 2018

My thanks to Jessica for demonstrating that those of us of a certain maturity are not to be discarded as protaganists in novels, or as writers of books, that might feature spirited individuals enjoying life to the full.

The Magic Carpet – Jessica’s new release.

Outer London, September 2016, and neighbouring eight-year-olds have homework: prepare a traditional story to perform with their families at a school festival. But Nathan’s father thinks his son would be better off doing sums; Sky’s mother’s enthusiasm is as fleeting as her bank balance, and there’s a threatening shadow hanging over poor Alka’s family. Only Mandeep’s fragile grandmother and new girl Xoriyo really understand the magical powers of storytelling. As national events and individual challenges jostle for the adults’ attention, can these two bring everyone together to ensure the show will go on?

One of the reviews for The Magic Carpet

Amazon Customer 5.0 out of 5 stars Must buy 8 August 2019

East London residents, from three generations and different backgrounds, help their children retell a traditional story in an original way. But this isn’t the cosy novel you might expect, as it deals with issues including racism, isolation, depression, FGM and domestic violence, described through interlocking first-hand accounts. In the end though, the book paints a positive, heart-warming novel of hope and the good that can be achieved through kindness, understanding and creativity. It is a lovely novel and will resonate with all parents and teachers. Recommended.

Head over and buy the book: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Magic-Carpet-Jessica-Norrie-ebook/dp/B07TXZP2S2

And on Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/Magic-Carpet-Jessica-Norrie-ebook/dp/B07TXZP2S2

Also by Jessica Norrie in English and German

Read the reviews buy the books: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Jessica-Norrie/e/B01CEUZF26

and on Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/Infinity-Pool-Jessica-Norrie-ebook/dp/B011RA8QZW

Find more reviews on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/3270629.Jessica_Norrie

About Jessica Norrie

Jessica Norrie studied French literature at Sussex University, and trained as a teacher at Sheffield. Then she wandered into parenthood, told her now grown up children stories, and heard theirs. A qualified translator, she worked on an eclectic mix of material, from health reports on racehorses to harrowing refugee tales. She taught adults and children, co-authored a textbook and ran teacher training. In 2008 came the idea for “The Infinity Pool”, which appeared in 2015 (and in German in 2018). Her second novel “The Magic Carpet”, inspired by teaching language and creativity in multicultural schools, is published on July 22nd, and she is working on a third. She also spends time blogging, singing soprano, walking in the forest and trying to move out of London.

Connect to Jessica

Blog: https://jessicanorrie.wordpress.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jessica.norrie.12
Twitter: https://twitter.com/jessica_norrie

I know Jessica would love your feedback on the post and it would be great if you could share. thanks Sally

 

Smorgasbord Blog Magazine – Weekly Round UP – July 29th to August 4th 2019


Welcome to the weekly round up of posts that you might have missed on Smorgasbord.

Thanks for dropping in today, and I wanted to share some news on the current series. The posts from the archives has been a wonderful series with 70 authors trusting me to delve into their archives and select four posts to share with you.. That is 280 posts reaching new readers. The series is not over yet, but I have scheduled the dates for those remaining on the list through to the end of September which is another 48 posts for you to look forward to.  If you have not seen your posts yet, don’t worry if you asked to go on the list you will be featured.

However, a new series begins in October – This time with the choice of the four posts to be shared, down to you. I will do a formal post nearer to October, but in the meantime you might be browsing your archives to find the ones that you feel deserve another airing and a fresh audience. As of this week, that audience across the blog and social media is 45,000.

Please don’t send any links right now, but I will do a specific post in September giving you the guidelines.

The summer Sunday Interview Series – Human in Every Sense of the Word will be finished  next week and the following Sunday I will do a post about the next series which will be author interviews of those on the shelves of the Cafe and Bookstore.

I want to develop the promotions for the authors on the shelves and this is just one new series that will accomplish that so stay tuned.

Time to get on with the posts from the week….thank you again for your support, it means a great deal to me. 

My thanks also to those who contribute to the blog on a regular basis, such as Annette Rochelle Aben and Jessica Norrie this week.

Gotta love August! Well, may be not but it sounds so regal, doesn’t it? Guess it depends on the way one pronounces the word, August.

Okay, August rocks because being the eighth month of the year, it is packed with energy. Not only the energy of the season but the Numerology Energy of the 8 as well. 8 calls to us to go for the gold, reach for all the brass rings and keep looking to and for the next opportunity. As this is the Personal Energy of this month, it holds a lot of weight regardless of where you are with Universal Energy or Personal Energy.

Do you want to know how this works?

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/07/31/smorgasbord-blog-magazine-numerology-your-universal-energy-for-august-by-annette-rochelle-aben/

Jessica Norrie 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

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Today my guest is Mary Hiland author of a book that everyone who has cared for or will care for elderly parents in the future would benefit from reading. Find out more about The Bumpy Road to Assisted Living: A Daughter’s Memoir and read a review later in the post.

Mary shares a memory of a wonderful summer day when despite being sight impaired, she enjoyed the freedom and fun of being a teenager aged 14. A Whiff of Chlorine on a Happy Summer Day by Mary Hiland

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/08/04/smorgasbord-blog-magazine-sunday-interview-human-in-every-sense-of-the-word-a-whiff-of-chlorine-on-a-happy-summer-day-by-mary-hiland/

My review for Mahoney by Andrew Joyce.. Five Stars..

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/08/03/smorgasbord-book-reviews-mahoney-by-andrew-joyce/

This week more country music… Willie Nelson, Patsy Cline, Glen Campbell and Elvis.

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

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/08/03/tales-from-the-irish-garden-serialisation-autumn-chapter-eighteen-all-hallows-eve-part-two-freakish-village-prepares-for-the-zombies-by-sally-cronin/

Winter: Chapter Nineteen – Winterising the Palace

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And I was delighted to receive a lovely review for Tales from the Irish Garden this week from James J. Cudney

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/08/02/book-review-tales-from-the-irish-garden-by-sally-cronin/

My response to Colleen’s Tuesday Poetry Challenge 138 The two prompt words this week were ‘Clear and Nature’ and I have selected the synonyms ‘Unclouded and Character’

Double Etheree – Enchantment  by Sally Cronin

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/08/01/smorgasbord-poetry-colleen-chesebros-weekly-tanka-challenge-double-etheree-enchantment-by-sally-cronin/

My response to the prompt this week by Charli Mills of Carrot Ranch. Rock Star.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/08/03/smorgasbord-short-story-carrot-ranch-flash-fiction-rock-star-by-sally-cronin/

This is the first post from Marsi, who with her husband Robert, embarked on a four month journey west. Days 11 to 13 (August 9-11) Black Canyon of The Gunnison National Park, Colorado.

Vista along the Million Dollar Highway near Silverton

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/07/29/smorgasbord-posts-from-your-archives-potluck-travel-photography-black-canyon-of-the-gunnison-national-park-colorado-by-marsi/

This is the first post of Debbie the DogLady who lives in Toronto, Canada and posts about travel, music, life and of course dogs. Chapter One: Luke

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/07/29/smorgasbord-posts-from-your-archives-potluck-pet-sitting-chapter-one-luke-by-debbie-the-dog-lady/

The first post by L.T. Garvin is a book review, for The Prince of Tides by Pat Conroy, which is in my top 50 book list.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/07/30/smorgasbord-posts-from-your-archives-potluck-bookreviews-revisiting-the-prince-of-tides-by-l-t-garvin/

This is the first post from the archives of author Claire Fullerton whose book Dancing to an Irish Reel is set in Ireland, where she has family links. On an Irish Bus (2015)

On an Irish Bus

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This is the first post from author K.D.(Karen DeMers) Dowdall’s archives and she also has some news, with The Captain’s Witch, her latest book being released on September 1st…For Karen’s first post I have chosen a poem…which I am sure you will relate to. Beyond Tomorrow (2016) by Karen DeMers Dowdall

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This is the first post from the archives of Smitha Vishwanath who shares poetry, wonderful travel posts and life experiences on her blog. This week I have selected a travel post from 2016 to share with you and the wonderful Kerala Temples. Kerala Temples (2016) by Smitha Vishwanath

thriprayar-temple-thrissur

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/07/31/smorgasbord-posts-from-your-archives-potluck-travel-india-kerala-temples-2016-by-smitha-vishwanath/

This is the second post from the wonderfully varied archives of poet and author Ritu Bhathal. Conversations with random strangers (2017)image

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This is the second post from the archives of author Elizabeth Gauffreau who has some wonderful posts, including an interesting look at her genealogy journey, seeking out her family history.  This week a post on the art of writing a short story that is believable but does not come across as a documentary. The Chet Arthur Five Play Jeffersonville: Some Thoughts on Verisimilitude 2017

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/08/01/smorgasbord-posts-from-your-archives-potluck-the-chet-arthur-five-play-jeffersonville-some-thoughts-on-verisimilitude-2017-by-elizabeth-gauffreau/

This is the second post for author Chuck Jackson and he shares his journey of discovery of his heritage having been adopted at a young age. My Heritage by Chuck Jackson

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/08/02/smorgasbord-post-from-your-archives-potluck-memoir-my-heritage-by-chuck-jackson/

This is the second post from retired librarian and author Cathy Cade, who has been blogging since early 2018. She shares posts on a variety of topics, including some excellent grammar tutorials. This week I have selected a post that is close to my own heart. Distractions….I love Codewords….and also online solitaire, which I have been playing for over 20 years. Puzzling It Out 2018 by Cathy Cade.

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This is the second of the posts from the archives of author and poet Joy Lennick, although certainly not the first post that we have enjoyed here on Smorgasbord from this entertaining writer. Carrying on from Last week Joy and Eric face challenges as does Joy in her jobs! Thumbnail sketches – 1950: Hebrew, motzas and ‘Brown Boots’ (2014) by Joy Lennick

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Linda Bethea is a regular contributor here on Smorgasbord, but this time I get to select the posts from her archives to share with you… I am sure you will enjoy her stories as always. Here is another of her fabulous family stories. Cousin Barbie Gets Married by Linda Bethea

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New Book on the Shelves

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Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore Special..Do No Harm – 17 Medical Thrillers.

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Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore Author Update

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https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/08/02/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-author-update-jacqui-murray-james-j-cudney-and-teagan-riordain-geneviene-and-d-g-kaye/

The Digestive System Part Two – The Oesophagus, Acid Reflux and Stomach We continue the journey through the digestive system – not as exotic as an ocean cruise but far more critical to your health.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/07/30/smorgasbord-health-column-major-organs-and-systems-of-the-body-the-digestive-system-part-two-the-oesophagus-acid-reflux-and-stomach-by-sally-cronin/

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

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/07/31/smorgasbord-health-column-what-causes-your-cravings-part-four-coal-dirt-and-other-strange-stuff-by-sally-cronin/

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