Welcome to this week’s round up of posts that you might have missed. As you know I recommend that you do not sign up for notifications about my posts.. it would drive you crazy.. but you might like to put Sunday in your diary for a pop in.
As always I am very grateful for those who have shared their thoughts, words and wisdom with us this week. William Price King, Paul Andruss, Julie Lawford, Kevin Morris and Ali Isaac
I have had some adventures of the dental kind this week having fractured a molar.. We had not signed up with a dentist as yet but were recommended to go to one in nearby Arklow.. You can always tell how good a dentist is by sitting in a waiting room. If people have their head in their hands are sweating it is not a good sign.. In this case everyone was enjoying a banter and talking about the weather.. I was reassured. Having been on the other side of the dentist chair over 40 years ago and witnessed some of the treatments then available you might understand why I am still nervous of going for an appointment.
I need not have been worried. Despite barely any of the tooth left, the dentist fitted me in for an appointment within two days because she did not want to leave me with a loose filling whilst she went on holiday. She took out the old filling painlessly and rebuilt it painstakingly… with composite. I am delighted to have found such a great practice and will be returning when needed.
The weather has turned autumnal and conkers are already on the trees. We have had a dry if cloudy summer and I take heart knowing that here in Ireland September can be a glorious month. In the meantime I may be getting the boots back out of their summer hibernation.. they have only been in there for six weeks…
Anyway on with the round up and thank you very much for your continued support.. It means the world to me.
Summer Jazz with William Price King
Whilst William is away on his summer break I will be reposting the series featuring the amazing Tony Bennett who is still performing in his 90s.
Here he is with The Way You Look Tonight by Jerome Kern
Writer in Residence
This week Paul Andruss takes us behind the scenes of the real life relationship between two megastars of their day.. Arthur Conan Doyle and Harry Houdini.. Expect the unexpected with The Dream Team.
A reminder that you can enjoy the full book of essays by Horatio Grin (AKA Paul Andruss) with bonus features FREE by emailing me.. Details in the post.
Guest writer Julie Lawford Summer of Lifestyle posts
We all develop bad habits over time and this includes with our diet. Julie Lawford takes us through some strategies to make changes that benefit us.
Guest post Kevin Morris
Kevin Morris is celebrating the release of his latest poetry collection, My Old Clock I Wind with a guest post on his childhood.
Milestones along the Way by Goeff Cronin
I new serialisation of Geoff Cronin’s books with Milestones along the Way.
Smorgasbord Short Stories – Guest Ali Isaac
Ali takes us to the heat of Greece in this heart warming story of a mother and daughter preparing for the future and letting go of the past.
Over the next three months I will be posting a new series Odd Jobs and Characters to celebrate my latest short story collection in ebook and a printed edition containing both volumes of What’s in a Name? The first three posts are on my blog and then the other twelve are being featured on some wonderful writer’s blogs..
These are stand alone reblogs for certain bloggers who have something a little extra that I would like to share.
Just a reminder that all promotions for bloggers and authors on Smorgasbord are FREE… I can offer to showcase your work in front of nearly 30,000 across the blog and social media and give you regular updates every few weeks.
The only thing that I ask is that you participate by responding to comments of those who have taken the time to make them, and to share across your own blog and networks. This also involves responding to those who share on Twitter as I tag you in any retweets. Most who share on Twitter are authors themselves and are part of a very supportive community who welcome new members.
It does make a huge difference to the response. Not just for the initial promotion but those that follow. People buy people first..
A great example of participation this week was Vashti Quiroz-Vega whose enthusiasm for promoting her New on the Shelves post resulted in over 150 views and 50 retweets.. I did a quick count up of the number of followers who retweeted the post or the original tweet. Vashti’s book had the potential to be seen by half a million readers. Of course this does not necessarily correspond with books sold or downloaded but those people now firmly have Vashti on their radar.
As an author I love providing this promotional opportunity but it is a collaboration.
Here is how you can join over 200 authors in the Cafe and Bookstore…
Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore New on the Shelves
A warm welcome to two new authors to the bookstore this week.
Some new releases and great reviews for those already on the shelves of the bookstore.
Air Your Reviews
Smorgasbord Blogger Daily
Some of the wonderful blog posts I have read this week.. Sorry not to be able to showcase everyone.. but you can always send me a link for your most recent post for me to share.
Smorgasbord Short Stories
A wonderful story from Ali Isaac which takes to a Greek Island and sunshine.
Weekly image and Haiku
Thank you again for joining me here on Smorgasbord.. Keep an eye open during the week for a new interview series beginning in September in the Sunday Morning slot.