Smorgasbord Poetry – Colleen Chesebro’s #Tanka Tuesday Challenge 142 – The Summer bids farewell 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 by Sally Cronin

With
sadness
I utter
the words goodbye,
to warm days though brief
that boosted my morale.
The glow that has bronzed my skin,
reminds me of the longer days,
of a summer that has been too short,
though bolstered me for the winter to come.
But, in the interim we have autumn.
A welcome season of fruitfulness.
Leaves will turn gold and apples red,
with fields stripped of their harvest
Soon we will give our thanks
for all this bounty
that fill the stores,
giving life,
through dark
months.

©Sally Cronin 2019

My thanks to Colleen for such great prompts each week – Just click on the link to participate in this week’s Colleen’s Tuesday Poetry Challenge 142

 

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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 Poetry – Colleen Chesebro’s Tuesday #Tanka Challenge – Double #Etheree Devolution by Sally Cronin


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 Primitivein a double etheree.

Double Etheree – Devolution by Sally Cronin

Man
evolved
when challenged
by life’s extremes,
using primitive
strategies to ensure
survival of the fittest.
Those skills seemed to have disappeared
within our modern society,
and our reliance on technology.
Sometimes I feel like a protagonist
in a farcical soap opera,
written by a manic robot
without the human input
to add the common sense,
fused with emotion,
that will prevent
future man
being
lost

©Sally Cronin 2019

My thanks to Colleen for providing us with such great prompts each week and if you would like to participate follow this link: https://colleenchesebro.com/2019/08/27/colleens-2019-weekly-tanka-tuesday-poetry-challenge-no-142-synonymsonly/

 

Smorgasbord Blog Magazine – Weekly Round Up – Pad Thai, Book Marketing new series, Big Band Sounds and all that Jazz


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

New series – Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore – Book Marketing.

As part of my career I have been responsible for both sales and marketing departments in Advertising and telecommunications. I took my experience across to publishing in the 1999 when selling the services of a self-publishing company in Canada and then with our own authors from 2004 for our publishing company and with regard to my own books.  The principals of selling a product are the same whatever the industry and one of the key elements is to find your buyer first.

I will cover that in part three of the series as I felt that I should address an issue that has cropped up several times in the years and certainly more so in the last few weeks that I have been promoting authors here on Smorgasbord, and being a key selling element for books, I wanted to address first.

This week I featured the Amazon Author Page and is importance in selling books. Far too often I am asked to add an author to the Cafe and Bookstore and I find that they either have no Author Page or there are books missing, no biography or photo.   Also that even when those elements are included there are missing books.

I am missing books because of a very frustrating anomaly. As an author in Ireland, and independent, not through KDP, Amazon has interpreted the rules on VAT and have demanded that we register for VAT even though print books are not subject to that Tax here. And even if it was, most of us do not reach the 37,500 Euro threshold for registration (only wish I did!). So we took my print books down and I sell them locally through bookshops and at events. So you will only see my Ebooks available which is the majority.  For me that is fine as that still allows me to sell my books to a global market, and to be honest most international sales prefer Ebooks as they are less expensive and don’t incur post and packaging charges.

However, for an author not faced with that issue it is important to have a central selling point for your books…and a link that you can give out on your blog, social media, email signature, business cards etc.

I have been asked why it is necessary to have an Author’s Page on Amazon if authors already have a presence  on book promotion sites where their covers, blurb, reviews and a link to Amazon are featured.

The answer is that like my Cafe and Bookstore  and Goodreads, they are book marketing sites not selling sites, so the reader still has to go through a two step process.

That is not to say that they do not provide a valuable service in identifying your books to potential reader (be careful of how much you are paying for the privilege) Goodreads are free as is the Cafe and Bookstore but others will charge.

When the potential readers click on the buy link to Amazon, it is a good idea if they go to a central selling point for several reasons, the most important being is that they don’t just see one book, they see all of them. And they may well decide to buy more than one book, especially if the book they clicked on is one of a series with two or three books before it.

Also, having an established author page with all your books, bio, photograph, rss link to your blog establishes enhances your credibility as an author.

I hope you will read the post and I have taken screen shots of the various steps to give you a guide to the process. If you do not feel confident enough to create the page yourself, then ask someone you are happy to share your Amazon password with and who is computer savvy to follow the directions.

Also I am happy to pop in and take a look at your Amazon Author Page and offer some suggestions as to how you might create a stronger selling message.

New series. Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore Book Marketing – Part one – a step by step guide to setting up an Amazon Author Page – an essential selling tool.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/08/24/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-book-marketing-setting-up-your-amazon-author-page-by-sally-cronin/

Just a reminder of the new Sunday Interview series beginning Sunday 8th September exclusively for authors in the Cafe and Bookstore. If you are not already in the bookstore there is a link in the post that gives you the details..

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

My thanks as always to the wonderful contributors to the blog and you will be delighted to hear that William Price King will be back from his summer in the Alps above his home in Nice, to share more musicians who have impacted the industry in the last 50 years.

Let me see if I can whet your appetite…Chicken and parmesan meatballs with a creamy lime and caper sauce…an iconic dish in Thailand called Pad Thai…

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/08/21/smorgasbord-blog-magazine-the-food-and-cookery-column-with-carol-taylor-east-meets-west/

This week the music that filled the house when I was growing up, and my parents were still dancing to it well into their 70s. The Big Band Sound.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/08/20/smorgasbord-summer-music-festival-the-big-band-sound/

A lot of feedback on this post on the benefits of volunteering for all ages and for both volunteer and those they are helping.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/08/19/smorgasbord-something-to-think-about-volunteer-work-getting-the-most-out-of-life-sally-cronin/

Two more chapters from my novel Just an Odd Job Gird.. and Chapter Three is all about the interview with the employment agency and some fun and games in Imogen’s first job.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/08/24/just-an-odd-job-girl-serialisation-chapter-three-the-interview-sally-cronin/

In Chapter four, adventures in the dental practice with fainting fits, toupees and x-ray disasters.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/08/25/just-an-odd-job-girl-serialisation-chapter-four-the-dental-practice-sally-cronin/

The final letter home in August 1986 as I would be going to the UK for two weeks and then we began extending our Sunday telephone calls. This post covers are trip to Barbados, and you don’t want to know where that sand went!

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/08/22/smorgasbord-letters-from-america-barbados-and-the-last-letter-home-1986-sally-cronin/

This week on Colleen’s Tuesday Poetry Challenge 141 we have a photo prompt… and I decided to respond with a Butterfly Cinquain..

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/08/22/smorgasbord-poetry-colleen-chesebros-weekly-tanka-challenge-butterfly-cinquain-message-in-a-bottle-by-sally-cronin/

This is the final post of Debbie the DogLady who lives in Toronto, Canada and posts about travel, music, life and of course dogs. I have chosen four of her dog sitting adventures to share with you and in this post we meet Muskoka a labrador with a taste of cigarette butts and socks…

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/08/19/smorgasbord-posts-from-your-archives-potluck-dogsitting-chapter-four-muskova-by-debbie-the-dog-lady/

This is the final post from Marsi, who with her husband Robert, embarked on a four month journey west.This post only has one photograph, but I thought it would make an amazing prompt for a bit of fiction…..35mm Film Photography – One Hit Wonders: Tumbleweeds in Thompson Springs, Utah by Marsi

35mm film photography Tumbleweeds inside the Thompson Springs Motel, Utah

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/08/19/smorgasbord-posts-from-your-archives-potluck-35mm-film-photography-one-hit-wonders-tumbleweeds-in-thompson-springs-utah-by-marsi/

In the final post from L.T. Garvin for this series, I have selected  this on some of the excuses given and also predicaments some crazy criminals get themselves into. Crazy Criminals (2015)  by L.T. Garvin

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https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/08/20/smorgasbord-posts-from-your-archives-potluck-humour-crazy-criminals-by-l-t-garvin/

For the last post in this series from the archives of author Claire Fullerton, I have selected one of her book reviews. Claire is prolific reviewer and always brings out the best in both book and author…The Stolen Child by Lisa Carey reviewed (2017) by Claire Fullerton

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/08/20/smorgasbord-posts-from-your-archives-potluck-bookreview-the-stolen-child-by-lisa-carey-reviewed-2017-by-claire-fullerton/

This is the final post from the archives of Smitha Vishwanath who shares poetry, wonderful travel posts and life experiences on her blog. I have chosen this poem for the last post in Smitha’s series, not just because it is beautiful, but also because it won the Certificate of Outstanding Performance from Asian Literary Society. Dewdrop- The Love of the Wind (2018) by Smitha Vishwanath

dewdrop

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/08/21/smorgasbord-posts-from-your-archives-potluck-poetry-dewdrop-the-love-of-the-wind-2018-by-smitha-vishwanath/

This is the final 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. I have chosen one of Karen’s book reviews as her last post as I thought the cover was very striking. A Review of The Starling by Kathy Lauren Miller (2017) by Karen DeMers Dowdall

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/08/21/smorgasbord-posts-from-your-archives-potluck-a-review-of-the-starling-by-kathy-lauren-miller-by-karen-demers-dowdall/

This is the first post from the archives of the eclectic blog of writer Marilyn Armstrong. I selected it as it gives some background to the title of both her blog and her book. As writers we are inspired by experiences, images, people, emotions and the list goes on. I thought this was very special. The 12-Foot Teepee (2012) by Marilyn Armstrong

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/08/22/smorgasbord-posts-from-your-archives-potluck-the-12-foot-teepee-2012-by-marilyn-armstrong/

This is the first 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. A is for Artichoke.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/08/22/smorgasbord-posts-from-your-archives-potluck-blogging-a-z-challenge-2018-antoinette-truglio-martin-a-is-for-artichoke/

This is the first post from the archives of Anne Copeland, writer of nonfiction articles, books, and poetry, as well as a mixed media and fiber artist. I have selected this post as I found it profoundly moving and inspiring. The Day in the Life of a Child (2018) Anne Copeland

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Image courtesy of Pixels

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/08/23/smorgasbord-posts-from-your-archives-potluck-the-day-in-the-life-of-a-child-2018-anne-copeland/

This is the first 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 to start Valentina’s series as I found this ritual fascinating and will be trying the technique with our next bottle of cheap red plonk… plus I do like fennel to eat. Is There A Trick in Fennel And Wine? (2011) -Valentina Cirasola

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/08/23/smorgasbord-posts-from-your-archives-potluck-italy-is-there-a-trick-in-fennel-and-wine-2011-valentina-cirasola-author-and-designer/

This is the first post of author Ellen Hawley who has enjoyed a wonderfully varied career before leaving the United States to settle in Cornwall. Weather – The Beast from the East (2018) by Ellen Hawley

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/08/25/smorgasbord-posts-from-your-archives-potluck-weather-the-beast-from-the-east-2018-by-ellen-hawley/

New book on the shelves

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/08/20/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-new-book-on-the-shelves-daddy-wont-let-mom-drive-the-car-by-j-e-pinto/

Author Updates

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/08/19/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-author-update-reviews-dorinda-duclos-lucinda-e-clarke-sue-coletta/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/08/23/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-author-update-reviews-jessica-norrie-jack-eason-d-g-kaye-and-diana-j-febry/

We have now worked our way down to the liver and in the surrounding area you will also find some other vital organs, the pancreas, gallbladder and the intestines.

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https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/08/21/smorgasbord-health-column-major-organs-and-systems-of-the-body-the-digestive-system-part-five-pancreas-gallbladder-and-intestines-sally-cronin/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/08/20/smorgasbord-laughter-lines-resident-comedian-d-g-kaye-and-some-more-one-liners-from-sallys-archives/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/08/22/smorgasbord-laughter-lines-headline-news-and-the-cake-bake-sale/

Thank you for dropping in today and for all your support.. I hope you will join me again next week.

Smorgasbord Poetry – Colleen Chesebro’s Weekly Tanka Challenge – Butterfly Cinquain – Message in a Bottle by Sally Cronin


This week on Colleen’s Tuesday Poetry Challenge 141 we have a photo prompt… and I decided to respond with a Butterfly Cinquain..

Message in a Bottle – Butterfly Cinquain by Sally Cronin

Bottle
with a message
thrown into the currents
and carried across the oceans
Buried
with starfish as its sentinels.
Alone on an island
a castaway
still waits.

©Sally Cronin 2019

Please head over to find out how to participate in this week’s challenge: https://colleenchesebro.com/2019/08/20/template-colleens-2019-weekly-tanka-tuesday-poetry-challenge-no-141-photoprompt/

Thanks for dropping by and your feedback is always appreciated.. 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

Smorgasbord Poetry – Colleen Chesebro’s Tuesday #Tanka Challenge – A Cat’s Life by 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

To
be fair
cats are not
as aloof as
reputed to be.
There are good reasons why
felines don’t give love freely,
as decisions have to be made,
about where you are in the food chain,
and if you should be regarded as prey.
Once determined that you are family,
they will bestow upon you their love,
Overwhelming you with their gifts
of unfortunate creatures,
who dared to cross their path
in the dead of night.
It’s an honour
delivered
with a
purr.

© sally Cronin 2019

I hope you will participate in Colleen’s Challenge this week and you have to Sunday night to submit your poems: https://colleenchesebro.com/2019/08/13/colleens-2019-weekly-tanka-tuesday-poetry-challenge-no-140-synonymsonly

Smorgasbord Posts from Your Archives – #PotLuck #Poetry – The Fisherman by L.T. Garvin


Welcome to the series of Posts from Your Archives, where bloggers put their trust in me. In this series, I dive into a blogger’s archives and select four posts to share here to my audience. The next guest in the series has shared post on the blog before, but of course this time I get to do the choosing. For L.T. Garvin’s third post, I have chosen a poem that I am sure you will enjoy too.

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The Fisherman by L.T. Garvin

The fisherman is
sun happy
today
and lake loopy
He loaded his plastic
container full of
black earth and
slithering night crawlers
Balanced in his
patchwork boat
hull and spar built
casting rod,
dropping lines
fish haul for a
fish fry
greasy spoons for
the wild-eyed
But alas,
not today
fish won’t bite
lake won’t pay
but our fisherman dear
hugs his gear
and gleefully glances
o’er the glassy lake

©L.T. Garvin 2017

About L.T. Garvin

L.T. Garvin is a huge fiction fan and literature lover. She enjoys writing fiction, short stories, and attempts at poetry. L.T. has a particular fondness for Southern literature possibly because they have such good food and bigger than life stories in the South.

She currently has three books available, Confessions of a 4th Grade Athlete, a humorous children’s book about a boy named Nathan and his exuberant experiences in school and sports. Another children’s book, Animals Galore explores unique animals and their antics. A novel, Dancing with the Sandman, is suitable for all age groups and takes readers on time travel journey back to the 1960s. L.T. Garvin maintains a WordPress site where she shares fiction, poetry, and humorous essays

Books by L.T. Garvin

About Dancing with the Sandman

The Sandman cometh dancing to the beat of rock ‘n’ roll, blasting the turmoil of the Sixties. And where are you? West Texas, of course. Billie Jo Dunstan confronts her past, traveling back to the 1960s through a decade of turbulence and swirling color memories, contemplating life growing up in rural Texas. Tragedy and comedy come alive, preserving the past and a portion of small town life that will survive beyond super highways and the ratcheting progress of time.
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Garvin’s (And They Came, 2017, etc.) latest novel offers a reflection of one girl’s coming-of-age in small-town Texas in the 1960s. … Garvin is at her best when offering these cheeky nods to the past, never getting bogged down in nostalgia.
A winning narrator enlivens a charming tale of a town facing modernity.–Kirkus Reviews

One of the reviews for the book

The story starts and ends in west Texas as Billie Jo revisits the small town she grew up in, a town left behind years ago when progress, in the form of a new highway, raced ahead. It’s a place that holds memories so tangible they feel like ghosts rising out of the sand, and they create the substance of the story.

Garvin calls the book a fictional journey, but it reads like a memoir. If you were a kid in the 60’s, this book will feel something like a trip into childhood, a time before helicopter parents and iphones, a time when kids had to create their own fun while learning the painful lessons of life.

Though the book takes place in Texas, there is so much about Billie Jo’s experiences that felt familiar to me, a child of rural Connecticut. In a way, the qualities that make up a childhood – the way adults are perceived, the family quirks, sibling teasing, unexpected kindnesses and losses, how kids think and fill their leisure time – seemed universal. This is a thoroughly relatable book.

And told as a “look back at the ghosts of the past,” the book has a nostalgic aura that lingered beyond the last page, calling forth my own ghosts and eliciting memories that I’d forgotten. Dancing with the Sandman is a lovely, poignant, rich read for all ages, but especially for those who enjoy memoirs and those who were children in the 60’s.

Read the reviews and buy the book: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07DP2VJ8S

And Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Dancing-Sandman-L-T-Garvin-ebook/dp/B07DP2VJ8S

Also by L.T. Garvin

Read the reviews and buy the books: https://www.amazon.com/L.-T.-Garvin/e/B00HC0TRY6

And on Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/L.-T.-Garvin/e/B00HC0TRY6

Read other reviews and follow L.T. Garvin on Goodreads:
https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7579153.L_T_Garvin

Connect to L.T. Garvin

Website: https://broussardlana.wordpress.com/welcome/
Books: https://broussardlana.wordpress.com/books/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/LT-Garvin-791835704234435/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/LanaBroussard

My thanks to Lana for allowing me to share from her archives and I hope you will head over to enjoy exploring more. Sally.

Smorgasbord Blog Magazine Weekly Round Up.. Travel Safe, Chicken Kiev, Classic Italian Rock Legends and all that Jazz


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

I hope you are all well and thank you for dropping in to see me this week, and as always it is much appreciated. Nothing much to report on a personal level as the week has flown by and the weather has not been very conducive to being out in the garden.

There are however some upcoming events on the blog. Next Sunday 18th August I will be posting about the new Sunday author interview. This time it is specifically for the authors in the Cafe and Bookstore, as my intention over the next few months is to ramp up the book promotions. The Cafe and Bookstore has around 150 authors at any given time whose books are receiving reviews or they have a new release in the last six months.

I would like to give those authors another opportunity for promotion with an interview – answering five questions from a selection of twenty.. and excerpt from the book they wish to promote.  Please drop in next Sunday to find out all the details.

I am also putting together the next Archive post series. This time it will be for authors who have only been blogging in the last 12 months. An opportunity to give new bloggers a boost and to welcome them to our community. It can be tough going those first few months and I would love to share the amazing posts that should have a wider audience.

This week sees the end of the serialisation of Tales from the Irish Garden and I am delighted at the lovely comments it has received. Next week I am starting a new book that has not been shared since 2016. Just an Odd Job Girl.. I know that many of you read the first time around, but I am hoping that new readers of the blog will enjoy.

Time to get on with the posts from the week… and as always my thanks to the contributors who spend time and effort to write such interesting and informative post.

D.G. Kaye, Debby Gies reminds us that preparation is key if you want to have a safe and secure holiday.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/08/05/posts-from-my-archives-the-travel-column-with-d-g-kaye-preparing-for-a-safe-trip/

If you enjoy chicken to delicious recipes for you.. and for dessert lovers.. apple and mulberry crumble.. Courtesy of Carol Taylor

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/08/07/smorgasbord-blog-magazine-the-food-and-cookery-column-with-carol-taylor-chicken-kiev-multi-coloured-chicken-breast-and-apple-and-mulberry-crumble/

A wonderfully simple but flavour packed Italian classic from Silvia Todesco.. Summer Fresh Tomoto Fettuccine…

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https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/08/08/smorgasbord-blog-magazine-italiancookery-with-silvia-todesco-summer-fresh-tomato-fettuccine-bring-on-the-tomato-bounty/

This week author Karen DeMers Dowdall shares her very special gift.. a sixth sense that is highly developed.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/08/11/smorgasbord-sunday-interview-human-in-every-sense-of-the-word-my-sixth-sense-by-karen-demers-dowdall/

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 by D.G. Kaye

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

Some rock ‘n’ roll this week to get your feet tapping. Status Quo, Queen, Bruce Springsteen, Tina Turner and Eric Clapton and Creedence Clearwater Revival.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/08/06/smorgasbord-summer-music-festival-get-your-rock-n-roll-boots-on-with-my-top-five-picks/

This week in Colleen’s Tuesday Poetry Challenge 139 being the first challenge of the month, is for the poet to choose their own words. I hope you will enjoy my double etheree…A Dog’s Life.

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

The last two chapters for Tales from the Irish Garden this weekend… Queen Filigree is delighted to announce the betrothals of both her daughters and accept the gifts that are offered by their future husbands… Plus concerns about her health are getting the court into a bit of a lather.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/08/10/tales-from-the-irish-garden-serialisation-winter-chapter-betrothals-and-surprises-by-sally-cronin/

The final chapter of Tales from the Irish Garden… the court’s first Christmas in their new home and an announcement from Prince Ronan.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/08/11/tales-from-the-irish-garden-winter-chapter-twenty-one-the-first-christmas-by-sally-cronin/

Another wonderful tale of dog sitting from Debbie the Doglady.. This week meet a Dalmatian with a wonderful nature.. JJ.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/08/05/smorgasbord-posts-from-your-archives-potluck-dogsitting-chapter-two-j-j-the-dalmation-by-debbie-the-dog-lady/

This is the second 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. Due to the number of photographs I suggest that you head over to the blog to view them all.. Olympic National Park

View of Lake Quinault from our campsite, Willa Campground Olympic National Forest

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/08/05/smorgasbord-posts-from-your-archives-potluck-olympic-national-park-part-1-quinault-hoh-rainforests-by-marsi/

A little retro summer magic from 2016 for L.T. Garvin’s second post.. and a little rock music. Summertime, Gnomes and Rock Music (2016) by L.T. Garvin

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https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/08/06/smorgasbord-posts-from-your-archives-pot-luck-summertime-gnomes-and-rock-music-2016-by-l-t-garvin/

This is the second post from the archives of Claire Fullerton, and this week a birthday celebration for renowned author Pat Conroy. An event over several days that clearly was a highlight for Claire. Notes on Pat Conroy’s 70th Birthday Celebration in Beaufort, South Carolina (2015)

Notes on Pat Conroy’s 70th Birthday Celebration in Beaufort, South Carolina

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/08/06/smorgasbord-posts-from-your-archives-potluck-notes-on-pat-conroys-70th-birthday-celebration-in-beaufort-south-carolina-2015-by-claire-fullerton/

This is the second post from the archives of Smitha Vishwanath who shares poetry, wonderful travel posts and life experiences on her blog. I have selected this poem as it brought back memories of all the times I have stood behind a podium to give a presentation or speech…The Speaker’s Ordeal…by Smitha Vishwanath

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/08/07/smorgasbord-posts-from-your-archives-potluck-poetry-the-speakers-ordealby-smitha-vishwanath/

This is the second 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…A short story, that might have its roots in truth… anyone’s worst nightmare when walking in the woods. Fire in the Sky or The Black Bear and Me (2017) by Karen DeMers Dowdall

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/08/07/smorgasbord-posts-from-your-archives-potluck-short-story-fire-in-the-sky-or-the-black-bear-and-me-2017-by-karen-demers-dowdall/

This is the third post from the wonderfully varied archives of poet and author Ritu Bhathal. Today the joys of being a kindergarten teacher…. things I am sure they don’t share during the career advisory days at secondary school when you are faced with so many options! Kindergarten Weeeeeeeeeeeeeeee! 2015 by Ritu Bhathal

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https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/08/08/smorgasbord-posts-from-your-archives-potluck-kindergarten-weeeeeeeeeeeeeeee-2015-by-ritu-bhathal/

This is the third 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 by William Wordsworth, which reminds us of those moments when life or nature takes us by delightful surprise. Poetry – Surprised by Joy”

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/08/08/smorgasbord-posts-from-your-archives-potluck-poetry-surprised-by-joy-2018-by-elizabeth-gauffreau/

This is the third post from retired librarian and author Cathy Cade, who has been blogging since early 2018. This week a poem about a much loved old friend. Fred’s Legacy by Cathy Cade.

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https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/08/09/smorgasbord-posts-from-your-archives-potluck-poetry-humour-freds-legacy-by-cathy-cade/

This is the third post for author Chuck Jackson and this week I have selected a post that Chuck wrote about editing software that I am sure you will find helpful if you are looking to buy a package. Do you use Editing Software

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/08/09/smorgasbord-posts-from-your-archives-potluck-editin-do-you-use-editing-software-by-chuck-jackson/

This is the third 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. This week a post from 2017 on the subject of fascinating and mostly long forgotten words… some I must really work into both conversation and story..thanks Joy. The Phrontistery revisited (2017) by Joy Lennick

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/08/10/smorgasbord-posts-from-your-archives-potluck-the-phrontistery-revisited-2017-by-joy-lennick/

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. This is the third post and I have selected and it was one that Linda posted about a patient of hers, who inspired her as a nurse. Lessons from MIchael 2014

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/08/11/smorgasbord-posts-from-your-archives-potluck-lessons-from-michael-2014-by-linda-bethea/

New on the Shelves

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/08/06/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-new-book-on-the-shelves-cold-cream-murders-book-four-sun-scream-by-barbara-silkstone/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/08/08/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-new-book-on-the-shelves-shortstory-jewel-by-jan-sikes/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/08/09/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-new-book-on-the-shelves-roads-a-journey-with-verses-vandana-bhasin-and-smitha-vishwanath/

Author Update

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/08/05/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-author-update-d-wallace-peach-terry-tyler-and-fiona-tarr/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/08/09/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-author-update-linda-bradley-john-w-howell-and-gwen-plano-and-deanie-humphrys-dunne/

The liver is the largest waste organ inside the body (the skin being the largest overall). This week, a look at the role it plays in keeping us healthy and alive.

Liver

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/08/07/smorgasbord-health-column-major-organs-and-systems-of-the-body-the-digestive-system-part-three-the-liver-largest-waste-organ-inside-the-body/

 

 

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/08/06/smorgasbord-laughter-lines-spiders-asthma-eyesight-and-chihuahuas-amongst-other-things/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/08/08/smorgasbord-laughter-lines-one-liners-interrupted-by-comedic-images/

Smorgasbord Short Stories – Carrot Ranch Flash Fiction – Poisoned Apple by Sally Cronin


In this week’s post Charli Mills is heavy of heart about the recent violence that seems to be spreading through all our countries. The Carrot Ranch Flash Fiction Challenge  this week is about the rhetoric that is disseminated through every media outlet and social media platform, aimed at filling people’s heads with untruths and fear.

The prompt was Poisoned Apple and here is my interpretation. I don’t usually make political statements…but Charli did say to write where it leads us….

Poisoned Apple by Sally Cronin

It is common in this modern world, to be offered promises that seem as wholesome as a bowl of shiny apples. However the red skinned fruit may hide toxic untruths and evil intent. Once it is swallowed, the poisoned apple will stick in your throat, causing you to spout the heinous words hidden within; spreading the evil like a virus. The only antidote to its venom; is to establish the truth, and wash the words down with random acts of kindness. We must all think carefully before embarking on a dangerously addictive diet of fake news and ill intentions.

©Sally Cronin 2019

If you would like to participate in this week’s challenge here is the link: https://carrotranch.com/2019/08/08/august-8-flash-fiction-challenge/

I have a number of short story collections and you can find my books and their reviews: https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/my-books-and-reviews-2019/

Thanks for dropping by and I hope you have enjoyed my story….thanks Sally.