Smorgasbord Round Up – Bruce Springsteen, The Borgias, Illustrations and New Review series

Welcome to this week’s round up of posts that you might have missed. I don’t want to speak too soon but the sun has been shining for the last two days and it looks like the week might be good too. I have spent some time sitting in the wind shade the last couple of days and it has been wonderful. Let’s hope I do not upset the rain gods in the next few days.

As always I am very aware that the blog is a collaborative effort. Not just with guests who are regular visitors but those of you who have popped in, left comments and shared posts across your own networks.  You are much appreciated.

On with the show.

William Price King meets some legends and we join Bruce Springsteen as his career hits an all time high with such iconic albums as Born in the USA.

Thomas the Rhymer

Writer in Residence Extra –  Paul Andruss takes us back through the ages with an exploration of the religious penalties for disobedience!

Sally's Cafe and Bookstore

Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore Book Reading and Interview with award winning children’s author Bette A. Stevens. Bette is still taking questions about her life and work and you can leave them in the comments section of the post. Thanks Sally

Smorgasbord Creative Artist Interview with artist and illustrator Donata E. Zawadzka who shared some of her stunning artwork and her life and training.

The Colour of Life by Geoff Cronin

My father-in-law’s book continues with some building advice and devilish behaviour

Book and author Promotion

If you would like to join the other authors on the shelves of the bookstore then please check out the details.

This week Lyn Horner introduced us to the Western Romance anthology The Posse.

Authors on the shelves of the bookstore enjoy regular updates including new releases, great reviews and offers on their books.

New series Air your Reviews – an opportunity for authors and reviewers alike to share excellent reviews. Open to everyone and not just those on the shelves of the Cafe and Bookstore.

Smorgasbord Blogger Daily

The Blogger Daily – do leave your links to your most recent post in the comments so that I can share.

Personal Stuff

My thanks to Robbie and Michael Cheadle for a wonderful review of Tales from the Garden.

Book Marketing – Smashwords and its affiliates.

An offer on What’s in a Name on my publishing website – £1.95

The Soldier by Sally Cronin

An estate in London is being overrun by teenagers on the rampage. An old soldier feels powerless.


Health – Top to Toe The Digestive System

Smorgasbord Health 2017

Thank you again for being so supportive. Enjoy what is left of the weekend and look forward to welcoming you again next week. Thanks Sally

My two guests this week for the Cafe and Bookstore Book Reading are John Fioravanti on Wednesday and Darlene Foster on Saturday.. get your questions ready.






Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore – How to take full advantage of FREE book promotions.

I have been offering free book promotions for the last three years and if you have any doubts about spending time promoting other authors, let me assure you it is time very well spent.

  1. It opens the door to meeting like-minded and talented writers who are more times than not, very generous and love offering support and promotion in return.
  2. It encourages more people to visit your blog. Not just for the author promotions but for your other posts as well. It also develops your other networks on social media
  3. It generates more interest in your own books.

A few things that are key to making the most of free promotional opportunities.

  1. It helps enormously if you read the submission guidelines carefully to make it easier to showcase a book more effectively. This means supplying all the information requesting in the format outlined. For example – sending all links to Amazon and social media in long form and photographs separately attached to the email rather than embedded.
  2. An effective promotion needs certain key elements. An Amazon link on its own with just the blurb for a book is only two of those elements. Recently I have had to say no to a couple of authors because of lack of information. Poorly written blurb, no bio, no social media links, no reviews, no author page, no blog or website and nothing anywhere about themselves. Potential buyers of a book have so much choice today that information about the author is very necessary. Even first time authors with a new book, without any reviews can still have an online footprint that adds interest and enourages people to buy their work. Create an Author Page on Amazon as one of your first tasks and make sure you update with all your books as they become available so they are in one place.
  3. It is also important to participate in the promotion by sharing the link that is supplied to email contacts and also across personal networks. Answering comments is absolutely vital as it encourages others to comment and certainly for some to take the next step and buy the book.
  4. The first question that a new author (and some second time authors) needs to ask is ‘How will people find my book amongst all the thousands of new books uploaded every week?’  Is it word of mouth, from seeing it promoted on Twitter, Facebook or Goodreads? Is it because of a blog post that you have written or another blogger’s book launch post or review? Is it because when people Google your name they come up with links to Amazon? Without any of those external prompts it may be a long wait until someone comes across your book by accident.
  5. There are some excellent blogs who post articles about building up your presence online and it is not my intention to make this into a tutorial. However, I have been an indie author now for 18 years and can tell you that the last four years of blogging and using specific social media sites, has been the most effective method of promoting my books.
  6. Even if you do not actively use social media for personal communication, you do need to have those platforms for your work. I am afraid that simply putting the book and a blurb on Amazon and waiting for people to rush to buy the book will not work. You need to have a footprint in the sand for readers to follow. At the very least make your presence felt by having a Facebook and Twitter account. Follow other authors and reviewers and share their tweets and posts until you have built up a like-minded following that will reciprocate when you need help promoting your new book.
  7. I now have a permanent platform to promote authors here on Smorgasbord. Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore has a number of promotions geared to continuously promoting authors on the shelves and I love the fact that so many of you are taking advantage of them. Each post is linked automatically to my social media networks and are boosted there a number of times. Once on the shelves an author can enjoy updates every four to six weeks for a new book release or a great new review, and it is a place where an author can remind readers on a regular basis about their work. The posts will also be on the blog for at least a year and can be reshared by the author on social media several time to reach their own growing audience.

If you are not in the Cafe and Bookstore and would like to know about the various promotional opportunities then here is a link.

Take advantage of my network that I have built up over the last four years to develop your own online presence and promote your work.

Smorgasbord Cafe and Bookstore -Collaborative Anthologies -Love in Times of War by Twelve best-selling, award winning authors

collaborative anthologiesToday’s anthology has stories of love in wartime written by some exceptional authors and available at a fantastic offer price.  Love in Times of War brings together stories from many of the major conflicts in recent history from the American Civil War to The Persian Gulf.

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At no other point is passion put to the test as in dire times of war. From the American Civil War to WWII, from Vietnam to the War in Afghanistan to the Persian Gulf, the stories in this boxed set summon the strength of true lovers.

Written by bestselling, award-winning, and USA Today authors, the novels and novellas in this collection tell of overcoming the odds to celebrate the victory of love. If you like Military Romance, Wounded Warrior Romance, Historical Romance, Contemporary Romance, or Romantic Suspense, this anthology invites you to triumph over the worst of conditions.

Together with these unforgettable lovers, go through coping with loss, struggling with injuries and rehabilitation, and facing difficult homecomings. And just like them, inspired by desire, find the courage to bring forth the best in us.

Here are the authors and their Amazon pages

Dancing with Air by Uvi Poznansky – In WWII London, Lenny is involved in a covert intelligence ploy. His task must remain confidential, even at the risk of Natasha becoming suspicious of him. Will their love survive the test of war?

Two Hearts Unspoken by Tamara Ferguson – Beth Bowen is a single mom of an autistic son. Zach Logan is a wounded warrior searching for a life after Iraq. Can two lonely people discover that love is that something unspoken, missing from their lives?

The Rebel’s Redemption by Jacquie Biggar – When an old enemy follows him from Iraq and causes mayhem in Tidal Falls, can Jared overcome the odds to protect the woman he’s always loved?

Broken Wings by D.G. Torrens – Joshua, a bomb disposal expert in Afghanistan. Angelina, an editor of a local newspaper. Both avoiding love at all costs, until they are unexpectedly thrown together. Tested beyond belief… Can their love survive?

A Soldier’s Promise by Angelica Kate – Ryker is most comfortable in the regulated world of the military. When he is sent to Darby’s doorstep to keep a promise to one of his fallen team members, every rule he holds will be challenged!

Returning Home by the Sea by Traci Hall – Brayden and Zoe wed before he went to Iraq. Once united in passion, a lot has changed in the six years he’s been away. Will their love survive his homecoming?

A Weldon Family Christmas by Jennifer St. Giles – A frightening event with an uncertain outcome sends Emma and John’s memory to the past, where her helicopter went down in Vietnam enemy territory, and he risked everything to save her. Can she save him now?

The Magic of Snow by Regina Puckett – When Staff Sergeant Charlie Prince’s letters stop arriving from Afghanistan, Sarah White waits in agonizing suspense to discover what has happened to the man she loves.

Mademoiselle by Suzanne Jenkins – To Philipa, working at Mademoiselle Magazine is more important than anything, even love. Her friend, Walter, hopes for a change, but not until his trip to the Persian Gulf does she begin to listen to her heart.

Genteel Secrets by S.R. Mallery – In 1861 America, can the love between a Confederate female spy and the Pinkerton detective hired to shadow her survive, or will their story become just another casualty of war?

Moving to Forever by PJ Fiala – Danny Schaefer returns from Afghanistan broken in body, battered in soul. Tammy Davis, betrayed in a most personal way, struggles against her tormentor. She and Danny must help each other heal, by the power of love.

Lovin’ Those Navy Games by Susan Jean Ricci – Michael Burke has two passions: his high-school sweetheart and baseball. When someone dear to him perishes in Vietnam, will the shock alter his future goals? Will it isolate him from Ellie or deepen their love?

Here are just two of the 24 excellent reviews for this anthology.. Many are very detailed and are worth heading over to read.

Great romance bundle of books readers will enjoy.  By P.S. Winn on December 27, 2016

This is a collection of stories by an assortment of authors with a special theme. The love, life and struggles of war are told in the amazing stories lucky readers will find between the covers of this collection. Some of the author’s I have had the privilege of reading before and I also found some new writers I am going to be looking at. The stories will touch the heart and make you thin. Hopefully they will also make readers aware of what war is and what an impact it has on so many. This is a great collection to have and take time to savor.

There is nothing that puts love to the test like war By Amanda Donoho on February 3, 2017

There is nothing that puts love to the test like war, add in the Christmas theme, and this box set does not disappoint. This anthology about the men and women serving their country and their relationships surviving the hardships and trials of war and coming home is sure to please anyone. This set consists of 12 stories that show the testament of love surviving through war from the American Civil War through the War in Afghanistan. Each tale is historically accurate and will pull at your heart strings. The authors of these stories have taken their character and made them jump off the pages and made them real. They are great romance stories that will have you reading until they are done.

At only 99 cents for 12 books written by 12 authors you are sure to find something for everyone.

Read all the reviews and Buy the collection:

Thank you for dropping by today and please share this anthology about love in as many places as possible. Thanks Sally

Smorgasbord Weekly Round Up – Rum Cocktails, Blog Sitters and all that Jazz


I have had a lovely week with a birthday and Valentine’s Day and I am now about to pack my bags to head off for a girls week with my two sisters to celebrate all our birthdays which all fall in February. I will report on the activities they have planned on my return… at least those I can talk about!

I got very excited when I read the headlines in the Daily Mail online yesterday that promised hotter temperatures than Spain with a high of 16 degrees and sunshine.. As I was planning what to pack, I thought I better check a more reliable source than the DM!  Sure enough, apart from a couple of days with a glimpse of yellow behind the clouds there is a 45 – 55% of rain all week and a high of 10 or 11.

I have put away my swimsuit, shorts and flip flops again in the attic with the other summer clothes that I fear may never see the light of day again.

However, all is not lost as David bought me a therapy lamp with safe tanning for my birthday. I have been using as advised and retire upstairs to the spare bedroom and don goggles, my iPod and pretend for 15 minutes that I am on a tropical island on a sandy beach. It was not quite there…. but David solved that by buying a bottle of rum, and a dram of that in my coconut water and Bob’s your uncle.. (please drink responsibly with only one cocktail per tanning session and only at sundown)


I was going to put up a few regular posts during my absence just to keep things ticking over. I then thought that it seemed a shame not to use this as an opportunity to promote a few of my blogging friends and so posted a part-time blog sitter vacancy.

I know how busy everyone is with their own blog and projects so was very grateful to receive a wonderful response to the advert.  I have put together a programme of events for the week that I am away beginning Tuesday with posts from this group of talent writers.

Paul Andruss, Tina Frisco, Colin Chappell, Debby Gies, William Price King, Geoff Le Pard, Noelle Granger, Susan M. Toy, Mary Smith, Robbie Cheadle, John W. Howell and Linda Bethea.

The full programme details can be found here:

Time for some of the posts you might have missed during the week.

William Price King – Leontyne Price

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As always my thanks to William Price King for his weekly music post and this week we follow the career and performances of Leontyne Price during the 1960s. Look out for William’s Creative Artist Interview on Wednesday March 1st.  It is an interactive interview and I hope that you will drop in and ask William questions about his life and career in the comments.

Paul Andruss

Thomas the Rhymer

Although Paul has contributed articles for the blog over the last couple of months I was delighted when he accepted my invitation to be a regular contributor going forward.. This is his official first post as Writer in Residence.

Personal Stuff

A short story for Valentine’s Day.. about love.. of course..

Weekly Image and Haiku


Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore – Author Update

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Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore – New on the Shelves







Smorgasbord Blogger Daily showcasing 25 bloggers and their posts.


Smorgasbord Health 2017Seasonal Affective Disorder

Food to pep you up a bit.. and not just for Valentines Day.

New series – Top to Toe – The Human Body – The Brain

A -Z of Common Conditions… nothing more common than the cold!



That’s me done for the week.. It is a bit early for a rum and coconut juice but I might take a cup of coffee up with me to the tropical paradise and listen to some calypsos!

N.B. If you would like to promote your books and blog here on Smorgasbord the details are here. If you contact me and I don’t respond immediately don’t worry I will get back to you on my return after 28th of Feb.

Thanks for dropping by and see some of you tomorrow for a few of the regular promotions before I head off.

Smorgasbord Round up – Eagles, Irish Fairies, Opera and thrills and spills.


Welcome to this week’s round-up of posts you might have missed. It has been a fairly busy week as I prepare for the new series of interviews beginning in March and I am thrilled with the response. Twenty five talented authors, poets, musicians and other creative people have come forward to take part in either Book Reading at the Bookstore or The Creative Artist Interview.

Whilst there are some set questions there are also three personalised questions that I am including in each interview so as you can imagine I am taking my time with that. I hope to have them all out by Monday… It looks like I may go to two posts a week to make sure that nobody is hanging around for weeks waiting for their interview to go live. That being the case if you have not already volunteered.. here is the link which includes the format for the interviews.

Here are all the new promotional opportunities, with something for everyone, all on one page.

On the subject of promotions.

On the 21st I am off on a girls week with my two sisters to celebrate our three birthdays that are all in February. I will be taking a break from writing posts for the blog but the blog will be handed over to some fabulous and talented members of the blogging community who will be filling in for me in my absence.

I have no worries about leaving the blog for the week to fend for itself but I thought it was another promotional opportunity for you all. As well as the guest post.. I will make sure to top and tail with an intro, feature books, blog, art etc as well as links. Definitely good for the blog and perhaps a little boost for you. Especially as I will not be doing the usual book promotions that week.

If you would like to apply for the job of part-time blog sitter please come back to me by Thursday so that I can get it scheduled in time.

As always I am hugely grateful for your wonderful support, comments, shares and motivation. ♥♥

Enough of the mushy stuff.. and on with the posts from the week…..

Classical music with William Price King

William and his music

So pleased that so many of you are enjoying the last in the classical music series and the story of American soprano Leontyne Price. This week a look at her performances in the 1950s and the bigotry that she endured in her early career.

Weekly Image and Haiku

I am so lucky to have some wonderful co-hosts on occasion for the blog and one post this week seemed to touch the hearts of many of you. Wayne Barnes of Tofino Photographs has been a blogging friend for the last three years and he sent me some recent photographs of the eagles Romeo and Juliette.. he very kindly agreed to let me use one of the images for this week’s Haiku.. You can see the full sized version in the post.


Short Story – After the Festival 

Another collaboration with illustrator Donata Zawdska with After the Festival. I was very privileged to be able to use the artwork for my short story..a new one from my upcoming Tales from the Irish Garden later in the year.. I hope you enjoy.


The new interview series if you missed them last week.

Book Promotions

Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore New on the Shelves






Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore – Author Update

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Smorgasbord Blogger Daily – Another 25 bloggers promoted this week.

If you would like to be included in the Blogger Daily then just leave a link to your most recent post in the comments section of the round up today..

Smorgasbord Health – series Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)


Smorgasbord health – A – Z of Common Conditions – Lung Cancer.

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Humour and Afternoon Video


That is it for another week on Smorgasbord.. Couldn’t do it without you.. Please remember that it saves me time if you volunteer your news about new book releases, fantastic reviews or share your blog post link.. Help me share your work.

Enjoy the rest of the weekend.  Thanks Sally

Smorgasbord Weekly Round Up – Music, books, blogs and Humour

round-upWelcome to another weekly round up of the posts you might have missed.  I am settling into my new routine of writing and reading and trying not to be distracted by all the great stuff being posted… It is not so easy to do but I am making progress … I am just handing off my next short story collection and hope that it will be ready by March… and I am working on two others that have been idling in a corner giving me baleful looks.

My thanks to all of you who have been in and out during the week and are so consistent with your support.. It keeps me motivated and brightens my day..

Of course thanks to William Price King who is now in his third year of his invaluable contribution to the blog with his music series.  The last part of Kiri Te Kanawa is this coming Wednesday and then we have an opera singer who has influenced to many of today’s artists.. Leontyne Price is an American Soprano and one of the first African Americans to become a leading artist at the Metropolitan Opera.

The next series from William is going to be covering some of the popular singers of our generation such as Shirley Bassey.. So don’t go anywhere.

Classical Music with William Price King

William takes us through the 1970s and 1980s as Dame Kiri Te Kanawa rose to international fame with some of her most popular performances.


Cafe and Bookstore New Author on the Shelves

This promotion is for authors who have not been promoted on the blog previously and showcases their latest book and also links to their other work.




Cafe and Bookstore Update

For authors who are already in the bookstore this promotion is to feature any new releases or most recent outstanding review.. It is an opportunity to keep a book in the spotlight throughout the year every couple of months or so.



Smorgasbord Blogger Daily

Smorgasbord Blogger Daily

This is a promotion for authors and bloggers alike.. I visit many blogs each day and select just a few to share in the Blogger Daily each evening.. It would help me out if you would leave a link to your latest post in the comments section so that I can make sure that I share.

Health Weight Reduction and Bruising.

This week we come to almost the final post in the Weight Reduction programme with one more to come tomorrow. Also Bruising.. a common complaint but if persistent could be a sign that there is something more serious going on.

Smorgasbord Health 2017

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Personal Stuff

This time of year I look at some of the statistics available for the blog and make some tweaks to take advantage of what I have learned. 2016 was interesting for a couple of reasons which resulted in a change to when I posted and the addition of a Google Translate button.. If you have never checked the countries where your readers come from… you may be surprised. Your reach may be wider than you thought!

Weekly image and haiku.


Humour and afternoon video


There are a number of promotions for authors and bloggers.. Here is the link and look forward to hearing from you.

Thank you so much for stopping by and please help me showcase your work by checking out the promotions and getting in touch.

Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore Christmas Update – Sue Coletta, Lesley Fletcher and Andrew Joyce

Throughout the year over 120 authors have been promoted weekly on the blog and their books now reside in the virtual bookstore along with their buy links and websites. In the run up to Christmas I will be visiting all the authors in the store and checking for updates and new reviews on their most recent books. If you are in the bookstore and have recently published a new book, received a rave review then please let me know..

My first update is for Sue Coletta’s book Wings of Mayhem (The Mayhem Series Book 1) published in May this year which has received many outstanding reviews. The cover is in the top nine of Books and Benches cover competition and I know Sue would be thrilled if you would head over and vote…

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Shawnee Daniels — forensic police hacker by day, cat burglar by night — ignites the hellfire fury of a serial killer when she unknowingly steals his trophy box.

WINGS OF MAYHEM wins Best Author Award in Mystery, Crime, Heist!!!


Cat burglar Shawnee Daniels always believed her “fearlessness rules” mantra would keep her on top and out of jail. When she hacks a confiscated hard drive at the Revere P.D., she focuses on a white-collar criminal accused of embezzlement. To teach him a lesson and recoup the funds she breaks into his massive contemporary in Bear Clave Estates. Jack has even more secrets, deadly secrets, secrets worth killing over.


As a glowing eagle taunts her Skype screen, Jack tells her she stole his precious trophy box — and he wants it back!


When her “helpful” best friend convinces her to date charismatic Detective Levaughn Samuels, her two worlds threaten to implode. Ordinarily Shawnee keeps a firm line between her professions, but dating Levaughn might help her get this psycho off her tail.


In this lightning-fast-paced psychological thriller of secrets and lies, Shawnee juggles being stalked by a serial killer, dating the lead detective on the case, and tap dancing around her librarian best friend. If she doesn’t find the trophy box, the killer’s coming for her. If she doesn’t expose her secret life, more will die. And if she does, she could lose her freedom and everyone she holds dear.

If you’re a fan of Lisa Jackson, Rachel Abbott, Karin Slaughter thrillers, crime fiction with an edge, or psychological thrillers, mystery, and suspense, then Wings of Mayhem is for you.

Two of the outstanding reviews for the book

Say… CRIME? The name is COLETTA, SUE.
A well developed story, credible characters, tri-dimensional. Cat burglar, Shawnee Daniels, reality check in the story. Steal memories could be DEADLY!!!

Run, if you want to follow the story not a moment to loose. Not a fan of spoilers, need to read a real deal Mayhem… Crime is the trade of Lady Coletta’s. A writer to follow, if you like good books!!!

One of the true pleasures of reading is finding that unique and original story. In Wings of Mayhem, Sue Coletta shines in both telling the story and crafting language to make it compelling.

The book is not for the faint of heart. A sadistic serial killer is after the main character Shawnee Daniels. She’s taken something important from him and he wants it back. He’s willing to use all his sinister skills to get it.

Coletta is a master at building each scene to a crescendo then, with just a brief moment to catch your breath and slow your heart rate, she plunges you into the terror and suspense once again.

Wings of Mayhem, Book One of the Mayhem series, stands alone as an outstanding thriller. The potential for a blockbuster series is a bonus. If you love a psychological crime thriller, this is the book for you.

Remember the name, Sue Coletta, she will be writing your favorite nightmares for years to come. I will never look at a Raven’s feather the same way ever again

Also by Sue Coletta


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My next book is Crystal Ball Persuasion by Lesley Fletcher that was published in October and was promoted as part of the Autumn Reading series. Since then the book has received more excellent reviews


About the book

The travelling carnival is not the life Gypsy pictured for herself. Since being given her mentor’s gift of a premonition from a very young age, she has had her sights on a life far away from the one she leads.

Standing in her way are two men; one who has been waiting a lifetime for her love and one who depends on her gifts for a living wage.

Trusting the Universe, she throws herself into a new life when she finds the seeker who fits the premonition. She sets out with a new identity and a zest for adventure on her quest for the truth. Her journey leads her to questions she had never thought of asking. Only one thing is set in stone. She will never return to life on the midway again.

Accompanying her on the adventurous escape and leading the way is a woman whose life has been thrown mercilessly into turmoil. Together they conquer goals, soul search and open their bruised and broken hearts as they travel to far off destinations.

Their journey is filled with mystical charm, sisterhood and page-turning events as the story unfolds.

Along the way the question arises – will there be enough light at the end of the tunnel to produce lasting happiness, while being so far removed from their former lives?

One of the most recent reviews

Lesley Fletcher thank you for Crystal Ball Persuasion.
I just finished non-stop reading of this wonderful fiction which I thoroughly enjoyed.

The characters are so well developed and the plot is fast moving and exciting. I felt as though I was on the life changing journey with Gypsy and Jules as their soul search travels took them around the globe. Wonderful read that I highly recommend.
Carole McDonald

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Also by Lesley Fletcher


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The last of the updates today is for the latest book by Andrew Joyce.. Yellow Hair is historical fiction that reveals the truth behind the treatment of the Sioux Indians.

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Through no fault of his own, a young man is thrust into a new culture just at the time that culture is undergoing massive changes. It is losing its identity, its lands, and its dignity. He not only adapts, he perseveres and, over time, becomes a leader—and on occasion, the hand of vengeance against those who would destroy his adopted people.

Yellow Hair documents the injustices done to the Sioux Nation from their first treaty with the United States in 1805 through Wounded Knee in 1890. Every death, murder, battle, and outrage written about actually took place. The historical figures that play a role in this fact-based tale of fiction were real people and the author uses their real names. Yellow Hair is an epic tale of adventure, family, love, and hate that spans most of the 19th century.
This is American history.

Awarded Book of the Year by Just Reviews

I’m a big fan of historical fiction. Why? I get to experience history and when it’s done right, reading it changes me as a person and I see the world in a whole new light. I’m fairly familiar with the atrocities foisted upon the Sioux Nation in the 19th century through my schooling and my childhood friends (Sioux) but in Yellow Hair, Andrew Joyce unveils what really happened.

“This is American History,” states Joyce and I applaud him for using real names and events while weaving his protagonist throughout. Joyce’s research is spot-on and historically accurate.

Yellow Hair is a book every single American (and Canadian) needs to read. Joyce plunges the reader into history and instead of being a passive observer, the reader is suffering right along with their Sioux brothers and sisters. This is the real history and we cannot stand idly by and have history repeat itself.

Another fantastic gem from Andrew Joyce and I highly recommend it, especially if you love historical fiction!

Favorite Character:

Yellow Hair. Not since reading Jane M. Auel have I been so connected to a historical fiction character as I did with Yellow Hair. He’s the vehicle Joyce uses to show the reader the real American history and I got to experience everything Yellow Hair witnessed. The most amazing thing is that Yellow Hair really existed and after reading this, I still feel him with me.

Favorite Quote:

“The coming of the White Man would forever change the fortunes of the people of the plains— more often than not for the worse. Very few White Men had a positive influence on the Indians. But there were a few. One of those men was Jacob Ariesen.”

 Yellow Hair is an epic tale – a tale of love, loss, and a people’s destruction. I immediately connected with the characters. Andrew Joyce has a way of storytelling that engages the reader. I was hooked from the first page until the very last page.

I have read other books by Joyce and I would say this is the best one yet. Believable characters, engaging storytelling, and a desire to keep reading/learning. I was sad when this book ended.

Not just a coming of age story, but so much more. Yellow Hair suffers loss after loss, but also love. He navigates both the white man’s world and the Indian’s world.

I highly recommend this book, especially if you enjoy historical fiction.

Read all the reviews and BUY the book:

Also by Andrew Joyce


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I hope that you have enjoyed today’s updates of authors in my Cafe & Bookstore. It would be great if you could share on your own social media to spread the word far and wide.

thanks Sally

Smorgasbord Weekly Round Up -Christmas Promotions, Pavarotti and Funnies


Welcome to the round up and as you can see from the Christmas Tree decoration above… I am getting into the festive spirit. I have posted three of the four promotions that will be running from the 13th of November so that you have an opportunity to get your requests in early.

I am delighted to say that I already have several guests booked in for Christmas Reading, Christmas stories and Bloggers around the Christmas Tree. I hope you will find it a great way to promote your blogs, books, artwork, craftwork, poetry etc as well as have some fun along the way.  As you will see in the first promotional post I received a right earful from someone who felt that I should not be using the term Christmas for my promotions nor should any other bloggers or book promoters.

I have celebrated Christmas traditionally for over 63 years in many countries around the world with different religions and cultures. They have joined in our celebrations and we have thoroughly enjoyed sharing in their traditions. Everyone is welcome into my home and my blog to celebrate what I see as not just a religious festival but a time of family, friendship, love, harmony and humour.

I hope that nobody who visits my blog is offended… and will regard my celebration of Christmas in the manner in which it is intended.

I will feature the three promotions so far in the post.. One more to come tomorrow.

As always my thanks to William Price King for his hugely informative series on Luciano Pavarotti and the last in the series is this Wednesday.  I will let you know then what the next series is likely to be to take us up to Christmas.

So here is the week that was…….

Living History

The Sunday Living History Interview series has come to an end for the time being and there will be a new series starting in the New Year.  In the meantime however I do have some Living History guest posts that I will be featuring on week days.  Here is the link to all the interviews in thes series.

classical music

William Price King takes us through the 1990s and some of the difficulties Pavarotti faced both in the operatic world and in his declining health.. but Luciano still won the hearts of millions of fans around the world with his stunning performances.

As a little postscript to the series, my father-in-law, Geoff Cronin, reminded me of a story about one of Pavarotti’s most ardent fans


Christmas Promotions.

The first of the promotions is Smorgasbord Christmas Reading and will feature books for all age groups that will make perfect gifts… because some books are in print and therefore need to be posted I will be starting this feature next Sunday.. slots are booking up so you need to read the post and then get back to me as soon as possible.  John Howell very kindly sent me a photo of one of his Christmas trees and that will be used for the whole series.


The second of the promotions is Smorgasbord Christmas Short Stories.. and delighted to say that I have already received three of the ten I need to feature weekly from November 29th. Please get your stories to me asap… and if I have room will feature more than ten.


The third promotion is Bloggers Around the Christmas Tree and is open to all bloggers to share their poetry, recipes, crafts, links to special posts, news etc.. I will feature three or four bloggers in each post and details of what I need are in the post. The trees was kindly sent to me by Annette Rochelle Aben.


There will be a fourth promotion that I will post tomorrow.

Mention in Dispatches

mention in dispatchesA small selection of outstanding blog posts from the week around WordPress.

Book Promotion






Personal Stuff

Weekly Image and Haiku



smorgasbord A - Z

medicine woman





Well I think that is about it for this week. I hope you have a wonderful week ahead and look forward to hearing from you. Sally

Smorgasbord Weekly Round Up.. Living History, Halloween and Horse Tattoos

Welcome to this week’s round up and I hope you have all had a great week.. I am delighted to be able to start unpacking our kitchen boxes at last as the cabinet doors are not back in place. Funny how we have managed with just four of everything for the last four months! I am unwrapping, putting away and also filling an empty box with things for the thrift shop. I barely use one can opener so really do not need three!

The weather has been dry (shush do not tell the rain gods) and actually more sun that we had during the summer months.. ironic truths about the Irish weather. Thankfully the people around here exude their own kind of warmth that makes up for it.

We went to the movies for the first time in five years on Thursday.. In Spain it meant going into the centre of Madrid to find an English version so we used to wait until films were available on Netflix etc. Our local cinema is literally five minutes away and lo and behold they have an 11.00 am special screening with pensioners rates of 5 Euro per person… Cup of coffee and some Maltesers and we thoroughly enjoyed Jack Reacher.

It was action packed from the opening scene and as Reacher fans we were not disappointed – the outcome was a little predictable but having read all the books that probably was down to being know-it-alls!  If you like a good fast-pace action movie then you will enjoy.. After two Reacher films with Tom Cruise I have actually managed to get passed the fact that he is not 6foot 4inches tall… perhaps because they hired a cast that were all shorter than Tom!!

Without futher ado on with the round up.. And as always many thanks for dropping by and contributing with your comments.. Thank you too for sharing.

Sunday Living History Interview

A 90 year old great- grandmother compares life with a nine-year old granddaughter – Life has changed by Sherry Raby.


Classical Music with William Price King

William takes us through the 1980s and the performance that made Luciano Pavarotti even more popular with music lovers around the world.


Mention in Dispatches

This week’s posts from some of the blogs I have visited – I hope you will head over and find interesting.

mention in dispatches

Book promotion

Here are this week’s book promotion posts and if you would like to feature then check out the Free Book promotions in the menu.






Short Story


A little fiction from me in celebration of Halloween… still waters run deep…….Trick or Treat

Weekly Image and Haiku



smorgasbord health


Humour and afternoon videos



I hope you have enjoyed the week and thanks again for supporting the blog.. I really am very grateful.. Sally


Smorgasbord Sunday Round Up – Cooking with love, First book love, Request for Christmas Tree photos

Welcome to the round up of posts on the blog this week. Delighted to welcome new collaborators in the book promotion series and I hope you will enjoy meeting them too.

Next week I will be uttering that dreaded word… Christmas!  As usual  I like to promote those who have appeared during the year in a Christmas Gift promotion of some kind. I need your help on this one though.

I need a photograph of a resplendent Christmas tree that you have photographed personally that I can use for the feature. The benefit to the person who supplies me with that photograph is that they will have their links to their blog and to Amazon on every post.  Since I am anticipating there is going to be a minimum of 20 posts that is quite a bit of exposure.

Please send a high resolution photograph to – I am hoping that many of you have taken pictures of your trees in the past.

I have begun to go out and about in the area on sunny days… yes we do have some… to capture photographs of the local area. I also scouted out the local beaches for dog walking and there is a great coastal path that runs north up to the next bay.  I am going to have to get in shape for the new addition so will be heading off every day or so to get fitter and take my camera with me.

It is lovely to be by the sea again and now that work on the house is tailing off we can begin to take full advantage of it.  I also visited the Irish Seal Rescue centre that is near the harbour and if any of you live in the South East of Ireland it is a great place to bring the kids.

On with the posts from the week and my thanks to William Price King for another great post on the life and music of Luciano Pavarotti who by the 1970s was bringing classical music into all our homes. The post also includes his most popular recording.. Nessun Dorma.

A new book promotion began this week for first time published authors – and I look forward to hearing from any author across the genres who would like to give their first book a boost.  It is also useful if you are planning on publishing your second book shortly to give that a promo.

Just a quick word on the book promotion posts. It is a collaborative effort and it is really important that authors do respond to comments on the posts and share on their own social media. Whilst all the posts are linked to my sites automatically the posts need to be boosted to maximise the promotional impact.

Sunday Living History Interview

Marian Beaman shares the story of her Grannie Fannie Martin Longenecker who cooked her for here extended family with a lot of love.


Classical music with William Price King

classical music

William guides us through part three of the Luciano Pavarotti story with some performances from the 1970s.

Mention in Dispatches

mention in dispatches

Some of the blog posts I have enjoyed during the week… recommended blogs to follow.

Book Promotion

first book shout out

 A new series for first time published authors of non-fiction, fiction and short stories.  Details of how to submit are in the post.

And the first post in the new series.


Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore Book of the Week


Autumn Reading



Just a reminder of the ways you can promote all you creative work including books, blog, poetry, art, photography and music.

The R’s of Life – my latest book in process.

The R's of Life

Pet of the Week



smorgasbord A - Z

medicine woman

brussel sprouts

Weekly Image and Haiku





Inspiring Beings

Thank you so much for dropping in this week and sending the posts around the web. Your comments are very much appreciated.  Sally