Smorgasbord Weekly Round Up – South Africa, Barbra Streisand, Judith Barrow and Horatio Grin revealed.


Welcome to the round up of some posts that you might have missed this week.  I have been offline more than on but I hope to reveal the cover of What’s in a Name Volume II in the next few days. It is done all bar the shouting (Amazon) which as an independent author and not part of KP can take a few days.

Request.

I would be really grateful for an opportunity over the weeks following the book’s release if I might do a guest post. Each one will be sharing the inspiration behind the main character of the story with a short excerpt.  If you feel that might fit in with your blog and schedule please email me and once I have a firm release dates I can let you have the weeks that are currently free.  sally.cronin@moyhill.com

William Price King is on his summer break now until September. He has gigs in the Nice region which as you know is a very popular tourist destination. I will be reposting one of his contemporary season from earlier in the year to make sure you don’t have withdrawal symptoms.

Horatio Grin caused quite a stir with his essays on the origins of Fairies and this week we revealed the last mystery behind the man…. Quess Who… and the initials are PA… If you would like a FREE Epub or pdf of Horatio’s book which contains additional bonus essays, then the details are in the post.

Robbie Cheadle takes us on a tour of Cape Town to celebrate the release of her latest children’s story and cookbook – Silly Willy goes to Cape Town with some traditional foods from South Africa that definitely brought back happy memories.

Judith Barrow shares the story of her treatment and survival of breast cancer. A must read for every woman.

My thanks to everyone who has contributed this week and of course to all of you for your ongoing support. Enjoy the rest of Sunday and see you soon.  Sally

William Price King meets some legends

I thought you might like to listen to one of my favourite tracks while you browse.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/07/19/william-price-king-meets-some-legends-barbra-streisand-the-finale/

Guest post by Horatio Grin

The jig is up as they say and the mystery surrounding guest writer Horatio Grin is revealed.. with a FREE book with extras for you to enjoy.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/07/18/will-the-real-horatio-grin-please-stand-up-and-free-book-offer/

Guest post by Robbie Cheadle 

To celebrate the release of the latest children’s book Silly Willy Goes to Cape Town, Robbie shares some of the delicious traditional food you can find in South Africa.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/07/21/smorgasbord-guest-post-traditional-foods-you-can-eat-in-cape-town/

The Black Bitch and other Tales by Geoff Cronin

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/07/22/the-black-bitch-and-other-tales-the-bermuda-triangle-by-geoff-cronin/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/07/23/the-black-bitch-and-other-tales-of-bread-and-flails-by-geoff-cronin/

Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore Update

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/07/17/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-author-update-lyn-horner-yecheilyah-ysrayl-and-tina-frisco/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/07/21/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-author-update-kristina-stanley-d-g-kaye-and-judith-barrow/

Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore – New on the Shelves

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/07/19/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-new-on-the-shelves-51-sleepless-nights-by-tobias-wade/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/07/18/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-new-on-the-shelves-the-fountain-short-story-collection-by-john-maberry/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/07/20/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-new-on-the-shelves-memoir-what-did-i-do-by-chuck-jackson/

Air Your Reviews

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/07/20/smorgasbord-book-promotion-air-your-reviews-throwback-thursday-carol-balawyder-and-christine-campbell/

The Blogger Daily

The new series of Blogger Daily has begun again and please do not hesitate to let me have the link to your most recent post either in the comments section or by email.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/07/20/smorgasbord-blogger-daily-new-series-and-new-contacts/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/07/21/smorgasbord-blogger-daily-friday-july-21st-damyanti-biswas-nicholas-rossis-mary-smith-and-yoly/

Health

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/07/19/smorgasbord-health-2017-food-in-the-news-thumbs-up-for-coffee/

Guest Post Judith Barrow – Surviving Breast Cancer

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/07/17/smorgasbord-health-2017-femail-reproductive-system-update-judith-barrow-breast-cancer-survivor/

Top to toe – The Male Reproductive System.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/07/18/smorgasbord-health-2017-top-to-toe-the-male-reproductive-system-part-one/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/07/20/mens-health-week-revisited-testosterone-and-cholesterol/

Poetry

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/07/22/smorgasbord-poetry-haiku-petrified-by-fear/

Short Story

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/07/19/smorgasbord-short-stories-revisited-no-39-by-marilyn-brouwer/

Humour

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/07/17/the-afternoon-video-cats-and-pup-and-boxes-and-things/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/07/18/smorgasbord-laughter-academy-the-sign-writers-have-been-out-again/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/07/21/laughter-the-best-medicine-an-australian-shaggy-dog-story/

Well that’s all folks.. I hope you will pop in again next week and in the meantime.. be good.. and if you cannot be good… be careful. Thanks Sally

 

Smorgasbord Weekly Round Up – Opera, Film, Books, Humour and Authors who rock.


Welcome to this week’s round up of posts you might haved missed. As always my thanks to William Price King and Paul Andruss who are such huge supporters and contributors to the blog.. Also this week to Julie Lawford with a very informative posts on the challenges of being left-handed, and to Karen Ingalls, whose post shares her experiences as an ovarian cancer survivor.

I have been busy offline, finishing one project and moving onto the next. I have also been working on the plan for the blog from September onwards with some new promotional opportunities for authors and bloggers. In October the blog will be four years old and I would like to celebrate that with a week of guest posts.  I am hoping to persuade those of you who have been with me for most of those four years to share some highlights from your own blogs and the funniest moments too.  More about that later in the summer but perhaps you can get your thinking caps on now.  It is of course an opportunity to share your work and perhaps inspire others to take up this madness that is blogging.

Thank you very much for popping in and for leaving feedback and sharing the posts across your own networks.. I cannot tell you how much I appreciate that. More to come in the next week and I hope you will have the time to drop in again.

Time to get on with the posts from the week…

William Price King Meets Some legends

We look at some of the music from the films of Barbra Streisand in the 1980s and 1990s.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/07/12/william-price-king-meets-some-legends-barbra-streisand-1980s1990s-and-films/

Smorgasbord Writer in Residence Paul Andruss

This week Paul takes us back through the centuries to discover the origins of our modern day opera including some of the less highbrow aspects of this form of entertainment.

Thomas the Rhymer

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/07/14/writer-in-residence-whats-opera-doc-by-paul-andruss/

The Black Bitch and other Tales by Geoff Cronin

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/07/15/the-black-bitch-and-other-tales-technique-and-the-soliloquy-and-snippets-by-geoff-cronin/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/07/16/the-black-bitch-and-other-tales-he-who-laughs-last-and-technique-kerry-style-by-geoff-cronin/

Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore Update

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/07/10/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-author-update-sue-coletta-janice-spina-and-amy-m-reade/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/07/14/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-author-update-mira-prabhu-c-s-boyack-and-darlene-foster/

Book and blog marketing

A reminder of how you can join the other authors on the shelves of the Cafe and Bookstore

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/07/09/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-new-on-the-shelves-update-free-book-promotion/

Book promotion on Twitter

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/07/10/smorgasbord-book-promotion-twitter-tagging-and-pinned-tweet-to-spread-the-word/

Taking advantage of book promotion opportunities

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/07/12/smorgasbord-book-promotion-modesty-perfection-and-promotions-sally-g-cronin/

My review of No More Mulberries by Mary Smith

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/07/14/smorgasbord-book-promotion-my-book-review-of-no-more-mulberries-by-mary-smith/

Air Your Reviews

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/07/11/smorgasbord-book-promotion-air-your-reviews-colleen-chesebro-bette-a-stevens-and-luna-saint-claire/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/07/13/smorgasbord-book-promotion-air-your-reviews-don-massenzio-teagan-riordain-geneviene-and-paul-cude/

Short Stories

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/07/12/smorgasbord-short-stories-tales-from-the-garden-by-sally-cronin-the-boy-his-dog-and-the-fairy-princess/

Poetry

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/07/13/smorgasbord-poetry-time-on-my-own-by-sally-cronin/

Health

Latest research in to the use of Vitamin C in an effective treatment for sepsis

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/07/11/smorgasbord-health-2017-latest-research-vitamin-c-treatment-for-sepsis/

Guest post by Julie Lawford on the challenges of being left-handed.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/07/11/smorgasbord-guest-writer-julie-lawford-leftwrite-on-being-a-southpaw/

Guest post by Karen Ingalls, Ovarian cancer survivor.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/07/13/smorgasbord-health-2017-top-to-toe-female-reproductive-system-outshining-ovarian-cancer-by-karen-ingalls/

Top to Toe – The Female Reproductive System

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/07/10/smorgasbord-health-2017-top-to-toe-female-reproductive-system-updated-some-health-issues/

Humour

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/07/10/afternoon-video-revisited-the-fastest-dog-in-the-west-barry-the-wonder-dog/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/07/11/smorgasbord-laughter-academy-a-writers-life-or-words-to-that-effect/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/07/14/smorgasbord-laughter-academy-it-is-all-in-the-headlines/

 

Thank you again and hope to see you next week.. Enjoy your sunday.. Sally

Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore – Author Update – Mira Prabhu, C.S. Boyack and Darlene Foster


Welcome to the Friday edition of the Cafe and Bookstore and another packed post today with new books and a FREE offer of a book for review.  First author to feature is Mira Prabhu with Copper Moon Over Pataliputra, the third book in her Moksha Trilogy.

About Copper Moon Over Pataliputra

Against the dazzling epochal backdrop of the Mauryan Empire in ancient India, celebrated for its liberal, humanist and free-thinking traditions, a gripping saga of love, betrayal, hatred and magical transformation sinuously weaves itself. Copper Moon relates the fascinating tale of Odati, daughter of Emperor Ashoka by stunning Urvashi, a Kalingan devadasi.

When a great horror strikes, and Odati’s tender young life hangs in the balance, it is the Egyptian Kahotep, Grand Eunuch of Maurya, who risks his own life to spirit her to safety. Within his protective embrace, Odati disguises herself as Amunet and gradually grows into a singer whose angelic skill enchants the elite of Pataliputra. And yet, beneath her lovely façade lurks a cunning assassin waiting for the perfect opportunity to inflict hellish suffering on the man who drove her into the abyss of hell. Impervious to the luminous teachings of Gautama Buddha and other great sages, Odati relentlessly pursues her diabolic quest for revenge. Then, in another bizarre twist of fate, her evil is discovered and she is once again forced to flee for her life. It is now that the jewel-like wisdom she has so fiercely resisted begins to open the reluctant petals of her heart.

An early review for the book

Copper Moon Over Pataliputra paints a fascinating and in depth picture of ancient India, but doesn’t leave out the reality. Life on earth will always entail evil people, suffering and soul searching. Although far from just glamorous, the history of India is rich and can serve as an advanced model of cultural sophistication even to this day. What is most nourishing about this book is the spiritual and philosophical insight that it reveals, especially concerning the laws of karma, and the end result of spinning a dangerous tale of lies. It is entirely relevant. All good art is timeless, and I think this book will be one for the ages!

Buy Mira Prabhu’s new book Copper Moon Over Pataliputra: https://www.amazon.com/Copper-Moon-Over-Pataliputra-Passion-ebook/dp/B072KWBRLP/

Also by Mira Prabhu

Read the reviews and BUY the books: http://www.amazon.com/Mira-Prabhu/e/B00CCQ9VQ4

Read more reviews and follow Mira Prabhu on Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7052520.Mira_Prabhu

Connect to Mira via her Blog: http://miraprabhu.wordpress.com

The next author with a new book to add to the shelves is C. S. Boyack with a short story collection, The Enhanced League.

About The Enhanced League

The Enhanced league is a collection of short stories and anthems centered around a year in a fictional baseball league. It has a slight science fiction background. This league has a lot more pomp than you might be used to, and nobody seems to care if the players use performance enhancing drugs.

Stories involve existing heroes, up and comers, and falling stars. While there are the obvious stories that take place on the field of play, there are also human interest stories that take place around the baseball gyrations. These stories involve scouting, trades, ruthless business decisions, and even relationships.

I enjoyed researching and bringing you The Enhanced League, and I hope you enjoy it as much as I did. — CB

The most recent review for The Enhanced League

This is an anthology of short stories and anthems, but not like any I’d read before. This collection takes place in one story world over the course of one year and follows an assortment of fascinating characters in a baseball league that not only allows, but encourages, physical enhancements.

This is indeed a baseball world, but the anthology is really about the characters, not the sport. We have an athlete whose injury forced him into the league, a left-handed catcher who couldn’t get a chance elsewhere, a rookie, a villainous player, female umpires, a technician, commentators, businessmen… so many complex, multi-faceted people to follow through the league and the year. Each story is more compelling than the next.

The characters are engrossing, the anthems are riveting, and the advancing plot is captivating. Baseball lovers will clearly love this, but honestly, anyone interested in character drama will enjoy this anthology. Boyack has a way of balancing strong characters with speculative concepts to create gripping stories that entertain everyone.

Read the other reviews and buy The Enhanced League: https://www.amazon.com/Enhanced-League-C-S-Boyack-ebook/dp/B073T5DH2Q

A selection of books by C.S. Boyack

 Read all the reviews and buy the books: https://www.amazon.com/C.-S.-Boyack/e/B00ILXBXUY

Read more reviews and follow C.S. Boyack on Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/9841203.C_S_Boyack

Connect with Craig via his blog: http://coldhandboyack.wordpress.com

Next the next book in the Amanda series by Darlene Foster is out in October but she is looking for advance reviews and you can download Amanda in New Mexico – Ghosts in the Wind from Net Gallery with a Giveaway on Goodreads.

About Amanda in New Mexico – Ghosts in the Wind

Amanda Ross is on a school trip to Taos, New Mexico to collect material for writing projects. She is travelling with Cleo, a classmate who believes in ghosts and insists she keeps seeing them. Amanda doesn’t believe in ghosts and is determined to prove there is no such thing. When weird, unexplainable things start to happen to Amanda, she questions her denial of the supernatural.

Join Amanda as she visits a typical hacienda, an ancient pueblo, a painting that changes dramatically and a spooky hotel with the ghost of a murdered cowboy haunting the rooms. Can Amanda escape from the eerie wind that follows her everywhere she goes?

Here is one of the advance reviews so far

Molly Ringle rated it 5 Stars.

New Mexico is indeed an enchanting place, and Darlene Foster brings it to lovely, haunting life in this installment of Amanda’s adventures. Sixth-grader Amanda is a brave traveler, up for anything, and definitely doesn’t believe in ghosts…but even she starts getting spooked and wondering if she needs to change her mind when she goes on a class trip to Taos and vicinity, with all its Old West locales with turbulent pasts. Delightful armchair travel, as ever from Darlene’s books, as well as enticingly spooky ghost stories–what’s not to like?

E-Book Free from Net Galley for reviews: https://www.netgalley.com/catalog/book/116072

Goodreads Giveaway: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/34432362-amanda-in-new-mexico

Amazon for pre-order for October: https://www.amazon.com/Amanda-New-Mexico-Ghosts-Travels-ebook/dp/B01MT8LXAR

Also by Darlene Foster

Read the reviews and buy all of Darlene’s books: https://www.amazon.com/Darlene-Foster/e/B003XGQPHA

Read more reviews and follow Darlene on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/3156908.Darlene_Foster

Connect to Darlene via her website:https://darlenefoster.wordpress.com/

Thank you for dropping in today and I would really appreciate if you could share the news about these new books and their authors.. thanks Sally

You will find how to join these authors in the bookstore and discover over 200 authors on the shelves at this link: https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore/

Smorgasbord Book Promotion – Modesty, Perfection and Promotions – Sally G. Cronin


I am reposting some of my guest posts that I have contributed to other blogs in the last couple of years… and this one was posted by The Story Reading Ape in January 2016 and is as relevant today and I hope you will find some of the tips useful.. It also follows on from my post yesterday on using Twitter to promote your blogs and books.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/07/10/smorgasbord-book-promotion-twitter-tagging-and-pinned-tweet-to-spread-the-word/

By the way The Story Reading Ape is currently looking for guest writers for a monthly gig between September and the end of the year.. Four opportunities to plug your work.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/07/10/authors-last-call-for-you-to-get-four-months-free-book-promotions-with-a-difference/

I have updated my own information in this post since last year.

If it was not for our modesty we would be perfect!

This term is usually reserved for those people that we meet who are brazenly open about their achievements and have no problem as they say ‘In blowing their own trumpets’.

I have come into contact with a lot of writers, including when approaching for an interview on my radio shows. The reluctance I met on most occasions was baffling and yet once I managed to winkle these writers out of their modesty shells they thoroughly enjoyed themselves and loved the attention. It can be terrifying putting ourselves out there for the world to judge.. but if you have achieved something challenging then you are missing not only an opportunity, but a change to encourage and inspired others to do likewise.

Firstly let’s establish why we write. Apart from the odd person who wishes a cathartic experience by writing down their life’s experiences; most of us write to be read. Some authors have spent years researching, soul-searching, scribbling notes on plots and character before creating spreadsheets. Then the real job begins of putting it all down in print, editing, re-editing, proofreading, formatting, designing the cover and going through the rigmarole of either uploading to Amazon direct or going via a second party such as Nielsons. We should also admit at this point that the majority of us do not have a million pound budget or a personal assistant available to market said uploaded book.

Wouldn’t you agree that deserves some for of fanfare, public recognition and celebration.

This means that however shy or modest you are it needs to be tempered with pragmatism. Hands up all of you who do not get a real buzz when one of your books is sold? Not many I bet; unless you happen to be called Wilbur Smith or J.K. Rowling where you count books sold in the thousands.

I expect that you are thinking… We have heard this all before and next she will no doubt say… ‘Establish yourself on social media and spend all day spamming the airways’. Not at all! In fact I am going to suggest a few other ways that you might obtain some plugs for your books and also indulge in your favourite pastime which I assume is writing.

Your Email account.

I think it is fair to say that the majority of us have email accounts these days and send out a great many messages over the space of a week. How many of you have a signature that is automatically sent with your message? Here is mine that goes out on average of 150 times a week which is nearly 8000 times a year.

Sally Cronin
Latest book: What’s in a Name
http://www.moyhill.com/wian/
Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01N6Y8BK1
Blog : https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com
http://uk.linkedin.com/in/sallycronin1
Twitter: https://twitter.com/sgc58
All books available in print and E-versions
Amazon-https://www.amazon.com/author/sallycroninbooks

You can choose to put as much or as little into your signature as long as you include the crucial links to find your books and your blog. Remember to update your information with your latest book. Don’t worry about the fact that it is going to your friends and family as they need a reminder at times that you are a published author and could use some help with marketing!

Guest posting and interviews.

You are a writer so the obvious way to promote your book or your blog is to write. Certainly one of the best ways to get your book noticed is by taking up invitations from other bloggers. This might be as a guest, for an interview or a post on a subject that is appropriate to the host blog. You have the perfect example of that opportunity here on The Story Reading Ape’s hugely supportive blog for writers. How fantastic to be in the Hall of Fame and take advantage of Chris’s large following of fellow writers, bloggers and importantly readers.

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Like Chris I also offer opportunities for you to promote books  in Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore and you will find details in this link: https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore/

If you are invited to be interviewed in any medium then grab with both hands. Most bloggers will send you a list of questions that you answer and return. If it is for radio, the presenter should always do so as well. It can be a very exciting to be asked to do an audio interview and somewhat scary. Do not let me down by missing this great opportunity to blow your own trumpet.

Social Media

You knew I was going to bring this up at some point didn’t you? I do understand the downside to having a number of social media accounts to manage, along with a blog, writing your own books and keeping up with a full time job and the housework. But there is a way to take advantage of social media without having an account (although it can be very useful).

Make sure that all your share buttons are activated on your blog including the Reblog button.

This enables people, who do have social media accounts, to share your post and news about your books far and wide across their network. This includes LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Tumblr, Reddit and Google+.

Let me give you a few numbers to encourage you to do this.

Reblogs will send out news of your post with an excerpt to the blog that is sharing. It has your link back to the original and if they are really kind they will put some words of encouragement in the repost. You will now be reaching their followers as well as your own which might amount to several thousand new readers of your blog and your books.

If a reader that shares on Twitter has 1000 followers, which is pretty standard your post has now the potential to reach many more. Their tweet is likely to be retweeted at least ten times to another potential 10,000 readers. That is called networking. You have had to do nothing except add that share button to your blog.

Here is an excellent tutorial on how to add your share buttons by Liz Dexter: https://libroediting.com/2014/04/07/wordpress-sharing-buttons/

I hope that you will take advantage of every opportunity offered to you. Of course you do not want to be seen as a fame hungry, heat seeking publicity missile. But, how about adding share buttons, guest posting once a month and taking advantage of invitations to promote your work once in a while.

Have fun… I do.

More details with some of my latest reviews and where to buy my books can be found here: https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/my-books/

Smorgasbord Weekly Round Up – Magic, Music and Master storytellers oh and a bit of a laugh


Welcome to this week’s round up of posts that you might have missed. I have been busy preparing next week’s posts in advance as much as possible because I begin writing Tales from the Irish Garden with the assistance of illustrator Donata Zawadzka who has created some delightful images for the stories. I will be in and out of course to boost posts and in particular the book promotions that are planned.

Apart from the regular author promotions there will also be some health, humour and music from Barbra Streisand.. so I hope to keep you entertained.  I also hope to pop in a couple of posts on how you can take best advantage of book promotions to reach a few more readers.

I find it hard to believe that it is July already. I have no idea where the first half of the year has gone. I have come to the conclusion that before the Internet, 24/7 media in our homes and mobile phones we measured time by when we ate and it went slower. Just a theory.

My thanks as always to those who have contributed to the blog this week including William Price King, Paul Andruss and Horatio Grin and of course my later father-in-law Geoff Cronin and his tall tales.  I know that in whatever dimension he is now in he will be entertaining the other occupants and would be delighted by your comments about his stories.

On that note.. on with the show and something to listen to while you read any posts you might have missed.

William Price King meets some legends

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/07/05/william-price-king-meets-some-legends-barbra-streisand-the-collaborations/

Writer in Residence Paul Andruss

Thomas the Rhymer

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/07/07/smorgasbord-reblog-where-do-you-go-to-now-my-lovely-by-paul-andruss/

Guest writer Horatio Grin

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/07/03/smorgasbord-guest-writer-the-fairy-bride-by-horatio-grin/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/07/04/smorgasbord-guest-writer-the-fairy-wife-by-horatio-grin/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/07/05/smorgasbord-guest-writer-the-changeling-child-by-horatio-grin/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/07/06/guest-writer-fantastic-realms-1-genius-loci-by-horatio-grin/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/07/07/guest-writer-essay-seven-part-two-fantastic-realms-angels-and-demons/

The Black Bitch and other Tales by Geoff Cronin

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/07/08/the-black-bitch-and-other-tales-clerical-errors-by-geoff-cronin/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/07/09/the-black-bitch-and-other-tales-the-cure-and-other-smippets-by-geoff-cronin/

Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore – Update

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/07/03/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-author-update-jacquie-biggar-kevin-morris-and-lucinda-e-clarke/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/07/07/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-author-update-mary-smith-richard-ankers-charles-e-yallowitz-and-robbie-cheadle/

New on the Shelves

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/07/05/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-new-on-the-shelves-hullabaloo-on-main-street-by-lela-markham/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/07/07/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-new-on-the-shelves-legends-of-deceit-by-rebekkah-ford/

Air Your Reviews

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/07/04/smorgasbord-book-promotion-air-your-reviews-jack-eason-and-marcia-meara/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/07/06/smorgasbord-book-promotion-air-your-reviews-christina-steiner-and-jena-c-henry/

Smorgasbord Poetry

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/07/08/smorgasbord-poetry-haiku-ancient-cave/

Smorgasbord Short Stories The Psychic Parrot by Sally Cronin

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/07/06/flights-of-fancy-anthology-psychic-parrot-by-sally-cronin/

Health

Smorgasbord Health 2017https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/07/03/smorgasbord-health-2017-top-to-toe-the-female-reproductive-system/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/07/06/smorgasbord-health-2017-top-to-toe-the-femal-reproductive-system-endocrine-system-and-hormones/

Personal stuff.. in celebration of July 4th.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/07/04/happy-4th-july-part-one-1985-renaissance-fair-fire-ants-and-the-alamo/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/07/05/happy-4th-july-part-two-houston-texas-1986-halleys-comet-hawaii-magnum-pi-top-gun/

Humour

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/07/03/afternoon-video-two-parrots-commentary-on-the-tourists-they-have-had-to-endure/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/07/04/smorgasbord-laughter-academy-off-on-our-holidays/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/07/05/the-afternoon-video-yoga-chihuahua-and-his-master/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/07/07/smorgasbord-laughter-academy-a-picture-is-worth-a-thousand-words/

Thank you once again for your continued support.. I wish you a wonderful week of love, laughter and sunshine.

 

Smorgasbord Weekly Round Up – Barbra Streisand, The Gospel Truth and Summer Schedule


Welcome to the weekly round up of posts that you might have missed.. It has also been the first week on the summer schedule which will be focused on health, music, book promotions and humour.  Throw in some reblogs of some of the outstanding blogs and I hope that when you have time to come in from the garden you will find something that you enjoy.

Apart from my own garden I will be completing a three R’s challenge.. Reading, Riting and Relaxing..I am of course as keen as always to promote authors in the Cafe and Bookstore and those who receive great reviews and those posts will continue. However the Book Reading at the Cafe will be back in September.

After the series on Barbra Streisand in a few weeks, William Price King will be taking his usual summer weeks off for performing and relaxing with his family but will be back in September with a new series.

This is the first summer in four years where we have not been doing up a house to sell, or doing one up to live in.  We intend to take some time out to explore and meet up with old friends. I hope to have some photos to share with you of our day trips.  I will still be here once or twice a day but I will be around less on social media.

My thanks as always to William Price King and Paul Andruss for their amazing contributions to the blog..Also this week to guest writer Horatio Grin who has shared his research into the origins of our beliefs in gods and fairies, sometimes revealing where the two crossed paths.

Thanks to you for your wonderful support and feedback.

Here are the posts this week in case you missed them.

William Price King meets some Legends

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/06/21/new-series-of-william-price-king-meets-some-legends-barbra-streisand-the-early-years/

Writer in Residence – Paul Andruss

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/06/23/smorgasbord-writer-in-residence-the-gospel-truth-by-paul-andruss/

The Black Bitch and other Tales by Geoff Cronin

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/06/24/the-black-bitch-and-other-tales-the-captain-and-the-tiger-by-geoff-cronin/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/06/25/the-black-bitch-and-other-tales-the-lobster-pot-by-geoff-cronin/

Guest writer – Horatio Grin

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/06/19/smorgasbord-guest-writer-19th-june-to-27th-june-author-horatio-grin-biography/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/06/20/smorgasbord-guest-writer-part-1-lost-beginnings-of-the-fairy-races-by-horatio-grin/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/06/21/smorgasbord-guest-writer-part-2-tales-of-the-old-gods-by-horatio-grin/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/06/22/smorgasbord-guest-writer-part-3-twilight-of-the-gods-by-horatio-grin/

Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore – New book on the shelves

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/06/19/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-new-book-on-the-shelves-the-genie-hunt-by-m-c-tuggle/

The Updates

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/06/19/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-author-update-shehanne-moore-and-gigi-sedlmayer/

The Swamp Fairy

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/06/23/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-update-colleen-chesebro-natalie-ducey-and-malia-ann-haberman/

Air your Reviews

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/06/20/smorgasbord-book-promotion-air-your-reviews-jacquie-biggar-sacha-black-and-sally-cronin/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/06/22/smorgasbord-book-promotion-air-your-reviews-shehanne-moore-and-kevin-morris/

Personal Stuff

My thanks to Dan Alatorre for a very pleasant interview over on his blog… where I managed to give away a number of secrets.

An Inteview with Dan Alatorre: https://danalatorre.com/2017/06/19/author-profile-20-questions-more-or-less-with-sally-cronin/

 

Smorgasbord Health 2017

Smorgasbord Health 2017

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/06/19/smorgasbord-health-2017-top-to-toe-the-immune-system-how-it-works/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/06/20/guest-posts-revisited-jane-hanser-the-burden-interview-of-mothers-caregivers-sons-and-daughters/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/06/21/guest-posts-revisited-cook-from-scratch-with-author-j-p-mclean-roasted-tomato-sauce/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/06/22/smorgasbord-health-2017-top-to-toe-the-immune-system-ignorance-is-not-bliss/

Smorgasbord Laughter Academy

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/06/19/smorgasbord-laughter-academy-misunderstandings-and-hair-removal/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/06/22/smorgasbord-laughter-academy-bless-little-children-and-the-scots-irish-english-welsh-and-french/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/06/23/the-afternoon-video-when-cats-take-over-your-ipad/

Smorgasbord Poetry

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/06/24/weekly-image-and-haiku-sacred-flower-of-the-incas/

Enjoy the rest of your weekend and thank you again for your visits and feedback. Sally

 

Smorgasbord Weekly Round Up – Stevie Wonder, Justice ‘East End’ Style, Skin and Bones


Welcome to the round up for the posts this week just in case you missed any. I feel a little guilty since I spent quite a bit of time off line and not spending time with your blogs but I promise that just another week to go and I will be more attentive.

The plan was to get the next volume of What’s in a Name finished.. I have two more stories to go Y and Z… already in my head and then I have some surprises to add that will be revealed when it is published.  A slightely different appoach to the names from K to Z with just ordinary people doing something they will be remembered for.. Even if it is only by those they love.

Some of you may remember that I wrote a story using an illustration by the very talented Donata Zawadzka.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/02/07/smorgasbord-short-story-tales-from-the-irish-garden-after-the-festival-illustrated-by-donata-zawadzka/

This story along with 24 more make up the sequel to Tales from the Garden but this time set in Ireland. Queen Filigree is forced to escape from the palace beneath the magnolia tree in Spain and to seek refuge with her Irish cousin.

I am working with Donata who is producing four central illustrations that head up the four seasons in the book and I am very excited by the project. And I have to thank Paul Andruss for introducing us. It will be in print as well as Ebook and is the first book of mine to be written in Ireland since 1999.

You can find out more about Donata at her website and her sales site:  http://dezawadzka.wix.com/donatasgallery
Buy her work on Redbubble: http://www.redbubble.com/people/donattien/works/7004053-the-birch-maiden?c=32080-ink-illustrations

I have managed to get some gardening done this week which has a duel purpose.. I pot plants and plot stories!  I am going to do the same this week whilst I finish the current projects but I will be in each day to check up on things and have a chat.

Thank you for all your wonderful support and wonderful comments… I am hugely grateful.

Now for a look at the posts from the week… with additional thanks to my two collaborators.. William Price King and Paul Andruss.

William Price meets the Legends

A brand new series and this time the artist is the amazingly talented Mr. Stevie Wonder who has entertained us for over 50 years. His first performances at age 11 propelled him to early stardom and some of his most iconic hits were written when he was a teenager.  To get you in the mood is one of my all time favourites.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/05/17/william-price-king-meets-some-legends-stevie-wonder-the-early-years/

Writer in Residence – Paul Andruss

Paul explores the origins of music and you might look at chimpanzees in a different light.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/05/19/writer-in-residence-extra-song-and-dance-man-by-paul-andruss/

The Colour of Life – by Geoff Cronin

Just a few more chapters to go in my father-in-law’s memoir but since so many of you have enjoyed I will also be serialising his second book of tall tales.. This week too I pay tribute to my mother-in-law Joan who would have been 97 yesterday. A lovely woman with the most infectious laugh you will ever hear.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/05/20/the-colour-of-life-serialisation-the-rosary-1955-by-geoff-cronin/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/05/20/the-colour-of-life-extra-behind-every-great-man-joan-cronin-1920-1994/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/05/21/the-colour-of-life-tommy-and-the-fish-and-the-power-of-prayer/

Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore Book Reading and Interview

Just  a reminder that if you are in the bookstore you are welcome to do a book reading and interview. The details of how to do that are in this post.  My guest this week was Richard Ankers and next week Sandra J. Jackson and C.S. Boyack.

Sally's Cafe and Bookstore

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/05/17/new-series-sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-author-book-reading-and-interview/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/05/20/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-book-reading-and-interview-richard-ankers/

Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore New on the Shelves

If you are not already on the shelves of the bookstore then please pop in and take a look at this post which has a link to what you need to send me.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/05/17/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-new-on-the-shelves-13-steps-to-evil-by-sacha-black/

Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore – Author Update

If you are in the bookstore you can enjoy regular updates of new releases, great reviews or offers.. Just send me an email to sally.cronin@moyhill.com

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/05/15/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-author-update-dan-alatorre-and-angie-dokos/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/05/19/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-author-update-deanie-humphrys-dunne-and-lesley-fletcher/

Smorgasbord Book Promotion – Air your Reviews

This is open to all authors on the bookstore shelves or not… just send the link to your latest great review to sally.cronin@moyhill.com

Jessica Norrie

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/05/16/smorgasbord-book-promotion-air-your-reviews-jessica-norrie-and-sue-coletta/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/05/18/smorgasbord-book-promotion-air-your-reviews-annette-rochelle-aben-and-hugh-w-roberts/

Smorgasbord Poetry

My thanks to Robbie Cheadle for her contribution to this post this week.. In a dilemma about which cake to bake for her husband’s birthday she took to verse…

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/05/17/smorgasbord-poetry-which-cake-by-robbie-cheadle/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/05/19/smorgasbord-poetry-dark-waters-by-sally-cronin/

Smorgasbord Short Stories

The Sewing Circle is about a group of elderly residents of an East London estate whose lives are devastated by the actions of a family of thugs.  Here are all three episodes. More stories from this collection next week.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/05/11/smorgasbord-short-stories-the-sewing-club-part-one-by-sally-cronin/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/05/15/flights-of-fancy-short-story-anthology-novella-the-sewing-circle-part-two-by-sally-cronin/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/05/18/flights-of-fancy-short-story-anthology-the-sewing-circle-part-three-by-sally-cronin/

Some personal stuff

I was delighted to be interviewed by two writers this week. The first was with Amy M. Reade.

https://amreade.wordpress.com/2017/05/16/sally-cronin-is-back/

And the second was with Lisa Burton.... courtesy of Craig Boyack.

https://coldhandboyack.wordpress.com/2017/05/18/odd-job-girl-on-lisa-burton-radio/

I was also very honoured to be nominated in the Most Informative Category for the #BloggersBash this year and voting is now open. There are ten categories and some wonderful nominees.. Please head over and vote for your favourites.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/05/19/smorgasbord-reblog-bloggerbash-2017-voting-is-now-open/

Smorgasbord Health – Let’s Walk a Marathon Challenge

This week.. how to burn extra fat…

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/05/15/lets-walk-a-marathon-update-and-methods-to-burn-extra-fat/

Smorgasbord Health – Top to Toe.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/05/16/smorgasbord-health-2017-top-to-toe-the-skeleton-the-progresson-of-osteoporosis-over-50-2/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/05/18/smorgasbord-health-2017-top-to-toe-the-skin-the-largest-organ-of-the-human-body/

Smorgasbord Health – Cook from Scratch

I would love to hear from you if you have a recipe made from fresh ingredients that is a favourite.. sally.cronin@moyhill.com

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/05/16/cook-from-scratch-the-sandwich-that-packs-a-punch-with-link-to-140-fillings/

Humour

Put your troubles away for a little while and enjoy the outlook of a pug who has a neural problem but does not let it get him down..

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/05/15/the-afternoon-video-when-adverts-are-better-than-the-television/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/05/16/smorgasbord-time-for-some-laffs-joys-of-old-age-and-a-slice-of-scotland/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/05/19/lets-walk-a-marathon-the-agility-circuit-try-and-keep-up-with-this-jack-russell/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/05/20/smorgasbord-time-for-some-laffs-things-are-not-always-what-they-seem/

Thanks for showing up, commenting, sharing and being so supportive.. hugs Sally

Keep smiling

 

 

 

Smorgasbord book Promotion – Air your Reviews – Dan Alatorre and Carol Balawyder


I have been checking on the authors in the Cafe and Bookstore and their reviews particularly for previous books. It is very important to keep older books in the spotlight as there is a new and growing audience every day who need to be introduced to them.  It is also useful if you are bringing out a new book in the next few months to keep work in front of your previous readers.

That being the case take a look at some of your other work and let me have the link to its most recent great review and I will showcase here.

Here is a perfect example. Savvy Stories – Funny things I learned from my daughter by Dan Alatorre was published in paperback and has received over 50 great reviews.

About the book

A funny look at childhood’s lost, magical moments, viewed through the heart of a father Every kid does funny stuff, whether it’s asking innocent questions out loud to strangers (“Is that his butt?”) or a toddler attempting to play hopscotch on the paver stones of the mall sidewalk while you’re trying to rush to a store, a baby wanting to see how many toys will float in the dog’s water dish, or a kid constantly asking to play with the “pad” – until you realize you’ve been saying “We’ll play with my iPad later” translates as “We’ll play with my pad later” to a kid…

We’ve all been there. These are the many funny little moments that happen between me and my child – or between you and your child – that happen a thousand times a day, and we laugh and move on, too busy to really take note and too small to remember, but if we could only write them down what a funny little basket of memories we would have. My kid is probably no funnier than yours. It just all happens so fast that we wonder where the time went, so I tried my best to write some of it down. I hope you enjoy it, and that it brings back some sweet memories for you that you had forgotten about.

I loved this book! It is perfect for any parent out there! I found it easy to follow and interesting to read, although the little girl is my son’s best friend so this also makes it more exciting to read! I was hooked from the first page and was reading it every moment I got free! It’s always nice to know the things you think about or experience, other parents think about or experience as well. This is about a father’s view on his little girl’s birth and beyond. The troubles and experiences and the love for his daughter and wife. It is better then a chick flick movie, as it’s a real experience and real love! It brought smiles and some parts tears!

Don’t want to give away anything, but I found it addicting to read and could relate to things and others put me in WOW what a scary moment! Having six children myself, I love reading about other’s stories and things, but having a guy’s side of view was really cool. Also made me wish I had recorded more of my children then I did! Michele is a very blessed woman to have such a wonderful daughter and husband and to have everything recorded/journal of the moments you never want to forget!!

I found this book very addicting and very well written. I am in the process of reading more books by Dan Alatorre! Great author and Beyond Awesome book!!

Highly recommend this book to any parent or parent to be! Especially first time mom’s and dad’s would really enjoy this.

Read all the reviews and buy the book: https://www.amazon.com/Savvy-Stories-Things-Learned-Daughter-ebook/dp/B00EUMARZM

A selection of books by Dan Alatorre

Find out about Dan Alattore, read the reviews and buy all his books: https://www.amazon.com/Dan-Alatorre/e/B00EUX7HEU

Next is the book released by Carol Balawyder in January 2016 –  Not By Design: A Getting to Mr. Right Series

About the book

In a life turned upside down, Felicity finds joy is sometimes just around the corner.

Ever since she first appeared in Getting To Mr. Right, Felicity Starr has been struggling to find her own kind of contentment. Now, at thirty-five and living in Rome, Felicity is about to break into the world of fashion design, and caught in a flurry of plans for her wedding when calamity strikes.
Her father’s sudden death brings into question the whole meaning of success. Then Marco, the man she’s about to marry, leaves her when he learns of her Multiple Sclerosis diagnosis.
Forced to return to Montreal, Felicity finds her life thrust into unexpected turns. As she confronts the on-going challenges presented by her disease, she gains the strength to let go of old beliefs and face her inner truths.

Love, friendship and rewarding work come in different forms and Felicity finds it all in way

Not by Design Works on September 2, 2016

“Not by Design” is the latest offering from multi-published women’s fiction author Carol Balawyder. It is a sequel to “Getting to Mr. Right,” which you should read if you haven’t. “Getting to Mr. Right” is the story of four women who meet at a support group (the focus of which is women who have men/father issues) and form lasting, sincere friendships.

“Not by Design” is Felicity Starr’s story. She is one of the women in the support group, and she has it all—looks, youth, a rich father, talent, true-heart friends and the love of a handsome, successful man. She is living a fairy tale life in France, studying art and pursuing a career in art, while enjoying an active social/love life. But even fairy tales are wrought with obstacles and that’s exactly what our heroine encounters—one setback after another. There’s the death of her father, a dwindling bank account which brings on financial woes, an art career that has stalled, and the painful decision to end her relationship with her fiancé and call off the wedding. But that’s not all. The biggest blow of all—a diagnosis of Multiple Sclerosis (MS). With all this dumped on her, Felicity makes the hard decision to release her dream of being an artist and living in France. She returns home to Canada to try and piece a life together.

The move back home is met with more bitterness. She fights to recover her reputation in the work world. She has disagreements with her mother and step-mother. She gambles on several romantic interests and loses. And, she must make a slew of difficult choices in regard to her living arrangements and medical treatment, decisions made more difficult because of her limited funds. One wonders if Felicity will ever catch a break when…help arrives. At the strong suggestion of her doctor, she attends a MS support group meeting and finds the support and acceptance she so desperately needs. With the encouragement of the group, she shares her medical condition with her friends, who surround her with love, care and acceptance. The end of the story details the good life Felicity has finally secured. No, it’s not the one she would have designed for herself, but it works. She’s happy.

This is a story that will take you low on the scale of human emotions and then pick you up. You will feel despair, then happiness; fear, then joy. This emotional seesaw is achieved in part by the story’s conflict—dreams and desire versus medical and financial worries, a situation many readers may relate to. I certainly did. And then there’s the overall story question: are we willing to release our version of our dream or life in exchange for an uncertain version? This is the question Felicity struggles with throughout the story but I dare say it is one many readers struggle with as well.

There are many things to appreciate about this story. It is inspiring, well written and has relatable characters. But the one aspect I appreciated the most was the focus on MS. Reading about the symptoms, the various treatments, the expense, and how it requires life adjustments was a real education. Thank you Carol for that.

I finished reading the book and shut down my e-reader thinking, I can’t wait to read the remaining sequel. The other three—“Café Paradise,” “Missi’s Dating Adventures” and “Not by Design”—have been purely enjoyable. Check ‘em out and see for yourself.

Read all the reviews and buy the book: https://www.amazon.com/Not-Design-Getting-Mr-Right-ebook/product-reviews/B01BCUDDPK

Also by Carol Balawyder

Find about more about Carol Balawyder, read the reviews and buy the books: https://www.amazon.com/Carol-Balawyder/e/B00HVETKWM

You will find over 160 authors and their books in the Cafe and Bookstore.

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

Air your Reviews is open to authors and book reviewers in the bookstore or not.  But if you would like to be in the bookstore then take a look at the post above for details and I will do a full promotion for your first post.

Smorgasbord Short Stories – The Flying Officer by Sally Cronin

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The first time Patrick Walsh saw her, was as he wended his way slowly down the hill between the slow moving trucks on his motorbike. The road was lined with women and old men who were handing out hastily cut sandwiches and mugs of tea to the men in the trucks, whose outstretched hands gratefully received these simple acts of kindness. It was clear from the their faces that they found the peaceful summer skies overhead, and clamour of women’s voices, a much needed reminder of home and safety.

He knew where they had come from, as for the last six days he had been flying over them as they had scrambled into small boats to be ferried out to the larger naval vessels waiting to take them to safety. He and his squadron were a part of the massive air defence operaton. Thousands of soldiers were pouring off the beaches having gathered over the last few days from the surrounding countryside; exposed and being attacked by superior German forces. On the last run today his spitfire had received a direct hit to the cockpit from a persistent Messerschmitt Me 109; luckily missing his head by inches apart from a cut over his eye, earning him a few hours respite. His plane would be ready to fly first thing in the morning. The ground crews at all fighter squadrons were working around the clock to get pilots back in the air until the evacuation from the French coast was complete.

As he carefully maneuvered between the trucks he responded to the shouts from the men above him with a small wave. He knew that their good natured jibes were aimed at his uniform and the wings that it displayed, and that their friendly ribbing was their way of showing gratitude. He decided that it would be easier to wait until the convoy had passed to continue into the village square. He dismounted, standing by the hedge to watch the villagers as they persisted in their need to comfort these dispirited men with tea and offerings of food.

She stood out from the crowd of women. Tall with long red hair tied back with an emerald green ribbon, she was dressed in overalls and wore heavy boots. She had a natural elegance as she darted between an older woman, holding a tea tray piled with jam sandwiches, and the trucks. Despite the men’s exhaustion, eager hands grasped the food, winking and flirting with the prettiest thing they had seen for a long while.

Patrick leaned back against the saddle of his bike and let himself enjoy this brief moment of humanity that was so rare today. He had been flying since the first weeks of the war and his squadron had suffered huge losses; particularly in the last few weeks as they had provided air cover for the retreating British forces. They had been warned that far worse was to come as the enemy amassed both fighters and bombers for an all-out offensive on the country. Having already lost many friends, Patrick knew that it was only a matter of time before he became a statistic.

Some of his fellow pilots and aircrew decided that they would live as hard as they fought. There were plenty of pretty girls around the station that were delighted to dance the night away and bring some laughter and sometimes love into the young men’s lives. He had seen the results of these whirlwind romances at the Saturday night dance in the village hall. As the airmen arrived in an ever changing group of young men, expectant faces would be watching the door and it was not unusual to see a girl being led away in tears by her friends.

Patrick loved to dance but gently refused the invitations to take to the floor and over the last few months he had become regarded as something of a misery. His friends gave up on their attempts to persuade him that he should live for the moment, and with a wry smile he listened to the chat up lines that were guaranteed to pull the heartstrings of a pretty girl.

But now as he watched the red head flying back and forth and smiling up at the men in the trucks, he felt an overwhelming urge to hold her in his arms and waltz around a dance floor. He shook his head and reminded himself that it would only lead to heartbreak for her, and he couldn’t bear the thought of those beautiful green eyes filling with tears.

An hour later the last truck in the convoy disappeared through the village square and out of sight. There would be more coming through from the coast, and Patrick watched as the crowd of villagers gathered up their cups and trays and disappeared back into their homes. They would prepare more from their meagre rations for the next wave of returning soldiers and be waiting for them by the roadside. He remained by the hedge until the red headed girl had linked arms with her mother and entered her house before riding down to the square.

‘Patrick, are you awake my friend?’ The voice of his Polish friend Jakub intruded into his daydream about dancing with his stunning red head.

‘Just about, do you want to go to the Black Swan for a beer? He sat up and rested his head in his hands and tried to bring his mind back to reality.

He looked around the Nissen hut that was their home, taking in the four empty cots that waited for the new arrivals. They would be mostly teenagers with only a few hours flying solo, and none of them in combat. He was only twenty-four, but he felt like an old man compared to the fresh faced and eager boys that would come through that door tomorrow.

It was now August and the skies were filled with formations of enemy bombers most nights. His plane was grounded again having the undercarriage repaired after a problem on his last landing. His mechanic said he had the ‘luck of the Irish’. Patrick was well aware that he was now one of only a handful of pilots remaining from the original group a year ago; he knew that his luck was bound to run out sooner or later. There was just one thing that he needed tonight, and that was the sight of Red, and she would be helping out her dad behind the bar at the Black Swan.

Two hours later he and Jakub sat quietly at a corner table with their glasses of beer. One beer was the limit as both of them would be back in the skies tomorrow; a cockpit was no place for lack of concentration. Jakub was married and expecting his first child and was happy to sit quietly in the warm and welcoming atmosphere thinking about his next leave in a week’s time. Patrick however spent his time watching Red as she served customers and laughed with the regulars. That laugh was in his head and was added to all the other pieces of her that he carried with him as he flew missions. The thought of those green eyes helped dispel the voice of the other constant companion that was by his side each time he buckled himself into the cockpit. Her presence in his heart and mind had helped him control his fear; bringing the realisation that he was in love for the first time in his life.

Over the weeks since that first day on the hill, there had been moments in the pub, when he would catch her eye and they would both smile then look away. By sitting at the bar when he popped in alone, he had gathered more information about her. She wasn’t called Red of course, but Georgina and Georgie to her friends. She didn’t seem to have a boyfriend amongst the regulars who frequented the pub, and one day he overheard that she had been engaged to a soldier who had been killed within weeks of the war starting.

He would watch as she gently refused all attempts by eager young warriors to take her on a date, realising that her heart had already been broken. This reinforced his resolve not to give in to the growing need to tell Georgie of his feelings; convinced it would only bring her further sorrow.

Through the rest of the summer months missions intensified, with both daylight and night bombing raids on the docks and major cities; almost bringing the country to its knees. In the October the tide began to turn, but not without the loss of thousands of fighter pilots and bomber air crews. It was then that Patrick’s luck ran out as he limped home with a badly damaged plane and shrapnel injuries in his chest and arm.

Patrick fought to stay conscious as the plane shuddered and bucked as he flew using his one good hand. Blood from a head wound almost blinded him, but as he saw the runway rushing up to meet him, he managed to bring the nose around and head for the grass to the side. The last thing that he thought about as the world went black was Georgie’s face and laugh.

A month later Patrick got one of the pilots to drop him off at the Black Swan and he walked into the early evening quiet of the bar. He had just received his new orders on his return from the hospital. From Monday he would be moving into an intelligence role where his experience in combat could be put to use. He was making a good recovery, but the extensive injuries to his arm meant the end of his flying career; now he would be ensuring that he kept others safe in the skies. In one way he felt that he was abandoning those that he regarded as family in their close knit squadron, but he also knew that it offered him the opportunity to fulfil a dream that was equally important.

Georgie was polishing glasses and looked up to greet the new customer with her usual smile but instead she took a deep breath. As he moved closer Patrick could see that there were tears in her glorious green eyes. Georgie stepped out from behind the bar and walked towards him, glancing at his arm in its sling and the scar that was etched into his forehead. She stood in front of him and neither spoke for a moment until he reached out his good arm to take her hand.

‘Is there any chance that you might let me take you to the dance tomorrow night?’

She smiled through her tears. ‘How are you going to be able to dance with only one free arm?’

He pulled her into him and looked down at the lips that he had imagined kissing so many times in the last few months.

‘Don’t worry Red… I’ll manage just fine.’

 

©sallycronin 2017

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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.

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

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.