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.

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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

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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.

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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

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

Mention in Dispatches

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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

Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore – Book of the Week – The Body in the Snow – A Bebe Bollinger Murder Mystery by Christoph Fischer

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Today’s featured book is the latest by Christoph Fischer who is the best-selling author of many books that have received outstanding reviews. These include The Luck of the Weissensteiners, The Healer, Ludwika, Conditions and the sequel Conditioned.

51cpm-u983l-_uy250_About The Body in the Snow – A Bebe Bollinger Murder Mystery

Fading celebrity Bebe Bollinger is on the wrong side of fifty and dreaming of a return to the limelight. When a TV show offers the chance of a comeback, Bebe grabs it with both hands – not even a lazy agent, her embarrassing daughter, irritating neighbours or a catastrophic snowfall will derail her moment of glory. But when a body is found in her sleepy Welsh hamlet, scandal threatens.

Detective Sergeant Beth Cooper has a string of unsolved cases to her name. Her girlfriend left her and she’s a fish out of water in rural West Wales. Things couldn’t get much worse – until the case of the Body in The Snow lands in her lap.

Can Beth solve the case and save her career and can Bebe make her comeback? All will be revealed in this light-hearted, cosy murder mystery by best-selling and award winning historical and crime fiction novelist Christoph Fischer.

Some of the early reviews.

Very enjoyable read. By Luv2read on September 24, 2016

Oh this was good! I’m still smiling from the way the cast of characters and plot line interwove with scenes that lit up from the page. Being that I’m a fan of The X Factor, I was hooked from the opening pages when the very clever Fischer mentioned that one of the main characters, Bebe Bollinger was being considered as a host for the show. That sets up this character beautifully for she is a singer, a faded singer, who is hoping for a comeback and this story line very smartly does all it can to get in her way of achieving that. As if this isn’t plot enough, interject a neighbor soap-opera loving Nora who gets whose “low class” yet beautiful demeanor get under Bebe’s craw. The other neighbors add to the richness of the plot: a very irritating anal-retentive Christine Morris and her mechanic-helping husband, and of course the detective Beth Cooper who has a string of cold cases to her name, and the daughter.

The story starts with a prologue where there’s an intense relationship and one of the parties is beaten and left in the snow. The story goes back in time and the intensity builds as the characters are introduced with the action beginning right away, at first with personalty clashes that really bring the cast alive. As the plot unwinds back to the scene in the prologue with the body in the snow the reader is left to wonder will the detective finally solve a case and will what’s happening risk Bebe’s chance at renewed fame.

I’ve read and enjoyed several of this author’s books but this one was a real treat. Who doesn’t love a good mystery. Looking forward to more.

Absolutely fabulous. By Wanda on October 8, 2016

This was such a funny read. I found myself time after time laughing out loud. The characters simply pop!

The pop culture adds so much to setting up the scenes and bringing the reader right into this world.

Bebe is one of the most egocentric characters I have come across in a long time. I kept waiting for this character trait to start to annoy me. No such luck. It endeared her to me instead of alienating me. The reference to one of my all time favourite show – Absolutely Fabulous – had me in stitches. I could see it unfolding in my minds eye.

So the main plot.. A cosy murder mystery. The reader has a very limited choice of possible suspects but until the very end you are never really sure and then with the reveal you go – wait, what?

Ok so I loved this. Can you tell?

The Body in the Snow is a fantastic suspenseful murder mystery. Bebe used to be quite the entertainer, however as time goes on her fame starts to fade. However she is bound and determined to regain her fame at any cost. When a murder happens in her neighborhood and her daughter is a suspect the story really takes off. I was on the edge of my seat in this murder mystery trying to figure out “who done it.” Let’s just say the author did a fantastic job keeping me guessing. This book is fast paced and highly entertaining. I hope we get to read more about Bebe in the future. Excellent read!

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About Christoph Fischer


Christoph Fischer was born in Germany, near the Austrian border, as the son of a Sudeten-German father and a Bavarian mother. Not a full local in the eyes and ears of his peers he developed an ambiguous sense of belonging and home in Bavaria. He moved to Hamburg in pursuit of his studies and to lead a life of literary indulgence. After a few years he moved on to the UK where he now lives in a small town in West Wales. He and his partner have three Labradoodles to complete their family.

Christoph worked for the British Film Institute, in Libraries, Museums and for an airline.

‘The Luck of The Weissensteiners’ was published in November 2012; ‘Sebastian’ in May 2013 and ‘The Black Eagle Inn’ in October 2013 – which completes his ‘Three Nations Trilogy’. “Time to Let Go”, his first contemporary work was published in May 2014, and “Conditions”, another contemporary novel, in October 2014. The sequel “Conditioned” was published in October 2015.

His medical thriller “The Healer” was released in January 2015 and his second thriller “The Gamblers” in June 2015. He published two more historical novels “In Search of a Revolution” in March 2015 and “Ludwika” in December 2015.

His latest novel “The Body In The Snow” is his first cozy mystery. He has written several other novels which are in the later stages of editing and finalisation.

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Smorgasbord Weekly Round Up – Birthday Giveaway Books, Opera and Chocolate Croissants

Welcome to the weekly round up and it has been a great week…(I even sat out in the sun for 15 minutes) – I must admit that apart from browsing the posts of the bloggers I follow, I have also been sneaking into the Dog’s Trust site here in Ireland… they are my pet rescue charity of choice but I dare not go up there to look at their dogs for adoption just yet as it would be mayhem until the floors are finished…  but I will get there.

There was no Mention in dispatches this week due to the Blog birthday bash yesterday but it will be back next week.  Don’t forget that you can send me a link for a blog post that you enjoyed reading… I will then feature your blog too.

We have workmen in again this week for the last time… kitchen cabinet doors are off to get sprayed, one wood floor re-sanded (we can assemble our dining room table then) and the last of the insulation. In the meantime I and my trusty Singer sewing machine have been altering curtains and recovering cushions.. and my first attempt at new covers for a small sofa in our bedroom.  I am enjoying creating some new furnishings from curtains that have followed us around the world and remind me of the places we have lived. Plus of course it saves a fortune in new ones.. But, what is this fascination with curtain poles!!! If I was buying new curtains for the house all that seem to be available are those with holes in the top instead of curtain tape for hooks… crazy as it leaves a gap at the top for the light to get in..

On with the show….. thank you for everyone who dropped in yesterday for my 3rd blogging birthday bash.

There are still some FREE books available.. You can select one of mine from a choice four books in print and signed to anywhere in the world – I have six left to give away – Geoff Le Pard is offering a printed and signed copy of any of his four books in exchange for an honest review – Tina Frisco has offered a code for Smashwords for her book Plateau valid until tomorrow – Ailsa Abraham has also offered a Smashwords code for her book Four Go Mad in Catalonia (in the comments section) And N.A. Granger has donated a copy of her latest book Death by Pumpkin – you have to comment in this post and then send me your postal address and your name will be drawn out of a hat. It is an opportunity to meet new people so don’t forget to add your links to your comment.  There is also a smidgeon of cake left but you might have to fight some hangers on for the crumbs.


The Sunday Living History Interview

Poet, author and broadcaster Annette Rochelle Aben shares her experiences during the five days of riots in Detroit in July 1967.. events took place that impacted thousands and claimed the lives of too many.

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Classical Music with William Price King

classical musicPart two of the Luciano Pavarotti story with some of his performances from the mid-1960s including his work with the great soprano Joan Sutherland.

Book Promotions

Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore – Book of the Week – Amanda on the Danube by Darlene Foster.


Autumn Reading.



Guest post – the progression of a painting by Ash from Artful Aspirations


Weekly Image and Haiku



smorgasbord A - Z

Dizziness and eye drops

Medicine Woman’s Larder – Turkey


Humour, Afternoon videos and Inspiring Beings


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Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore – Book of the Week – Amanda on the Danube – The Sounds of Music by Darlene Foster

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Today my chosen book is another adventure for Amanda, an ordinary Canadian teenager, who has travelled the world form Arabia to Alberta via Spain and England.. Author Darlene Foster now crafts a new adventure as Amanda finds herself on the Danube helping a homeless young musician.

371883440About Amanda on the Danube – The Sounds of Music

Twelve-year-old Amanda Ross finds herself on an elegant riverboat with her bestie, Leah, cruising down the beautiful Danube, passing medieval castles, luscious green valleys and charming villages. When she is entrusted with a valuable violin by a young, homeless musician during a stop in Nuremburg, another boy immediately tries to take it from her. Amanda tries to keep the precious violin safe for the poor prodigy, and along the way, she meets a mysterious monk, a Santa Claus look-alike, and the same nasty boy.

Follow Amanda down the Danube as she enjoys the enchanting sounds of music everywhere she goes, but remains on the lookout, wondering just who she can trust.

Some of the reviews so far

“A charming and fast-paced story that will delight its young audience as Amanda and Leah travel along the historic Danube River to deliver a very unique and mysterious violin.” Suzanne de Montigny, Award-winnning author, Shadow of the Unicorn: The Legacy”

Young readers will have great fun travelling alongside Amanda Ross in this fast-paced mystery that will keep readers guessing until the very last chapter. Jan L. Coates, author, A Hair in the Elephant’s Trunk”

“A mysterious violin case, two boys and other intriguing characters among ancient castles make this a page turning adventure for young readers. Margriet Ruurs, author, My Librarian is a Camel”

“The intrepid Amanda and her friend Leah are off on another lively adventure. Readers may even learn a bit of fascinating European history and geography along the way. A recommended read for 10 to 14 year olds.” Norma Charles, author, Last Chance Island”

“A mysterious travel adventure with a brave, inquisitive, compassionate heroine. This is a fast-paced, fun read! Amanda will take you on a wonderful, visual, descriptive adventure.” PJ Sarah Collins, author, Sam & Nate and Elena Collins”

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Also by Darlene Foster


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About Darlene Foster


Darlene Foster is a writer, an employment counsellor, an ESL tutor for children, a wife, mother and grandmother. She loves travel, shoes, cooking, reading, sewing, chocolate, music, the beach and making new friends. Her 13 year old grandson called her “super-mega-woman-supreme”. She was brought up on a ranch near Medicine Hat, Alberta, where she dreamt of traveling the world and meeting interesting people. She currently divides her time between the west coast of Canada and the Costa Blanca in Spain, with her husband Paul.

“Amanda in Arabia-The Perfume Flask” was her first published novel. Once bitten by the travel bug, Amanda travels to other interesting places, sticking her nose in other people’s problems and getting herself in trouble. Read “Amanda in Spain – The Girl in the Painting”, “Amanda in England – The Missing Novel” and “Amanda in Alberta – The Writing on the Stone”, and Amanda on the Danube – The Sounds of Music.

Connect to Darlene on her blog and social media.

Thank you as always for dropping in and your feedback is very welcome and if you could share that would be great. Sally.

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