Smorgasbord Weekly Round Up – Stevie Wonder, The Neanderthals and other legends


Thanks for dropping in and a quick review of the guests and posts this week in case you missed.

The Blogger Daily returns next week and to help me out it would be great if you would email me the link to your most recent post in the last week so that I can share from tomorrow. sally.cronin@moyhill.com

My thanks as always to contributing guests for their hard work. William Price King shares the 1970s and Stevie Wonder’s amazing music with us and Paul Andruss delights with news of our distant relatives – The Neanderthals and a doyen of the kitchen.. Mary the woman behind the Marie-Bain.

A poem that touched everyone’s hearts from Carmen Stefanescu and some cook from scratch Eggs and a bit of a disaster.

If you are in the bookstore and have a new release, review or offer then get in touch so that they can be included in the two Cafe and Bookstore updates on Monday and Friday..

Even if you are not in the bookstore you can join the 200 other authors with your books by emailing me sally.cronin@moyhill.com.

The new Air your Reviews post is doing well and this is open to any author even if you are not in the bookstore to share your latest great review.

I do check as many authors and blogs but I do not use a crystal ball so please help me out and let me know sally.cronin@moyhill.com  Thanks

Hope you enjoy the post and thanks again for all your tremendoous support.. It keeps me motivated.

William Price King meets some Legends.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/05/24/william-price-king-meets-some-legends-stevie-wonder-part-two-the-1970s/

Writer in Residence Paul Andruss

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/05/26/writer-in-residence-extra-meet-the-in-laws-our-neanderthal-relatives-by-paul-andruss/

Thomas the Rhymer

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/05/27/smorgasbord-reblog-mary-the-jew-by-paul-andruss-one-for-the-cooks-amongst-us/

The Colour of Life by Geoff Cronin

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/05/27/the-colour-of-life-the-tanglers-hat-1965-geoff-cronin/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/05/28/the-colour-of-life-the-turkey-run-1968-by-geoff-cronin/

Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore

The Updates

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/05/22/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-author-update-marcia-meara-and-shehanne-moore/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/05/26/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-author-update-bette-a-stevens-and-stevie-turner/

New on the Shelves

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/05/23/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-new-on-the-shelves-1066-by-jack-eason/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/05/26/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-new-on-the-shelves-rarity-from-the-hollow-by-robert-eggleton/

Book Reading and Interview

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/05/24/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-book-reading-and-interview-sandra-j-jackson/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/05/27/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-book-reading-and-interview-c-s-boyack/

Air Your Reviews

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/05/23/smorgasbord-book-promotion-air-your-reviews-amy-m-reade-and-natalie-ducey/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/05/25/smorgasbord-book-promotion-air-your-reviews-karen-ingalls-and-paul-cude/

Smorgasbord Health 2017

Cook from Scratch

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/05/23/smorgasbord-health-cook-from-scratch-magical-cloud-eggs-jena-c-henry/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/05/25/smorgasbord-health-cook-from-scratch-is-it-wrong-to-swear-when-baking-for-the-church-pie-sale-by-molly-stevens/

Nutrition in the news

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/05/22/smorgasbord-health-2017-food-in-the-news-high-fructose-corn-syrup-90-hfcs-now-in-a-product-near-you/

Top to Toe

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/05/22/smorgasbord-health-2017-top-to-toe-the-skin-eczema-genetics-or-lifestyle/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/05/25/smorgasbrod-health-2017-top-to-toe-the-cardiovascular-system-and-the-components-of-blood/

Humour

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/05/22/the-afternoon-video-a-little-massage-between-friends/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/05/24/smorgasbord-time-for-some-laffs-whats-in-a-name-cafes-getting-creative-and-an-odd-town-or-two/

Smorgasbord Poetry

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/05/24/smorgasbord-poetry-self-portrait-by-carmen-stefanescu/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/05/26/weekly-image-and-haiku-desperate-for-water-by-sally-cronin/

Smorgasbord Short Stories

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/05/23/flights-of-fancy-anthology-curtains-by-sally-cronin/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/05/25/smorgasbord-short-stories-flights-of-fancy-anthology-trust-by-sally-cronin/

Tales from the garden volume two

I have just finished writing the stories for the second volume.. You have not read them all and I am giving you the choice to read one of the stories beginning with the following letters. Q  V W X Y Z… put your choice in the comments section and the story will be posted on Tuesday.. The selection ends at midnight tonight.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/05/25/smorgasbord-short-stories-whats-in-a-name-volume-two-you-get-to-pick-the-story/

Thank you so much for keeping me company.. Enjoy the rest of the weekend.. 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 Weekly Round Up… Music, Poetry, Book Promotions, Health and Humour


Welcome to the weekly round up with the posts from the week that you might have missed.

We had a glorious run of good weather for about 6 days that came to a halt on Thursday with some rain (good for ducks and the garden). We managed to get lots done in the jungle and we now have much more light in the back of the house which is fantastic.

This next week I will be around but I have two books to finish and so have loaded the posts up in advance and will be in later in the day to check on them and to also visit the blogs that I follow. There is a slight change to the line-up with the Blogger Daily on hold until 22nd May.

I would like to remind you that there are two new ways you can get involved with the blog and promote your own posts or your books at the same time.

Cook from scratch

Darlene Foster provided a wonderful cake recipe this week and you will find the post below. It will show you what the finished post will look like and Darlene received 100 views so far  and so it is also a great way to promote your work.

I am looking for a recipe that uses mainly fresh ingredients and you cook from scratch. It can be an old family recipe or one you have used for years and is a favourite. If you have a picture of it that is great but I will find something to illustrate the post.  If we have not met before I will need your links to your work and social media and a photo of your would be good. If I have promoted your before I will have your links.  All I need is the recipe to sally.cronin@moyhill.com

Smorgasbord Poetry

If you would like to share your poetry then please send with your links etc if we have not already been in touch to sally.cronin@moyhill.com.. Perhaps one from your archives on your blog or a new one you would like to share here first.

Thank you for all the wonderful support this week and I hope you will pop in next week to see what I have prepared for you.

William Price King

On this coming Wednesday we begin a brand new series with the star being Mr. Stevie Wonder. This week I reblogged William Price King’s last interview in the Creative Artist series along with the links to all his previous posts for Jazz and classical artists. I hope you will pop in and check those out if you are new to the blog.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/05/10/smorgasbord-creative-artist-interview-jazz-singer-musician-and-composer-william-price-king/

Writer in Residence – Paul Andruss

This week Paul revealed the story behind the poet William Blake.. An extraordinary man born before his time. Another fascinating look at the legends of the past.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/05/12/writer-in-residence-william-blake-a-man-born-before-his-time-by-paul-andruss/

The Colour of Life

Two more chapters from my father-in-law’s memoir The Colour of Life. This week his musical career and a fisherman’s tale.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/05/13/the-colour-of-life-the-dance-scene-1950-by-geoff-cronin/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/05/14/the-colour-of-life-the-haul-of-bass-1955-by-geoff-cronin/

Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore Promotions

I have a number of recommendations for you form proofreading to full book design and if you are just finishing writing your book you might like to take a look at some options to take through to publication.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/05/13/author-services-and-promotion-sites-2/

Cafe and Bookstore Book Reading and Interview

This series features authors already in the Cafe and Bookstore and I am just about to send another phase of interviews out for June and July. If you are interested please let me know sally.cronin@moyhill.com

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/05/10/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-book-reading-and-interview-jena-c-henry/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/05/13/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-book-reading-and-interview-john-w-howell/

Cafe and Bookstore Author update

New books, reviews or offers for authors in the bookstore. If you have news to share please send to me so that I can include in the Monday or Friday update.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/05/08/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-author-update-linda-bethea-jacquie-biggar-and-eloise-de-sousa/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/05/11/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-author-update-toni-pike-charles-e-yallowitz-and-sally-cronin/

Cafe and Bookstore New on the Shelves

If you are not in the bookstore then this is how you get your book or books on the shelves and please check out Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore in the menu to find out what I need.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/05/09/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-new-on-the-shelves-miss-chevrolet-by-philippa-church/

Air Your Reviews

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/05/09/smorgasbord-book-promotion-air-your-reviews-robbie-and-michael-cheadle-and-agnes-mae-graham/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/05/11/smorgasbord-book-promotion-air-your-reviews-paige-addams-and-linda-bradley/

Book Marketing and Promotion

When you have written ‘The End’ and your story is over… what follows that in your book.. are you using it to promote your past work or what is coming next. With Ebooks you can link directly to your sales page. If readers have enjoyed this book they may be very willing to buy another.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/05/08/smorgasbord-book-marketing-and-promotion-what-comes-after-the-end/

Smorgasbord Blogger Daily

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/05/08/smorgasbord-blogger-daily-8th-may-2017-debby-gies-cindy-knoke-john-fioravanti-and-haddon-musings/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/05/09/smorgasbord-blogger-daily-9th-may-2017-sue-vincent-kevin-morris-texas-wine-j-a-allen-michelle-proulx/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/05/10/smorgasbord-blogger-daily-10th-may-2017-paul-andruss-olga-nunez-miret-fiction-is-food-and-love-books-group/

Smorgasbord Poetry

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/05/10/smorgasbord-poetry-the-lure-of-the-waltzer-by-sally-cronin/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/05/12/smorgasbord-poetry-molten-lava-sally-cronin/

Smorgasbord Short Stories

Part one of my novella – The Sewing Circle from my collection Flights of Fancy. Parts two and three next week.

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

Health

Let’s Walk a Marathon

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/05/08/smorgasbord-health-lets-walk-a-marathon-walking-offers-hope-in-fight-against-alzheimers-disease/

Cook From Scratch

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/05/09/cook-from-scratch-yeast-free-irish-soda-bread/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/05/12/cook-from-scratch-australian-apple-chocolate-cake-from-darlene-foster/

Top to Toe

Our skeleton is a complex, flexible scaffolding that keeps us upright and mobile. It needs a lot of nutritional support and care to enable it to last a lifetime. More on bone health next week.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/05/11/the-incredible-structure-that-keeps-us-upright/

Humour

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/05/08/afternoon-video-the-only-way-to-wear-a-fox-collar/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/05/09/smorgasbord-time-for-some-laffs-be-careful-what-you-wish-for/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/05/12/afternoon-video-if-you-think-you-are-going-to-get-some-smooching-in-somebody-wants-in-on-the-act/

Thank you for dropping in and if you are new to the blog you will find the details of FREE book and blog promotions in this link.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/smorgasbord-free-author-and-blogger-promotion-2017/

Enjoy the rest of your weekend.. thanks Sally

Smorgasbord Weekly Round Up – Evolution, Rebellion and The Colour of Life


It is a wonderfully sunny day and I have enjoyed the morning in the sun.. but before I head off to help with clearing more trees… it is time for a round up of the guests and posts this week.

I have said many times before that this blog is a collaborative effort and every time you visit and like, comment and share you are contributing. Please do not be shy and it would be great if you would put the link to your latest post in the comments section. I do have the blogger daily Monday to Friday and I am addicted to the reblog button so I will share one way or another. But, it also introduces you to the other readers who have popped in.

I like to think of this blog as the water cooler at the office and I like nothing more when I see a conversation striking up between two people who have never met before.

I have a pile of pine branches to strip so that they can go through the mulcher..so without further ado.

My thanks to William Price King and Paul Andruss for their outstanding contributions…they provide such wonderful posts and I am so grateful for their continued support.

William Price King Meets some Legends

Although Dame Shirley Bassey has performed some sell out concerts and been featured in television specials in the last 17 years she is semi-retired so we chose to leave her career at the point where she received her honour.

This coming week we take a small break but there will be a recap post on the series so far including jazz, classical and contemporary with some of the stand out performances. The following week we will begin the new series on the iconic musician and singer.. Mr. Stevie Wonder.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/05/03/william-price-meets-some-legends-dame-shirley-bassey-1980s-and-1990s/

Writer in Residence Extra with Paul Andruss

This week I featured one of a series of posts on the evolution of mankind from Paul’s archives on his own blog. I am sure you will enjoy as much as I did, especially our close bond with rats.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/05/05/writer-in-residence-extra-last-man-standing-and-rats-to-you-by-paul-andruss/

The Colour of Life by Geoff Cronin

Two more chapters from my father-in-laws memoirs and this week some canny business sense at the mobile cinema and the market place.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/05/06/the-colour-of-life-the-mobile-cinema-1947-by-geoff-cronin/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/05/07/the-colour-of-life-the-ferguson-tractor-1948-by-geoff-cronin/

Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore

Book Reading and Interview

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/05/03/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-poetry-reading-and-interview-annette-rochelle-aben/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/05/06/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-book-reading-and-interview-brigid-p-gallagher/

Author Update

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/05/01/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-author-update-d-wallace-peach-sue-coletta-and-christoph-fischer/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/05/05/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-author-update-carmen-stefanescu-rick-mcbee-and-malia-ann-haberman/

New on the Shelves

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/05/01/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-new-on-the-shelves-a-mingers-tale-by-r-b-n-bookmark/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/05/02/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-new-on-the-shelves-the-rorkes-drift-north-by-lindy-rorke/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/05/04/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-new-on-the-shelves-made-for-me-by-pamela-schloesser-canepa/

Air Your Reviews

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/05/02/smorgasbord-book-promotion-air-your-reviews-helen-jones-and-balroop-singh/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/05/04/smorgasbord-book-promotion-air-your-reviews-sally-cronin-and-luna-saint-claire/

Health

Let’s Walk A Marathon

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/05/01/lets-walk-a-marathon-how-to-burn-more-fat-and-exercise-equivalents/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/05/04/lets-walk-a-marathon-intermittent-fasting-and-new-series-of-cook-from-scratch/

New series of Cook from Scratch.. guest cooks wanted.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/05/05/new-series-cook-from-scratch-continental-breakfast-the-spanish-way/

Nutrients in the news

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/05/04/smorgasbord-health-2017-nutrients-in-the-news-can-take-calcium-supplements-damage-your-heart/

Smorgasbord Blogger Daily

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/05/01/smorgasbord-blogger-daily-1st-may-2017-annette-rochelle-aben-blueberry-lovin-from-berlin-escape-a-lifetime-and-leigh-reagan/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/05/02/smorgasbord-blogger-daily-2nd-may-2017-lost-hearts-and-souls-jennie-fitzkee-coach-muller-and-sarah-brentyn/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/05/03/smorgasbord-blogger-daily-3rd-may-2017-linda-bethea-patricia-salamone-adventures-of-a-lost-teen-and-k-m-alexander/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/05/04/smorgasbord-blogger-daily-4th-may-2017-bloggers-bash-lisa-burton-radio-cooking-at-zero-degrees-and-susan-toy/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/05/05/smorgasbord-blogger-daily-5th-may-2017-sue-vincent-teagan-geneviene-kevin-morris-and-interesting-literature/

Personal stuff

Hugh Roberts honoured me by making What’s in a Name his book of the month.. A lovely gesture and one that is much appreciated. https://hughsviewsandnews.com/2017/05/01/book-of-the-month-whats-in-a-name-by-sally-cronin-sgc58/

Poetry

As I delve back into my archive of poems written from my teens onwards it amuses me to see what emotional turmoil I put myself through… and others.

This poem was written when I was sixteen following a trip to the West Country with my sister Diana.. as you can see I was the cat.. and I was away!

Rebellion in Frome by Sally Cronin

My mother said no, that while I was home
That my ears should stay pristine
But away from her, in far distant Frome
I laughed at being sixteen

Read the rest: https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/05/03/smorgasbord-poetry-rebellion-in-frome-by-sally-cronin/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/05/05/weekly-image-and-words-rescued-from-the-deep/

Humour

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/05/01/afternoon-videos-lets-walk-a-marathon-the-four-legged-competitors/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/05/02/time-for-some-laffs-from-the-archives-quickies-parking-problems-and-book-titles/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/05/05/afternoon-video-what-ever-our-differences-friendship-is-always-possible/

Thank you again for dropping in and look forward to seeing you again in the next week… thanks Sally

Smorgasbord Weekly Round up – Let’s walk a marathon, Shirley Bassey, Marc Bolan and magical writers


Welcome to the weekly round up and the links to the Smorgasbord posts you might have missed.

This week David has been swinging through the trees in the garden. Not doing a ‘Tarzan’ but wearing a hard hat and safety harness.  He is removing some old and dead trees and also some that have grown too tall and are causing severe cracks in the garden wall.  If you have read his father’s memoir Tales from the Garden earlier today you will know that Geoff was part of a logging team in his late teens and the skills that he learnt he passed on to David. He had plenty of practice in our home in Spain which had a lot of trees that needed regular attention and having heard the prices for removing a tree by a Tree Surgeon we are saving enough for a holiday later in the year.

We still have some palms and evergreens along with some cherry trees in full bloom but the jungle we inherited is now cut back revealing a lovely space. I have not been quite so energetic but have begun planting large pots at the front of the house to add some colour.

On the energy side, I gave myself a damn good talking to a few weeks ago because I was sitting too much and the weight was increasing as a consequence. There have been quite a few dry days but the weather is still unpredictable and so I now have replaced my old treadmill left behind in Spain with a new and more efficient model. I am back in my daily routine and have just completed my first marathon – 26 miles in 10 hours spread over 14 days.  I had to ease my dodgy knee into a regular exercise regimen again and now on my second marathon I have picked up the pace.

I have done several 5k and 10k charity walks over the years and would normally walk at least 40 minutes a day plus an hour of swimming.  I am 64 and have no intention to getting to 65 with my ass out of my trousers.. so I am pleased to be back in the zone. I have just started my next marathon challenge today with an increased distance in less time.

On Friday I introduced a fitness challenge for anyone to join me in walking a number of marathons over the next few months, gradually increasing the speed in the process. The aim is not just to fit into a smaller size and look better but to improve the internal health of our internal organs such as the heart.

We only see the external love handles and fatty deposits but it is the fat around the heart that is the most dangerous. Here is that post and tomorrow at midnight I have the second in the series with the preparation and planning to begin the challenge.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/04/21/lets-walk-a-marathon-the-internal-fitness-programme-coming-next-week/

Thank you to my contributors William Price King and Paul Andruss for their wonderful work that brings music and legends to the blogs. Both are irreplaceable.

William Price King Meets some Legends. – Dame Shirley Bassey

Part two of the story and music of one of the music legends of the 20th century who still gives outstanding performances at 80 years old.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/04/19/william-price-king-meets-some-legends-dame-shirley-bassey-part-two/

Writer in Residence – Paul Andruss – Bolan’s Millions

Finn Mac Cool

This week Paul looks behind the stories in the press about the flamboyant and talented Marc Bolan who was tragically killed in a car accident. Not only did he leave us music but also left millions in a trust fund. This was intended to protect his assets for his family but instead they had to fight for any share at all whilst those who administer the fund reap the benefits.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/04/21/writer-in-residence-bolans-millions-by-paul-andruss/

Serialisation of my father-in-law’s memoir – The Colour of Life

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/04/22/the-colour-of-life-the-snipe-shoot-1939-by-geoff-cronin/  The Snipe Shoot

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/04/23/the-colour-of-life-work-on-a-timber-gang-1942-by-geoff-cronin/ Work on the Timber Gang

Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore Book Promotions.

Book Reading and Interviews.

Two lovely writers this week. Firstly the feisty and magical author Ailsa Abraham on Wednesday and then poet and humourist Judy E. Martin yesterday.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/04/19/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-book-reading-and-interview-with-ailsa-abraham/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/04/22/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-poetry-reading-and-interview-judy-e-martin/

New on the Shelves

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/04/17/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-new-on-the-shelves-pamela-d-beverly-the-love-labyrinth/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/04/18/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-new-on-the-shelves-doll-god-by-luanne-castle/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/04/20/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-new-on-the-shelves-tales-of-ejoma-dual-realms-book-one-by-paige-addams/

Cafe and Bookstore Update

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/04/17/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-author-update-amy-m-reade-s-c-richmond-and-regina-puckett/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/04/21/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-author-update-toni-pike-jaye-marie-and-christy-birmingham/

Air Your Reviews

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/04/20/smorgasbord-book-promotion-air-your-reviews-john-w-howell-and-marcia-meara/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/04/18/smorgasbord-book-promotion-air-your-reviews-toni-pike-and-lorinda-j-taylor/

Book Marketing – Reviews

For any new books I will be putting a page at the end of the text inviting readers to review the book. I have also included some elements that I would like them to cover in their review to give me a better understanding of how they viewed the plot, characters, ending as well as the look and readability. The response to the post was terrific and I am delighted that so many writers will also include a more detailed request to review. We have to remember that whilst consider writing to be a gift and something to be embraced… some readers are intimidated about voicing their opinions.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/04/18/how-can-we-encourage-more-readers-to-leave-reviews-for-our-books/

A review for Sam, A Shaggy Dog Story by Brigid Gallagher

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/04/22/when-sally-met-sam/

Smorgasbord Blogger Daily

Smorgasbord Blogger Daily

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/04/17/smorgasbord-blogger-daily-17th-april-2017-bloggersbash-nominations-beyond-the-flow-meg-dowell-and-kim-gosselin/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/04/19/smorgasbord-blogger-daily-19th-april-2017-hugh-roberts-darlene-foster-sue-vincent-robbie-cheadle-c-s-boyack-jaye-marie/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/04/20/smorgasbord-blogger-daily-20th-april-2017-kim-blades-anne-stormont-with-jan-ruth-reflections-books-and-lisas-everyday-life/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/04/21/smorgasbord-blogger-daily-21st-april-2017-neysa-sanghavi-visits-rawanda-damon-ashworth-psychology-and-victory-mums/

Weekly Image and words.

Birds of Paradise

Vibrant red against the green

Suckle the nectar

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/04/21/weekly-image-and-thoughts-birds-of-paradise/

Smorgasbord Short Stories – Shopping by Sally Cronin

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/04/19/smorgasbord-short-stories-shopping-by-sally-cronin/

Time for some Laffs and Afternoon Videos.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/04/18/time-for-some-laffs-under-the-influence-with-a-few-cats-thrown-in/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/04/17/afternoon-video-no-words-needed/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/04/20/afternoon-videos-me-walking-the-dog-and-how-we-do-the-ice-bucket-challenge/

Smorgasbord Health

Smorgasbord Health 2017

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/04/17/smorgasbord-health-2017-nobel-prize-winning-research-into-sugar-and-how-it-creates-cancer-discarded/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/04/19/smorgasbord-health-2017-latest-research-vitamin-c-and-cancer/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/04/20/smorgasbord-health-2017-the-digestive-tract-candida-and-the-link-to-milk-allergy-lactose-intolerance-and-leaky-gut/

Thank you for your contribution to the blog by dropping in and liking, sharing and commenting on the posts. Havea  great week ahead.. and if I can do anything to help you promote your work in anyway let me know.  Here are some options.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/smorgasbord-free-author-and-blogger-promotion-2017/

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

Thank you again for your contributions to the blog this week by dropping in, liking, commenting and sharing.. It is much appreciated. If I can help promote your work in any way please let me know. Thanks Sally

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/smorgasbord-free-author-and-blogger-promotion-2017/

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

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 Round Up – Irish History 1930s, Marmalade, The Boss and Brilliant Writers


Welcome to the round up and hope that you are enjoying your weekend. As always around here it has been a busy week thank goodness.  Neither of us are good about sitting around doing nothing and that business about idle hands usually means they are reaching for chocolate.

The terrific window guys came around yesterday morning and did a great job in the inside finish you would hardly know they had been here except that we can now see out of the windows without a layer of fog in the middle. Brilliant job and if you live along the East Coast between Waterford and Dublin and need double glazing or a ram proof front door we can highly recommend SK Windows ( http://www.skwindows.ie )  In fact I will be posting a couple of articles on the subject of doors and windows in the next couple of weeks written by the boss Shane Kavanagh. I had no idea about all the different types of windows and doors and which are the best in relation to energy or security.  So wherever you live you might find useful if you are planning on getting some replacements.

We have started back in the garden now we are having a spell of dry weather.. I use the the Royal We… as David does the back-breaking work and I stand around mostly offering my expert opinion!  I do however help at times with the mind-numbing job of chopping up the smaller twigs to go in the garden recycling bin that we have… thank goodness for Status Quo!  This week we are going off to the garden centre to find the fillings for some large planters and that I am looking forward to. I love buying all the ingredients and putting them together in a riot of colour.

During the winter months I was getting very frustrated with the fact that I was unable to do my daily walk four or five days a week. So one of our downstairs room now has a new treadmill. Now there is no excuse. Come rain or shine I can get my walking in and David has fixed up a monitor so I can watch my old movies we have downloaded over the years and I am one happy bunny.  In fact after I have posted this I am off for a little South Pacific which will keep me entertained for the next couple of days. Since I sing along the doors and windows are firmly shut!

As always I must start the week’s round up of posts with a huge thank you to my regular contributors William Price King and Paul Andruss. They are amazing and I know from the comments that you think so too.  I delighted too that so many of you are enjoying my father-in-law’s memoirs each weekend. He would be very chuffed.

On with the posts you might have missed.

First a reminder of the author and blog promotions here on Smorgasbord. Always FREE and they just require some participation from you before, during and after.  I like to build an ongoing relationship with those I promote which is why I established the Cafe and Bookstore last year. Once you are on the shelves you can enjoy regular updates every few weeks. I do check the authors every three to four weeks but it does help me if you let me know if you have an offer, a new release or a great review.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/smorgasbord-free-author-and-blogger-promotion-2017/

William Price King meets Bruce Springsteen

The last in the current series on the life and music of The Boss, Bruce Springsteen and it brings us right up to the present day.  Beginning next week another legend – Shirley Bassey.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/04/05/william-price-king-meets-some-legends-bruce-springsteen-up-to-the-present-day/

Writer in Residence Extra – Paul Andruss

Paul  explores the origins of Marmalade and also the myths surrounding that apple that was so tempting!

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/04/07/writer-in-residence-extra-sea-sick-mary-and-what-men-want-by-paul-andruss/

The Colour of Life by Geoff Cronin

More stories from Waterford and Irish history from my father-in-law’s memoir. This week a frugal widow and devastating strikes and embargoes that ruin a thriving business.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/04/08/the-colour-of-life-the-price-of-a-habit-1937-by-geoff-cronin/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/04/09/the-colour-of-life-the-shop-part-one-1938-by-geoff-cronin/

Sally's Cafe and Bookstore

Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore Book Reading and Interview

Adele Marie Park talks about her childhood and the magic of Selkies along with her debut novel Wisp.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/04/05/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-book-reading-and-interview-with-adele-marie-park/

D. Wallace Peach on her inspirations and her latest series of books all released within a few weeks of each other The Rose Shield

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/04/08/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-book-reading-and-interview-fantasy-author-d-wallace-peach/

Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore – New on the Shelves

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/04/04/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-new-on-the-shelves-poetry-the-hearts-journey-home-by-natalie-ducey/

Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore – Author Update

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/04/03/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-update-shehanne-moore-john-nicholl-and-annette-rochelle-aben/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/04/07/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-author-update-d-wallace-peach-alyssa-drake-and-stevie-turner/

Smorgasbord Book Promotion – Air your Reviews

This promotion is open to all authors even if not in the bookstore and also to bloggers who review books and would like some additional exposure.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/04/04/smorgasbord-book-promotion-air-your-reviews-richard-ankers-linda-bethea-and-sarah-brentyn/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/04/06/smorgasbord-book-promotion-air-your-reviews-colleen-chesebro-m-c-v-egan-and-d-g-kaye/

Smorgasbord Daily Blogger

These are blog posts that I have read and enjoyed this week. Just a small selection as there is neither the time nor the space to feature every talented writer I visit. Please help me out by letting me have the link to your latest post.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/04/03/smorgasbord-blogger-daily-april-3rd-2017-john-w-howell-teagan-geneviene-suzie-speaks-jay-dee-and-marcia-meara/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/04/04/smorgasbord-blogger-daily-april-4th-2017-marlena-smith-sue-vincent-granny-moon-and-charlotte-kane/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/04/05/smorgasbord-blogger-daily-5th-april-2017-robbie-cheadle-alk3r-madelyn-griffith-haynie-ned-hickson/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/04/06/smorgasbord-blogger-daily-6th-april-2017-sue-coletta-bloggersbash-alexis-rose-and-anne-stormont/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/04/07/smorgasbord-blogger-daily-7th-april-2017-the-tiny-potager-olga-nunez-miret-lucinda-clarke-and-jessica-norrie/

Smorgasbord Health 2017

Smorgasbord Health 2017

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/04/03/smorgasbord-health-2017-top-to-toe-the-digestive-system-liver-disease/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/04/07/smorgasbord-health-top-to-toe-the-digestive-system-candida-albicans-an-opportunistic-pathogen/

Personal Stuff

Short story – The Flying Officer

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/04/04/smorgasbord-short-stories-the-flying-officer-by-sally-cronin/

#Gratitude

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/04/06/thank-you-roland-phillips-dds-for-teaching-me-about-work-ethics/

Weekly Image and thoughts

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/04/07/smorgasbord-invitation-weekly-image-and-thoughts/

Time for some Laffs

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/04/03/the-afternoon-video-if-at-first-you-dont-succeed-jump-and-keep-jumping/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/04/06/time-for-some-laffs-benefits-of-getting-older-courtesy-of-mrs-t-tina-frisco/

Thank you very much for your contribution to the week every time you have popped in, liked, commented and shared. It is most gratefully received. Enjoy the rest of your weekend. Thanks Sally

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

Thank you for dropping in and I hope you enjoyed the story. Thanks Sally

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


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

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

On with the show.

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

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/03/22/william-price-king-meets-some-legends-bruce-springsteen-the-1980s/

Thomas the Rhymer

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

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/03/24/writer-in-residence-extra-bonfire-of-the-vanities-by-paul-andruss/

Sally's Cafe and Bookstore

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

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/03/25/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-book-reading-and-interview-bette-a-stevens/

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

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/03/22/smorgasbord-creative-artist-interview-artist-and-illustrator-donata-zawadzka/

The Colour of Life by Geoff Cronin

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

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/03/25/the-colour-of-life-how-the-stable-was-built-in-1936-by-geoff-cronin/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/03/26/the-colour-of-life-the-devil-finds-work-1936-by-geoff-cronin/

Book and author Promotion

If you would like to join the other authors on the shelves of the bookstore then please check out the details.   https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/03/20/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-new-on-the-shelves-versions-of-the-self-by-christy-birmingham/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/03/24/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-new-on-the-shelves-a-symphony-of-dragons-by-lisa-shambrook/

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

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/03/23/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-collaborative-anthologies-the-posse-guest-post-lyn-horner/

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

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/03/20/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-author-update-mary-smith-steve-boseley-and-d-wallace-peach/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/03/24/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-update-lucinda-e-clarke-adele-marie-park-sally-cronin-and-bette-a-stevens/

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

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/03/23/new-series-smorgasbord-book-promotion-air-your-reviews-kevin-morris-d-g-kaye-and-tina-frisco/

Smorgasbord Blogger Daily

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

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/03/20/smorgasbord-blogger-daily-20th-march-2017-paul-andruss-staci-troilo-robert-marston-fanney-annette-clark-and-ed-a-murray/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/03/21/smorgasbord-blogger-daily-21st-march-2017-liz-long-maverick-on-the-move-teri-polen-shelley-wilson-and-annika-perry/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/03/22/smorgasbord-blogger-daily-22nd-march-2017-madelyn-griffith-haynie-diary-of-a-nineteen-year-old-marilyn-armstrong-and-jane-risdon/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/03/23/smorgasbord-blogger-daily-23rd-march-2017-new-series-book-people-the-drunken-cyclist-and-joan-frankham/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/03/24/smorgasbord-blogger-daily-24th-march-2017-brigid-gallagher-seumas-gallacher-yecheilyah-ysrayl-jeff-b-grant/

Personal Stuff

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

https://robbiesinspiration.wordpress.com/2017/03/25/my-review-of-tales-from-the-garden-by-sally-cronin/

Book Marketing – Smashwords and its affiliates.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/03/21/book-marketing-and-promotion-smashwords-worldwide-reach/

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

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/03/22/whats-in-a-name-short-story-collection-special-ebook-offer/

The Soldier by Sally Cronin

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

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/03/21/smorgasbord-short-stories-the-soldier-by-sally-cronin/

Humour

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/03/21/time-for-some-laffs-love-makes-the-world-go-around-and-so-does-laughter/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/03/23/time-for-some-laffs-angels-explained-by-children-and-out-of-the-mouths-of-babes/

Health – Top to Toe The Digestive System

Smorgasbord Health 2017https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/03/20/smorgasbord-health-2017-top-to-toe-the-digestive-system-open-wide/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/03/23/smorgasbord-health-2017-top-to-toe-the-digestive-system-the-acid-test/

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

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

 

 

 

 

 

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


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

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

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

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

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

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.