Smorgasbord Weekly Round Up- William Price King sings, Paul Andruss and Hellebores and Carol Taylor and Mustard.


Welcome to the weekly round up and I hope that your weekend is going well. We have had a very special visitor from America who arrived on Friday and it did David and I the power of good to be in the company of such a delightful, articulate and successful young woman. We have known her parents for over 30 years and have seen her grown from a beautiful baby into this accomplished adult.. What a pleasure.

Anyway… In honour of the visit, the sun came out on Thursday and I was able to get some of my pots refurbished…the job is not finished yet.. I have some more planting to do next week… provided we get a little dry weather.

Anyway.. time to get on with the week and as always my thanks to William Price King, (look out for a special post in thanks to William for all his amazing contributions… Drive Time this week features two of his own performances). Paul Andruss and Carol Taylor who have, as always provided outstanding columns for music, gardening and cookery.

The Music Column with William Price King – Johnny Mathis up to date.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/04/11/smorgasbord-blog-magazine-the-music-column-with-william-price-king-johnny-mathis-up-to-date/

The Gardening Column by Paul Andruss – Heavenly Hellebores.. or should that be Devilish?

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/04/13/smorgasbord-blog-magazine-the-gardening-column-with-paul-andruss-heavenly-hellebores/

The Food and Cookery Column with Carol Taylor – It is all about the mustard.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/04/11/smorgasbord-blog-magazine-carol-taylors-food-and-cookery-column-mustard/

The Open House Sunday Interview – Gregg Savage – Daily Tales

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/04/15/smorgasbord-blog-magazine-open-house-sunday-interview-the-daily-tales-by-gregg-savage/

Personal Stuff – Tales from the Garden – The Goose and the Lost Boy.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/04/14/smorgasbord-short-stories-tales-from-the-gardenthe-goose-and-the-lost-boy-by-sally-cronin/

Letters From America 1985 – 1987 – Trip to Las Vegas – Part One #Hilton, #Dunes

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/04/12/smorgasbord-letters-from-america-1985-1987-las-vegas-part-one-the-hilton-slot-machines-dunes-hotel/

Sally’s Book Reviews – UK2: Project Renova Book Three by Terry Tyler

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/04/14/smorgasbord-blog-magazine-sallys-book-reviews-uk2-project-renova-book-three-by-terry-tyler/

Sally’s Drive Time #Playlist – Music to get the Weekend Started – William Price King.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/04/13/sallys-drive-time-playlist-music-to-get-the-weekend-started-william-price-king-roxanne-and-the-show-must-go-on/

Esme’s Party Piece: Prediction for the two weeks April 12th – 26th.. and your Flower Power.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/04/12/smorgasbord-blog-magazine-esmes-party-piece-predictions-and-flower-power/

 

Smorgasbord Guest Post – Leslie Tate – Growing up as an author.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/04/12/smorgasbord-blog-magazine-guest-post-growing-up-as-an-author-by-leslie-tate/

Posts from Your Archives.

Posts from the Archives… new series… travel themed blogs posted before October 2017. And to kick the series off.. traveller and author Darlene Foster with a surprise visit to the home of Jane Austen..

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/04/10/smorgasbord-new-series-of-posts-from-your-archives-visiting-jane-austen-on-a-motorbike-by-darlene-foster/

Smorgasbord Poetry – Dorothy Cronin – Tuffy

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/04/10/smorgasbord-poetry-dorothy-cronin-1949-2006-tuffy-a-much-loved-family-pet/

Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore – Spring Showcase – Final post

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/04/09/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-spring-showcaseterri-webster-schrandt-jann-weeratunga-pamela-s-wight-charles-e-yallowitz-yecheilyah-ysrayl-and-victoria-zigler/

Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore – Author Update

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/04/13/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-author-updatereviews-for-sandra-j-jackson-d-g-kaye-and-teagan-riordain-geneviene/

Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore – New Book on the Shelves

 https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/04/14/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-new-book-on-the-shelves-war-of-nytefall-loyalty-by-charles-e-yallowitz/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/04/15/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-new-book-on-the-shelves-new-book-on-the-shelves-holding-the-lines-book-2-the-first-level-of-hell-by-joelle-legendre/

Smorgasbord Health Column

Nutrients A-Z  that we need to be healthy.

 

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/04/09/smorgasbord-health-column-nutrients-we-need-vitamin-b3-is-also-known-in-different-forms-as-niacin-nicotinic-acid-nicotinamide-and-nicinamide/

Part three of the Brain series… this week a brief overview of Dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/04/09/smorgasbord-health-column-the-brain-part-three-dementia-and-alzheimers-disease/

Turning Back the Clock – Chapter Ten – Maintaining your Health Advantage.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/04/10/smorgasbord-health-column-turning-back-the-clock-chapter-ten-maintaining-your-health-advantage-by-sally-cronin/

Aromatherapy – Eucalyptus oil – usage and safety.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/04/11/the-medicine-womans-treasure-chest-aromatherapy-eucalyptus-essential-oil-origins-uses-and-safety/

Humour

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/04/09/smorgasbord-afternoon-video-bathtime-for-dogs-is-just-a-bundle-of-joy/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/04/10/smorgasbord-laughter-lines-a-multi-international-cast-two-cats-a-dog-and-wi-training/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/04/11/smorgasbord-afternoon-video-words-of-wisdom-from-the-head-of-the-household-dear-kitten/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/04/12/smorgasbord-laughter-lines-in-the-courtroom/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/04/13/smorgasbord-afternoon-video-dancing-dog-size-does-not-matter/

Thank you very much for all your support this week and look forward to seeing you again soon.

 

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Smorgasbord Blog Magazine – Sally’s Book Reviews – UK2 – Project Renova Book Three by Terry Tyler


Welcome to another of my book reviews and this is a book that I have been looking forward to, since reading Books one and two of Project Renova.. Tipping Point and Lindisfarne by Terry Tyler.. Here is UK2.

About UK2 (Project Ronova Book 3)

‘Two decades of social media had prepared them well for UK2.’

The pace steps up in this final instalment of the Project Renova trilogy, as the survivors’ way of life comes under threat.

Two years after the viral outbreak, representatives from UK Central arrive at Lindisfarne to tell the islanders about the shiny new city being created down south. UK2 governor Verlander’s plan is simple: all independent communities are to be dissolved, their inhabitants to reside in approved colonies. Alas, those who relocate soon suspect that the promises of a bright tomorrow are nothing but smoke and mirrors, as great opportunities turn into broken dreams, and dangerous journeys provide the only hope of freedom.

Meanwhile, far away in the southern hemisphere, a new terror is gathering momentum…

‘I walked through that grey afternoon, past fields that nobody had tended for nearly three years, past broken down, rusty old vehicles, buildings with smashed windows. I was walking alone at the end of the world, but I was a happy man. I was free, at last.’

Although this concludes the Project Renova trilogy, there will be more books in the series. A collection of five side stories is planned, and another novel, set far into the future.

Here is my review for UK2

A satisfying finale to the Project Renova series….

I do recommend that you read Tipping Point and Lindisfarne, the first two books in the series before reading UK2.. however for those who have read the first two books and would like a recap before reading… head to the back of UK2 for a summary.

I thoroughly enjoyed reading about the post-apocalyptic world created by Terry Tyler in Tipping Point but also frightened. The concept is not inconceivable, when you have leaders in the world who are less than rational, and greedy individuals who feel entitled to keep  the world’s riches for themselves. In a very short space of time the world is in chaos including the UK where we are introduced to the survivors in the first two books.

UK2 begins on Lindisfarne and picks up the story of the central characters including Dex, Vicky, Lottie and Jax. The island is on alert for attacks from outsiders and concerned about dwindling supplies, but for Lottie and a handful of her closest friends, there is also a secret that will rock the community. If you want someone to really dislike as a character, then Dex is your man.

In the south the government is creating UK version two, gathering the survivors to create a new nation governed by members of the elite. They have designed a strictly regulated programme of indoctrination and compliance. And as with every master race initiative, selective breeding programmes. They send out recruiters, including the thuggish Barney and reluctant Doyle, to market UK2 as the answer to all outlying communities concerns with the promise of housing, jobs, education and security.  A large number of Lindisfarne’s residents are convinced to leave by the persuasive enticements, and travel in buses to the fortified sanctuary full of hope of a better future.  This includes Dex who feels that his leadership role on the Island can expand into one of even more prominence within the new administration.

The story then splits into life for those remaining on Lindisfarne with new characters introduced such as Hawk and Seren who have arrived from a failed community on a Danish island. But are they really who they claim to be?  And we are introduced to life for those now living in UK 2. It is clear that not is all as promised in the marketing hype, and young Flora in particular, discovers that you should always read the small print.

It is difficult to write a review for a book in a series without giving away spoilers. However, I can promise you a reading experience that is chilling and thought provoking, and central characters so well drawn, that you connect with them on a personal level, as they share their perspective on events.  You will find yourself taking sides in the various relationships that develop in both locations, and have a growing dislike…bordering anger, at those in leadership roles who manipulate and betray those they have sworn to protect.

It is a good idea to take a moment to put yourself in their shoes as the story unfolds, and question whether you would be strong and resourceful enough to survive.

And apart from the human element of this terrific series, the manufactured virus that wiped out millions, is also disdainful of those that perpetrated this atrocity, and is about to teach humans that you don’t mess with nature.

Read the reviews and buy the book: https://www.amazon.co.uk/UK2-Project-Renova-Book-3-ebook/dp/B07C9H3XNP

And Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/UK2-Project-Renova-Book-3-ebook/dp/B07C9H3XNP

A selection of other books by Terry Tyler

Read the reviews and buy the books: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Terry-Tyler/e/B00693EGKM

And Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/Terry-Tyler/e/B00693EGKM

Read more reviews and follow Terry Tyler on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5821157.Terry_Tyler

About Terry Tyler

Terry Tyler is the author of sixteen books available from Amazon, the latest being ‘Patient Zero’, the third book in her new post apocalyptic series, which is a collection of stand-alone short stories featuring characters in the main novels. She is proud to be self-published, is an avid reader and book reviewer, and a member of Rosie Amber’s Book Review Team.

Terry is a Walking Dead addict, and loves history, winter, South Park and Netflix. She lives in the north east of England with her husband, a move that took place nine years ago from the beautiful Norfolk coast; she is still trying to learn Geordie.

Connect to Terry Tyler

Blog: https://terrytyler59.blogspot.ie/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/TerryTyler4
Facebook Author Page: https://www.facebook.com/Terry-Tyler-author-127960897322262/

Thank you for dropping in today and I hope that you will head over and discover more about Terry Tyler’s books. I am certainly looking forward to reading the next book in this series.

 

Smorgasbord Weekly Round Up – Snowed in with Madonna, Muses, Snake Fruit and special guests.


Welcome to this week’s round up of posts that you might have missed. The weather here, like most of the UK and Europe has been enjoyed a classic clash between two titans of weather. The Beast from the East with arctic temperatures vs. Storm Emma sweeping up from Portugal with warm winds that created massive snow fall.

Even my stone eagle that travelled with us from the warmer climes of Spain was less that impressed with the weather..

The good news is that we are now back to our own special kind of weather..rain.. and plenty of it which is melting the snow and hopefully by tomorrow we will be able to get out of our drive without having to shovel our way through. In the early days of the bad weather I put additional food out for our garden birds (I call them ours, but of course they are totally unfaithful and visit feeders up and down the road). Fat balls were the favourites and even when thrown into the snow they were eagerly consumed. The day before yesterday we looked out the kitchen window to find all these little bums sticking up in the air as starlings, blackbirds and sparrows sheltered in little pockets as they happily pecked away at the fat.

In the freezing and windy run up to the snow I was  filling up the drinking bowl each day with warm water. We discovered that the starlings are made of sterner stuff than the rest of us as they took communal baths (and no doubt added to the mineral content with their own contributions) and then preened themselves in the hedges waving around in the freezing wind.

Anyway….. as always my gratitude to the contributors who battled through the snow to deliver their columns and posts…. and to all of you who braved the elements to visit, like and comment. You are very welcome and I hope you will come back again soon.

The William Price King Music Column. Part two of the Madonna story.

Madonna is a multi-faceted artist and social activist, no stranger to controversy, but who has always been true to the image that she created as a teenager and young performer.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/02/28/smorgasbord-blog-magazine-the-music-column-with-william-price-king-madonna-part-two-the-1980s/

Writer in residence Paul Andruss continues his exploration of poetry ancient and modern with a conversation between the Muse and the Pilgrim.  This is part two, with a link to the first part.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/03/02/smorgasbord-writer-in-residence-according-to-the-muse-a-monologue-in-2-parts-part-two-born-to-die-by-paul-andruss/

Carol Taylor treats us to the origins and recipes for some of the exotic fruits in her backyard.. or markets of her home in Thailand. Many are available in our own supermarkets and certainly a dessert made with snake fruit would liven up any dinner party….

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/02/28/smorgasbord-blog-magazine-carol-taylors-food-column-exotic-fruits/

The Open House Sunday Interview with guest Romanian economist and author Marina Costa

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/03/04/smorgasbord-blog-magazine-open-house-sunday-interview-romanian-economist-and-author-marina-costa/

Personal Stuff.

A post on how you can promote your blog and writing here on Smorgasbord and the various watering holes where we can meet up.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/02/27/smorgasbord-blog-magazine-getting-to-know-you-here-there-and-everywhere-guest-contributors-andsocial-media-update/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/02/27/smorgasbord-blog-magazine-getting-to-know-you-here-there-and-everywhere-guest-contributors-andsocial-media-update/

At this time of year (especially with blizzards and freezing winds) our thoughts turn to booking our summer holidays. But there are a few things to think about. Just who are you telling about your absence for a couple of weeks on social media? If you are broken into during your holiday, the insurance company will be exploring your posts too to see who you have told!  Also should you suffer a bereavement and making public announcements in the newspapers about funeral arrangements… is someone house sitting?

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/02/28/smorgasbord-something-to-think-about-when-you-are-booking-your-summer-holiday-social-media-and-home-security/

Next Thursday I am inviting you to a virtual Coffee Morning in honour of International Women’s Day on March 8th. I will be sharing some of the quotes of women and men that I admire; who have made a difference to our world in terms of empowerment or inspiration. I would love you to join me with your own favourite quote and also your views on the subject of gender equality.

I am sharing my thoughts today on two separate gender issues, the first being the #MeToo campaign which has been stripping the entertainment industry of its glitter recently… You may not agree with all my observations but that is part of the dialogue needed to create change. The second is the bravery and commitment to change shown by women in Saudi Arabia to obtain the right to something most of us take for granted.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/03/01/international-womens-day-march-8th-2018-pressforprogress-coffee-morning-next-wednesday/

Letters from America – 1985- 1987 – my weekly letters to my parents sharing our adventures in Houston and travels around America.

This week a trip to Corpus Christi… encounters on the beach in the moonlight – and getting lost in translation.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/03/01/smorgasbord-letters-from-america-1985-1987-corpus-christi-beach-encounters-and-english-accent/

My review by the latest book by Historical novelist Tony Riches – Mary: Tudor Princess.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/03/03/smorgasbord-blog-magazine-sallys-book-reviews-mary-tudor-princess-by-tony-riches/

Smorgasbord short stories – You are never too old to be loved!

This story first appeared on Sue Vincent’s blog at Christmas. I hope you enjoy if reading for the first time…Jack is incarcerated in an elderly care home and is resigned to spending the rest of his life without purpose.. until……..

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/03/03/smorgasbord-short-stories-you-are-never-too-old-to-be-loved-by-sally-cronin/

Sally’s Drive Time Playlist – Billy Joel and Anne Murray.

I share my memories of some of my most interesting musical memories and this week, we chose to celebrate a new job with a stay over at one of Liverpool’s premier hotels for a dinner dance.. only for most of the diners to leave hurriedly, leaving just us and the band.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/03/02/sallys-drive-time-playlist-music-to-get-your-weekend-started-billy-joel-and-anne-murray/

In the summer I will be releasing Tales from the Irish Garden.. stories of magic and fantasy. It is the sequel to Tales from the Garden published in 2015 and I am going to share the stories from that collection with you in the next few weeks.

Chapter One – The Head Guardians of the Magic Garden.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/03/04/smorgasbord-short-stories-tales-from-the-garden-the-head-guardians-of-the-magic-garden-by-sally-cronin/

Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore Update – News from the talented authors in the bookstore on new releases and recent reviews.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/02/26/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-update-andrew-joyce-olga-nunez-miret-annika-perry-and-victoria-zigler/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/03/02/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-author-update-jack-eason-janice-spina-amy-m-reade-john-w-howell-and-c-s-boyack/

Posts from Your Archives – Early blogging posts shared with a new audience.

Billy Ray Chitwood with the first of his archive posts. Today Billy is nostalgic for the music of his hell-raising years, when stars such as Frank Sinatra and Kay Starr made a highball taste better…

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/03/02/smorgasbord-posts-from-your-archives-the-world-is-changing-and-im-stuck-here-by-billy-ray-chitwood/

 

The Health Column

New Series.. Inspirational stories of overcoming the challenges of chronic illness or life changing disease. This week Cynthia Reyes shares her story of her long road to recovery following traumatic injuries sustained in a car accident. Guest writers are very welcome and details are in the post.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/02/26/smorgasbord-health-column-new-series-inspirational-health-stories-therapeutic-memoirs-by-cynthia-reyes/

Hydrogenated Fats in our diet and how to avoid them.

In the last few years there has been a complete reversal by governments and experts on how much fat and carbohydrates we should be eating. The information and advice is often confusing but research is definitely coming down on the side of good fats.. and that we should be including enough of them in our diet to keep us mentally and physically well.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/02/27/smorgasbord-health-column-hydrogenated-fats-in-our-foods-and-how-to-avoid-them-sally-cronin/

The good fats, Essential Fatty Acids and how to get the right balance.

avocado

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/03/01/smorgasbord-health-column-the-good-fats-essential-fatty-acids-and-how-to-get-the-right-balance-sally-cronin/

A new series for The Medicine Woman’s Treasure Chest – Aromatherapy and the use of essential oils. I took a course twenty years ago so that I could advise my customers and clients in my health food and dietary services clinic.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/02/26/smorgasbord-medicine-womans-treasure-chest-aromatherapy-an-introductionessential-oils-and-aromatherapy-an-introduction/

Turning Back the Clock – serialisation of my anti-aging book.

This week.. our immune system and how we leave the door open to opportunistic squatters who can damage our health for life.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/02/27/smorgasbord-health-column-turning-back-the-clock-chapter-four-the-immune-system/

 

Humour

Afternoon Video – the generosity of a crow towards a rodent friend.

Headlines that prove that fact can be stranger than fiction…..

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/02/27/smorgasbord-laughter-lines-headlinesfact-can-be-stranger-than-fiction/

Afternoon video – sign me up….

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/02/26/smorgasbord-afternoon-video-pugtime-and-a-massage/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/03/01/smorgasbord-laughter-lines-job-applicant-lifes-little-annoyances-wishes-and-neighbours/

Afternoon Video – this Jack Russell has a jazz soul.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/03/02/smorgasbord-afternoon-video-jack-russell-sings-the-blues/

 

 

Smorgasbord Blog Magazine – Sally’s Book Reviews – Mary: Tudor Princess by Tony Riches


Welcome to the series where I share my thoughts on the books that I read. Not as many as I would like, but I am currently on target to read a book a week. I have already enjoyed three books written by Tony Riches and this book is no exception. Published on February 1st, Mary: Tudor Princess is the story of the daughter of Henry VII and sister to the newly crowned King Henry VIII.

About Mary Tudor Princess

From the author of the international best-selling Tudor Trilogy, the true story of the Tudor dynasty continues with the daughter of King Henry VII, sister to King Henry VIII. Mary Tudor watches her elder brother become King of England and wonders what the future holds for her.

Born into great privilege, Mary has beauty and intelligence beyond her years and is the most marriageable princess in Europe. Henry plans to use her marriage to build a powerful alliance against his enemies. Will she dare risk his anger by marrying for love?

Meticulously researched and based on actual events, this ‘sequel’ follows Mary’s story from book three of the Tudor Trilogy and is set during the reign of King Henry VIII.

My review of the the book.

This book opens in 1509 as the 13 year old Princess Mary witnesses the coronation of her  brother King Henry VIII, who is himself just five years older. Despite his youth, Henry has an expansive and expensive plan to extend his realm, which includes marrying his older brother Arthur’s widow Catherine of Aragon; then 23 years old.

The young Princess Mary is drawn into a diplomatic web of intrigue and alliances; a pawn for barter to the highest bidder. The stakes are enormous and King Henry and his advisors move the pieces around the chess board to achieve the most effective outcome. This includes a strategic betrothal, and finally a marriage for Mary, who finds herself at a distant court, in the middle of a completely different intrigue.

This is not a dry dusty history book with dates and statistics. It is a story of a young girl and events that are beyond her control for most of her life. However, it is clear when you first meet her at 13, that she is very well educated, determined and also brave. She faces the decisions made by others with stoicism in public and it is only when alone do you see the vulnerable and frightened child that she still is. She loves and supports her brother Henry, despite his mercurial nature and treatment of his wife Catherine who she considers a sister. Even knowing his swift retribution for those closest to him that fall from favour, Mary still has the courage to go against his will, fighting to be with the man she loves and her happiness.

We follow the various key events of her life, through her thoughts and words that Tony Riches has created. Sharing the fears, love, despair, grief and triumphs of this young woman, mother and queen in her own right. I would have liked to have met her; I think she was a remarkable woman in her own quiet and determined way. 

The other characters are just as well portrayed. We get to witness the behaviour of the young Henry VIII, who did not expect to become king, and is therefore completely unprepared for his new role. His early reign is a hedonistic mission to spend his inherited finances; surrounded by sycophants who are only too happy to encourage him. Behind the scenes ambitious statesman make deals that will further England’s position in Europe, and their own, irrespective of the impact on the young men and women involved.

Meanwhile Queen Catherine is having child after child in a desperate race against time to provide a male heir who lives beyond childhood. Her already tenuous hold on the crown is at stake as Henry pursues other opportunities.

Do not expect flowery language of the age, but plain English and a clear and descriptive narrative. I enjoyed finding out more about this rarely seen princess who played an important role in the history of the Tudors and also England’s future in Europe. I recommend this book and also the rest of the Tudor Series.

Buy the Mary: Tudor Princess: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Mary-Tudor-Princess-Tony-Riches-ebook/dp/B079K1DLRL

And Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/Mary-Tudor-Princess-Tony-Riches-ebook/dp/B079K1DLRL

A selection of other books by Tony Riches

Read all the reviews and buy the books: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Tony-Riches/e/B006UZWOXA

And Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/Tony-Riches/e/B006UZWOX

Read more reviews and follow Tony Riches on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5604088.Tony_Riches

About Tony Riches

Tony Riches is a full-time writer and lives with his wife in Pembrokeshire, West Wales. After several successful non-fiction books, Tony turned to novel writing and wrote ‘Queen Sacrifice’, set in 10th century Wales, followed by ‘The Shell’, a thriller set in present day Kenya. A specialist in the history of the early Tudors, he is best known for his Tudor Trilogy. Tony’s other international best sellers include ‘Warwick ~ The Man Behind the Wars of the Roses’ and ‘The Secret Diary of Eleanor Cobham’.

Connect to Tony Riches

Website: http://www.tonyriches.com
Blog: http://www.tonyriches.co.uk
Twitter: https://twitter.com/tonyriches
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/tony.riches.9

Thank you for dropping in today and hope you have enjoyed the review as much as I enjoyed the book and the others in the Tudor series

Smorgasbord – Sally’s Book Reviews – Lindisfarne: Project Renova Book Two by Terry Tyler


This week I am reviewing Lindisfarne: Project Renova Book Two by Terry Tyler. I had read and reviewed the first book, Tipping Point, at the beginning of December, and enjoyed so much, wanted to read the sequel as soon as possible.

Here is the link to that review: https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/12/02/smorgasbord-sallys-book-reviews-tipping-point-tipping-point-project-renova-book-one-by-terry-tyler/

About Lindisfarne

‘You’re judging this by the standards of the old world. But that’s gone. We don’t live there any more.’

Six months after the viral outbreak, civilised society in the UK has broken down. Vicky and her group travel to the Northumbrian island of Lindisfarne, where they are welcomed by an existing community.

New relationships are formed, old ones renewed. The lucky survivors adapt, finding strength they didn’t know they possessed, but the honeymoon period does not last long. Some cannot accept that the rules have changed, and, for just a few, the opportunity to seize power is too great to pass up. Egos clash, and the islanders soon discover that there are greater dangers than not having enough to eat.

Meanwhile, in the south, Brian Doyle discovers that rebuilding is taking place in the middle of the devastated countryside. He comes face to face with Alex Verlander from Renova Workforce Liaison, who makes him an offer he can’t refuse. But is UK 2.0 a world in which he will want to live?

Lindisfarne is Book 2 in the Project Renova series, sequel to Tipping Point (Book 1).
Book 3 is a collection of stand-alone short stories, entitled Patient Zero, which features back and side-stories from minor characters. The next full-length novel in the series, UK2, is due in late spring/early summer 2018.

My review for Lindisfarne.

Having read book one of The Renova Project, Tipping Point, I was already familiar with the group of travellers who are on their way to seek a sanctuary where they can rebuild their lives.

Lindisfarne has an ancient history of spiritual enclaves and violence from Viking raiders which has left its mark on the landscape. From a small resident population cut off from the mainland by the incoming tides at certain times of the day, it has now found itself a refuge for those seeking a new and peaceful life. Unfortunately, the island’s past is not so easily dismissed. One side of the island is managed by a committee of well-meaning residents led by Marcus, intent on growing crops and creating a commune approach to their predicament. On the other side of the Island are the bikers, who have infiltrated the community and laid claim to the pub, offering nothing to the ongoing efforts.

When Vicki, Lottie, Heath, Jax and the rest of the group arrive they find that Vicki’s former boyfriend Dex is beginning to insert himself into the role of Viking Earl of the Island. Including claiming the much coveted castle for himself, hoping to be joined Vicki, despite his previous transgressions and current domestic situation. Alliances are made as groups form to become scavengers on the mainland, develop the island’s natural resources, and others plot to gain control.

What could possibly go wrong? If the existing situation was not challenging enough, add in a psychotic biker leader intent on revenge, mainland gangs determined to use whatever means to take what little the community has, love affairs, murder and the future threat of a secret building project in the south west of England.

The tension throughout the book is maintained with some interesting twists and surprises. The story flowed well from the first book; drawing you into a world where socially accepted behaviour, breaks down as people struggle to survive. It is a very dangerous world where humanity is slipping away.

I am not sure how I would cope in this stark, but I believe realistic post-apocalyptic world, created by Terry Tyler. The characters are believable and you become invested in survival for most of them, but rather wish for a righteous end for others! By the time I had finished the book, I found myself in tune with the language which does pepper the dialogue. I am sure that I would have been using “F” word quite frequently too.

I am looking forward to finding out how the central characters that have survived book two, will manage as the governmental forces begin to exert control in other parts of the country, and the search for a safe haven continues.

I recommend that you read Tipping Point first before reading Lindisfarne, as it does set up the story and the characters extremely well. You might like me, begin to think about what you might do under similar circumstances following such a catastrophic event.

A thrilling adventure which will keep you on the edge of your seat.

Read all the reviews and buy the book: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Lindisfarne-Project-Renova-Book-2-ebook/dp/B075WDTK9L

And Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/Lindisfarne-Project-Renova-Book-2-ebook/dp/B075WDTK9L

A selection of other books by Terry Tyler

Read the reviews and buy the books: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Terry-Tyler/e/B00693EGKM

And Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/Terry-Tyler/e/B00693EGKM

Read more reviews and follow Terry Tyler on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5821157.Terry_Tyler

About Terry Tyler

Terry Tyler is the author of sixteen books available from Amazon, the latest being ‘Patient Zero’, the third book in her new post apocalyptic series, which is a collection of stand-alone short stories featuring characters in the main novels. She is proud to be self-published, is an avid reader and book reviewer, and a member of Rosie Amber’s Book Review Team.

Terry is a Walking Dead addict, and loves history, winter, South Park and Netflix. She lives in the north east of England with her husband, a move that took place nine years ago from the beautiful Norfolk coast; she is still trying to learn Geordie.

Connect to Terry Tyler

Blog: https://terrytyler59.blogspot.ie/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/TerryTyler4
Facebook Author Page: https://www.facebook.com/Terry-Tyler-author-127960897322262/

Thank you for dropping in today and I hope that you will head over and discover more about Terry Tyler’s books. I am certainly looking forward to reading the next book in this series.

 

 

Smorgasbord Weekly Round Up. – Irish Folklore, Debut Authors and U2….


Welcome to this week’s round up of posts and thank you for popping in to check them out.

I have been busy this week offline getting my next project on its way and will be doing the same next week. Thankfully there are plenty of contributors offering a wide range of subjects from their own archives and also some terrific original articles. I have also scheduled the usual health and humour posts whilst I am manipulating plots and characters and I hope you will enjoy again next week.

Next week sees the start of three new columns for the Smorgasbord Blog Magazine. On Wednesday Carol Taylor debuts her new Food Column and I am sure that you will enjoy her take on ingredients and recipes after sampling them in the Cook from Scratch series in 2017.

On Friday our Writer in Residence, Paul Andruss will be showcasing his other talent which is horticulture in his new Paul’s Gardening Column. Expect an introduction to exotics and less common plants to turn your garden into an award winning exhibit.

On Saturday author Jessica Norrie will be joining us once a month for her Literary blog and for her first article will be starting at the beginning with children’s books.

William Price King will be in his normal slot on Wednesday with his Music Column and part two of the life and music of Bono and U2.

I hope that you will enjoy the new features, and in addition to the Health Column and book promotions, I hope to introduce more experts to the blog in the coming weeks.

If you feel that you could contribute a column and share expertise on the following topics then I would love to hear from you. Photography,  Alternative Therapies, Film reviews and Astrology then please get in touch. There is no pay involved I am afraid but you will have the opportunity to promote your blog, books, other creative work that is for sale.

Look forward to hearing from you.

Now time to look at the posts from this week.

A huge thank you to everyone who has contributed and to you for dropping in and liking, commenting and sharing. You are a very important part of the blog and have helped it grow and evolve over the last four years.

Return of the Open House Sunday Interview beginning on January 21st.

Delighted to say that I have already filled the several slots for the new season of Open House. I schedule when I receive your answers to your questions, so please get them to me as soon as you can.. This is your showcase so when choosing your questions, select those that you can give a 300 to 500 word response to. If you are an author it is an opportunity to demonstrate your skill in engaging the reader and encouraging them to head over and buy your books.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/01/07/the-return-of-smorgasbord-open-house-interviews-for-all-writers-and-other-creative-artists/

William Price King Music Column

William Price King debuted his new Music Column with part one of the life and career of Bono and U2. This week and introduction to the band members.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/01/10/william-price-king-music-column-bono-and-u2-meet-the-band/

Writer in Residence – Paul Andruss

This week Paul Andruss entertained us with a five part story – The House by the Sea. It was clearly enjoyed judging by the comments and you can read all five parts in this directory. My thanks to Paul for this monumental effort and wonderful story.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/writer-in-residence-special-the-house-by-the-sea-by-paul-andruss/

Sally’s Book Reviews.

This week I review Vampyrie: Origin of the Vampire by Tina Frisco and I am sure that reading this book will change your perspective about vampires.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/01/13/smorgasbord-blog-magazine-sallys-book-reviews-vampyrie-origin-of-the-vampire-by-tina-frisco/

New Series – Debut Author Starter Pack.

Delighted that Dolly Aizenman and her debut cookbook Kool Kosher Kitchen kicked this series off in style.  Aimed at first time authors the pack includes a pre-post review of the writer’s social media and Amazon entry as well as a pdf copy of my Media Training for Authors.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/01/08/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-debut-author-kool-kosher-kitchen-by-dolly-aizenman/

I am only featuring one author a week so if you are interested please contact me after reading the submission post.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/01/03/smorgasbord-free-book-promotions-first-time-authors/

Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore New on the Shelves.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/01/09/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-new-on-the-shelves-caledonia-by-amy-hoff/

Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore Updates

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/01/08/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-update-toni-pike-deanie-humphrys-dunne-terri-webster-schrandt-jaye-marie-and-anita-dawes-and-tina-frisco/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/01/12/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-author-update-k-d-dowdall-bette-stevens-molly-stevens-jacquie-biggar-and-sacha-de-black/

Posts from Your Archives

If you would like to participate in the Archive post series then please read the following post.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/01/01/happy-new-year-and-the-start-of-the-2018-series-of-smorgasbord-posts-from-your-archives/

Jane Risdon with a reminder of the dancing etiquette and music of the 1960s and 1970s and reminds us that zimmer frame or not… we can still get up and dance.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/01/08/smorgasbord-posts-from-your-archivesdancing-around-our-zimmer-frames-with-generation-z-by-jane-risdon/

J. Hope Suis encourages us to let go anything that is tethering us and move forward to accomplish whatever we wish.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/01/08/smorgasbord-posts-from-your-archives-un-tether-your-soul-lessons-from-a-baby-elephant-by-j-hope-suis/

Christy Birmingham shares some strategies for women who find meetings in business or in their personal lives a challenge.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/01/09/smorgasbord-posts-from-your-archives-to-women-who-struggle-in-meetings-by-christy-birmingham/

The second part of the short story by Allan Hudson – Reaching for the Pinnacle.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/01/09/smorgasbord-posts-from-your-archives-reaching-the-pinnacle-part-twoby-allan-hudson/

Frank Parker takes us through the events surrounding the arrival of the fleet of Henry II in Waterford, Ireland.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/01/10/smorgasbord-posts-from-your-archives-henry-iis-irish-expedition-by-frank-parker/

Judith Barrow relates one of her adventures running a holiday let.. In this it would appear that not all was as it seemed!

 

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/01/11/smorgasbord-posts-from-your-archives-tales-of-our-holiday-lets-or-is-it-really-worth-it-or-tales-of-the-unexpected-by-judith-barrow/

Lori Bonati shares her thoughts on our position in the centre of the universe.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/01/11/smorgasbord-posts-from-your-archives-the-centre-of-the-universe-by-lori-bonati-phillips/

Chris, The Story Reading Ape has archives full of great creative writing infographics and also guest posts from authors sharing their experience and expertise. This article is from Eric J. Gates from 2014 which is just as relevant today.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/01/12/smorgasbord-posts-from-your-archives-the-story-reading-ape-shares-researching-for-your-novel-effective-interviewing-by-eric-j-gates/

Karen Ingalls shares the story of a very brave young boy whose legacy was a pay-it-forward movment of random acts of kindness.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/01/13/smorgasbord-posts-from-your-archives-paying-it-forward-by-karen-ingalls/

Elizabeth Lloyd will be sharing extracts from her mother Betty’s diaries from 1944 to the end of the war during her service with the ATS.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/01/14/smorgasbord-posts-from-your-archives-bettys-war-ww2-1944-by-elizabeth-lloyd/

 

Health Column

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As we get older our perspective on many things begins to change. Our brain function may not be as sharp as it used to be, but with a healthy diet and plenty of stimulation you can remain mentally active your entire life.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/01/10/smorgasbord-health-2018-the-dynamics-of-change-our-mental-being/

seasonal-affective-disorder

At this time of year the lack of sunlight can result in a deficiency of Vitamin D which leads to a drop in levels of other essential chemical elements in our brains and bodies.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/01/11/smorgasbord-health-2018-seasonal-affective-disorder-tryptophan-and-winter-blues/

Humour

divorce

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/01/09/smorgasbord-blog-magazine-laughter-lines-lawyers-and-blondes-and-engineers/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/01/10/smorgasbord-afternoon-video-parrots-doing-what-parrots-do-compilation/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/01/11/smorgasbord-laughter-lines-the-joys-of-marriage/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/01/12/smorgasbord-afternoon-video-rewind-dont-set-the-alarm-this-weekend/

Sally’s Drive Time Playlist

Two of the tracks on my playlist.. one from Peter Sarstedt from the 1960s and a current one from the Nashville television show.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/01/12/sallys-drive-time-playlist-music-to-get-the-weekend-started-peter-sarstedt-and-nashville/

 

 

 

Smorgasbord Blog Magazine – Sally’s Book Reviews – Vampyrie: Origin of the Vampire by Tina Frisco


Welcome to one of my own reviews for the books that reside in a very special place. My TBR is a treasure trove of books that I have bought or have received as gifts for birthdays and Christmas. I no longer wish for things to dust or to wear, and a book brings many hours of pleasure, several times over as they are never discarded.

This week I read Vampyrie: Origin of the Vampire by Tina Frisco in print version. The book traveled a long way to reach me via California, Toronto, England and then to Ireland. A wonderful gift and all the more treasured for being signed by the author.

About Vampyrie: Origin of the Vampire

What if vampires were not the undead, but rather the dying? What if there were two factions among vampires: the sustained and the unsustainable? And what if those factions were at war with one another over the life of a young woman who promised them a future? Vampyrie brings the myth of the vampire into the realm of possibility. Phoebe Angelina Delaney is a reluctant genius and compassionate hothead. She finds herself in a pitch-dark underground and doesn’t remember how she got there. Did she drink too much alcohol and wander off in a stupor, or was she kidnapped by a malicious element determined to make her life a living hell?

Sir Michael Alan David is a vampire – an enigma, charismatic and mysterious, who weaves in and out of Phoebe’s life. Does he intend to use his title as a ruse to draw her closer to an unearthly fate, or is he a cloak-and-dagger knight in shining armor? Too many secrets have been kept for too long. Phoebe must unravel the mystery in order to survive. Two major characters from the author’s first novel, Plateau join forces with Phoebe to battle the demons in Vampyrie.

My review for Vampyrie:Origin of the Vampire.

Like many growing up, I read about and watched the films that featured vampires. Apart from the odd comedy, all painted those with fangs and a craving for blood as evil creatures that deserved a stake to the heart. After watching these demons, most of us opted to keep the lights on at night and wear clusters of garlic around our necks. No wonder some of us were never asked to the prom.

However, thanks to Tina Frisco’s book, it is clear that not all is as it seems when it comes to Vampires. As with humans there are good and evil walking amongst this element of society, and as you meet the various characters of the story, discovering more about their backgrounds, you will find yourself warming to the idea that most Vampires are good people.

Unfortunately, Phoebe Angelina Delaney suddenly finds herself in the hands of the rogue element of this ancient peoples. To this point she has been totally unaware of the forces at play within herself, or around her that have made her a target. She meets the enigmatic Michael who rescues her and then sets in motion an unravelling of the secrets that have been woven to protect her life.  Close friends that have been part of her world since childhood are not as they seemed, and her frustration mounts as she tries to make sense of the increasingly complex deviations from her original path in life.

There are some wonderful characters, whose emerging backgrounds bring colour and context to the darkness surrounding Phoebe. Apart from her father Mitchell and Michael, you will meet Master Po at the dojo where she studies martial arts, Hannah a lifelong friend and work colleague and her best friend Lunah. Bringing their own kind of ancient and mystical element to the story are W’Hyani and RoDinjah, major characters from Frisco’s book Plateau.

As the forces of light and darkness within the Vampire peoples comes to a head, Phoebe and her friends must train tirelessly to prepare for the battle to come. What Phoebe does not realise, is that her growing mental and physical strength, are not just going to be needed in the fight against evil, but will lead to even more startling revelations. One of these being the true origins of those who have walked amongst us for 200,000 years.

The book is listed as horror and occult but I do think that it has a much wider appeal with action and adventure culminating in a brilliantly orchestrated final battle sequence. There are some scenes of violence but I would recommend for young adults upwards.

I enjoyed the story very much, the writing and plot flow easily throughout the book and from the middle of the book onwards, you will find yourself being drawn in and engaged in the build up to the ultimate battle against evil. I am sure that if you read this book, like me, your previous perceptions about vampires will be challenged in a very enlightening way.

Read the reviews and buy the book: https://www.amazon.com/Vampyrie-Origin-Vampire-Tina-Frisco/dp/154112720X

and Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/VAMPYRIE-Origin-Vampire-Tina-Frisco-ebook/dp/B01N2UYDG6

Also by Tina Frisco

Read all the reviews and buy the books: https://www.amazon.com/Tina-Frisco/e/B009NMOFNY

And on Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Tina-Frisco/e/B009NMOFNY

Read more reviews and follow Tina on Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6497599.Tina_Frisco

About Tina Frisco

Tina Frisco is an author, singer-songwriter, RN, activist, and student of shamanism. Born in Pennsylvania USA, she attended nursing school in New York and lives in California. She began writing as a young child and received her first guitar at age 14, which launched her passion for music and songwriting. She has performed publicly in many different venues. Her publishing history includes book reviews; essays; articles in the field of medicine; her début novel, PLATEAU; her children’s book, GABBY AND THE QUADS; and her latest novel, VAMPYRIE. She enjoys writing, reading, music, dancing, arts and crafts, exploring nature, and frequently getting lost in working crossword puzzles.

Connect to Tina on her blog and social media.

Website: http://tinafrisco.com
Amazon: http://hyperurl.co/3vme2a 
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TinaFrisco.Author
Twitter: http://bit.ly/14VXY49
LinkedIn:  http://linkd.in/1aAGwXl
Google+:  http://bit.ly/1Fc1Uzn
Goodreads:  http://bit.ly/165vmVp

I hope you have enjoyed my review and will head over and read Vampyrie yourself. It is available in both print and eBook. Thanks Sally.

Smorgasbord Weekly Round Up and A Very Happy New Year – Books, Music and laughter.


How quickly this year has gone and there have been many highlights that I will carry over to 2018. Certainly the amazing contributors such as William Price King, Paul Andruss and Carol Taylor who have worked very hard to bring music, legends and delicious food into our lives. Also to those who have contributed to the Archive Posts… the regular series and Christmas specials. It has felt like a party going on every week.

There are many others who 52 weeks a year have dropped in and liked, commented, shared and hosted. I feel totally blessed to be part of such a wonderful community.

Next year I feel that the world will be going through even more tumultuous times. Politically and socially there is much to redress and part of that is keeping the good things in our lives a priority. It is very easy to slip into negativity when we read the headlines daily that paint such a bleak picture. However, having been in the trade, I can confirm that BAD NEWS sells.

There are millions of us who blog and if ever there was a time for us to play a role in positivity it is now. This is not naivete. As individuals we may feel that what we write on our blogs or social media does not make a difference. But when we write, support and share the good news stories it does make a massive difference. The same applies to our actions offline and one of the most positive actions we can take is to give time and effort to promoting good people and their efforts.

There will be elections coming up for most of us in 2018. Election promises are easy to make and just as quick to break. But there are capable and honest people out there who can help resolve the issues that we are faced with. We have to identify them, support them and promote them at every level from local councils to those who lead from the top. I do believe we have to put party loyalties aside going forward and whilst difficult in some countries to do so, we need to vote for the right people for the job.

I wish you all a very Happy New Year.. with love, laughter, joy and peace for 2018.

It was a slightly shorter week than usual but here are the posts from the week, including the 2017 review of the most viewed posts in a number of categories.

Sally’s Book Reviews – Circumstances of Childhood by John W. Howell.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/12/27/smorgasbord-review-2017-cook-from-scratch-with-sally-and-carol-taylor-dont-forget-to-eat-your-purples-the-aubergine/

William Price King with music for Christmas

William finishes his Christmas series with What are you Doing New Year’s Eve by Nancy Wilson

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/12/29/an-evening-with-william-price-king-christmas-music-what-are-you-doing-for-new-years-eve-by-nancy-wilson/

Most viewed posts of 2017

These are the most viewed posts across the various categories for 2017 and my personal favourites too.

together-for-life

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/12/26/smorgasbord-2017-review-the-most-viewed-individual-post-of-the-year-together-for-life-image-tofino-photography-haiku-sally-cronin/

Thomas the Rhymer Paul Andruss

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/12/29/smorgasbord-review-2017-smorgasbord-writer-in-residence-the-gift-by-paul-andruss/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/12/26/smorgasbord-invitation-most-viewed-author-interview-tina-frisco-with-a-book-reading/

images

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/12/26/smorgasbord-invitation-2017-review-the-top-health-post-candida-and-the-link-to-milk-allergy-lactose-intolerance-and-leaky-gut/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/12/27/new-series-of-william-price-king-meets-some-legends-barbra-streisand-the-early-years/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/12/27/smorgasbord-review-2017-cook-from-scratch-with-sally-and-carol-taylor-dont-forget-to-eat-your-purples-the-aubergine/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/12/28/smorgasbord-posts-from-your-archives-artists-and-old-age-by-d-wallace-peach/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/12/28/smorgasbord-invitation-review-2017-top-personal-post-2017-behind-the-scenes-of-just-an-odd-job-girl/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/12/28/smorgasbord-christmas-posts-from-your-archives-nice-christmas-by-pete-johnson/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/12/29/smorgasbord-review-2017-sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-new-author-on-the-shelves-ruby-slips-and-poker-chips-by-heather-kindt-wordweavercontest-winner/

Christmas Archives

My thanks to everyone who contributed to the festive posts with those from their own archives.. It was a wonderful series from my perspective..I enjoyed reading these guest posts very much.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/12/25/smorgasbord-posts-from-your-archives-a-christmas-image-and-poem-from-bette-a-stevens/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/12/25/smorgasbord-christmas-posts-from-your-archives-happy-christmas-from-bob-dylan-charles-dickens-judy-garland-immortal-jukebox-by-thom-hickey/

Funny-Christmas-Cartoons

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/12/25/smorgasbord-christmas-posts-from-your-archives-more-festive-funnies-from-the-story-reading-ape/

bathlift_lrg

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/12/26/smorgasbord-christmas-posts-from-your-archives-boxing-day-funnies-the-story-reading-ape/

winter-fairy-in-snow-dsc00059-1200px-wide

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/12/27/smorgasbord-christmas-posts-from-my-archives-dormant-beneath-snow-haiku/

The Leftovers

I opened the fridge this morning
To check on the state of the world,
I hoped to see that the turkey,
Was not all shrivelled and curled.

It peaked from its packet of foil,
Still juicy and raring to go
I shredded it into some sauce
With some shrooms and onions for show.

To read more…….

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/12/28/smorgasbord-christmas-posts-from-my-archives-the-leftovers-by-sally-cronin/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/12/29/smorgasbord-review-2017-humour-under-the-influence-with-a-few-cats-thrown-in/

New Series for 2018

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/12/27/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-new-on-the-shelves-update-free-book-promotion/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/12/30/new-series-smorgasbord-saturday-meet-and-greet-a-chance-to-promote-your-blog-at-a-friendly-watering-hole/

Personal Stuff

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/12/31/smorgasbord-happy-new-year-soar-like-and-eagle-image-tofino-photography-haiku-sally-cronin/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/12/31/smorgasbord-short-stories-whats-in-a-name-volume-two-kenneth-by-sally-cronin/

Some promotional posts for new series tomorrow and then back to normal on Tuesday.

Thank you very much for dropping in today and wishing you an amazing New Year’s Eve and a happy, healthy, fun and love filled 2018.

 

Smorgasbord – Sally’s Book Reviews – Circumstances of Childhood by John W. Howell.


I am catching up with my reviews from before Christmas and the first is for Circumstances of Childhood by John. W. Howell. This is the fourth book of John’s that I have read and reviewed and a departure from the mystery thrilller series about John Cannon.

About Circumstances of Childhood.

When a former pro football star and broadcaster, now a Wall Street maven is accused of insider trading, will he be able to prove his innocence and expose those who are guilty?

Greg and his boyhood pal dreamed of big success in professional football and then later in business. Greg was the only one to live the dream. Now the founder of an investment fund Greg is faced with a routine audit finding by the SEC. The audit points to irregularities and all the tracks lead to Greg. The justice department hits him with an indictment of 23 counts of fraud, money laundering, and insider trading. His firm goes bust, and Greg is on his own.

His best friend knows he is innocent but has been ordered under penalty of eternal damnation not to help.

If you enjoy stories of riches to rags, redemption, brotherly love, and a little of the paranormal, Circumstance of Childhood will keep you riveted.

My review for Circumstances of Childhood.

For me Circumstances of Childhood was a story in  three phases that are brought together with the common thread of a lifelong friendship that transcends time and space.

Greg Petros and his friend Keith have known each other since they were four years old, and whilst Greg struggled with personal tragedy, Keith was always there by his side. Eventually, Greg moves in with Keith’s family and they truly become brothers in name.

This brotherhood extends to the football pitch where the two design plays that outfox the defence and propel them both into the top college team. I am not even going to pretend to understand the plays, but even I can admire the sleight of hand and ball that made them a winning team.

However their paths deviate in their late teens, and eventually Greg becomes a highly regarded player, amassing a fortune. This leads to a successful broadcast career and then to a stable and well regarded financial enterprise. Unfortunately, with every success there is a risk that someone will make an effort to bring you down. Despite creating some solid plays that are a reflection of those on the football field, Greg finds himself in a very difficult situation as his financial empire begins to implode.

In the third phase of the story, Keith and Greg are reunited and work together to find out the reasons and the culprits behind the financial disaster. It is clear that their friendship is as strong as ever, and joined by Greg’s daughter Constance the mystery is unravelled. This attracts danger and violence to their doorstep that brings the story to a close with a thrilling encounter.

This book is a departure from John Howell’s previous books and the focus is definitely on the power of friendship and love. The paranormal elements are dealt with gently so that you have no problem in believing in their inclusion in the story. I would recommend to anyone who enjoys a combination of American Football, High Finance and justice served.

Read the reviews and buy the book: https://www.amazon.com/Circumstances-Childhood-John-W-Howell-ebook/dp/B075SKWHCR

And on Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Circumstances-Childhood-John-W-Howell-ebook/dp/B075SKWHCR/

Also by John W. Howell.

Buy all of the John Cannon Series and find our more about John W. Howell: https://www.amazon.com/John-W.-Howell/e/B00HMRWO6C

and on Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/John-W.-Howell/e/B00HMRWO6C

Read more reviews and follow John on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7751796.John_W_Howell

Connect to John via his website: http://www.johnhowell.com

Thank you very much for dropping in today and I would be grateful if you could share the post.. Thanks Sally

 

Smorgasbord Christmas Round Up – Songs, Stories, Poems, Books Galore and pets doing festive thangs……….


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Doesn’t time fly when you are having fun. Cannot believe how fast this year has gone but I only have to look back over the year’s posts, and particularly the contributions from so many to the blog, to appreciate the amount of effort and time so many of you have given to making my life amazing.

Today a look back at this week’s posts that you might have missed and also an update on the next week.

I am going to be in and out of the blog as I settle in to getting my next book up and running. However, I will be doing a review of 2017 with the top viewed posts under the various categories.. There will also be posts on the new promotions for authors and bloggers in the coming year, and some updated versions of existing ones.

Recently I posted about the new format for the blog, moving more towards a magazine style. I am delighted that we have some confirmed columnists who will focus on specific aspects of lifestyle and health.

William Price King will be our music columnist with not only more artists to showcase with their backgrounds and hits, but also posts on various aspects of music that will enhance our listening pleasure.

This week William shares some more of his favourite Christmas music with Natalie Cole singing Jingle Bells.

Paul Andruss will continue to contribute one of his unique and always fascinating posts each month, but he will also be sharing his gardening expertise in a monthly column.

This week Paul had written about the connections between Camelot, King Arthur and John F. Kennedy.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/12/22/smorgasbord-reblog-writer-in-residence-camelot-by-paul-andruss-jfk/

Carol Taylor will be our food columnist and will be sharing foods exotic and more everyday and include her wonderful recipes.

This week the ingredient in question had to be turkey of course.. and apart from the health benefits.. advice on how to buy, thaw and cook.. with delicious recipes for every part of the bird from Carol.

I will let you know about the other columns in due course and there will be some magazine favourites.. Including a monthly horoscope provided by a rather reclusive but talented astrologer.

Anyway time to get on with the show…..

My personal reviews and book recommendations from 2017

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/12/20/sally-cronins-book-reviews-2017-my-recommendations-for-christmas-mary-smith-judith-barrow-cynthia-reyes-kristina-stanley-and-jack-eason/

 

 

 

 

 

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/12/21/sally-cronins-book-reviews-2017-recommendations-for-christmas-d-g-kaye-john-w-howell-tony-riches-and-terry-tyler/

Christmas New Author on the Shelves

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/12/18/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-new-author-for-christmas-the-storyteller-speaks-by-annika-perry/

Christmas Book Fair specials

A selection of my books….

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/12/21/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-christmas-book-fair-extra-i-nearly-forgot-to-promote-my-own-books/

A selection of Children’s and YA books in the Cafe and Bookstore.

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https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/12/22/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-christmas-book-fair-childrens-and-ya-books-special/

Christmas Book Fair

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/12/18/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-christmas-book-fair-cynthia-reyes-christy-birmingham-terry-tyler-sue-coletta-and-deborah-jay/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/12/19/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-christmas-book-fair-yvonne-payne-linda-bethea-sacha-de-black-deborah-bowman/

Thom Hickey continues with the Christmas Cornucopia of Art, Music and Poetry

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/12/18/smorgasbord-christmas-posts-from-your-archives-christmas-cornucopia-louis-armstrong-kay-starr-day-five-by-thom-hickey/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/12/19/smorgasbord-christmas-posts-from-your-archives-christmas-cornucopia-day-six-christina-rossetti-gothic-voices-by-thom-hickey/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/12/20/smorgasbord-christmas-posts-from-your-archives-christmas-cornucopia-day-seven-tintoretto-janet-baker-by-thom-hickey/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/12/21/smorgasbord-christmas-posts-from-your-archives-christmas-cornucopia-patrick-kavanagh-the-chieftains-day-eight-by-thom-hickey/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/12/22/smorgasbord-christmas-posts-from-your-archive-christmas-cornucopia-day-nine-rubens-chopin-by-thom-hickey/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/12/23/smorgasbord-christmas-posts-from-your-archives-christmas-cornucopia-day-ten-rublev-fats-waller-by-thom-hickey/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/12/24/smorgasbord-posts-from-your-archives-christmas-cornucopia-eleventh-day-emmylou-harris-lawrence-sail-by-thom-hickey/

There will be a special The Immortal Christmas Day post tomorrow at the same time. 

Five Part Christmas Story – The Snowman by Gordon Le Pard

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/12/18/smorgasbord-christmas-posts-from-your-archives-the-snowman-a-story-for-christmas-part-one-by-gordon-le-pard/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/12/19/smorgasbord-christmas-posts-from-your-archives-the-snowman-part-two-by-gordon-le-pard/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/12/20/smorgasbord-christmas-posts-from-your-archives-the-snowman-part-three-by-gordon-le-pard/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/12/21/smorgasbord-christmas-posts-from-your-archives-the-snowman-by-gordon-le-pard-part-four/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/12/22/smorgasbord-christmas-posts-from-your-archives-the-snowman-the-finale-by-gordon-le-pard/

Christmas Posts from Your Archives

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/12/18/smorgasbord-posts-from-your-archives-more-christmas-at-the-house-of-1000-santas-by-marcia-meara/

 

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/12/19/smorgasbord-posts-from-your-archives-my-welsh-christmases-by-joy-lennick/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/12/19/smorgasbord-christmas-posts-from-your-archives-the-magic-of-gifts-by-balroop-singh/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/12/20/smorgasbord-christmas-posts-from-your-archives-youre-fired-a-christmas-fable-by-frank-parker/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/12/21/smorgasbord-christmas-posts-from-your-archives-poetry-as-snow-falls-by-pamela-s-wight/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/12/23/smorgasbord-christmas-posts-from-your-archives-the-christmas-story-in-scripture-and-songby-bette-a-stevens/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/12/23/smorgasbord-christmas-posts-from-your-archives-the-little-match-girl-by-karen-dowdall-2/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/12/23/smorgasbord-christmas-posts-from-your-archives-how-to-be-one-of-santas-elves-by-lillian-csernica/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/12/24/smorgasbord-christmas-posts-from-your-archives-christmas-greetings-and-music-from-john-howell/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/12/24/smorgasbord-christmas-posts-from-your-archives-twas-the-night-before-christmas-with-presents-to-wrap-by-judy-e-martin/

Humour

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/12/21/smorgasbord-christmas-posts-from-your-archives-the-morning-after-the-zoos-christmas-party-photographed-by-the-story-reading-ape/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/12/20/smorgasbord-afternoon-video-looking-for-entertainment-for-christmas-party/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/12/19/smorgasbord-christmas-posts-from-my-archives-opening-the-presents-canine-style/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/12/22/smorgasbord-christmas-party-laughter-the-best-medicine/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/12/23/smorgasbord-christmas-laughter-academy-time-to-get-the-party-started/

Some personal stuff

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All that is left to say is Happy Christmas, Merry Christmas, Feliz Navidad, Joyeux Noel, Buon Natale, Sona Nollag and Geseënde Kersfees

Best wishes for a fun, laughter and love filled holidays.