Smorgasbord Blog Magazine – Weekly Round Up – Book Launch, Birch Maidens, Sausages and Spies by the Sea..


Welcome to the weekly round up and for me it has been an exciting week with the launch of my latest book. And also from a renovation perspective…the weather stayed dry enough for David to paint the outside wall of our garden facing the road. The lawn goes down this week and work will begin on the back patio… it has been two and a half years, so you can see why this is a watershed moment.

I know we are only just into October but I have been making plans for the Christmas promotions starting November 12th.. Primarily to make sure that every author in the Cafe and Bookstore is included, and to that end if you are not in the Cafe and Bookstore yet… here is a post to get you started.  Also if you are in the Cafe already, please let me know if you have a book out in the next few weeks so I can set up your New on the Shelves promotion.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/10/05/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-free-book-promotion-have-you-a-new-book-available-before-christmas/

As always I am very grateful for the amazing contributions of talented writers who spend time and a great deal of effort to put together posts for us.

Paul Andruss is on a sabbatical at the moment so I am sharing some of his earlier posts from 2017 for you to enjoy. The Birch Maiden is a wonderful legend, and in this post she is brought alive by the illustration by Donata Zawadzka who is the illustrator for my latest book.

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https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/10/05/smorgasbord-blog-magazine-rewind-writer-in-residence-the-birch-maiden-by-paul-andruss/

Last week Carol Taylor identified some of the unexpected ingredients to be found in some brands off hotdogs. So that you don’t go off the delights of sausages totally, this week she gives us the recipe and spices to make our own.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/10/03/smorgasbord-blog-magazine-the-food-and-cookery-column-with-carol-taylor-homemade-sausages-and-spice-mixes/

Delighted that Jessica Norrie is back with us after the summer break with a post on novels from 1903 to the present day, which feature spies and criminals in a coastal setting. Some classics from authors such as Agatha Christie, Erskine Childers, Graham Greene and in a modern vein…Ian McQuire.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/10/06/smorgasbord-blog-magazine-the-literary-column-with-jessica-norrie-coasting-with-spies-and-criminals-1903-2018/

Linda Bethea shares the last of her Mixed Nuts family stories… and the good news is that we will see Linda here on a more regular basis as a guest writer.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/10/01/smorgasbord-posts-from-your-archives-mixed-nuts-part-3-by-linda-bethea/

Esme gave us her predictions for the coming month….

Hi everyone and I hope you are looking forward to the month ahead. One of the main events, is that Venus is retrograde from this week until mid-November. People assume this means that love is going to fly out of the window… but in fact, what it does, is highlight areas of your relationships that could use some TLC.

October for me is an interesting month, in that I find it a ‘buffer’ month, between late summer, early autumn and winter in the Northern Hemisphere and spring and early summer for the heat of high Summer in the Southern Hemisphere.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/10/01/smorgasbord-blog-magazine-esmes-predictions-for-october-2018/

This week – what I was up to in 1985, music from Foreigner... and a request from Darlene Foster. This week 1986 and more requests.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/10/02/smorgasbord-blog-magazine-the-music-column-the-charts-1985-and-darlene-fosters-request/

A highlight for me….

This week was very special for me and my latest book was launched with some beautiful illustrations from Donata Zawadzka. I am very grateful to everyone for liking, reblogging and sharing across their social media. It was amazing and I cannot tell you how delighted I am by the response. I was also thrilled to find my first review for the book and that was wonderful. My thanks to Paul Andruss for creating a gif with the new cover and a selection of my other books which I share with you here and it includes some of the illustrations.

And the book’s first review

Appreciative reader 4.0 out of 5 stars Escape from the real world 6 October 2018

Fairy Queen Filigree moves her court from the dry Spanish plains to the Emerald Isle, where she and her courtiers soon need warm tweed clothing and fortifying amber nectar. But romance is on the cards to warm things up too. If you want a gently paced read full of enchanting detail, soothe yourself in the author’s carefully imagined world of fairy feasts, storytellers and ever so slightly petulant princesses. Like going back to childhood… This isn’t my usual thing but made a welcome change from real life – and there are some beautiful illustrations too.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/10/03/booklaunch-tales-from-the-irish-garden-by-sally-cronin/

Other personal ‘stuff’

I responded to Colleen Chesebro’s Tuesday Poetry Challenge with a haiku.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/10/04/smorgasbord-poetry-haiku-colleen-chesebro-tuesday-poetry-challenge-rose-hips/

This weekend’s short stories from What’s in a Name – meet Jane and Jack.

Jane – The Surprise

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/10/06/smorgasbord-short-stories-whats-in-a-name-jane-the-surprise-by-sally-cronin/

Jack – A VIP Visitor

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/10/07/smorgasbord-short-stories-whats-in-a-name-jack-a-vip-visitor-by-sally-cronin/

I am catching up with my reviews on the books that I have read over the summer… slowly but surely

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/10/06/smorgasbord-book-reviews-psychological-thriller-lies-by-t-m-logan/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/10/07/smorgasbord-book-reviews-the-glowing-pigs-snort-stories-of-atonement-tennessee-by-teagan-riordain-geneviene/

Part two of my interview with author Leslie Tate… childhood memories of jungles and monkey poop…

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/10/03/smorgasbord-magazine-reblog-part-two-of-my-interview-with-leslie-tate/

New books on the shelves this week.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/10/03/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-new-book-on-the-shelves-pre-order-offer-son-of-the-serpent-fantasy-angels-series-by-vashti-quiroz-vega/

Cafe Update – Reviews and News.

 

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/10/01/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-author-update-reviews-colleen-chesebro-jacqui-murray-and-sacha-black/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/10/05/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-author-update-covers-and-reviews-shehanne-moore-janet-gogerty-and-c-s-boyack/

If you are a regular visitor you will know that I consider Vitamin D to be one of the most essential nutrients for our health. More and more research is identifying new health conditions that improve with an increase in Vitamin D through absorption of our skin (Sunshine Vitamin) or in diet in combination with supplementation.

This article appeared last week which would suggest that migraine sufferers could decrease the number of attacks by supplementing with the vitamin.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/10/02/smorgasbord-health-column-nutrient-in-the-news-vitamin-d-could-reduce-number-of-migraine-attacks/

Starting to appear in the headlines across the media is news that following last year’s high death rates from the flu, and the ineffectiveness of the 2017 vaccine, a new maxi-strain format is going to be available this year.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/10/04/smorgasbord-health-health-in-the-news-flu-season-vaccination-alert-new-mega-vaccine-available-in-uk-and-boost-your-immune-system/

Humour and afternoon Videos

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/10/02/smorgasbord-laughter-lines-a-few-funnies-and-a-joke-or-two-its-a-dogs-life/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/10/04/smorgasbord-laughter-lines-its-a-dogs-life-funnies-and-a-joke/

A selection of blog posts each day that I have read and enjoyed. Sorry not to mention all that I have visited but I hope I have shared most on social media.

Debby Gies, Leslie Tate, Carol Taylor and Teagan Geneviene

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/10/01/smorgasbord-blogger-daily-meet-the-reviewers-monday-october-1st-2018-d-g-kaye-reviews-leslie-tate-carol-taylor-exposes-hot-dogs-and-teagan-geneviene-illuminates-the-1920s/

The Story Reading Ape, Claire Fullerton, Christy Birmingham and Jennie Fitzkee

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/10/02/smorgasbord-blogger-daily-tuesday-october-2nd-2018-the-story-reading-ape-with-claire-fullerton-christy-birmingham-40shealth-and-jennie-fitzkee-reading-preschool/

Sue Vincent, D.G. Kaye and Annette Rochelle Aben

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/10/03/smorgasbord-blogger-daily-wednesday-october-3rd-2018-sue-vincent-d-g-kaye-and-annette-rochelle-aben/

Charles E. Yallowitz, John W.Howell, Teri Polen, Mae Clair and Beaton Mabaso.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/10/04/smorgasbord-blogger-daily-thursday-september-4th-2018-charles-e-yallowitz-with-john-w-howell-teri-polen-with-mae-clair-and-beaton-mabaso-on-websites/

Jenny in Neverland, Pamela Wight and Noelle Granger.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/10/05/smorgasbord-blogger-daily-meet-the-reviewers-friday-october-5th-2018-jenny-in-neverland-onlinefriends-pamela-wight-shortstory-and-n-a-granger-review/

Thank you again for dropping in and your ongoing support… it is much appreciated.. Sally.

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Smorgasbord Blog Magazine – #Book Review – The Contract by John W. Howell and Gwen Plano


I have recently read The Contract: Between Heaven and Earth by John W. Howell and Gwen Plano and here is my review.

About The Contract

The earth is threatened with a catastrophic political event which could result in international warfare and destroy all life on the planet. In heaven, a divine council decides that extraordinary measures are essential. They call for an intervention that involves two souls returning to earth. The chosen two sign a contract that they will work to avert the disaster.

Brad Channing, a Navy SEAL, and Sarah O’Brien, a teacher, become heaven’s representatives on earth. The story follows them as they individually and then together face overwhelming obstacles and eventually end up on a strategic Air Force base in California. It is there that they discover a conspiracy to assassinate the President of the United States. The terrorists have a plan for global dominance and they are determined to complete their mission. Although military leadership appears to have the President’s best interests at heart, it is not clear who can be trusted and who should be feared. The action is rough and tumble as Brad and Sarah try to figure out the culprits for the plot that will turn into a worldwide conflagration unless stopped.

If you enjoy thrillers, this is one with enough twists and adventure to keep you riveted and guessing. If you like your thriller along with a good romance, Brad and Sarah’s initial attraction and eventual love will sustain you as they live out their heavenly and earthly desires. A Great summer read.

My review for the book

The Contract is a fusion of fantasy, thriller and romance and is the debut novel of the new collaboration between John. W. Howell and Gwen Plano.

I have read all of John Howell’s books and enjoyed, so I was eager to find out how these two popular writers would rise to the challenge of collaborating.

The concept is intriguing, and the opening chapter sets out this well, with the introduction to two souls, who had little time on earth to enjoy their love of each other. They are tasked by the divine council with preventing a major catastrophe on earth that could threaten mankind, but it will mean that they will be separated and have no memory of their task. Their hosts are two people with the knowledge and skill set to overcome the threat, but they are thousands of miles apart and both in mortal danger.

The writers do a good job of bringing these two characters together; now infused with the souls who have been contracted to neutralise the upcoming disaster. Watched and abetted  by guardian angels, their relationship begins with subterfuge, but quickly becomes attraction, and then love strong enough to take them through to the end of their endeavour.

This love story runs parallel to the fast escalation of violence and intrigue that reveals hidden agendas and treason in high places. The story has a good pace and there is plenty of action to keep the thriller lovers engaged with a number of surprising twists and turns in the plot along the way.

The final confrontation is a fitting climax to the story, bringing together all the players and their roles in the conspiracy, in an action packed battle of good against evil.

I am sure that this writing duo will go from strength to strength following this creative and exciting debut.

Read the reviews and buy the book: https://www.amazon.com/Contract-between-heaven-earth/dp/0996911588/

And Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Contract-between-heaven-earth-ebook/dp/B07CZQ8WKH/

About the authors – John W. Howell

John began his writing as a full-time occupation after an extensive business career. His specialty is thriller fiction novels, but John also writes poetry and short stories. His first book, My GRL, introduces the exciting adventures of the book’s central character, John J. Cannon.

The second Cannon novel, His Revenge, continues the adventure, while the final book in the trilogy, Our Justice, launched in September 2016. John’s fourth book Circumstances of Childhood, launched in October of 2017 tells a thriller story of riches to rags, football, Wall Street, brotherly love, redemption, and inspiration with a touch of paranormal to keep you riveted. All books are available on Amazon in paperback and Kindle editions.

John lives in Port Aransas, Texas with his wife and their spoiled rescue pets.

You can find out more about John on his website: https://johnwhowell.com/

Books by John Howell


 Read the reviews and buy the books: 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

About Gwen Plano

Gwen M. Plano, aka Gwendolyn M. Plano, grew up in Southern California and spent most of her professional life in higher education. She taught and served as an administrator in colleges in Japan, New York, Connecticut, and California. Gwen’s academic background is in theology and counseling. Recently retired, she now lives in the Midwest with her husband and enjoys writing and travel.

Gwen’s first book is an acclaimed memoir, Letting Go into Perfect Love. Her second book, The Contract between heaven and earth, is a thriller fiction novel, co-authored by John W. Howell. It is available now for pre-order. Author Jan Sikes read the manuscript and wrote that “The Contract is the perfect blending between the physical and unseen world with unbreakable bonds between human and spirit.”

You can find out more about Gwen on her website: http://www.gwenplano.com/

Also by Gwen Plano

Read some of the reviews for the book: https://www.amazon.com/Letting-into-Perfect-Love-Extraordinary-ebook/dp/B00K7WYTW6/

And Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Letting-into-Perfect-Love-Extraordinary-ebook/dp/B00K7WYTW6/

Read more reviews and follow Gwen on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7341478.Gwendolyn_M_Plano

Thank you for dropping in today and I hope that you will read The Contract and enjoy.. Thanks Sally

Smorgasbord Blog Magazine – Weekly Round Up -Summer Jazz, Photoshop, Moreish Mince and Interviews, Music, Health and Humour


Welcome to this week’s round up of posts that you might have missed.

After almost five weeks there the day is partly cloudy and it is only temporary as we do not have rain forecast until 16th of July. I know we moan about the weather, but this is the first time in the years that I lived here previously and in the last two, that you can say with certainty that you are having a BBQ next week!

We are renowned for the amount of our rain here but in some parts of the country treated water for drinking has become a problem.. including in Dublin where it is tough to keep up with the demands of millions of hot and thirsty people.

You may not know this but in Ireland we are not charged for our water usage. They did bring in charges in 2015 and many homes had meters fitted, but in 2016 this was repealed and a new system of thresholds for usage were introduced. The first 213,000 litres per year are fee of charge per household, and an additional 25,000 litres per person, for homes with more than four residents.

Clearly there are business premises who will be paying for water, but as yet there is no definitive plan that I have heard, to pay for all the necessary renovations to the existing pipe work.  In the cities, such as Dublin this is Victorian and of course leaks like a sieve in places! This led to headlines last week of a possible shortfall in drinking water as the current equipment is unable to keep up with the demand.

We do however pay for waste water removal which of course requires treatment before disposing of.

Thankfully, despite the fact that we have been basking in sunshine and high temperatures, as sure as there are Leprechauns, there will be rain again soon and everything will be back to normal.

Anyway I know many of you will be off now on holiday or taking breaks from your online life for a while.. have a great time and look forward to hearing about your adventures.

Anyway.. thank you for being here and I hope you enjoy browsing the posts from the week. As always my deepest thanks to my contributors who work so hard to bring you entertaining, informative and creative posts.

The Music Column with William Price King.

The first in a Summer Jazz series beginning with the incomparable Ms Roberta Flack. Part One the Early Years.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/06/26/smorgasbord-blog-magazine-the-music-column-summer-jazz-william-price-king-roberta-flack-part-one/

Writer in Residence, Paul Andruss with a Photoshop Tutorial for book covers and marketing material.

As a follow up to Paul’s post last week on how to engineer a book cover to maximise interest and therefore sales…he is kindly demonstrating how to accomplish this with photoshop.

http://www.paul-andruss.com/art-of-persuasion/

The Cookery and Food Column with Carol Taylor

This week Carol shares some great recipes to elevate this family favourite to spicy new levels.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/06/27/smorgasbord-blog-magazine-the-food-and-cookery-column-carol-taylor-cooks-with-mince/

Esme’s Party Piece – July Forecast by sign.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/07/01/smorgasbord-blog-magazine-esmes-party-piece-forecast-for-july-2018/

Getting to Know You Sunday Interview

My guest today probably needs little introduction to most of you who are regulars to the blog. Debby Gies…D.G. Kaye is a very popular blogger and non-fiction author who generously supports us all across social media.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/07/01/smorgasbord-blog-magazine-getting-to-know-you-interview-with-d-g-kaye/

Posts from Your Archives – Sanctuary in Saint-Céneri-le-Gérei #Normandy by Sherri Matthews

A fabulous tour around the idyllic village of Saint Ceneri Le Gerei in Normandy with Sherri Matthews.

St-Ceneri-le-Gerei (77) Edited

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/06/28/smorgasbord-posts-from-your-archives-travel-sanctuary-in-saint-ceneri-le-gerei-normandy-by-sherri-matthews/

Sally’s Personal Stuff.

This week I was very honoured to be interviewed by two very lovely writers – the first is Joy Lennick who invited me over on Monday.  Please pop over.

https://joylennick.wordpress.com/2018/06/25/an-interview-with-author-sally-cronin/

And later in the week I was interviewed by Esme  over on Esme Salon… I hope you will head over and find out more of my secrets…

https://esmesalon.com/interview-with-sally-cronin-from-smorgasbord-variety-is-the-spice-of-life/

Letters from America – Hawaii part one.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/06/28/smorgasbord-letters-from-america-1985-1987-hawaii-bound-part-one-inflight-entertainment-and-mai-tais/

Odd Jobs and Characters – My employment history that provided me with an endless list of characters..

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/06/29/smorgasbord-odd-jobs-and-characters-wales-the-sheep-farm-indignant-rams-and-black-sheep-by-sally-cronin/

Sally’s Drive Time Play list.. Music to get the weekend started. 1976

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/06/29/sallys-drive-time-playlist-music-to-get-the-weekend-started-1975-abba-and-paul-simon/

Sally’s Book Reviews – Mourning Dove by Claire Fullerton.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/06/30/smorgasbord-blog-magazine-sallys-book-reviews-mourning-dove-by-claire-fullerton/

Sam, A Shaggy Dog Story

Chapter Five – Henry’s New Family

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/06/30/sam-a-shaggy-dog-story-chapter-five-henrys-new-family-by-sally-cronin/

Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore Summer Sale

I notice that the summer can be a little flat for some of us on the book selling front and that many of you will be putting our books on offer at a reduced price for a week at a time or longer.

What I am proposing is that authors in the bookstore who are planning on doing an offer this summer, schedule it between 9th and 20th July to cover four of the Cafe Updates. Discounted books will be linked directly to Amazon to purchase.

Monday 9th July, Friday 13th, Monday 16th,  Friday 20th July

I currently have  4 slots available on Monday 16th of February and 2 for 20th.

Check out the details: https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/06/27/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-summer-sale-july-9th-july-20th-what-do-you-think/

Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore – New on the Shelves

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/06/26/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-new-on-the-shelvesfairies-myths-and-magic-a-summer-celebration-by-colleen-m-chesebro/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/06/27/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-new-on-the-shelves-pedal-sometimes-a-bicycle-is-built-for-two-by-linda-bradley/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/06/30/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-new-on-the-shelves-soul-swallowers-the-shattered-sea-book-1by-d-wallace-peach/

Author Update #reviews

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/06/25/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-author-update-reviews-teagan-riordain-geneviene-sandra-j-jackson-and-helen-jones/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/06/29/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-author-update-reviews-news-colleen-chesebro-lucinda-e-clarke-and-deanie-humphrys-dunne/

New Series of The Blogger Daily – Monday to Thursday.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/06/25/smorgasbord-blogger-daily-monday-june-25th-2018-linda-bethea-tess-karlinski-becky-from-baker-with-a-hammer-and-james-j-cudney/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/06/26/smorgasbord-blogger-daily-tuesday-26th-june-2018-ritu-bhathal-janice-spina-and-jennie-fitzkee/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/06/27/smorgasbord-blogger-daily-wednesday-june-27th-2018-robbie-cheadle-terri-webster-schrandt-and-paddy-cummins/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/06/28/smorgasbord-blogger-daily-norah-colvin-sue-vincent-and-john-rieber/

Smorgasbord Health Column

Nutrients the body needs – Calcium the most abundant mineral in the body.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/06/25/smorgasbord-health-column-nutrients-the-body-needs-calcium-the-most-abundant-mineral-in-the-body/

Last week my post was on the kidneys and how they function. I also looked at one of the most painful conditions… Kidney stones. Today I want to continue with the urinary tract as problems with kidney function have a direct impact on the health of this essential waste pathway out of the body.

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https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/06/25/smorgasbord-health-column-the-kidneys-and-urinary-tract-urinary-tract-infections-by-sally-cronin/

Health in the News – Natural influenza immunity, prostate cancer breakthrough and mangoes for gut health.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/06/26/smorgasbord-health-column-health-in-the-news-natural-influenza-immunity-prostate-cancer-breakthrough-mangoes-and-gut-health/

Some Summer chilled soups and salads with some alternative dressings and homemade mayonnaise.

avocado

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/06/28/smorgasbord-health-column-summer-eating-chilled-soups-salads-and-dressings/

Humour

A series of videos on how animals know how to have fun.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/06/25/smorgasbord-afternoon-video-animals-at-play-they-know-how-to-have-fun/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/06/26/smorgasbord-laughter-lines-dogs-vs-cats-diaries-and-annoyances/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/06/27/smorgasbord-afternoon-video-animals-at-play-collies-they-know-how-to-have-fun/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/06/28/smorgasbord-laughter-lines-strange-things-happen-in-bars-and-snippets/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/06/29/smorgasbord-afternoon-video-animals-at-play-tortoises-know-how-to-have-fun/

 

Smorgasbord Blog Magazine – Sally’s Book Reviews – Mourning Dove by Claire Fullerton


My review today is for Mourning Dove by Claire Fullerton, a family saga set in Memphis in the 1970s and 1980s, with a coming of age for a brother and sister dropped into the opulence and charm of Southern culture.

About the book

“An accurate and heart-wrenching picture of the sensibilities of the American South.” Kirkus Book Reviews

The heart has a home when it has an ally.

If Millie Crossan doesn’t know anything else, she knows this one truth simply because her brother Finley grew up beside her. Charismatic Finley, eighteen months her senior, becomes Millie’s guide when their mother Posey leaves their father and moves her children from Minnesota to Memphis shortly after Millie’s tenth birthday.

Memphis is a world foreign to Millie and Finley. This is the 1970s Memphis, the genteel world of their mother’s upbringing and vastly different from anything they’ve ever known. Here they are the outsiders. Here, they only have each other. And here, as the years fold over themselves, they mature in a manicured Southern culture where they learn firsthand that much of what glitters isn’t gold. Nuance, tradition, and Southern eccentrics flavor Millie and Finley’s world as they find their way to belonging.

But what hidden variables take their shared history to leave both brother and sister at such disparate ends?

My review for the book.

I am not sure that anyone who is not born into the opulent, and long cultivated upper echelons of Southern culture, would be able to slip into its charming, but strictly adhered to rules of engagement easily. Especially when you are on the cusp of your teen years and  brought up in the very different environment. As are Millie aged ten and her brother Finlay, who is eighteen months older.

“We had Minnesota accents, we were white as the driven snow, and we both had a painfully difficult time deciphering the Southern accent, which operates at lightening speed, and doesn’t feel the need for enunciation. Instead, it trips along the lines of implication.”

Posey comes from an affluent Southern family and was brought up in a sprawling stucco French Chateau which she left having met a charismatic and rich Yankee. Her marriage is over, and the wealth that she is accustomed to is gone; and she has little choice but to return to her family home in Memphis. She slips right back into society where she left off, as she takes over the running of the house, and with four years until an income will be available from her inherited trust fund, other means must be found.

The intricacies of the society that the two children find themselves inserted into, has little relation to the outside world. Steeped in tradition, long forged alliances, eccentricities and acceptable behaviour, stretching back through many generations. Little has changed, and that is the way it is orchestrated to remain. Clearly defined roles for males and females are perpetuated in the schooling that prepares the young to continue the status quo into the future, and non-conformity is frowned upon.  You will fit in or face exclusion.

This novel is about the relationship between a brother and sister and is written from Millie’s perspective, now 36 years old, as she revisits their childhood and teenage years. She is looking for answers and clues as to where her relationship with Finlay, which had been so solid and close, began to disconnect. Without a doubt for me one of elements that is crucial to this, is their mother, and Claire Fullerton has done a masterful job in creating her self-absorbed but somehow vulnerable character.

My mother did not walk into a room, she sashayed, borne from the swivel of her twenty-four inch waist. Her name was Posey, and although there was a lot more to her that she ever let on, to all appearances, the name suited her perfectly.

The story is not fast paced, flowing smoothly as it meanders through the lives of Posey, Millie and Finlay. You are drawn into their experiences, and you find yourself mentally bookmarking certain events and revelations, that explain how such a close bond became disconnected. I found myself engaging with the main characters early on, and I became emotionally attached to them all. Those of us with brothers and sisters can find parallels in our own relationships, especially those that might not be as close as they were when growing up.

Mourning Dove is elegantly written with a brilliantly descriptive language that has you immersed in this very exclusive and opulent society. I dare you not to read, and not come away with a distinctive drawl of lightening speed, without the need of enunciation!

Head over and buy the book in Kindle, print and audio: https://www.amazon.com/Mourning-Dove-Claire-Fullerton/dp/1946016527

and Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Mourning-Dove-Claire-Fullerton-ebook/dp/B07CP93RTQ

Also by Claire Fullerton

Buy the books and audio editions: https://www.amazon.com/Claire-Fullerton/e/B00HRJEUJ4

and Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Claire-Fullerton/e/B00HRJEUJ4

Read other reviews and follow Claire on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7388895.Claire_Fullerton

About Claire Fullerton

Claire Fullerton grew up in Memphis, TN and now lives in Malibu, CA. She is the author of contemporary fiction, “Dancing to an Irish Reel,” set in Connemara, Ireland, where she once lived. Dancing to an Irish Reel is a finalist in the 2016 Kindle Book Review Awards, and a 2016 Readers’ Favorite. Claire is the author of “A Portal in Time,” a paranormal mystery that unfolds in two time periods, set on California’s hauntingly beautiful Monterey Peninsula, in a village called Carmel-by-the-Sea. Both of Claire’s novels are published by Vinspire Publishing.

Her third novel, Mourning Dove, is a Southern family saga, published in June, 2018 by Firefly Southern Fiction. She is one of four contributors to the book, Southern Seasons, with her novella, Through an Autumn Window, to be published in November 2018 by Firefly Southern Fiction. Claire is represented by Julie Gwinn, of The Seymour Literary Agency.

Connect to Claire

Website: https://www.clairefullerton.com/
Blog: https://cffullerton.wordpress.com/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/cfullerton3
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/claire.fullerton.79

Smorgasbord Weekly Round Up – Aretha Franklin, Late Spring Bulbs, Corned Beef and Esme’s Party Piece.. and that’s just for starters…


Welcome to the weekly round up with the posts that you might have missed. I have been editing Tales from the Irish Garden and breaking that up with time in said garden, planting pots and (if I am honest) sitting in patches of sunlight reading! It is another lovely day here so will be doing the same, as around here one is not really sure if this is ‘summer’ and you need to make the most of it.

We have some major work coming up with contractors in to lay a lawn and add some new fencing. We have been in the house two years in June and these will be the last of the major renovations…really looking forward to having the garden in bloom again.

As usual the posts this week do not all originate from my keyboard, and a huge thank you to the contributors for their commitment to delivering fabulous posts.

William Price King finished his series on the legend, Aretha Franklin in style on Wednesday, with plenty of tracks to bring back memories and to dance to. There is a slight break this week but then from the 23rd, William will be sharing the story behind the talented singer and songwriter, Josh Groban.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/05/09/smorgasbord-blog-magazine-the-music-column-with-william-price-king-aretha-franklin-up-to-date/

Paul Andruss shared some stunning images of late Spring bulbs that brought some colour into our lives, especially those of us who have been waiting rather a long time for spring to even begin!  The gardening column is clearly popular and don’t forget that our resident expert is happy to answer your questions. Not just for those of us in the UK and Ireland but across the world.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/05/11/smorgasbord-blog-magazine-the-gardening-column-with-paul-andruss-light-up-your-life-with-brilliant-late-spring-bulbs/

Carol Taylor enticed us and informed us with her post this week on the glories of beef.. in a Strogranoff, Corned and in the fabulous Thai Salad Nam Doc Nua… again if you have questions about any of the recipes or any food or cookery queries then fire away.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/05/09/smorgasbord-blog-magazine-the-food-and-cookery-column-with-carol-taylor-recipes-beef-stroganoff-corned-beef-thai-beef-salad-nam-doc-nua/

Esme’s Party Piece… the health issues common to the specific zodiac signs and foods that are a good idea to include regularly.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/05/10/smorgasbord-blog-magazine-esmes-party-piece-health-and-foods-for-your-zodiac-sign/

The Getting to Know you Sunday Show.

My guest today is the generous, forthright and passionate advocate for civil liberties, The Militant Negro™. Not a day goes by when one or more of my posts are shared on his eclectic blog and I know that I am just one amongst many have reason to be grateful for his kindness. You will find the arts, poetry, fiction as well as down to earth and compelling documentation of the the many civil rights violations that are part of all our cultures.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/05/13/the-smorgasbord-sunday-interview-getting-to-know-you-the-militant-negro/

Sally’s Book Reviews

If you are a frequent visitor to the blog you will have seen D.G. Kaye… Debby Gies here many times as a contributor, commenter and supporter. It is no secret that we are friends. This however, does not influence my views on her books, and this applies to her most recent release. Twenty Years: After “I Do” : Reflections on Love and Changes Through Aging.

 

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/05/12/smorgasbord-blog-magazine-sallys-book-reviews-twenty-years-after-i-do-by-d-g-kaye/

Posts from Your Archives – Travel with D.G. Kaye – Debby Gies

Time for the third of Debby Gies, D.G. Kaye’s travel posts. I would love to be a fly on the wall when she is traveling. Apart from her usual finesse with the check-in and carry on bags, there is the matter of the toxic passengers and glares over protective masks.. You don’t mess with Debby that is for sure.. As to the bathroom facilities…..aghhhhhhhh.

D.G. Kaye Arizona

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/05/07/smorgasbord-posts-from-your-archivesflight-manifesto-with-d-g-kaye-debby-gies/

Personal Stuff – Letters from America

We were now into June of 1985 and getting the hang of things. We had met more people in the apartments and were planning our next trip later in the summer.  I also send photographs of our trip to Disney World to my parents.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/05/10/smorgasbord-letters-from-america-1985-1987-photos-from-disney-adventure-alone-in-america-new-arrival-by-sally-cronin/

Flights of Fancy – Short Story Collection

A woman is accused of murder.. and this is her response…..Getting Away with Murder

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/05/12/smorgasbord-short-stories-flights-of-fancy-getting-away-with-murder-by-sally-cronin/

A recently purchased cottage is waiting for one more member of the family to arrive to make it perfect – The Other Side of Heaven.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/05/13/smorgasbord-short-stories-flights-of-fancy-the-other-side-of-heaven-by-sally-cronin/

Get Caught Reading Month – Authors who have inspired me – Jean M. Auel – Earth Children Series.

These books did not just inspire me to continue writing, but to explore my own heritage, back 20,000 years to a woman’s bones in a cave in the southern France, northern Spain region.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/05/10/sally-cafe-and-bookstore-get-caught-reading-month-authors-who-have-inspired-me-jean-m-auel-clan-of-the-cave-bear/

Another background story to my characters and jobs in Just an Oldd Job Girl. Originally hosted by Diana Wallace Peach. This week the cosmetic department.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/05/11/smorgasbord-posts-from-my-archives-odd-jobs-and-characters-the-department-store-part-two-the-cosmetic-department/

Sally’s Drive Time Playlist – The requests from readers over the last few weeks.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/05/11/sallys-drive-time-playlist-music-to-get-the-weekend-started-requests-from-annette-rochelle-aben-n-a-granger-jan-sikes-judith-barrow-and-darlene-foster/

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

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/05/08/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-new-book-on-the-shelves-the-cruel-romance-a-novel-of-love-and-war-by-marina-osipova/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/05/13/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-new-book-on-the-shelvesguilt-my-companion-by-chuck-jackson/

Author Update – Recent Reviews.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/05/07/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-author-update-christine-campbell-karen-ingalls-olga-nunez-miret-bette-a-stevens-and-a-t-balsara/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/05/11/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-author-update-lyn-horner-sandra-j-jackson-mae-clair-and-lucinda-e-clarke/

Meet the Reviewers.. A celebration of those who take the time to review and support the books of authors.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/05/12/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-meet-the-book-reviewers-colleen-chesebro-with-d-wallace-peach-olga-nunez-miret-with-mallory-james-richard-blake-with-joan-ohagan-and-d-g-kaye-with-michael-wolff/

Health Column

The right balance of LDL – Low density lipoprotein (potentially unhealthy cholesterol) and HDL– High density lipoprotein (healthy cholesterol).

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/05/07/smorgasbord-health-column-cholesterol-parttwo-the-fats-and-the-myths-by-sally-cronin/

One of the most common contributory factors to heart disease is stress… finding the right balance in our lives and diet is essential to reduce the risk of acute stress becoming a permanent state.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/05/08/smorgasbord-health-column-heart-health-and-the-stress-connection/

The next vitamin in the Nutrients we Need series is Vitamin C which is involved in over 3000 processes in the body.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/05/08/smorgasbord-health-column-nutrients-that-we-need-vitamin-c-ascorbic-acid-involved-in-over-3000-processes-in-the-body/

The start of a new series of ancient healing therapies – this week Reflexology.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/05/09/smorgasbord-health-column-ancient-healing-therapies-reflexology/

Humour

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/05/07/smorgasbord-afternoon-video-the-ultimate-dog-talking-video/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/05/08/smorgasbord-laughter-lines-watch-what-you-say-and-do/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/05/09/smorgasbord-afternoon-video-your-dog-yoga-masterclass-sign-me-up/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/05/10/smorgasbord-laughter-lines-church-bake-sale-bachelor-parties-and-tick-warning/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/05/11/smorgasbord-afternoon-video-a-dog-wants-a-kitty/

Smorgasbord Blog Magazine – Sally’s Book Reviews – Twenty Years After ‘I Do’ by D.G. Kaye


If you are a frequent visitor to the blog you will have seen D.G. Kaye… Debby Gies here many times as a contributor, commenter and supporter. It is no secret that we are friends. This however, does not influence my views on her books, and this applies to her most recent release. Twenty Years: After “I Do” : Reflections on Love and Changes Through Aging.

 

About Twenty Years: After “I Do”.

May/December memoirs.

In this personal accounting, D.G. Kaye shares the insights and wisdom she has accrued through twenty years of keeping her marriage strong and thriving despite the everyday changes and challenges of aging. Kaye reveals how a little creative planning, acceptance, and unconditional love can create a bond no obstacle will break. Kaye’s stories are informative, inspiring, and a testament to love eclipsing all when two people understand, respect, and honor their vows. She adds that a daily sprinkling of laughter is a staple in nourishing a healthy marriage.

Twenty years began with a promise. As Kaye recounts what transpired within that time, she shows that true love has no limits, even when one spouse ages ahead of the other.

My review for Twenty Years After “I Do”

The emphasis on partnership is present throughout D.G. Kaye’s story of her 20 year marriage to Gordon. Whilst it is clear, that theirs was a wonderful love affair from the beginning, she does not flinch from describing the various aspects of their relationship in a very forthright and honest way.

Their relationship is a May/September love affair that was put to the test from very shortly after their marriage. Despite the nearly 20 years age difference, it was Kaye who suffered a near fatal medical emergency, which brought home the fact, it is not necessarily the older partner, who will be the first to suffer ill health.

The book does highlight that in a relationship where there is a significant age difference, issues arise that might not for a couple the same age. Having children for example, or the dynamics in a relationship after retirement  and natural aging; reversing the traditional roles, as one becomes more dependent on the other.

D.G. Kaye allows us an intimate view into her marriage, encouraging us to look at our own relationships, appreciate how they have triumphed over challenges over the years, and to celebrate the love that endures.

I certainly recommend the book for those who are about to embark on a relationship, whatever the age difference. In this modern day and age, when the pressures on couples and families are ever present, it is very useful to be offered the experience and guidance from someone who has successfully navigated their way through those same obstacles.

Read the other reviews and buy the book: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B077V386TL

and Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B077V386TL

Other books by D.G. Kaye

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Read all the reviews and buy the books: http://www.amazon.com/author/dgkaye7

and Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/D.G.-Kaye/e/B00HE028FO

More reviews and follow Debby on Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/dgkaye

About D.G. Kaye

Debby Gies is a Canadian nonfiction/memoir author who writes under the pen name of D.G. Kaye. She was born, raised, and resides in Toronto, Canada. Kaye writes about her life experiences, matters of the heart and women’s issues.

D.G. writes to inspire others. Her writing encompasses stories taken from events she encountered in her own life, and she shares the lessons taken from them. Her sunny outlook on life developed from learning to overcome challenges in her life, and finding the upside from those situations, while practicing gratitude for all the positives.

When Kaye isn’t writing intimate memoirs, she brings her natural sense of humor into her other works. She loves to laugh and self- medicate with a daily dose of humor.
I love to tell stories that have lessons in them, and hope to empower others by sharing my own experiences. I write raw and honest about my own experiences, hoping through my writing, that others can relate and find that there is always a choice to move from a negative space, and look for the positive.

Quotes:
“Live Laugh Love . . . And Don’t Forget to Breathe!”

                 “For every kindness, there should be kindness in return. Wouldn’t that just make the world right?”

When I’m not writing, I’m reading or quite possibly looking after some mundane thing in life. It’s also possible I may be on a secret getaway trip, as that is my passion—traveling.

Connect to Debby Gies

Blog: http://www.dgkayewriter.com
About me: http://www.wiseintro.co/dgkaye7
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/@pokercubster (yes there’s a story)
Linkedin: http://www.linkedin.com/in/dgkaye7
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/dgkaye
Google: http://www.google.com/+DebbyDGKayeGies
Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/dgkaye
Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/dgkaye7

Thank you for dropping in today and as always your feedback is gratefully received.. thanks Sally

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.

 

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