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/

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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/

 

 

 

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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.

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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/

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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/

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

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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.

 

 

 

 

Smorgasbord Blog Magazine – Sally’s Book Reviews – Words We Carry by D.G.Kaye


This week I have been reading The Words We Carry by D.G. Kaye and would like to share my thoughts with you on the book.

About Words We Carry

“I have been a great critic of myself for most of my life, and I was darned good at it, deflating my own ego without the help of anyone else.”

What do our shopping habits, high-heeled shoes, and big hair have to do with how we perceive ourselves? Do the slights we endured when we were young affect how we choose our relationships now?

D.G. takes us on a journey, unlocking the hurts of the past by identifying situations that hindered her own self-esteem. Her anecdotes and confessions demonstrate how the hurtful events in our lives linger and set the tone for how we value our own self-worth.
Words We Carry is a raw, personal accounting of how the author overcame the demons of low self-esteem with the determination to learn to love herself.

My review for Words We Carry.

Words We Carry is packed with the accumulated knowledge, wisdom, survival tips and strategies from someone who went through difficult and unhappy childhood and teen years.

I think it is fair to say that most of us are less than confident about our body shape, and that is particularly tough when you can no longer use the excuse of puppy fat, and your friends are heading out in slinky black dresses and high-heeled shoes.

Unfortunately, not all mothers are born with the nurturing gene and as soon as you become competition, there is an opportunity to reinforce your lack of self-esteem with carefully chosen and cutting words.  I would like to think that the experiences that D.G. Kaye describes were rare, but I am afraid that after counselling women on their health and weight for twenty years, the story is very familiar.

Those harmful words from those who are supposed to love us, are the ones we carry throughout our lifetime, unless we can find a way to dilute their power and replace them with affirmations of a much more positive nature.

D.G. Kaye describes her strategies to claim her own identity, build her self-esteem and evolve from the ugly duckling that she had been made to feel she was, into a swan. This involved a makeover in a number of departments, including wearing high heels at all times and over every terrain, and standing out from the crowd with her now signature titian hair colour. She also developed a healthy, outgoing personality and independence that led her to discover groups of people who accepted and embraced her as a friend.

In the second section of the book Kaye looks at the impact this early negative conditioning had on her relationships, including romances with older men whose different approach to dating and expectations provided a more secure environment. Unfortunately, having entered one serious and long-term relationship, echoes of the verbal abuse that she received as a child and teenager, threatened to undo all the hard work that she had accomplished. Thankfully she went on to find happiness and empowerment with someone who appreciates all that she has become.

Kaye looks at issues such as the difference between Alone vs. Lonely, Negativity and Self-Worth, Forming Healthier Relationships, and importantly Exposing our Personality Through the Internet. All the chapters provide commonsense strategies to overcome a lack of self-confidence, and I do think that women and men in their 50s and 60s, will definitely be able to draw parallels to Kaye’s own experiences.

Whilst I recommend this memoir/self-help book to men and women of my age, I also think that it should be read by all mothers whose daughters are heading into their teens and beyond. It might just remind them of how fragile their child is when about to face the outside world, and that there are enough external challenges to be overcome, without encountering them in the place they should feel safe.

It is also a book for young women who are struggling with weight issues and those who feel that they are not as attractive as their friends, or who feel that they are somehow going through something never experienced before.

There is no reason to reinvent the wheel. By reading this they might take strength in knowing that this is an age old problem, and that they can change the narrative and write their own story.

Read all the reviews and buy the book: https://www.amazon.com/Words-We-Carry-Obsession-Self-Esteem-ebook/dp/B00OQJGE42

and Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Words-We-Carry-Obsession-Self-Esteem-ebook/dp/B00OQJGE42

Also by D.G. Kaye

Read the reviews and buy all of D.G. Kaye’s Books: http://www.amazon.com/author/dgkaye7

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

Read more reviews and follow Debby on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7390618.D_G_Kaye

Connect to D.G. Kaye through her website.https://www.dgkayewriter.com

Thank you for dropping in today and I hope you will head over to Amazon and read the reviews and buy the books. Thanks Sally

 

Smorgasbord Blog Magazine -Sally’s Book Reviews – Myrtle the Purple Turtle by Cynthia Reyes, Illustrated by Jo Robinson


My review today is for the beautifully written and illustrated children’s book Myrtle the Purple Turtle by Cynthia Reyes and illustrated by Jo Robinson.

About Myrtle the Purple Turtle

Myrtle is a lovely Turtle. Not an ordinary Turtle. She is Purple and different from other turtles. After being bullied by another turtle, Myrtle tries to become someone else. In the end, Myrtle and her friends help children learn to not be afraid of being different. Myrtle the Purple Turtle is a thoroughly engaging story that stresses the importance of self-acceptance and friendship.

My review for Myrtle the PurpleTurtle

Beautifully illustrated children’s book with a lesson for us all.

This is a beautifully written and illustrated children’s book, that gently encourages the young to accept that being different should be celebrated. Whether it is the colour of a person’s skin, accent, cultural background, religion or disability, they should never feel excluded and forced to change to fit in. Adapting is a different thing altogether and that comes when two people or groups respect each other’s differences, learn from them and adopt some elements in common. Cynthia Reyes expresses that effectively with the words in this book, complimented perfectly with wonderful illustrations of Myrtle and those she meets along the way by Jo Robinson. I also believe that parents or any adults reading this to a child, will also take on board how important it is for young children to grasp this concept as they enter this multi-cultural world we live in.

Read all the reviews and buy the book: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B075ZGB235

and on Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Myrtle-Purple-Turtle-Cynthia-Reyes/dp/0620773421

Also by Cynthia Reyes

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Read the reviews for both books and BUY: https://www.amazon.com/Cynthia-Reyes/e/B00F1HTQQ6

And Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Cynthia-Reyes/e/B00F1HTQQ6

Read more reviews and follow Cynthia on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7072186.Cynthia_Reyes

61etre3zbbl-_ux250_Connect to Cynthia Reyes via her blog: https://cynthiasreyes.com/

Illustrations by Jo Robinson

Jo Robinson currently resides in her homeland, South Africa, after having lived in rural Zimbabwe for many years. Her obsessive affection for the African continent, most humans, and all creatures feathered and furred are what inspire her writing. Her stories are mostly about people, and the sometimes dark twists that life takes. She also writes science fiction/fantasy, humour, and horror, not being one to restrict herself.

Find out more about Jo’s author services: https://africolonialstories.wordpress.com/indie-author-services/

Apart from offering a range of author services, Jo is a talented writer of several books.

Read the reviews and buy the books: https://www.amazon.com/Jo-Robinson/e/B009JB6IAW

and Amazon US: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Jo-Robinson/e/B009JB6IAW/

Read more reviews and follow Jo on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6979970.Jo_Robinson

I think that Myrtle the Turtle would make a wonderful Christmas gift and I hope you will head over and read the other reviews and buy.

 

I am very happy to promote your books here on Smorgasbord in various ways. I am afraid that I cannot commit to reviewing books due to time constraints but please take a look at what I can do for you.

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Smorgasbord Blog Magazine – Sally’s Book Reviews – A Hundred Tiny Threads by Judith Barrow


I have decided that now I have my new reading chair and I am spending time every day for an hour reading in it….. I would start doing my own reviews separate to the Cafe and Bookstore updates.

My first review is for A Hundred Tiny Threads by Judith Barrow which is the fourth book of hers that I have read and enjoyed.

About A Hundred Tiny Threads

It’s 1911 and Winifred Duffy is a determined young woman eager for new experiences, for a life beyond the grocer’s shop counter ruled over by her domineering mother.

The scars of Bill Howarth’s troubled childhood linger. The only light in his life comes from a chance encounter with Winifred, the girl he determines to make his wife.

Meeting her friend Honora’s silver-tongued brother turns Winifred’s heart upside down. But Honora and Conal disappear, after a suffrage rally turns into a riot, and abandoned Winifred has nowhere to turn but home.

The Great War intervenes, sending Bill abroad to be hardened in a furnace of carnage and loss. When he returns his dream is still of Winifred and the life they might have had… Back in Lancashire, worn down by work and the barbed comments of narrow-minded townsfolk, Winifred faces difficult choices in love and life.

My review for A Hundred Tiny Threads.

Highly recommended – A brilliant prequel to the Howarth family saga.  Five Stars.

I read and reviewed the three books in the Howarth Family Saga series and was delighted to discover that Judith Barrow was going to release a prequel to the series. We meet Winifred Duffy and Bill Howarth well into middle-age in the trilogy, and it is wonderful to find out how they began life, and the experiences that formed their characters.

Winifred Duffy finds it difficult to bond with her rigidly unloving mother despite the best efforts of her father. Their grocery shop is a focal point in the street and being under the watchful eye of the neighbours makes their strained relationship worse. It is a time when the Suffragette movement is gathering pace, and much against her mother’s wishes, Winifred becomes involved. Her new friends are vibrant and colourful. They are completely different to anyone that she has known before and they draw her into a dangerous liaison. Winifred has to develop the strength to overcome the consequences of these relationships if she is to continue to live within the narrow minded community around her.

Bill Howarth is a young man whose early life and time in the mines has marred him, leaving scars that make him unpredictable and angry. But Winifred catches his eye and ignites a love that is both powerful and destructive. Bill enlists to fight in the First World War and his experiences of the horror drives any compassion he might have had, deeper beneath his anger. This is reinforced with his service as part of the Black and Tans regiment in Ireland leaving him with few options if he is to find redemption.

Judith Barrow has created two very different characters that cross paths on a number of occasions, sometimes without being aware of each other’s existence. It is very difficult to like Bill Howarth, and it takes a skilled writer to instil some compassion and understanding for the young man he becomes. Winifred is much easier to admire, as she faces and overcomes some life-changing events, and comes to terms with secrets from the past.

The pace of the story is excellent, with several other wonderfully drawn characters such as Honara and her brother Conal, and the completely unlikeable Ethel Duffy. The history of the suffragette movement and the Irish conflict are very well portrayed, forming a compelling backdrop to the story of two young people being drawn into events, often beyond their control.

I recommend that if you have not already read the three books in the trilogy, that you begin with A Hundred Tiny Threads. This will offer you a wonderful introduction to the Howarth family that you will next meet during the Second World War. Also, having become familiar with the locations in this prequel, you will feel immediately at home when you encounter them in the first of the books, Pattern of Shadows.

Head over read the reviews and buy the book: https://www.amazon.com/100-Tiny-Threads-Judith-Barrow-ebook/dp/B073W1LTSR

and at Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/100-Tiny-Threads-Judith-Barrow-ebook/dp/B073W1LTSR

Also by Judith Barrow

Read all the reviews and buy the books: https://www.amazon.com/Judith-Barrow/e/B0043RZJV6

and Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Judith-Barrow/e/B0043RZJV6

Read more reviews and follow Judith on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/3295663.Judith_Barrow

Connect to Judith via her blog: judithbarrowblog.com/

I hope that you will head over and explore Judith’s books .. thanks for dropping in .

I am very happy to promote your books here on Smorgasbord in various ways. I am afraid that I cannot commit to reviewing books due to time constraints but please take a look at what I can do for you.

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