Smorgasbord Blogger Daily Thursday 14th November 2019 – #Review Noelle A. Granger, #Dawn Sue Vincent and #Tarot Jan Sikes


This series is an opportunity to showcase posts from around our community and the brilliant bloggers who share with us. It would be amazing if you would follow the links to the post I have highlighted and whilst visiting follow and support the blogger.

Even if you are not British there is a good chance that you have heard of the legendary Robin Hood.. and the first post is from author Noelle A. Granger who reviews a book on the subject of this English Outlaw by Richard Denham.

Robin Hood: English Outlaw (the origins of the legend and the search for a historical Robin Hood) by [Denham, Richard]

Richard Denham’s latest book, Robin Hood, English Outlaw, follows the investigative procedures he laid down in his previous publication, Arthur: Shadow of a God. Robin Hood is a later, but equally shadowy historical figure, based on medieval rhymes and gests (tales of adventures). Robin Hood’s existence was common knowledge by the 14th century, figuring in The Vision of Piers Plowman, Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales, and The Gest of Robyn Hode, lengthy at 14,000 words, all from around the same time.

I grew up with Robin Hood on TV and in the movies and love this character, so reading this historical research book was fun! The author begins with placing Robin in England in ‘the greenwood.’ Where was this greenwood? In the late 11th century, about fifteen percent of the country was covered in dense forest – so where did Robin live? The author gives us a romp through the various places he might have existed.

Please head over to read the post in full : Noelle Granger reviews Robin Hood by Richard Denham

Noelle A. Granger Books: Amazon US – Blog: Sayling Away – Goodreads: Noelle A. Granger

For those of you, who like me, hunker down into the duvet until way passed dawn….Sue Vincent graciously shares images of her early morning photo shoot… and beautiful it is too. I really must get out more and earlier!

dawn-dog-001Every morning, the first thing I do is open my bedroom curtains to take a glance at the day. I rise early, usually before dawn at this time of year. When clouds obscure the horizon, all I can see is the darkness and I do not know how the day will begin. The view is not particularly inspiring… a tiny, fenced lawn gives on to flat fields bounded by hedgerows and young thorn trees. And yet, my room looks east, and whatever the day may offer, in that first moment I greet the light; a new day is beginning and the seasons are moving, slowly but inexorably in an eternal dance.

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Head over and enjoy all the wonderful images and Sue’s commentary which is not to be missed either: Land of Living Light

Sue Vincent  Buy: Amazon UKBlog: S.C. VincentGoodreads: Sue Vincent

Please visit Amazon or Sue’s blog to view all her books and those written with Stuart France.

And finally today author Jan Sikes introduces us to another Tarot card as part of her weekly series. Find out how the Ten of Wands might impact you this week.

Welcome to another Tarot Tuesday!

If you are just joining me, let me explain the inspiration to begin these posts. In Texas, and all across the country, Taco Tuesday is a popular day when Tacos are usually 99 cents. So, I had the inspiration, or Angel nudge as I like to think of it, to create a Tarot Tuesday. Each Tuesday I will post a different Tarot card and give its meaning. I pray and ask for the right card that will bring a universal message.

I created a short video to demonstrate how I pull the card for the posts. If you’re interested, here’s a LINK.

I was hoping for a lighter card this week, but the cards can only tell us the truth. So today, I’ll talk about the Ten of Wands.

Head over to discover more: Tarot Tuesday – The Ten of Wands

Jan Sikes, Buy: Amazon US Website: Jan SikesGoodreads: Jan on Goodreads

Thank you for dropping in today and I hope that you will head over to enjoy these posts in full.. thanks Sally.

Smorgasbord Blogger Daily- Wednesday 13th November 2019 – James J. Cudney, Anne Copeland and D.G. Kaye


This series is an opportunity to showcase posts from around our community and the brilliant bloggers who share with us. It would be amazing if you would follow the links to the post I have highlighted and whilst visiting follow and support the blogger.

The first post is from author James J. Cudney with a new series on Tips and Advice. If you are confused by the new look Twitter then James will help you make the most of the Bookmark facility and the Lists.. also a reminder to have a Pinned Tweet.

Twitter is a powerful and useful social media tool for a variety of reasons. Today, I am focusing on how I use it for promoting my books, website, and blog. There are three (3) features I want to highlight because I often see they are being under-utilized, especially by authors or those looking to grow a larger following.
(a) Pinned Tweet

Every Twitter user has the ability to pin a primary tweet to his or her profile. While your profile shows every tweet or retweet you’ve shared, your content is lost in a sea of history once you begin tweeting regularly. If you want someone to see a specific tweet every time they view your profile, pin that tweet to your profile. This is useful for a few reasons. Tweeters often follow or retweet someone to get noticed. When they want to share your profile, they retweet the first tweet they see in your profile. If you don’t have a pinned tweet, this is usually the latest tweet you’ve tweeted–which might be about someone else and not you.

Read the rest of this helpful post and find out more about bookmarking and the lists: https://thisismytruthnow.com/2019/11/08/tips-advice-11-8-twitter

James J. Cudney, Buy: Amazon US Website/Blog: This is my truth nowGoodreads: James J. Cudney

The next post is from Anne Copeland and is a poignant and inspiring piece on her own childhood and motherhood, which tragically saw her being parted from her children, until a reunion with her daughter after 28 years. But, despite this Anne has given so much back to those who cannot read or who are challenged in other ways, including editing and publishing a book highlighting the work of disable fibre artist. More about that after this excerpt from the post.

For the Children

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I absolutely love working with children and teaching them new things. Many years ago, likely in my 30’s, I served as a volunteer to teach illiterate adults how to read. It never had occurred to me that when people grow up not knowing how to read, many of them have also missed most of childhood’s best parts. They have missed not only the wonderful children’s books, generally because they had no one to read to them, but they have also missed out on a lot of wonderful childhood experiences, like being able to go trick or treating or making a costume for Halloween, or having someone help them to learn how to carve a pumpkin.

I know many of you wonder how this could happen. Think about the migrant workers, the homeless people (and yes they often have children living with them), and even my own parents never finished high school. So I went to school, but because I could not depend on my parents to be able to help me with my homework, I honestly struggled with understanding how to do my homework, and when a child cannot do well in school, they often also struggle to fit in socially.

Please head over to read more about this inspiring writer’s life and work: For the Children

Buy the book: https://www.amazon.com/Artful-Alchemy-Physically-Challenged-Creating-ebook-dp-B074YFM51K/dp/B074YFM51K Blog: https://allinadaysbreath.wordpress.com/2019/11/10/for-the-childrenTwitter: https://twitter.com/anneappraiser1

And the final post today is D.G. Kaye’s Sunday Book Review for Damyanti Biswas for her book

Sunday Book Review – You Beneath Your Skin by Damyanti Biswas

Welcome to the Sunday Book Review. I recently interviewed Damyanti Biswas in my Q and A Author Interview  Series and today I’m delighted to share my review of this intense crime thriller inspired by the criminal atrocities and corruption happening to women in New Delhi. You Beneath Your Skin is a powerful and emotionally gripping read.

Author Damyanti Biswas

About the Author

Damyanti Biswas lives in Singapore, and works with Delhi’s underprivileged children as part of Project Why, a charity that promotes education and social enhancement in underprivileged communities. Her short stories have been published in magazines in the US, UK, and Asia, and she helps edit the Forge Literary Magazine.

Head over and read Debby’s review of You Beneath Your Skin: https://dgkayewriter.com/sunday-book-review-you-beneath-your-skin-by-damyanti-biswas/

D. G. Kaye – Buy: Amazon US
Blog: D.G. Writer Goodreads: D.G. Kaye on Goodreads

Catch up with Debby’s Travel Column here every month: https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/the-travel-column-with-d-g-kaye/

Thanks for dropping in today and I hope you will head over to enjoy these posts in full.. thanks Sally

Smorgasbord Blogger Daily – Tuesday November 12th 2019 – Pete Springer, Olga Nunez Miret and Anne Stormont


The first post today is by Pete Springer former teacher and author who writes about a recent  incredible project undertaken by the Humboldt County Children’s Author Festival Committee, bringing in 25 authors to talk to children in the district’s school.  Apart from very careful planning to bring the author festival together, planned outages due to recent wildfires threatened to disrupt the planned events… I hope you will head over to find out how it turned out.. well worth it.

Promoting Literacy

What a wild couple of weeks! I hardly know where to begin. Eighteen months ago, I decided to join the Humboldt County Children’s Author Festival Committee. https://www.authorfest.org/. My limited knowledge of this group was based on my past experiences when I was teaching. Every two years, I got to enjoy a beautiful day with my class when a children’s writer would visit our school. Before the author’s visit, the teachers would read many of the author’s books so that the kids could become more familiar with his/her books.

The magical day would arrive, and I so enjoyed watching my students’ faces as they became fully engaged. The authors would share some of their books, how they became an author/illustrator, and convince many children that they too could follow their dreams and become whatever they wanted to be. As I watched my students’ receptive faces, I saw future writers and illustrators born that day.

There were two main reasons I joined this committee: (1) I want to support anything that promotes literacy and education. (2) While I was teaching (I taught thirty-one years in grades 2-6), I dreamed of becoming a children’s author.

Head over to read the rest of this very interesting post: Pete Springer Promoting Literacy

Pete Springer’s book is now in Ebook on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/They-Call-Mom-Difference-Elementary-ebook/dp/B07YBL8DPY

Amazon Author Page: https://www.amazon.com/Pete-Springer/e/B07ZYDPJ3RBlog: https://petespringerauthor.wordpress.comFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/peter.springer.5876

The next post is from Olga Nunez Miret and is one of her in depth book reviews. This week the fascinating subject of The Mother of the Brontës

The Mother of the Brontës: When Maria Met Patrick by Sharon Wright

Hi all:

Those of you who follow me will know that I have shared my interest in the Brontës and my love for Haworth on many occasions already. And when I saw this book about their mother, I had to read it. And I am very happy I did.

At long last, the untold story of the mysterious Mrs Brontë.

They were from different lands, different classes, different worlds almost.

The chances of Cornish gentlewoman Maria Branwell even meeting the poor Irish curate Patrick Brontë in Regency England, let alone falling passionately in love, were remote.

Yet Maria and Patrick did meet, making a life together as devoted lovers and doting parents in the heartland of the industrial revolution. An unlikely romance and novel wedding were soon followed by the birth of six children. They included Charlotte, Emily and Anne Brontë, the most gifted literary siblings the world has ever known.

Her children inherited her intelligence and wit and wrote masterpieces such as Wuthering Heights, Jane Eyre, and The Tenant of Wildfell Hall. Yet Maria has remained an enigma while the fame of her family spread across the world. It is time to bring her out of the shadows, along with her overlooked contribution to the Brontë genius.

Untimely death stalked Maria as it was to stalk all her children. But first there was her fascinating life’s story, told here for the first time by Sharon Wright.

Head over to read Olga’s review in full: The Mother of the Brontes – When Maria Met Patrick – Book Review

Olga Nunez Miret – Buy: http://www.amazon.co.uk/-/e/B009UC58G0
Blog: http://www.authortranslatorolga.com Goodreads: Olga on Goodreads

Please visit Amazon or Olga’s blog to view all her books.

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The final post today is from author Anne Stormont who also writes for children as Anne McAlpine.  Anne was invited to give a talk a the primary school on the Isle of Skye… here is a short excerpt from her post, but I recommend you head over to enjoy the rest.

Author Talk on the Isle of Skye – a bit of writing life away from the desk

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Writing can be a lonely profession – all that sitting at the desk – alone with your own thoughts. So it’s good to get away from time to time – and it’s even better to be able to combine that with talking about your work and getting to meet readers and prospective readers.

So I was delighted recently to get an invitation to do just that.

I was invited to do an author talk to the Primary 5, 6 and 7 children on the 5th November at Broadford Primary School on the Scottish Isle of Skye. And not only that I was also invited to deliver a writing workshop to the Primary 7 children later on the same day. And of course I would be appearing as my children’s author alter-ego, Anne McAlpine – author of The Silver Locket (for 9 to 12 year-olds), rather than Anne Stormont writer of adult fiction.

I lived and worked as a teacher on the island for many years and the invitation came from a friend who is also a former colleague.

And it was lovely to have a reason to go back. I miss Skye so much that I hadn’t felt able to return during the (almost) three years since I left. But this offer to talk about my work as a writer and to share The Silver Locket with some of its intended readership, was the perfect opportunity to get over myself and return to the place where I left a big part of my heart.

Head over to read the rest of this fascinating post: Author Talk by Anne Stormont

Buy Anne’s books for adults: https://www.amazon.com/Anne-Stormont/e/B004IU0P8KAs Anne McAlpine: https://www.amazon.com/Anne-McAlpine/e/B013BZZQW2Blog/Website: https://anne-stormont.comGoodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5156419.Anne_Stormont

Thank you for dropping in today and I hope you will head over and enjoy the post in full. Thanks Sally.

Smorgasbord Blogger Daily – Monday 11th November 2019. Robbie Cheadle with Ritu Bhathal, Patricia Furstenberg and Richard Dee


Time to catch up on some of my favourite blogs again after our two weeks away.

The first post is from Robbie Cheadle who is in the process of promoting poets in a Readathon.. And in this post she is showcasing Ritu Bhathal.

Poetry readathon

Today I am introducing you to poet, author and blogger, Ritu Bhathal. Ritu has selected a lovely poem from her book Poetic RITUals to share here today.

From Twinkle to Reality

Let me take you down that road,

Much-travelled through eternity

The journey to become a mum,

From twinkle to reality.

Head over and enjoy the rest of the poem and post: https://robbiesinspiration.wordpress.com/2019/11/09/poetryreadathon-meet-poet-and-blogger/

Robbie and Michael Cheadle, Buy: https://www.amazon.com/Robbie-Cheadle/e/B01N9J62GQ Blog: https://robbiesinspiration.wordpress.com/ Goodreads: Robbie Goodreads

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Now a guest post by Patricia Furstenberg on the blog Books by Women on the subject of women writers and contemporary war fiction.

At some stage during my adult life, and this will astound my history teacher if she’d discover, I found myself fascinated by the thought of writing fiction inspired by contemporary events.

A thread that brought me here might have been reading Margaret Mitchell’s “Gone with the Wind” in my teens; another one, witnessing the terrorist attack on World Trade Center on Live TV while pregnant with my daughter. A definite thread, silky and alluring, came from enjoying historical fiction by Philippa Gregory and Diana Gabaldon. While the most recent one, still carding itself, draws from my son’s keen interest in war computer games and my own, in military working dogs.

When the seed of writing a fictional book about dogs involved in combat was still on the counter, not even planted yet, I turned to literature for guidance. And hit a wall.

Contemporary war fiction penned by women pales in comparison to the amount of books written by men. Be it in poetry or prose, throughout the centuries an author, not an authoress, depicted more often the combat male protagonist. As Homer put it in his Iliad, “war will be men’s business”.

Why so, since countless notable women were not afraid of fighting battles? The Greek goddess Athena is shown as a warrior, the patron of justice, strategic warfare, mathematics, and arts. The Celtic goddess Brigid is the patron of poetry and smithcraft. Scathach is an Irish Goddess who taught the martial arts. The Amazons were fierce warrior women and there were even gladiator women, gladiatrices, although Juvenal, the Roman poet of those times, depicted them as a mere novelty. History is splattered with the blood of innumerable women warriors: Hatshepsut, Queen Boudicca, Queen Samsi of Arabia, the Trung Sisters from Vietnam, Empress Theodora of Byzantium, Olga of Russia, Eleanor of Aquitaine, Mary I and Elizabeth I of England.

Please head over to read the rest of this fascinating article by Patricia: http://booksbywomen.org/why-we-need-contemporary-war-fiction-written-by-women/

Patricia Furstenberg, Buy: https://www.amazon.com/Patricia-Furstenberg/e/B018QGC570 Blog:  http://alluringcreations.co.za/wp/ Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/8867736.Patricia_Furstenberg

Here is a post for all of you who are in the second week of your NaNoMo projects from Richard Dee who completed the challenge with the first in his Andorra Pett series in 2016. Head over to compare your experiences of this writing challenge.

Welcome back to my trip through the NaNo projects of the past.

This time, I’m looking at 2016. I didn’t attempt NaNo in 2015, I was otherwise engaged in adjusting to life after work, as I mentioned last week. My shoulder required an operation in the end, an 8mm bone spur was removed. After six months off work. I decided to take early retirement, rather than have to retrain and re-certify for a job that I had been doing for forty years. Don’t you just love the system?

Ribbonworld, the subject of last weeks post, was actually published in November 2015. And I did write a novel in 2015, just not in one concentrated spell or as part of the NaNo challenge. A change of genre for me, it was a Steampunk adventure called The Rocks of Aserol.

I also wrote several short stories. Among them was one that I wrote as a bet. My wife had challenged me to write a female character, and to do a ‘woman-runs-away-from-it-all-and-starts-again-in-a-new-place’ type story, only set in space.

I thought about it and had an idea for a jilted woman, who reluctantly turns amateur detective when she is forced to, by circumstances beyond her control.

I named her Andorra Pett and based her on a combination of the character traits of my wife and my three daughters.

Head over to find out more about Richard’s experiences and to add your own: https://richarddeescifi.co.uk/the-second-monday-of-nanowrimo-2/

Richard Dee, buy: https://www.amazon.com/Richard-Dee/e/B00CN4TTCG/
Website: http://richarddeescifi.co.uk/Goodreads: Richard Dee at Goodreads

Please go to Amazon or Richard’s website to view all his books.

 

Thank you for dropping in today and I hope you will head over to read all these posts in full…more tomorrow thanks Sally

Smorgasbord Blogger Daily – Thursday 24th October – Norah Colvin with Pamela S. Wight, Michelle Clements James #BookRevie – D. Wallace Peach #Audio Books


This series is an opportunity to showcase posts from around our community and the brilliant bloggers who share with us. It would be amazing if you would follow the links to the post I have highlighted and whilst visiting follow and support the blogger.

The first post is from educator and storyteller Norah Colvin who hosted Pamela S. Wight recently with news of her latest book – Molly Finds Her Purr.  If you have not discovered this delightful children’s book yet.. here is your opportunity.

Pamela Wight discusses her new picture book Molly Finds Her Purr

A Purr-fect new picture book by Pamela Wight – readilearn

Today, I am talking with author Pamela Wight about her new picture book Molly Finds Her Purr. I previously introduced you to Pamela when her first picture book Birds of Paradise was released in 2017. You can read that interview here.

The importance of being true to yourself and the acknowledgment of the strength of friendship, even when differences exist, are strong themes in Pamela’s books.

Please head over to enjoy the rest of this interview: https://norahcolvin.com/2019/10/18/a-purr-fect-new-picture-book-by-pamela-wight-readilearn/

Connect to Norah via her websites –  www.NorahColvin.com – and: www.readilearn.com.au – twitter: https://twitter.com/NorahColvin

Pamela S. Wight, Buy: http://www.amazon.com/Pamela-S.-Wight/e/B00AYXT6R6Goodreads: Pamela on Goodreads Blog:https://roughwighting.net/

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The next post is from Michelle Clement James who has reviewed A Wedding in December by USA Today and Sunday Times Bestselling author Sarah Morgan and with Christmas only two months away, the festive books are hitting the shelves.

A Wedding in December by Sarah Morgan.

Book Blurb

This funny, charming and heartwarming new Christmas novel is USA TODAY bestselling author Sarah Morgan at her festive best!

In the snowy perfection of Aspen, the White family gathers for youngest daughter Rosie’s whirlwind Christmas wedding. First to arrive are the bride’s parents, Maggie and Nick. Their daughter’s marriage is a milestone they are determined to celebrate wholeheartedly, but they are hiding a huge secret of their own: they are on the brink of divorce. After living apart for the last six months, the last thing they need is to be trapped together in an irresistibly romantic winter wonderland.

Head over to find out more about the book and Michelle’s review and get into the festive spirit: https://michelleclementsjames.com/2019/10/17/a-wedding-in-december/

Michelle also offers Copy-editing and proofreading services

For over thirty years I have proofread and edited hundreds of books, newsletters, and other documents for numerous authors and organizations. I have decided to use this wealth of experience to offer copy-editing and proofreading for authors and writers. Copy-editing and proofreading are key components of successful publishing.

Connect to Michelle on her blog: https://michelleclementsjames.com Twitter: https://twitter.com/macjam47 and Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Macjam47

The final post today is from D.Wallace Peach whose book Sunwielder was released in audio this week. Diana has interviewed the narrator of the book TJ Clark, and for anyone thinking of releasing their books in audio, this will be very useful.

Sunwielder on Audible (see offer below) & on Amazon (global link)

I did it again. I jumped in feet first and then asked questions later. Thank goodness I had an audiobook narrator who held my virtual hand.

Rather than share my newbie inexperience, I thought you might be interested in hearing from a pro.

Meet TJ! His voice brought my book Sunwielder to life, and this week the audiobook went live!

1. Tell us a little about you, your professional background, and why you decided to begin narrating audiobooks.

I’m a trained actor with a BFA in theater from Syracuse University. My family was always big on audiobooks (back when they were “books on tape”) during long road trips. I have a pretty vivid memory of listening to James and the Giant Peach on a trip from Connecticut to South Carolina. Somewhere along that road there is a giant water tower in the shape of a peach and it made the whole thing really magical to me. I realized I wanted to do them myself when I was a teenager and my sister was reading Lamb by Christopher Moore during a cruise vacation. She got seasick and couldn’t keep reading so I picked it up and read aloud to her on the beach while she tried to keep from throwing up. After a while, mom came over and told me I need to keep my voice down. I looked around and a little gathering had amassed. Everyone said “no, no, keep going. This is great!”

Head over to read the rest of this interesting post especially if you are thinking of taking your books to audio and there is also a great new review for the book: https://mythsofthemirror.com/2019/10/21/interview-with-an-audiobook-narrator-tj-clark/

D. Wallace Peach, Buy: http://www.amazon.com/D.-Wallace-Peach/e/B00CLKLXP8
Website/Blog: http://www.mythsofthemirror.com – Goodreadshttps://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7068749.D_Wallace_Peach

Please visit Amazon or Diana’s website to view all her books.

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Thanks for dropping in today and I hope you will head over to read the posts in full. I am on the high seas on a ferry as you read this and offline for a few days but I will respond to comments on Monday..

Smorgasbord Blogger Daily – Wednesday October 23rd – John W. Howell #WhiteHouse -Lisa Thomson #Divorce – Jan Sikes #Nashville


This series is an opportunity to showcase posts from around our community and the brilliant bloggers who share with us. It would be amazing if you would follow the links to the post I have highlighted and whilst visiting follow and support the blogger.

I missed some great posts last week and so I am doing some catch up today… and starting from this entertaining piece which is part of Top Ten Things Not to Do from John Howell.. and this week the most famous house in the USA…

Top Ten Things Not to Do at the Laying of the White House Cornerstone in 1792

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Yes, this week marks the anniversary of the laying of the cornerstone of the White House by George Washington in 1792. I’m sure you want to be there, but before you go, take this list and maybe avoid making social or time travel mistakes.

Top Ten Things Not to Do at the Laying of the Cornerstone of the White House in 1792

10 If you go to the cornerstone laying, do not think the silver trowel is a souvenir. If you do, at best, a kindly George Washington will ask you to put it back. At worst, the Navy men in attendance who are also celebrating the founding of the Navy will help you put it back. (It seems as if those Navy boys have had a little too much rum, Jakome. They are serious about your yardarm swing.)

9 If you go to the cornerstone laying, do not sit in Tiny the WWF champ’s seat. If you do, at best, he will find another. At worst, Tiny, who missed his Anger Management support group that morning, will not be able to control himself. (If you can hold on for another minute, Jalen, Tiny will grow tired of spinning you around above his head. Of course, your landing after that helicopter experience might be a little rough.)

Head over and check out what else you shouldn’t do: https://johnwhowell.com/2019/10/14/top-ten-things-not-to-do-at-the-laying-of-the-white-house-cornerstone-in-1792/

John Howell, Buy: http://www.amazon.com/John-W.-Howell/e/B00HMRWO6CGoodread: John Howell Goodreads Blog: https://johnwhowell.com/

The next post is from Lisa Thomson who shares the ins and outs of marriage..i.e. divorce on her blog. This is my second marriage, the first lasted 7 years in total (I must have broken a mirror) but this time around 39 years. Many of my friends are also enjoying their second permanent relationships, but Lisa explores the option of getting married for the third time!

Third Marriages, Yeah or Nay?

A second marriage is a gimme while a third marriage is akin to a Mulligan.

You’ll notice I didn’t ask about a second marriage because that’s practically a Gimme. It’s expected, even. It’s considered a sign of moving on. A third marriage? That’s more like a Mulligan (you will use it judicially and with caution). Why the golf analogy, you may be wondering. I don’t even know, it just popped into my head. Maybe because my ex was an avid golfer.

But back to third marriages, some say “third time lucky” but I’m more skeptical. If you’ve shanked your first two attempts at this institution, should you really keep trying and furthermore continue to drag a second person into your sub-par game of marital woes?
Third Marriages, Yeah or Nay?

What are your thoughts on this over optimistic choice to marry a third time when the first two ended in divorce? Head over and let Lisa know: https://www.lisathomsonlive.com/third-marriages-yeah-or-nay/

Lisa Thomson buy: https://www.amazon.com/Lisa-Thomson/e/B007HNG4CQ/ Blog: https://www.lisathomsonlive.com/Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6692957.Lisa_Thomson

The third post is from award winning author Jan Sikes who shares an article that she wrote for the Buddy Magazine.. and I am sure you will enjoy Taking Texas to Tennessee. As a long time Country music fan, I had no idea about the rift within the industry and was fascinated to find out the background. And delighted to see that the rift has been healed..

Since not everyone gets to see the Buddy Magazine publication I decided to post a recent article I wrote after my trip to Nashville. So far, it’s getting some good attention and feedback!

A Tale of Two Music Cities Divided

On the heels of the Ken Burns sensational documentary about the evolution of country music on PBS, the one undisputable fact is that country music has been and is a large part of American history.

At one time during that history, Nashville was the only place to go if an artist wanted to break into the business. However, over the years, that changed and Texas played a large part in that change.

It is no secret that there has been a complicated rift between Nashville and Texas music artists ever since Waylon bucked the establishment, insisting on making music his own way and Willie took his music home to Texas.

I compare it to the famous stand-off between the Hatfields and McCoys. Shots were fired, and many folks threatened, but now the dust has cleared, and hands shaken. Judging by the recent spate of Texas Musicians who’ve made the trek to the famous city to perform on the Grand Ole Opry, I’d say there is at the least, a truce.

Could it be that the Nashville heads are watching the flourishing Texas music industry with some envy? Or perhaps they are only seeing dollar signs.

Head over to enjoy this post in full: https://rijanjks.wordpress.com/2019/10/20/taking-texas-to-tennessee-buddy-magazine/

Jan Sikes, Buy: https://www.amazon.com/Jan-Sikes/e/B00CS9K8DK
Website: https://www.jansikes.com/Goodreads: Jan on Goodreads

Thanks for dropping in today and I hope you will head over and enjoy the posts in full.. thanks Sally.

Smorgasbord Blogger Daily – October 22nd 2019 – Audrey Driscoll #Peeves – Janice Spina #Children – D.G. Kaye #MovieReview


This series is an opportunity to showcase posts from around our community and the brilliant bloggers who share with us. It would be amazing if you would follow the links to the post I have highlighted and whilst visiting follow and support the blogger.

The first post is from Audrey Driscoll, who probably speaks for most of us when it comes to the little niggles in life that drive us crazy… I am sure Audrey would love to hear what niggles peeve you the most!

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Ten Little Things That Bug Me

A while ago, I wrote a post complaining about parking lot design. It was going to be the first of a series of grumbles. Since then I’ve realized that writing a string of posts whining about “first world problems” isn’t the best use of my blogging time. So I’ve bundled all the small things that bug me into one post.

This one.

These are low-level annoyances that regularly make me say “Why…?” They’re things — poorly-designed physical objects, not human behaviour. Many aspects of human behaviour (individual and collective) bug me, and many more sadden and enrage. Maybe I’ll get into some of them in future posts. For now, I’m sweating the small stuff.
Such as…

  • Noisy yard machines. Sometimes my corner of suburbia sounds like a war zone with competing roars from lawn mowers, string trimmers, and leaf blowers.
  • Scented dryer sheets and laundry soaps. Nose-twisting synthetic “perfumes” with names like “April Fresh” and “Mountain Breeze” wafting from dryer vents in the neighbourhood. And I’m not even allergic!

Head over and read and enjoy the rest of the list and add your own notes: https://audreydriscoll.com/2019/10/20/things-that-bug-me-the-complete-list/

Audrey Driscoll, Buy: https://www.amazon.com/Audrey-Driscoll/e/B00J7X7QVC
Blog: http://audreydriscoll.com   Goodreads: Audrey on Goodreads

To view all of Audrey’s books please visit her Amazon page.

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The next post is from children’s and thriller writer Janice Spina on the subject of getting children to read. She asks Are Books Better than Tablets for Children? In my view, anything that gets a child to read is great, but that a print book for a child is a treasure that they will keep and look at frequently..

Are Books Better than Tablets for Children?

This is an excellent question as today’s technology is so important to all of us. I read an interesting and informative post, Study: Books May Foster Bonding Better Than Tablets by Linda Carroll that was published in New Hampshire Union Leader on October 1, 2019.

Here are some excerpts from this excellent post: Parents and children both appear more engaged when stories are read from a book, researchers say.

Toddlers appear to be much more engaged with their parents when stories are read to them from books rather than digital tablets, a new study finds.

It may be that when parents and toddlers engage over a tablet, it might be harder for them to have moments of connection, said Dr. Tiffany Munzer, a developmental and behavioral pediatrician at the C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital and the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor who led the study.

Head over and find out more about the study and add your views in the comments: https://jemsbooks.blog/2019/10/07/are-books-better-than-tablets-for-children

Janice Spina, Buy: http://www.amazon.com/Janice-Spina/e/B00HNET4HG
Blog: http://jemsbooks.wordpress.comGoodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7222888.Janice_Spina

Please visit Amazon or Janice’s blog to view all her books for adults and children.

And finally a five star film review from D.G.Kaye (Debby Gies) for Ladies in Black, set in an Australian department store in the late 1950s. I watched the film some time ago and loved it and can add my recommendation to Debby’s.

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Sunday Movie Review with D.G. Kaye – Ladies in Black

It’s Sunday Book Review time, and once again, I’m sneaking in a movie I recently watched – Ladies in Black, written by Madeline St. John. This movie is a story that takes place in the 1959 era, where women’s jobs consisted mostly of being a secretary or working in retail sales. The movie depicts the lives of 4 women who work in Goode’s Department store in Sydney, Australia at a time where European migration changes the landscape of Australia with cultural changes, a mixing of class structure, and the rise of Women’s Liberation.

Head over to find out more about the movie and Debby’s review: https://dgkayewriter.com/sunday-movie-review-with-d-g-kaye-ladies-in-black

D. G. Kaye – Buy: http://www.amazon.com/D.G.-Kaye/e/B00HE028FO
Blog: http://www.dgkayewriter.com Goodreads: D.G. Kaye on Goodreads

Catch up with Debby’s Travel Column here every month: https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/the-travel-column-with-d-g-kaye/

Thanks for dropping in today and I hope you will head over to enjoy these posts in full.. thanks Sally.

Smorgasbord Blogger Daily – Monday 21st October – Pamela Wight #Shopping, Robbie Cheadle #Poetry and D.G. Kaye with Marie Lavender #Interview


This series is an opportunity to showcase posts from around our community and the brilliant bloggers who share with us. It would be amazing if you would follow the links to the post I have highlighted and whilst visiting follow and support the blogger.

The first post is from author Pamela Wight on the subject of shopping.. which you either love or hate…but Pamela is not that keen, but it is a family tradition that this year had a surprise in store…(pardon the pun).

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I hate department stores. I don’t use the word “hate” lightly. The empty vastness of material nothingness; the bright lights spotlighting our greed; the vapid noise of elevator music and high-pitched meaningless laughter.

Thus, when my daughter suggests I go with her and my 11-year-old granddaughter for a girls’ day of shopping, I respond immediately:

“Of course. I’d love to.”

I may hate department stores, but I love my girls, so I’ll travel into the bowels of hell for them.sweater, fashion, clothing

Every fall the three of us go on this mall-journey. Sophie’s birthday is in July, and my gift to her is an afternoon at the mall to select a new school outfit. She has no idea how much of a sacrifice I make for her in the name of grandmotherly love.

She finds the “perfect fall sweater” at one of those beastly pre-teen/teen stores and I pay for it with cash. The young woman at the register owes me $2.50 in return, but I can see her trying to struggle how to break my $20 bill. I raise my eyes to heaven, asking for strength. She finally reaches for the calculator close at hand and then hands me my change.

One of the dollar bills has inked writing on the top of each side and I’m about to return it to her (I like my bills clean and not tattered) but I read the message on the George Washington side quickly.

Head over to find out what message was written on this dollar bill: https://roughwighting.net/2019/10/18/the-dollar-bill/

Pamela S. Wight, Buy: http://www.amazon.com/Pamela-S.-Wight/e/B00AYXT6R6Goodreads: Pamela on Goodreads Blog:https://roughwighting.net/

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The next post is from Robbie Cheadle with the news that she will repeating last year’s popular series Poetry Readathon…. here are some of the details but head over to the post to find how you can participate.

Poetry readathon

Many of you will remember the poetry readathon that I ran during November and part of December 2018 and part of January this year. The readathon comprised of a selection of five questions that were answered by each participating poet as well as the sharing of one of their poems. I also read and reviewed a number of poetry books by participating poets.

The idea behind the readathon was to introduce poetry lovers to poetry bloggers and published poets and I think it was very successful. I enjoyed watching our poetry family engaging with one another and meeting new friends.

I have decided to run it again this year and am inviting interested poets to please email me. This year I would like to publish a poem with special meaning by each participating poet and the reasons as to why they wrote this particular poem and why it has special meaning for them.

Head over to find out the full details of this great opportunity for poets and also to read a new poem from Robbie: https://robbiesinspiration.wordpress.com/2019/10/19/poetry-readathon-2019-and-a-new-poem/

Robbie and Michael Cheadle, Buy: https://www.amazon.com/Robbie-Cheadle/e/B01N9J62GQ Blog: https://robbiesinspiration.wordpress.com/Goodreads: Robbie Goodreads

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And last but certainly not least.. D.G. Kaye with last week’s Q &A with romance and multi-genre writer Marie Lavender..

Welcome to this edition this month to my author series, Q and A with D.G. Kaye. I’m happy to introduce Romance and Multi-Genre Author, Marie Lavender here today to share a bit of herself, her writing and her books, and tell us a little about her book Directions of the Heart – A Romantic Drama Collection.

Marie Lavender

About the Author:

Multi-genre author of Victorian maritime romance/family saga, Heiresses in Love Series, and 21 other books. Reached the Top 10 Authors list on AuthorsDB.com for the last 4 years. Featured interview in the January 2018 issue of Womelle Magazine. BLOOD INSTINCTS reached TOP 10 status in the Romance category. DIRECTIONS OF THE HEART both reached the semi-finalist round in the 2018 AuthorsDB Book Cover Contest. Voted TOP BLOGGER for 2018 on the Romance Lives Forever Blog. TOP 20 Authors of 2018 on Amy’s Bookshelf Reviews blog. DIRECTIONS OF THE HEART was nominated and made it past the first round in the 2018 Author Academy Awards. UPON YOUR LOVE and THE MISSING PIECE placed in the TOP 10 on the 2017 P&E Readers Poll. DIRECTIONS OF THE HEART was nominated for the 2017

Head over to find out more about Marie and her books in this very interesting interview: https://dgkayewriter.com/q-and-a-with-d-g-kaye-author-promotion-series-featuring-marie-lavender/

D. G. Kaye – Buy: http://www.amazon.com/D.G.-Kaye/e/B00HE028FO
Blog: http://www.dgkayewriter.comGoodreads: D.G. Kaye on Goodreads

Thank you for dropping in today and I hope you will head over to enjoy all these posts in full.. thanks Sally.

Smorgasbord Blogger Daily – Monday 21st October Part Two- Toni Pike #Boxset – Charles E. Yallowitz #Monsters – Tara Sparling #Bookblurbs


This series is an opportunity to showcase posts from around our community and the brilliant bloggers who share with us. It would be amazing if you would follow the links to the post I have highlighted and whilst visiting follow and support the blogger.

The first post is from author Toni Pike to announce the release of the boxed set of The Jotham Fletcher Mystery Thriller Series Books 1-4…

I’m very pleased to announce that the four books in The Jotham Fletcher Mystery Thriller Series are now available as a Box Set. THE MAGUS COVENANT, THE ROCK OF MAGUS, THE MAGUS EPIPHANY and HOLY SPEAR OF MAGUS are still available separately, but buying the box set will definitely save you money. It represents great value as you get four full-length thrillers in one convenient ebook, with non-stop, action-packed entertainment on just about every page. I also hope to publish the paperback version in the very near future.;

Head over to read a synopsis of each of the books and where you can buy the set: https://tonipike.com/2019/10/04/the-jotham-fletcher-mystery-thriller-series-books-1-4-box-set-just-released/

Toni Pike, Buy: http://www.amazon.com/Toni-Pike/e/B009I70E8Y
Website www.tonipike.com – Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/14736589.Toni_Pike

   

With Halloween on the horizon, our thoughts turn to the dark side with trolls, ghouls, vampires and witches brought out for the night.. If you want to see how the master of monsters creates them.. head over to author Charles Yallowitz for a fright.. Windemere Monsters: Trolls #fantasy #adventure

What would a fantasy world be without trolls to drive terror into the hearts of adventures at least once? Obviously, you can do this, but I was picking from the classics early on and trolls were top of the list. I wanted them to be one of the biggest threats that my heroes can run into. Nothing on the scale of dragons or demons, but they certainly take the top spot among the less magical beasts. For this, I went wild with the description and kept writing until I ran out of steam. Easiest to give an excerpt from Legends of Windemere: Prodigy of Rainbow Tower when they debuted:

Head over to read the excerpt: https://legendsofwindemere.com/2019/10/16/windemere-monsters-trolls-fantasy-adventure/

Please visit Amazon or Charles’s blog to view all his books.

Then final post today is from Tara Sparling who shares the news that the heavy hitters in the books department have just released their books for Christmas..I better get a move on!!!  This post however, is primarily a guide to writing a book blurb.. Part One.

Tara Sparling on Books

Just in case you missed it, Thursday October 2nd was a big day in the book world: the day when 426 heavy hitters released their books for Christmas, including Philip Pullman, Jojo Moyes and Bill Bryson. This was swiftly followed by just last Thursday October 17th, when further probable blockbusters from mahoosive names including Elton John, John le Carré and Nadiya Hussain swamped the shelves. So if you had a book coming out this autumn, and you HAVEN’T released it in the last 2 weeks… congratulations! You just avoided being stampeded by a herd of anxious, needy elephants in a race for column inches.

In previous posts, I examined when might be the best time of year to publish a novel, which concluded that Christmas might actually not be the worst idea, despite the flood of heavyweights. I also examined the effect of blockbusters on the sales of other books.

Assuming anyone out there agrees with any of these ideas (and I’m not saying they should. I am notoriously unreliable, and often cheat at Lego), you might be thinking about getting a book out there in the near future. So today I’m referring back to another former post, to look at how blurbs work – or don’t, as the case may be…

Head over and read the complete post about how a book blurb should be written: https://tarasparlingwrites.com/2019/10/20/how-to-write-a-book-blurb-part-1/

Tara Sparling

About Tara Sparling

Writer of fiction and screenplays. Winner of Funniest Blog at one awards thingy and Best Newcomer at another. Blogging about bestselling book trends, literary humour, people’s behaviour on the internet, traditional and self-publishing, marketing tips, success stories and spectacular failures at tarasparlingwrites.com.

You can find out more about Tara on her blog: https://tarasparlingwrites.com/about-me/Twitter: https://twitter.com/TaraSparling

Thanks for dropping in today and I hope you will head over to enjoy the posts in full.. thanks Sally.

 

 

Smorgasbord Blog Magazine – Weekly Round Up – AWOL – Benny Goodman – Magnesium – The Magic Carpet – Television Interviews and all that Jazz…


Welcome to the round up of posts that you might have missed this week on Smorgasbord.

On the news front I will be offline from this Thursday to Monday 28th October and for a few days in the first week in November. I have however left some posts for you… the regular book promotions and also some surprises.

Delighted to share the news of the start of a series by guest writer Mike Biles, author of A Bit About Britain’s History who will be joining us every Saturday until Christmas. His first post next Saturday is about the visit he made to author Rudyard Kipling’s home.

As Just an Odd Job Girl has now finished, I am starting a new serialisation, this time of my first short story collection from 2009, which has just received a lovely review. The first two stories from Flights of Fancy air next weekend.

And I would be grateful if you could pop in on Sunday when Eloise De Sousa will be my guest on the Sunday author Interview

I will be online again by Monday and will respond to any comments then… I will also catch up with any retweets etc on social media.

On with this week’s posts.

As always my thanks to the contributors and guest writers for the time and work that goes into preparing the posts for the blog and to you for keep coming back to read them.

William Price King shared the life and music of the renowned King of Swing, Benny Goodman.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/10/15/smorgasbord-blog-magazine-the-music-column-with-william-price-king-the-king-of-swing-benny-goodman/

Magnesium – Calcium’s BFF and a deficiency alert One of the minerals that most people focus on is calcium (the last column) but it is in fact magnesium or the lack of this mineral in our diet that may be the contributory factor in many of the diseases that we suffer from, particularly as we get older.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/10/16/smorgasbord-health-column-cook-from-scratch-to-prevent-nutritional-deficiencies-with-sally-cronin-and-carol-taylor-minerals-magnesium/

If you are a regular visitor to the blog you will be familiar with Jessica Norrie and her Literary Column which ran in 2018 and has enjoyed a revival this year too. We also get to enjoy an extract from Jessica’s latest release – The Magic Carpet

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/10/20/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-sunday-interview-jessica-norrie-with-an-extract-from-the-magic-carpet/

 Last week I covered the basics of the preparation needed before a radio and podcast interview  This week preparing for an interview on camera.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/10/19/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-book-marketing-for-authors-preparing-for-an-interview-on-camera-sally-cronin/

This week in the Colleen’s Tuesday Poetry Challenge 145 we are being asked to write in response to the photo prompt selected by last month’s winner of the challenge, Diana Wallace Peach.. I have composed a double Etheree – The Moonlight Concerto

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/10/16/smorgasbord-poetry-colleen-chesebros-tuesday-tanka-challenge-photoprompt-the-moonlight-concerto-by-sally-cronin/

This weekend the last two chapters of my novel Just an Odd Job Girl. A surprise visitor changes Imogen’s future.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/10/19/just-an-odd-job-girl-serialisation-chapter-nineteen-full-circle-by-sally-cronin/

The final chapter…a new life

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/10/19/just-an-odd-job-girl-serialisation-final-chapter-a-new-life-by-sally-cronin/

In the UK according to overall cancer statistics from Cancer Research UK there were 363,484 new cases in 2016, and 164,900 deaths in 2017. There is now a 50% survival rate over 10 years but, 38% of cancers are preventable.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/10/15/smorgasbord-health-column-major-organs-and-systems-of-the-body-female-reproductive-system-breast-cancer-by-sally-cronin/

This week I am share the the impact on a child’s body of a high sugar diet and lack of nutrition in relation to their brain development and hormone production as they head into puberty.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/10/17/smorgasbord-health-column-the-obesity-epidemic-part-four-finding-a-point-to-intervene-in-the-life-cycle-7-14-healthy-diet-for-brain-function-and-hormon/

In her final post Linda Thompson shares the sadness of loss. In this case when a relationship dies and we have to leave elements of our previous life behind. Thankfully most of us find another safe haven.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/10/14/smorgasbord-posts-from-your-archives-new-bloggers-on-the-scene-dreamcatcher-on-loss-divorce-by-linda-thompson/

New Book on the Shelves

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/10/14/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-new-book-on-the-shelves-non-fiction-creative-solutions-for-the-modern-writer-by-harmony-kent/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/10/15/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-new-book-on-the-shelves-non-fiction-writing-on-water-self-awareness-by-jane-sturgeon/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/10/16/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-new-book-on-the-shelves-pre-order-the-last-will-of-sven-anderson-the-harry-spittle-saga-book-2-by-geoff-le-pard-and-free-book-offer/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/10/17/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-new-book-on-the-shelves-children-molly-finds-her-purr-by-pamela-s-wight/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/10/18/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-new-book-on-the-shelves-ya-fantasy-through-the-nethergate-by-roberta-eaton-cheadle/

Author Update #reviews

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/10/14/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-author-update-reviews-teagan-riordain-geneviene-balroop-singh-bette-a-stevens-and-julia-benally/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/10/18/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-author-update-reviews-jacqui-murray-vandana-bhasin-and-smitha-vishwanath-anne-goodwin/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/10/14/smorgasbord-blogger-daily-monday-14th-october-nicholas-rossis-bookblurb-charles-f-french-with-robbie-cheadle-1984-and-susannah-leonard-hill-halloween-childrens-story-competition/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/10/15/smorgasbord-blogger-daily-tuesday-october-15th-d-g-kaye-astralplaning-alex-forshaw-click-training-babies-andrew-petcher-instagram-and-tourist-attractions/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/10/16/smorgasbord-blogger-daily-wednesday-october-16th-beetley-pete-bookreview-mary-smith-afghanistan-janet-gogerty-essentials/

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https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/10/18/smorgasbord-blogger-daily-friday-18th-october-annika-perry-bookreview-bienvenue-press-flash-with-sharon-marchisello-and-joelle-legendre-insomnia-humour/

 

 

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Thank you very much for dropping in and all your support this week. I hope you will pop in next week thanks Sally.