Smorgasbord Blog Magazine – Weekly Round Up – 4th – 10th November 2019 – Books, Reviews, Videos, Health and Humour


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

We arrived back from two weeks in the UK on Thursday in slightly rougher sees than we might have liked but you can expect this in November. My two sisters had been on the Ventura for a cruise down to Portugal and back and they certainly had much rougher seas than we did and in fact it made the papers when a passenger shared a video of the water exiting one of the swimming pools and flooding a lounge. Both my sisters are good sailors and very little seems to phase them… they thought it was a storm in a teacup!!!

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7650639/Cruise-ship-passengers-carry-drinking-eating-torrent-water-surges-feet.html

Anyway, it has taken a couple of days to catch up online as I was off more than I was on during our time away. It gave me time to get some reading done and expect some reviews over the next couple of weeks. I also began plotting out the direction that the blog will take next year and how I can increase author and blogger promotions. There will be more reviews on a more regular basis and there will be a return of the Posts from Your Archives series for both new bloggers and those of you more established.

This week sees the start of the last major outside projects with the removal of the old broken down fence between us and our neighbour’s garden and a brand new post and concrete wall, making the garden fully child and dog safe for the next owners of the house.

A couple more inside jobs and then in the spring the house goes on the market and we shall be off further down the coast between Wexford and Waterford, two historic cities with a great deal of cultural appeal and great amenities.

Highlights of the coming week.

There will be the usual Cafe and Bookstore updates with recent reviews and several new books on the shelves. The Blogger Daily will resume and plenty of fun with afternoon videos and funnies.

MondayThe Travel Column by D.G. Kaye and this month Debby is taking us to the lovely not-so-well known little gem of a place, Puerto Peñasco, for a tropical escape in Mexico.

Tuesday – William Price King shares the life and music of jazz saxophonist Ornette Coleman.

Wednesday – Carol Taylor and I join forces to share the mineral Manganese and some recipes to include regularly in your diet to ensure that you do not become deficient.

Thursday – our Italian food expert Silvia Todesco shares a wonderful almond dessert that would be perfect for Thanksgiving.

Friday The Smorgasbord Christmas Book Fair kicks off with a selection of children’s books in the Cafe and the first of the guest posts. D.G. Kaye will be sharing her expertise in writing memoirs.

The Weekend – Another post from Mike Biles about Britain’s history and Allan Hudson joins me for the Sunday Author Interview. There will also be two more stories from my Flights of Fancy Collection.

Time for the review of this past week’s posts.

This week Mike Biles lifts the lid and reveals the truth about one of my favourite books and television series as a child..Lorna Doone…

Lorna Doone a Romance of Exmoor, R D Blackmore, London & Glasgow, Collins clear type press

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/11/09/smorgasbord-blog-magazine-guest-writer-mike-biles-a-bit-about-britain-the-dastardly-shooting-of-lorna-doone-history/

My guest this week is multi-genre  bestselling author P.C. Zick who shares the inspiration behind her popular Crandall Family Series and what we can look forward to later this year.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/11/10/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-sunday-interview-and-new-book-on-the-shelves-love-on-course-by-p-c-zick/

My review for the latest book by Frank Prem – The New Asylum

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/11/04/smorgasbord-book-reviews-poetry-the-new-asylum-by-frank-prem/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/11/05/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-new-book-on-the-shelves-my-review-passport-to-death-by-yigal-zur/

I have put together a pdf of the recent book marketing series so that you have all in one place. It is free and the content page and email is in the post.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/11/09/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-the-book-marketing-series-by-sally-cronin-free-pdf/

It is remembrance Sunday and as it was Poet’s Choice this week on Colleen Chesebro’s Tanka challenge… I have written a double etheree ‘Young Soldiers’. I also wrote a Haiku for the header.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/11/10/smorgasbord-poetry-colleen-chesebros-tuesday-tanka-challenge-152-double-etheree-young-soldiers-by-sally-cronin/

Two more stories from the Flights of Fancy collection and Free book offer.

A combination of language issues and an unhappy marriage offer a parrot the chance to put things right!

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/11/09/flights-of-fancy-serialisation-fantasy-the-psychic-parrot-by-sally-cronin-and-a-free-book-offer/

An old woman reflects on her life using the changing colours of her bedroom curtains to tell her story.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/11/10/flights-of-fancy-serialisation-wartime-romance-curtains-by-sally-cronin-free-book-offer/

 

New Book on the Shelves

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/11/06/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-new-book-on-the-shelves-a-new-life-in-ventis-science-fiction-steampunk-adventure-by-richard-dee/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/11/07/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-new-book-on-the-shelves-googling-old-boyfriends-book-7-camilla-randall-mysteries-by-anne-r-allen/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/11/08/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-new-book-on-the-shelves-a-z-of-dumfries-places-people-history-by-mary-smith-and-photographs-by-keith-kirk/

Author Updates

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/11/04/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-author-update-reviews-stevie-turner-terry-tyler-and-teagan-riordain-geneviene/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/11/08/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-author-update-reviewsvictoria-zigler-fiona-tarr-and-barbara-silkstone/

My go to recipe to bring as many nutrients together on one plate – Brown rice pilaf

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https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/11/06/smorgasbord-health-column-cook-from-scratch-multi-vitamin-on-a-plate-brown-rice-pilaf-sally-cronin/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/11/05/smorgasbord-laughter-lines-comedian-in-residence-d-g-kaye-and-a-joke-from-sallys-archives-2-3/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/11/07/smorgasbord-laughter-lines-comedian-in-residence-d-g-kaye-and-a-joke-or-two-from-sallys-archives-2/

Thank you very much for dropping in this week to like, comment and share.. I am so appreciative of the support. Thanks Sally

Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore – New Book on the Shelves – My Review – Passport to Death by Yigal Zur


A combined post today for with a new book promotion and my review for Passport to Death – Dotan Naor thriller series by Yigal Zur

About the Dotan Naor thriller series

DOTAN NAOR is an ex-Mossad agent, bounced out of the agency not just for a fatal miscalculation in Palestinian Jenin but for his inability to live within the bureaucracy and submit to authority. Dotan is now a private detective who uses his immense skills of persuasion and violence to rescue Israelis who are in peril throughout the world. Through his extensive travels in Asia, Dotan has developed a love for Eastern philosophy and lifestyle; his enhanced spiritual existence also happens to be good for business as many Israelis run off to exotic Asian locales to let off steam after their mandatory and often dangerous military service.

About Passport to Death

Dotan Naor, an Israeli private investigator, ousted from Shin Bet—Israel’s internal security service—goes to Thailand to find Sigal Bardon, a beautiful young girl from a wealthy Israeli family. Sigal has disappeared in Bangkok—completely. Dotan has connections in Thailand and he’s familiar with Bangkok’s dark side—the narrow alleys with bars and hookers, trenches of stagnant water, hotel rooms with illicit activity. This is where he intends to start his search. But when the passport of the missing Israeli girl ends up in his hands during his first taxi ride in the city, he’s suspicious that someone is playing him. But who? And why?

As Dotan searches for Sigal, police corruption blocks his every path. Every lead he pursues draws him closer and closer to a black hole in his “own” past—one intertwined with his pursuit of Sigal—one that leads him to Reuven—and the haunting failure that led to the dismissal of both of them from Shin Bet. The wound between Dotan and Reuven is raw and deep, but Dotan realizes it must be healed in order to save Sigal.

My review for Passport to Death

For book lovers with a leaning towards action thrillers, Passport to Death certainly ticks most of the boxes. Set in the seedier parts of Bangkok with a cast of characters who are various shades of dark, there is no dawdling as we get right into the intrigue surrounding the disappearance of Sigal Bardon who appears to have got on the wrong side of some very uncompromising individuals.

The mystery deepens as various interested parties insinuate themselves into  Dotan’s investigation, and despite his previous experiences in Bangkok, even he begins to question what is true and what is fake news.

The characters are drawn very well and few are likeable, including the missing girl whose family are desperate to find her. Unsurprisingly, Dotan’s actions reflect his previous work as part of the Israeli Secret Service and he brings his own darkness to the story..

This is not a cozy mystery and there is sex, drugs and quite a bit of violence in the book. Some of the young people who are spending their gap year travelling, are drawn into the dark alleyways of this City in search of adventure, away from the smiling faces and simple life to be found across most of Thailand. There are predators only too willing to take advantage and to hook them on their drug of choice. Some eventually struggle to the surface and find sanctuary at temples on the outskirts of the city until found and returned home, and others simply disappear.

It is not a place to send Miss Marples to find the lost. It needs someone edgy and familiar with the darkness to unravel the spider’s web of corruption and deceit. Dotan Naor is the man for the job and under the circumstances, should a child of mine go missing in a similar environment, his number would be the first I called.

The author has done a good job creating this chilling environment and the damaged characters inhabiting it.

Also in English by Yigal Zur

Read the reviews and buy the books: https://www.amazon.com/Yigal-Zur/e/B07KDWG5PS

And Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Yigal-Zur/e/B07KDWG5PS

Read more reviews and follow Yigal on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6540100.Yigal_Zur

About Yigal Zur

YIGAL ZUR is a noted writer and journalist who has written 13 books till now in Hebrew. His thriller Troubles in Paradise is the first to feature ex-Mossad agent Dotan Naor and takes place in Thailand. His second thriller Death in Shangri-la which was the first to be translated into English (published by Oceanview 2018) continue to feature Dotan Naor and takes place in North India. The third thriller in the same series is Lost in Lotus Land and takes place in Ko-Samui, Thailand and in Cambodia . ZUR wrote as well travel books and guides to India and China, a script for “Menelik – a black jewish prince” which was filmed in 1999. Amongst his published works are the novels Dark Prune, Spring of Almond’s Blossom, and The Monsoon’s End,. He has hosted successful tv travel shows.

Connect to Yigal

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/yigal.zur
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/yigalzur_author/
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/yigal-zur-57703711/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/yigalzur

Thanks for dropping in today and I hope you have enjoyed the review and will head over to check out Yigal’s books further. Thanks Sally.

 

Smorgasbord Book #Reviews – #Poetry The New Asylum: a memoir of psychiatry by Frank Prem


I have had the pleasure of reading and reviewing the previous two books by Frank Prem and eagerly awaited his latest collection The New Asylum: a memoir of psychiatry

About the collection

The New Asylum is the third volume in a series of free-verse poetry anthologies and personal memoirs from Australian author Frank Prem (Small Town Kid, Devil In The Wind).

This collection is an exposé of life in the public psychiatric system, spanning five decades and describing sometimes graphically, sometimes ironically, often poignantly, and always honestly, a search for meaning in extraordinary and often incomprehensible circumstances.

The journey begins with childhood experiences of watching immigrant parents earn their living in the Mayday Hills Mental Asylum… progresses through the oddities and antics of psychiatric nurse training in the 1970s… on to the high-pressure coalface of managing regional centres facing an inundation of modern urban challenges… and finally, settles into the generally calmer waters of a small town residential facility.

Join Frank Prem on his New Asylum journey, and discover what it means to become that particular ‘mental health creature’ that is a psychiatric nurse.

My review for The New Asylum: a memoir of psychiatry- A glimpse behind the walls created by mental health

Mental health is not an easy subject to write about as it is one of the health issues that is feared probably more than any other. For the elderly who face possible dementia, and for parents who suddenly see dramatic changes in their children’s behaviour.

Frank Prem draws on his experience as a child with parents working in the local asylum, and also as an adult psychiatric nurse and manager within the developing mental health system. He writes poignantly, not just from his own perspective but also from that of the patients. Most of whom exhibit irrational and challenging behaviours within the same diagnosed psychosis, and who can in many cases only be pacified rather than cured.

The treatments may have moved on from 50 years ago but there is still a stigma attached to mental illness and  governmental guidelines are not always supportive of the individual. There are moments of celebration when a patient is considered well enough to go home, but many face the prospect of spending the rest of their lives behind the walls of a secure institution.

It is stark but also compelling reading, and Frank Prem does not dwell on the darker side of mental illness but shares anecdotes that demonstrate the bond that is created between patient and carer. I came away with a new respect for those who dedicate their lives to looking after patients who are handicapped by lack of understanding or reason. No day seems to be the same and clearly one has to be prepared for the unexpected.

I enjoyed the flow of the verse throughout the collection that I have come to expect from this talented writer.  I also appreciate his ability to draw the reader in to the lives of those who work and reside behind the walls of the asylum.

Read the other reviews and buy the book: https://www.amazon.com/New-Asylum-memoir-psychiatry-Poetry-ebook/dp/B07YF7XNTC

And on Amazon UK:  https://www.amazon.co.uk/New-Asylum-memoir-psychiatry-Poetry-ebook/dp/B07YF7XNTC

Also by Frank Prem

Read the reviews and buy the books: https://www.amazon.com/Frank-Prem/e/B07L61HNZ4

And Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Frank-Prem/e/B07L61HNZ4

Read more reviews and follow Frank on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/18679262.Frank_Prem

About Frank Prem

I’ve been a storytelling poet for about forty years. Longer in fact, as I remember the first poem I wrote while at secondary school was about 150 – 200 words long and was accepted in lieu of a 500 word essay. I think that may have been the start.

I love to read my work to a live audience, and have audio recorded some recent recordings and popped them on my author page. I have also done some studio- recorded work under the direction and accompaniment of my wife Leanne Murphy that can be listened to there. These poems are on mythological themes and the accompaniment by Leanne makes them a little bit extraordinary.

By profession, I am a psychiatric nurse and have worked across most facets of public psychiatry and the mental health/mental illness spectrum. My experiences and reflections on what I have seen and done are the subject of a forthcoming memoir – scheduled for late 2019, or perhaps more likely, 2020.

I’ve been published in magazines, zines and anthologies, in Australia and in a number of other countries, but for a long time I haven’t sought much publication. The whims of editors are a little too capricious and unknowable, so I have preferred to hone my craft and self-publish on my poetry blogs

Leanne and I reside in the beautiful township of Beechworth in the North-East of Victoria (Australia).

Connect to Frank

Website: www.frankprem.com
Website Audio: https://frankprem.com/audio-recordings-spoken-word/
Seventeen Syllable Poetry: https://seventeensyllablepoetry.wordpress.com/
Blog: https://frankprem.wordpress.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Frank.Prem.Poet.Author

Thanks for dropping in today and I hope that you have enjoyed my review… thanks Sally.

Smorgasbord Book Reviews – A Bit About Britain’s History by Mike Biles.


Delighted to review the new release from Mike Biles – A Bit about Britain’s History: From a long time ago to quite recently.

About the book

Could this short, elegant, volume be the only book on British history you’ll ever need?

A Bit About Britain’s History is for anyone who wants a serious, yet light, introduction to Britain’s amazing story. If you don’t know the basics, or would like a reminder, this book is for you. It is also perfect for those that didn’t enjoy history at school, but who have suddenly realised they’d like to understand it a bit better now.

What did the Romans achieve? How did Christianity arrive? Who are the English and why did they fight the French so often? What is Henry VIII’s greatest legacy? When did democracy start and people get the vote? Why on earth did Britain get involved in WW1?

Organised clearly and chronologically, A Bit About Britain’s History covers every period from a long time ago until quite recently. It begins by briefly mentioning that the place was once inhabited by extremely large lizards, and ends up with a post-war 20th century consumer society. Brief articles explain the essential aspects of Britain’s past, including how the ancestors of its current inhabitants arrived, how they fought each other, formed nations, fell out over religion, acquired a large empire, became gradually more democratic, helped win a couple of world wars and were left wondering what to do next. At the end of the book are detailed timelines for each period, which provide useful reference and make fascinating reading in their own right.

A Bit About Britain’s History might be the only book on British history you’ll ever need; or it might be your stepping stone to more in-depth academic reading

My review for the book

A wonderfully succinct but rich timeline of British History.

I loved history at school and more recently I explored our own family history as part of the Oxford Gene project in 2001 and then with Ancestry DNA. Not half as interesting or entertaining as A Bit About Britain’s History. Mike Biles has succeeded in bringing every major event from the formation of the land through to the present day in an easy to read and absorb timeline. And at the back of the book you will find a very useful section summarizing those key dates and events that have forged the ethnicity, culture, religion and alliances of modern day Britain.

Clearly painstakingly researched and compiled, there is nothing dry and dusty about this book as it brings hundreds of thousands of years of history to life. There were more than a few ‘I did not know that’ moments’, and two of those were the reasons behind the name ‘Redcoats’ for British soldiers and how the Coldstream Guards got their name.

Even if history has not been one of your passions, I do recommend that you read this book as it has all the elements of a murder mystery, political thriller and action packed historical novel. Add in some humour and it will both inform and entertain you.

Whether you are British, or one of the millions around the world with British roots, this book will give you a sense of pride, in both your origins, and the incredible challenges your ancestors had to survive in order for you to be here today.

Read the reviews and buy the book in print and kindle: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Mike-Biles/e/B07W928W23

And on Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/Mike-Biles/e/B07W928W23

Follow Mike on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/19553725.Mike_Biles

About Mike Biles

Mike has lived in Britain all his life and generally loves the place, warts and all. He first learned history on his dad’s knee and went on to study medieval and modern British and European history at university. He was planning on teaching it, but then drifted into a career running his own business. Despite having worked with some of the UK’s most prestigious firms, he is often at his happiest with his nose in a history book, or exploring a historic site where the past is close. Several years ago, Mike began a blog – now an increasingly authoritative website – ‘A Bit About Britain’. He had to write a bit about Britain’s history for the website, and it seemed only sensible to put the material into his first book, ‘A Bit About Britain’s History’.

Connect to Mike Biles

Website home pagehttp://bitaboutbritain.com/
Blog pagehttp://bitaboutbritain.com/blog-2/
Facebook pagehttps://www.facebook.com/bitaboutbritain/
Twitterhttps://twitter.com/bitaboutbritain
Pinteresthttps://www.pinterest.co.uk/bit1032/

Thank you for dropping in today and  I hope you have enjoyed the review and will head over to buy and read yourself.  Thanks Sally.

Smorgasbord Blog Magazine – Weekly Round Up – The Bahamas, Chocolate, Flash Dance, Guests and Laughter.


Welcome to the weekly round up of posts that you might have missed here on Smorgasbord.

There are a few things going on around this neck of the woods in the coming weeks, including a bit of break from routine for me as I head off to dog and house sit for my sister whilst she takes on the Bay of Biscay in November on a cruise!

I will make sure the regulars are posted and there is plenty to read on the days that I am traveling. I intend to do some work on writing projects when I am away, but the good news is that the current WIP is now moving into the formatting phase and I hope to have it available by early December. It is a bit of a departure from my usual short story collections as I also include verse and flash fiction. I will let you know more about it nearer the time.

This year’s Christmas promotion

I am also plotting this year’s Christmas book promotions and I will be sharing a post in the next week or so about the International Christmas Book Fair which will including some guest posts on writing from some of the authors in the Cafe and Bookstore, offering additional separate promotional opportunities.

In the bookstore there are authors from all around the world and I want to make sure that every author is promoted. You won’t need to do a thing.. although it would be great if you would share the posts. Look out for news of this promotional feature in the last week of October with a start date of mid-November.

My thanks as always to the wonderful regular contributors and guest writers who share their work with us here. And also to you for your constant support for the blog.

Time to get on with this week’s posts….

The Travel Column this month with D.G. Kaye, is in response to the tourist board of the Bahamas request for visitors to resume their holidays on the Islands, recently devastated by the recent hurricane. Tourism is the main source of income for the Islands and without it reconstruction will be severely hampered.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/10/07/smorgasbord-blog-magazine-the-travel-column-with-d-g-kaye-the-bahamas-up-and-running-and-waiting-for-tourists/

We are coming to the end of the re-run of Jessica Norrie’s Literary Column from last year, with one more to come at the end of November with some great gift recommendations.. In the meantime, Jessica who was reaching a milestone birthday at the end of last year, shared books that were released in the year of her birth.. It is an interesting exercise to check which bestsellers were released at the same time as you were! The link is in the post.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/10/10/smorgasbord-posts-from-my-archives-the-literary-column-with-jessica-norrie-what-bestsellers-were-released-in-the-year-of-your-birth/

Robbie Cheadle rounds off her popular series on the York Chocolate Story with the conversion of the factory to make munitions and the production of high energy sweets for life rafts.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/10/07/smorgasbord-blog-magazine-guest-writer-robbie-cheadle-the-york-chocolate-series-part-five-chocolate-in-wartime-second-world-war-1939-1945/

This week my guest is Deborah Jay, with an extract from The Prince’s Man – Book One of the the Five Kingdoms Series..

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/10/13/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-sunday-interview-deborah-jay-with-an-exract-from-the-princes-man-book-one-of-the-five-kingdoms-series/

If you are offered the opportunity to do a podcast or radio interview then grab it.. but also do your preparation to make sure you are getting the right message across to encourage readers to buy your book.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/10/12/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-book-marketing-radio-or-podcast-interviews-grab-the-opportunity-by-sally-cronin/

My book review for Silent Heroes by Patricia Furstenberg. 

I recommend that if you are unfamiliar with why and how the young men and women of our armies are involved in this conflict, that you read Silent Heroes. It is a way to honour their service, that of their canine brothers-in-arms, and the bravery of the Afghanistan population, trying to exist in a country torn apart by devastating conflict.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/10/12/smorgasbord-book-reviews-afghanistan-servicedogs-silent-heroes-by-patricia-furstenberg/

Chapter Seventeen and the Opening Weekend of Killbilly Hotel has is moments…including a dead body in the lounge!

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/10/12/just-an-odd-job-girl-serialisation-chapter-seventeen-the-opening-weekend-party-by-sally-cronin/

Most guests are appreciative of old world charm.. but others not so much….drastic measures required..

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/10/13/just-an-odd-job-girl-serialisation-chapter-eighteen-some-guests-and-their-foibles-by-sally-cronin/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/10/08/smorgasbord-music-column-my-favourite-songs-from-the-movies-flashdance-what-a-feeling/

This week for Colleen’s Tuesday Poetry Challenge 148 Colleen Chesebro has given us the prompt words ‘Empty and Space and I have selected the synonyms ‘Hollow and Distance‘  A butterfly cinquain– Rejection.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/10/10/smorgasbord-poetry-colleen-chesebros-tuesday-tanka-challenge-rejection-by-sally-cronin/

In Linda Thompson’s third post, she explores the phenomenon that is the mystery of the missing sock.. it is rampant in our household too and I suspect from all the mentions online that it is now an epidemic…

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/10/07/smorgasbord-posts-from-your-archives-new-bloggers-on-the-scene-the-case-of-the-missing-sock-humour-on-the-craft-of-writing-by-linda-thompson/

This is the final post of Melanie Stewart who blogs at Leaving the Door Open: A Daughter’s stories about an aging parent. This week When The Money Runs Out

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/10/09/smorgasbord-posts-from-your-archives-new-bloggers-on-the-scene-melanie-m-stewart-when-the-money-runs-out/

This is the final  post from Peter Mohan who blogs at Cheers, Govanhill as his alter ego .. Boy David.  Why Govanhill is just like the south of France

a deckchair pictured below the M74 motorway extension in Govanhill

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/10/11/smorgasbord-posts-from-your-archives-newbloggers-why-govanhill-is-just-like-the-south-of-france-cheers-govanhill/

Ovarian cancer is one of the deadliest forms of the reproductive system. Karen Ingalls is an ovarian cancer survivor and therefore supremely qualified to write this article.. The post carries an important message about understanding how our bodies work and how we should be on the alert for anything that seems out of the ordinary. 

OUTSHINING OVARIAN CANCER  by Karen Ingalls.

photo-on-2-14-16-at-139-pm-crop-u6133https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/10/08/smorgasbord-health-column-the-female-reproductive-system-outshining-ovarian-cancer-guest-post-author-karen-ingalls/

The Obesity epidemic – Part Four– Finding a point to intervene in the life cycle – 7 – 14 –  School Lunches This week I am going to cover, what I consider the best time to intervene in the obesity epidemic, to achieve the most effective results.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/10/09/smorgasbord-health-column-the-obesity-epidemic-part-four-finding-a-point-to-intervene-in-the-life-cycle-7-14-the-brain/

New Books on the Shelves

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/10/08/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-new-book-on-the-shelves-relic-seeker-the-priestess-chronicles-book-2-by-fiona-tarr/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/10/09/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-new-book-on-the-shelves-fiction-telling-sonny-by-elizabeth-gauffreau/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/10/10/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-new-book-on-the-shelves-state-of-denial-the-state-trilogy-book-2-by-iain-kelly/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/10/11/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-new-book-on-the-shelves-pre-order-romance-the-gambling-hearts-series-book-three-my-girl-by-jacquie-biggar/

Author Update #Reviews

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/10/07/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-author-update-reviews-d-g-kaye-shehanne-moore-darlene-foster-and-coraline-grace/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/10/11/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-author-update-reviews-vashti-quiroz-vega-karen-demers-dowdall-and-judith-barrow/

A chance to showcase some fantastic posts from fellow bloggers.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/10/08/smorgasbord-blogger-daily-tuesday-october-8th-the-story-reading-ape-alison-williams-and-shehanne-moore/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/10/09/smorgasbord-blogger-daily-wednesday-october-9th-sue-vincent-natalie-ducey-and-john-w-howell/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/10/10/smorgasbord-blogger-daily-thursday-10th-october-d-g-kaye-interviews-marian-beaman-jane-sturgeon-and-friendship-and-colleen-chesebro-gutenberg/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/10/08/smorgasbord-laughter-lines-comedian-in-residence-d-g-kaye-and-a-joke-from-sallys-archives-11/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/10/10/smorgasbord-laughter-lines-comedian-in-residence-d-g-kaye-and-a-joke-from-sallys-archives-12/

Thank you again for dropping in to visit and hope you will join me again next week for more of the same.  Sally

Smorgasbord Book reviews – #Afghanistan #ServiceDogs – Silent Heroes by Patricia Furstenberg


Over the last week I have enjoyed reading Silent Heroes by Patricia Furstenberg set in Afghanistan were families, troops serving their country and service dogs, face daily dangers.

About Silent Heroes

Silent Heroes’ is a highly emotional read, action-packed, a vivid story of enormous sacrifice and bravery.

*’Silent Heroes’ is the ideal read for the fans of ‘The Kite Runner’ and ‘Dear John’!*

When Talibans descends in the village of Nauzad and discover girls can read, a woman accepts the blame and is killed on the spot for breaking the Islam law. Her teenage daughter witnesses the sacrifice and swears revenge, her life and that of her brother becoming intertwined with those of the US Marines serving at FOB Day nearby. But the Taliban is infiltrated everywhere and friends or foes are hard to differentiate.

The U.S. Marines fight with bravery to protect the civilians of Nauzad and to fend off the Taliban at Qala-e-Bost, thus protecting Bost Airport, a vital strategic point for the allies. Faced with questions about the necessity of the war, with the trauma of losing their platoon-mates and the emotional scars of battle, the US Marines race against time in one last battle of eradicating the Taliban before it is too late.

The War in Afghanistan is a contemporary, vitally important conflict whose meaning needs to be understood by the public worldwide. ‘Silent Heroes’ is a narrative about the value of life and the necessity of combat; the terror of dying; the ordeal of seeing your loved ones and your platoon-mates killed in front of your eyes; the trauma of taking a human life.

Read about very well trained MWDs, military working dogs, capable of detecting the smallest traces of explosives, working in the extreme weather condition environments, under the stressful battlefield situations that is the War in Afghanistan.

Smart and agile, at the end of the day what these dogs are looking forward to is the close bond they developed with their handlers, which call themselves the dog’s partners, brothers, daddies.

From the storyteller of the Bestseller “Joyful Trouble” comes a riveting, fictional account inspired by the War in Afghanistan, a battle that spanned centuries and has affected the lives of hundreds of thousands of innocent civilians.

“Light, knowledge, they bring the courage to look at the people around us, accepting them for what they are.”

“Do you ever think that history speaks of victors and captors, of battles and soldiers whose lives have been lost and history even counts them, but of the casualties on the civilian side?”

“When soldiers grieve, time takes a screenshot and a new star rises in the sky.”

My review for the book – Life in a war torn country.

As much as this novel is about Afghanistan and the centuries old conflicts in the region, it is about the people.  The local villagers who face the day to day challenge to grow food when all the arable land is taken by the Taliban to grow the lucrative poppy. The constant fear that armed men will descend on your community and kill indiscriminately to enforce a barbaric regime that devastates families. And the terror of IEDs that are constantly being laid across land next to your homes that murder and maim young and old alike.

One family in particular witnesses the cruelty of this enforced existence, when their mother is murdered, and a young boy and teenage girl find their lives entwined with the soldiers whose remit is to protect the villagers and to fight and remove the threats from the Taliban.

Enter another family formed by the men and their highly trained dogs at Forward Operating Base (FOB) Day. Under the leadership of the enigmatic Captain Marcos, these men and their canine companions sweep the ground around the villages to remove the IEDs repeatedly planted by the insurgents. They also undertake operations within their territory to find and attack the bands of rebels threatening both the villagers and the occupying forces.

The author does a very good job in engaging us with the cast of this tragedy that has been playing out for hundreds of years, and introduces us to the key elements of the history of the region that brings us to the present day conflict. Tribal dynamics, religious intolerance and foreign intervention all have their part to play. But at the end of the day it is those who have little say in the matter who are affected the most.

There is danger, loss and great courage shown by the young men within the unit at FOB Day and those who come to their aid, such as combat medics. We end up with a better understanding of the role of the dogs who loyally face the risks of bomb clearance daily because of their love of their handlers. We also gain an appreciation of the impact of this role on both dog and man as they are wounded physically and mentally.

We also witness the stoic tenacity of the local people to carry on with their daily lives, the courage and determination of two young people to try to bring justice and retribution to those who have devastated their family, and the sacrifice that is made by men and women who reject the tyranny.

War and its tragedy is not light reading, but Patricia Furstenberg does offer some moments that show how even when oppressed, people will find a way to create a garden of beauty and sustenance, and that the spirit of defiance and courage will find a way to flourish.

I recommend that if you are unfamiliar with why and how the young men and women of our armies are involved in this conflict, that you read Silent Heroes. It is a way to honour their service, that of their canine brothers-in-arms, and the bravery of the Afghanistan population, trying to exist in a country torn apart by devastating conflict.

Read the reviews and buy the book: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07V4GMRV6/

And on Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Silent-Heroes-Values-Worth-Fighting-ebook/dp/B07V4GMRV6

A small selection of other books by Patricia Furstenberg

Read the reviews and buy the books: https://www.amazon.com/Patricia-Furstenberg/e/B018QGC570

And on Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Patricia-Furstenberg/e/B06ZZ2H3R4

Read more reviews and follow Patricia on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/8867736.Patricia_Furstenberg

About Patricia

Patricia Furstenberg is a multi-genre author, poetess and mother. With a medical degree behind her, Patricia is passionate about history, art, dogs and the human mind. “Silent Heroes” is her 13th book and her first contemporary fiction novel. So far Patricia wrote historical fiction, poetry and children’s books. All her books have one common denominator, dogs.

What fuels her is her fascination with words and coffee. She is the author of the bestseller Joyful Trouble and a prolific writer working on her next novel already, a historical fiction. Will it feature a dog as well? Only tme will tell. Patricia lives happily with her husband, children and dogs in sunny South Africa.

Connect to Patricia.

Author Blog: http://alluringcreations.co.za/wp/
Twitter https://twitter.com/PatFurstenberg
Facebook https://www.facebook.com/PatriciaFurstenbergAuthor
LinkedIn https://www.linkedin.com/in/patriciafurstenberg
Pinteresthttp://www.pinterest.com/patfurstenberg

Thank you for dropping in today and I hope that you will also enjoy reading Silent Heroes as much as I did. Sally

Smorgasbord Blog Magazine – The Weekly Round Up – First Class Jazz, Guests, Food,Books with a dash of Humour thrown in..


Welcome to the weekly round up with some of the posts you might have missed on Smorgasbord..

This week has been interesting with the tail end of Lorenzo and with two more storm fronts rolling in behind it. I almost got my wish for my own swimming pool right outside the front door but thankfully we had one sunny day in the week and another today to evaporate some of the moisture. I have decided that my arthritis in my knee is actually rust and am going to see if the DIY hack of using WD40 might help.

But I cannot complain as the tiny pansies that I planted along with the mini cyclamens are thriving despite wind and rain and they are clearly Irish born and bred.

The week’s continue to fly by and hard to believe it is October, until you go into the supermarket and see that Quality Street is back in tins, two for a tenner and frozen turkey’s are on special! They do draw the line at mentioning the ‘C’ word but any week now..

Anyway… here are the posts from the week and thanks to the contributors who give up their time and offer their expertise to us all.. and to you for your continued support.

This week William Price King shares the life and music of Bill Evans, American Jazz pianist and composer (1929 – 1980).

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/10/01/smorgasbord-blog-magazine-the-music-column-with-william-price-king-bill-evans-jazz-pianist-and-composer/

Author Robbie Cheadle has been sharing  The York Chocolate story with us, following her recent trip to the UK. The York Chocolate Series Part Four – Chocolate in wartime First World War 1914 – 1918

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/09/30/smorgasbord-blog-magazine-guest-writer-robbie-cheadle-the-york-chocolate-series-part-four-chocolate-in-wartime-first-world-war-1914-1918/

Annette Rochelle Aben takes us through the Universal Energy of October… what does it hold in store for you?

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/09/30/smorgasbord-blog-magazine-your-universal-energy-for-october-with-annette-rochelle-aben/

The series continues after the summer break with a look at the minerals we can become deficient in… this week we feature Calcium and Carol Taylor whips up a couple of great recipes to make sure you and your family are getting sufficient.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/10/02/smorgasbord-health-column-cook-from-scratch-to-prevent-nutritional-deficiencies-with-sally-cronin-and-carol-taylor-minerals-calcium/

Silvia Todesco shares the recipe for a wonderfully warming autumn soup..Orange Creamy Butternut..

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https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/10/03/smorgasbord-blog-magazine-italian-cookery-with-silvia-todesco-orange-creamy-butternut-squash-soup-energize-your-mood-and-satisfy-your-palate/

Today my guest is Marian Longenecker Beaman talking about her recently released memoir Mennonite Daughter: The Story of a Plain Girl.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/10/06/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-sunday-author-interview-marian-longenecker-beaman-and-an-excerpt-from-mennonite-daughter-the-story-of-a-plain-girl/

It is my mother’s birthday today and she would have been 102. Goodness knows what mischief she would have been up to if still with us, but I have a feeling that she is probably with my father and has got him suited and booted and going to a dinner dance tonight. Happy Birthday Mollie Eileen (The Duchess) 1917 – 2012

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/10/05/smorgasbord-posts-from-my-archives-happy-birthday-mollie-eileen-the-duchess-1917-2012/

Imogen heads off to the wilds of Cornwall to start working at Killbilly Hotel… with a very spooky welcome..Chapter Fifteen – Killbilly Hotel, Cornwall and a Gothic Welcome.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/10/05/just-an-odd-job-girl-serialisation-chapter-fifteen-killbilly-hotel-in-cornwall-and-a-gothic-welcome/

The new job begins training up the staff for the opening weekend party. Chapter Sixteen.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/10/06/just-an-odd-job-girl-serialisation-chapter-sixteen-the-new-job-begins-at-the-killbilly-hotel-sally-cronin/

This week it is poet’s choice for Colleen’s Tuesday Poetry Challenge 147 and since time is whizzing faster than I can keep up with… I thought I would remind you just what October is really all about…time to get prepared for the night of reckoning….The Spell by Sally Cronin

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/10/03/smorgasbord-poetry-colleen-chesebros-tuesday-tanka-challenge-poets-choice-double-etheree-the-spell-by-sally-cronin/

Delighted to share my review for the latest children’s book by Eloise de Sousa.. Space Dust which is available in print.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/10/05/smorgasbord-book-reviews-by-sally-cronin-childrens-space-dust-by-eloise-de-sousa/

Getting yourself noticed locally – Media

Despite the fact that it is very difficult to get the attention of the mainstream media, I still believe that you should make every effort to get your book noticed.  If you have done everything right – well written, edited, formatted and produced either in print, E-book or both, then it deserves your best shot.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/10/05/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-book-marketing-getting-yourself-noticed-locally-media-and-bookshops-sally-cronin/

New Book on the Shelves

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/10/01/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-new-book-on-the-shelves-viral-blues-the-hat-book-2-by-c-s-boyack/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/10/03/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-new-book-on-the-shelves-poetry-the-new-asylum-by-frank-prem/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/10/02/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-new-book-on-the-shelves-sci-fi-preorder-andorra-pett-and-her-sister-by-richard-dee/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/10/04/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-new-book-on-the-shelves-irishfiction-under-a-dark-cloud-by-mary-crawley/

Author Update #Reviews

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/09/30/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-author-updates-reviews-miriam-hurdle-jessica-norrie-cynthia-reyes-and-gwendolyn-plano/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/10/04/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-author-update-reviews-colleen-m-chesebro-sally-harris-and-sandra-j-jackson/

In her second post, Linda Thompson shares her encounter with Donna C… who matured faster than her fellow schoolmates and had two elder sisters to give her a head start. Linda also has some wisdom to share on body image.. Thank you, Donna C., Wherever You Are

Hippy girl clip art

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/09/30/smorgasbord-posts-from-your-archives-new-bloggers-on-the-scene-thank-you-donna-c-wherever-you-are-humour-on-body-image-adolescence-by-linda-thompson/

This is the third post of Melanie Stewart who blogs at Leaving the Door Open: A Daughter’s stories about an aging parent.  In this post, Melanie’s mother faces the loss of a friend who had become like a sister to her. Saying Goodbye, a Story of a Friendship

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/10/02/smorgasbord-posts-from-your-archives-new-bloggers-on-the-scene-melanie-m-stewart-saying-goodbye-a-story-of-a-friendship/

This is the third  post from Peter Mohan who blogs at Cheers, Govanhill In this post witty observations on the absurdity of modern life. I’m not going to Polmadie at this time of night

A statue of Oor Wullie dressed as Jimi Hendrix, one of many across Glasgow

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/10/04/smorgasbord-posts-from-your-archives-newbloggers-im-not-going-to-polmadie-at-this-time-of-night-cheers-govanhill/

 

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/10/01/smorgasbord-blogger-daily-tuesday-october-1st-2019-challenge-special-colleen-chesebro-d-wallace-peachcharli-mills-and-carol-j-foster/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/10/03/smorgasbord-blogger-daily-thursday-october-3rd-2019-amy-m-reade-jennie-fitzkee-and-mary-smith/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/10/04/smorgasbord-blogger-daily-friday-october-4th-2019-pete-springer-beth-i-didnt-have-my-glasses-on-janet-gogerty-and-jim-borden/

The Female Reproductive System – The fertile years 10 – 50 years old. In this third part of the series on the female reproductive system a look at some of the health issues that might occur in the 40 years that it is active.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/10/01/smorgasbord-health-column-the-female-reproductive-system-an-overview-of-health-issues-sally-cronin/

In  part two of this series I looked at diet from two to seven years old with the emphasis on  developing a healthy immune system in a relatively short window of time. This week I look at declining activity levels for this age group.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/10/02/smorgasbord-health-column-the-obesity-epidemic-part-three-finding-a-point-to-intervene-in-the-life-cycle-2-to-7-years-old-activity-sally-cronin/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/10/01/smorgasbord-laughter-lines-comedian-in-residence-d-g-kaye-and-a-joke-from-sallys-archives-8/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/10/03/smorgasbord-laughter-lines-comedian-in-residence-d-g-kaye-and-a-joke-from-sallys-archives-9/

Thank you for dropping in and I hope you have a fantastic week ahead… Sally.

Smorgasbord Book Reviews by Sally Cronin – #Children’s – Space Dust by Eloise de Sousa


Delighted to share my review for the latest children’s book by Eloise de Sousa.. Space Dust which is available in print.

About Space Dust

We’re going on a trip in Big Ox’s canoe. Watch the fire bears roar on Venus as pepper pot trees grow on the moon. As Big Ox steers us to the planets, Litte One wonders if Mum will come home soon.

My review for Space Dust

A wonderful journey around the planets in a canoe paddled by a favourite spoon that will delight younger readers, and those reading the story to them. There are beautifully colourful illustrations between the stages of the trip, which will encourage a pause in the storytelling, offering an opportunity to discuss the journey so far. The two main characters, Big Ox and Little One are lovable travel companions as they head off in search of Little One’s mum. and discover creatures such as sea horses swimming in creamy mushroom soup. It is also an excellent introduction to our solar system for young children, and definitely a book to stimulate imagination and creativity.

At this time of year I am always looking out for print books for children for Christmas gifts that they can physically hold and enjoy many times. I can recommend Space Dust as a perfect example of this.

The book is in print and available at LULU books: http://www.lulu.com/shop/eloise-de-sousa/space-dust/paperback/product-24212518.html

And also on Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0244808430

And Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/0244808430

A small selection of other books by Eloise de Sousa

Read the reviews and buy the books: https://www.amazon.com/Eloise-De-Sousa/e/B00JKTFVXI

And on Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Eloise-De-Sousa/e/B00JKTFVXI

Read the reviews on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7781215.Eloise_De_Sousa

About Eloise de Sousa

Finding heroes and villains is easy – capturing their essence in a story is harder.

Eloise thrives on creating characters that make you want to reach into the book and shake them, hug them or arrest them. Her children’s books follow real life trends told through easy stories that face bullying or social issues which open children’s minds to the opportunity to question the world around them.

With the few books written thus far, Eloise plans to capture more villains and weave more tales to inspire or frighten her readers (whichever is appropriate!). She will be publishing a few more stories in the coming months.

Connect to Eloise

Website: https://eloiseds.com/
Blog: https://eloisedesousa.wordpress.com/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/mello_elo
Facebook author Page: https://www.facebook.com/eloisebookcorner/

Thank you for dropping in today and I hope that you will head over to discover more about Eloise’s books. thanks Sally

You can find the other books that I recommend for children and adults in this directory: https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/smorgasbord-book-reviews-2018-2019/

Smorgasbord Blog Magazine – The Weekly Round Up – A Fairy Story, Evergreen, Chocolate, Health, New Books and Reviews oh and a lot of laughter..


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

September 29th each year is a very special date for us… and I thought I would share with you a fairy story that explains its significance.

Once upon a time there was a red-headed girl who was assistant manager in a hotel in a small hamlet in Mid-Wales.  Bontddu ( the dd is th in Welsh and the u is ee so pronounced Bontthee) I mention this as my mother insisted on telling everyone that Sally was working in a hotel in Bonteedudu!

I had been there for 18 months and to be honest, the little time I had between shifts was spent either sleeping or walking (I had no car) to the two towns equal distance 5 miles each way. Dolgellau and Barmouth a delightful seaside resort with a long sandy beach.

I had been married before for seven years and that had foundered around the four year mark but dragged on for another three (I must have broken a mirror). I was quite determined that I was never getting married again after this experience, and to this end I still wore a wedding ring to deter any possible overtures I might have been lucky enough to receive.

On one sunny Snowdonia morning (rare at certain times of the year) I intercepted a phone call in reception from someone wishing to book two rooms for two weeks.  I will admit that I was quite taken with the soft Irish accent of the man on the other end of the phone, and having reserved the two rooms, I put the receiver down and turned to one of the receptionists and uttered the famous last words ” He sounds rather nice, I think I’ll marry him!”  Much hilarity ensued and a week went by.

On the day of the reservation I had been off for a few hours and returned to assume restaurant management duties.  In those days I was required to wear a long dress in the evenings at dinner and guests were formally accompanied to their tables.  It was not long before I identified the Irish accent as Room 40.  Tall, dark haired and very handsome, a veritable Prince Charming.  To be honest I was all of a twitter (not the 140 character kind) and during the course of my duties I enquired of room 40 if he had been given sufficient crackling….

To cut a short story even shorter.  I arranged a number of meetings and dinners for Room 40, and two weeks went by without so much of flicker of interest from said resident.  If not for the opportune intervention of a couple who were regular guests at the hotel it may well have remained a disappointing encounter.

They enquired, obviously in earshot of Room 40, if my divorce had been finalised.  I replied that I had received that particular gift on my birthday back in February, and that I was officially free again.  Well, talk about Speedy Gonzalez…. before I could say I was not that kind of girl, the next day I was taken out on my day off for lunch, treated to a Chinese Takeaway when I got off duty that night, and presented with a Celtic pendant for all my assistance..

There must have been more than MSG in the Chinese because I suddenly heard the words “I think there is only one thing for us to do, will you marry me”

I think my flabber must have been well and truly gasted because before I could laugh at this insane proposal, on our first date, barely past first name terms, I said yes.

That was 29th September 1980, 13 days after his arrival at the hotel and into my life. And forget the long engagement.  He found us a flat in Dolgellau, posted the bans at the local registry office and 39 years ago on November 15th, we were married on a wild and blustery Welsh morning.  Even more shocked than the bride where her parents, the groom’s parents and my boss.

After the proposal David left to get the flat organised whilst I went into the hotel for the normal busy Saturday.  My boss was enjoying his morning coffee with the local paper when I announced casually I was getting married… “Who the hell to”…was the response and mine ” Room 40″

We have travelled the world together, lived in 17 homes both temporary and permanent, worked side by side and on occasion in separate countries.  We have had our moments but they have been brief and usually down to me being a bit of a handful! We are best friends and have shared laughter, loss and humour, and somewhere I believe there is a very smug fairy godmother….

Time to get on with this week’s posts that you might have missed….

As always my thanks to contributors and guests who take the time to write such amazing posts, that are informative, entertaining and inspiring.  And to you for dropping in and being part of the week.

Jessica Norrie is exploring books that are set on the coastline in various places around the world. I love the sea and hope that when we buy our final house it has a view of the ocean and all its changing moods.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/09/26/smorgasbord-posts-from-my-archives-the-literary-column-with-jessica-norrie-coasting-with-spies-and-criminals-1903-2018/

Today my guests is Abbie Johnson Taylor who shares her inspirations and writing with an excerpt from her latest release The Red Dress.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/09/29/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-sunday-author-interview-abbie-johnson-taylor-with-an-excerpt-from-the-red-dress/

The York Chocolate Series – Part Three – Chocolate in wartime Second Anglo Boer War 1899 – 1902 – In 1899, war broke out for the second time between the British Empire and the two Boer Republics in South Africa. In advance of Christmas 1899, Queen Victoria asked Cadbury, which held a Royal Warrant as suppliers of cocoa and chocolate products, to produce tins of chocolate to send to the British men fighting in South Africa as a gift..

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/09/23/smorgasbord-blog-magazine-guest-writer-robbie-cheadle-the-york-chocolate-series-part-three-chocolate-in-wartime-second-anglo-boer-war-1899-1902/

A combined post today with a new book promotion and my review for The Quest for Home, the second book in the Crossroads Trilogy by Jacqui Murray.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/09/29/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-new-book-on-the-shelves-and-review-the-quest-for-home/

Previously  Imogen takes a temporary job selling advertising for a local paper and ends up running a very interesting section … selling personal services! Chapter Thirteen – Makeover and the art of buying a car.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/09/28/just-an-odd-job-girl-serialisation-chapter-thirteen-chapter-thirteen-makeover-and-the-art-of-buying-a-car/

Previously  Imogen went into Central London for a much needed makeover and shopping trip, which brought to mind her friends escapades when buying a new car. She now moves on to a private school where she finds more interesting characters. Chapter Fourteen – Mayhew School for Boys and Girls.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/09/29/just-an-odd-job-girl-serialisation-chapter-fourteen-mayhew-school-for-boys-and-girls/

Time for this week’s response to Colleen’s Tuesday Poetry Challenge 146 and this week we are tasked with finding synonyms for the words ‘Fall and Give‘.. and I have chosen ‘Drop and Gift’..

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/09/26/smorgasbord-poetry-colleen-chesebros-tuesday-tanka-challenge-double-etheree-a-celebration-by-sally-cronin/

This week on the  Carrot Ranch Flash Fiction Challenge by Charli Mills   the challenge was to write a story in 99 words on the subject of someone unremembered…The Close Match

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/09/29/smorgasbord-short-stories-carrot-ranch-flash-fiction-the-close-match-by-sally-cronin/

This week I am going to Facebook in relation to book marketing and also the benefits of joining an exclusive watering hole on social media platforms

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/09/28/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-book-marketing-online-watering-holes-for-authors-facebook-exclusive-watering-holes-by-sally-cronin/

This week a song that many of us remember and still love today.. Evergreen by Barbra Streisand from the 1976 film “A Star is Born

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/09/24/smorgasbord-music-column-my-favourite-songs-from-the-movies-barbra-streisand-evergreen-love-theme-from-a-star-is-born/

Linda Thompson’s first post is a wonderful, nostalgic look back through the years to special family dinners and how it is so important that our elderly parents are given the opportunity to still feel useful in our lives. A Place at the Table for All

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/09/23/smorgasbord-posts-from-your-archives-newbloggers-a-place-at-the-table-for-all-on-aging-parents-by-linda-thompson/

This is the final post from educator and author Pete Springer .I think most of us who have finished our careers allegedly to retire, find there are elements of our jobs that are missed, and in this post, Pete shares the ones that he misses the most about teaching. What I Miss Most About Being a Teacher by Pete Springer

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/09/24/smorgasbord-posts-from-your-archives-newbloggers-what-i-miss-most-about-being-a-teacher-by-pete-springer/

This is the second post of Melanie Stewart, she is faced with a logistical nightmare to get on the road for a trip and deal with a sudden change to her 87 year old mother, Ginny’s cable set up. The Cable Debacle.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/09/25/smorgasbord-posts-from-your-archives-new-bloggers-on-the-scene-melanie-m-stewart-the-cable-debacle-2019/

This is the second  post from Peter Mohan who blogs at Cheers, Govanhill as his alter ego .. Boy David. I selected this post as we head into the late autumn and we get visitors both of the garden variety and field. Footprints in the Butter – Cheers Govanhill.

a collage of mice, all over the flat

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/09/27/smorgasbord-posts-from-your-archives-newbloggers-footprints-in-the-butter-cheers-govanhill/

New books on the shelves

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/09/23/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-new-book-on-the-shelves-fragments-of-a-dream-by-ruth-larrea/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/09/25/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-new-book-on-the-shelves-little-miss-history-travels-to-hyde-park-home-of-franklin-d-roosevelt-presidential-library-museumby-barbara-ann-mojica/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/09/26/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-new-book-on-the-shelves-pre-order-haunted-house-ghost-death-at-the-fall-festival-braxton-campus-mysteries-book-5-james-j-cudney/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/09/27/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-new-on-the-shelves-children-petra-pencil-pines-for-pizza-by-dawn-doig/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/09/28/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-new-book-on-the-shelves-three-ingredients-book-2-by-teagan-riordain-geneviene/

Author Updates – Reviews and offers.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/09/23/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-author-updates-reviews-janice-spina-marian-beaman-and-marcia-meara/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/09/27/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-author-update-reviews-mike-biles-harmony-kent-jean-lee-offer-from-andrew-joyce/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/09/24/smorgasbord-blogger-daily-tuesday-24th-september-2019-miriam-hurdle-norah-colvin-and-cynthia-reyes/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/09/25/smorgasbord-blogger-daily-wednesday-september-25th-2019-john-maberry-third-age-patricia-furstenberg-southafrica-sandra-j-jackson-authorinterview/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/09/26/smorgasbord-blogger-daily-thursday-26th-september-2019-jane-risdon-interview-olga-nunez-miret-and-amy-m-reade-reviewing-books/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/09/27/smorgasbord-blogger-daily-friday-september-27th-2019-d-g-kaye-interviews-stevie-turner-carol-taylor-pies-paddy-cummins-guinness/

The major organs and systems of the body – The female reproductive system, the endocrine system and hormones.

Main-parts-of-the-Brain-72dpi

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/09/24/smorgasbord-health-column-major-organs-and-systems-of-the-body-the-female-and-male-reproductive-system-endocrine-system-and-hormones/

The obesity epidemic and finding a point to intervene in the life cycle – this week the diet of two to seven year olds, can determine their health in adulthood.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/09/25/smorgasbord-health-column-the-obesity-epidemic-part-two-finding-a-point-to-intervene-in-the-life-cycle-2-to-7-years-old-diet-by-sally-cronin/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/09/24/smorgasbord-laughter-lines-comedian-in-residence-d-g-kaye-and-a-joke-from-sallys-archives-6/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/09/26/smorgasbord-laughter-lines-comedian-in-residence-d-g-kaye-and-a-joke-from-sallys-archives-7/

 

Thank you so much for being part of the week here on Smorgasbord, and I hope you have enjoyed your visit.. please pop in again next week.. thanks Sally.

 

 

Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore – New Book on the Shelves – And Review – The Quest for Home Book 2 of the Crossroads Trilogy) by Jacqui Murray


Delighted to feature the second book in The Crossroads Trilogy – The Quest for Home by Jacqui Murray, and include my own review for the book.  You can find my review for book one here Survival of the Fittest

About The Quest for Home

Driven from her home. Stalked by enemies. Now her closest ally may be a traitor.

“Bravo Jacqui! A fine read and meticulous research.” — Sue Harrison, author of the acclaimed Ivory Carver Trilogy,

Xhosa flees what she had hoped would be her new home after being attacked by invaders from the North. She leads her People on a grueling journey through unknown and dangerous lands of what we now call Europe. As she struggles to overcome strangers around her and disruptions within her People, Xhosa faces the reality that her most dangerous enemy may not be the one she expected. It may be one she has trusted with her life.

The story is set 850,000 years ago, a time in prehistory when man populated most of Eurasia. He was a violent species, fully capable of addressing the many hardships that threatened his survival except for one: future man, a smarter version of himself, one destined to obliterate any who came before.

Based on a true story, this is an unforgettable saga of hardship and determination, conflict and passion as early man spreads across Eurasia. Xhosa must regularly does the impossible which is good because nothing less than the future of mankind is at stake.

My Review for The Quest for Home – a beautifully written history of our ancestors.

Having read book one – Survival of the Fittest, I was eagerly awaiting the second in the Crossroads Trilogy, The Quest for Home. And I most certainly was not disappointed. Thanks to the author’s extensive research and storytelling in the first book, I was already familiar with the era, the main characters and the environment that they are existing in, and it was easy to slip back into their world. Jacqui Murray writes so vividly, that you forget that communication would have been mostly non-verbal, and that these ancestors of ours, would have looked somewhat different from the faces and and bodies we see in the mirror each day.

They are human, and as well as an extraordinary instinct for survival, they also exhibit the same emotions we do today. Jealousy, greed, betrayal but also love, sacrifice and great courage in the face of what would seem insurmountable odds. Harsh landscapes and weather, lands that are fiercely guarded by uncompromising guardians, internal turmoil and politics and lack of shelter, food and water.

We follow Xhosa’s people with their fellow travellers from different tribes and stages of human evolution, on a quest to find the promised land of plenty. Not so different from many of present day humans who are on a migration path to find a sanctuary. We are also drawn into the challenges suffered by Rainbow’s people who split from Xhosa in the last book. They too face dangers and disputes as they seek to return to the safety of her leadership.

It is an adventure, thriller, love story, mystery and also a moving history of our people. Those that 850,000 years ago, migrated across uncharted territory to find a place to call home, are worthy of our respect.

I highly recommend that you read the two previous books by Jacqui Murray about early man, beginning with Born in a Treacherous Time and then Survival of the Fittest, and get to know and understand where you have evolved from.

Read the reviews and buy the book: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07WSGPFH5/

And Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B07WSGPFH5

A selection of other books by Jacqui Murray

Read all the reviews and buy the books  Amazon Author Page US

And: Amazon UK

 Read more reviews and follow Jacqui on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/84832.Jacqui_Murray

About Jacqui Murray

Jacqui Murray is the webmaster for Worddreams, her blog about all things writing. She is the author of the popular Building a Midshipman, the story of her daughter’s journey from high school to United States Naval Academy, the Rowe-Delamagente thrillers, and the upcoming prehistoric fiction, Born in a Treacherous Time. She is also the author/editor of over a hundred books on integrating tech into education, adjunct professor of technology in education, webmaster for Ask a Tech Teacher an Amazon Vine Voice  a columnist for TeachHUB, monthly contributor to Today’s Author, and a freelance journalist on tech ed topics.

Connect to Jacqui Murray

Blog: Worddreams,
Twitter: @WordDreams
PinterestAsk a Tech Teacher
Amazon author pageJacqui Murray
Writing websiteJacquiMurray.net

Thank you for dropping in today and I hope you will enjoy discovering Jacqui’s book for yourselves.. thanks Sally.

You can read the other reviews for books that I recommend in this directory: https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/smorgasbord-book-reviews-2018-2019/