Smorgasbord Blog Magazine Weekly Round Up – 3rd – 9th October 2021 – James Bond, 1979 Hits, Green Kitchen, Stories, Book Reviews, Bloggers, Health and Humour


Welcome to the round up of post you might have missed during the week here on Smorgasbord.

We have been busy enough around here with final end of summer jobs in the garden… more topsoil and the turf coming in next week to complete the lawn work in the front of the house.. and then we finish the back in the next month. They need to be done before we put the house on the market next year and then we can start on the redecoration inside… it is five years since we did the last round and it needs freshening up.

We have been talking about where we go next, it will still be in Ireland and we are leaning towards the coast between Wexford and Waterford giving us access to both of them but still in a rural or coastal location if possible. The motorway that now goes all the way from Dublin to Wexford is to be extended on to Waterford in the next few years and that will make it very much easier to travel that southern coast.

My mother’s family originate from a small hamlet called Ballinacura in cork. Having managed last year to gain access to some records from the 1820s, it looks like the men in the family were pilots who would row out to ships and bring them into harbour. They also worked on the river.. When we move we are going to explore further in person which is much more effective. David’s family moved to Waterford from Cork and so we both have our origins there.

Just a note about the next couple of months. I am in writing mode at the moment and so I am scheduling non time sensitive posts out two weeks or so. If you are in the Cafe and Bookstore and have a new book due to be released.. either on pre-order or available in the next month or so, please email me on sally.cronin@moyhill.com so I can put a date in the diary to share the news.

 

We went to see No Time To Die the latest Bond film on Wednesday. It is a long film 2hour 45 minutes but it is action packed and the time flew by. It was certainly a great send off for Daniel Craig as James Bond and tied off quite a few loose ends with some surprises along the way. We had recently rewatched Spectre and this film picks up where the story left off . I still think Skyfall was the best of his films but can recommend this to all Bond fans and it will be interesting who picks up the 007 designation next.  Here is the official trailer courtesy of James Bond 007  

Gwen Plano shared her reviews for three poetry collections in a lovely feature this week and I was in great company with Elizabeth Gauffreau and Colleen Chesebro...

I hope you will pop over to read Gwen’s reviews: Gwen Plano – Reviews for Colleen, Liz and Sally

This week William Price King, Carol Taylor and D.G. Kaye have done an amazing job with their contributions and so grateful to everyone who has visited, liked, commented and shared the posts.

And congratulations to contributor to the laughter series Malcolm Allen and his long term partner Sarah who married earlier in the week. Here is a lovely photograph of the occasion.

On with the show

Chart Hits 1979 Part Two – Neil Diamond and Barbra Streisand, Earth Wind and Fire, Abba and Dire Straits

Carol Taylor’s Green Kitchen – October 2021 – Yeast Free Raisin and Cinnamon bread, Hair Conditioner, Fabric softener, World Food Day

Usher Taking Things for Granted

Vanessa – In a Dilemma

1965 – Lancashire – The Sound of Music – Something Good and The Lonely Goatherd

Turning Back the Clock – The Hormone Factor Part One – by Sally Cronin

#Anthology – The Shadows We Breathe (volume 1) Edited by Sarah Brentyn and contributing authors

New Review #Memoir – Flashes of Life: True Tales of the Extraordinary Ordinary by Pamela S. Wight

Book Reviews Rewind – #Children’s #Adventure – Felix Finds Out by Elizabeth Merry

September Recap – #Children Dawn Doig, #Dogs Andrew Cotter, #Fantasy Richard Dee, #Poetry Annette Rochelle Aben, #Murder #Mystery Sharon Marchisello

Weekly Grocery Shopping List by Nutrient – Part One – Vitamins A – B by Sally Cronin

Meet My Best Friend San by D.G. Kaye

The amazing Jennie Fitzkee who delights us with her stories from her classroom came to the attention of the producers of the Kelly Clarkson Show and that began a wonderful adventure with the culmination in Jennie’s appearance on the show.

Jennie Fitzkee is a guest on the Kelly Clarkson Show..

How To Write The Perfect Titles For All Your Blog Posts #BloggingTips by Hugh W. Roberts

#Writing and our #Health by D.L. Finn… on Story Empire

#Finance -Squeeze the Most out of Your Money – Part 1 by Sharon Marchisello

Tuesday October 5th 2021- #Connections Jane Sturgeon, #Cats Nikki Fries, #Food Carol Taylor, #Launch Chris Hall and Elizabeth Gauffreau, #Revews Diana Peach

Thursday 7th October 2021 – #Haunting Rebecca Budd, #Reviews Sandra Cox, #Interview Melanie Stewart with Sharon Marchisello, #Update and #Llamas Mary Smith, #OracleCards D.G. Kaye

Old Dog Tray by Sarah Taylor

New Author on the Shelves – #Historical #Witchcraft – Bitter Magic by Nancy Kilgore

Word Weaving #1: A Word Craft Journal of Syllabic Verse – The Moons of Autumn. – Colleen Chesebro and other Poets

#Reviews – #Fantasy M.J. Mallon, #Poetry Elizabeth Gauffreau, #Suspense Joan Hall

#Reviews – #Fantasy Yvette Calliero, #Romance #Mystery Mae Clair, #western #romance Sandra Cox

Smorgasbord Laughter Lines Extra Rewind- Courtroom funnies host Sally Cronin

October 7th 2020 – Hosts Debby Gies and Sally Cronin – Baked Beans and Great Expectations

 

Thanks for dropping in today and hope you have enjoyed the posts.. please join me again next week… Sally.

Smorgasbord Blog Magazine Weekly Round Up – 22nd – 28th August 2021 – Out and About, ABBA, Book Reviews, Children’s Books, Short Stories, Health and Humour


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

A week of sunny weather which we have enjoyed very much, so sorry that some places in the world are still experiencing the extreme heat and bush fire risk as well as on the other side of the coin.. severe flooding. It has been an opportunity to get weather related jobs down on the outside of the house and in the garden although I can only claim supervisory and catering responsibilities for the work!  Everything looks so much brighter with a new coat of paint…including he who wields the brush!

Charlie Update

The young crow we are rehabilitating is enjoying luxury accommodation at night with a running buffet of rice, raw egg, tuna in sunflower oil and meal worms.. (dead thank goodness).. He is eating well now despite his beak still not opening fully, and we know this by the amount of poop evident in the morning that requires cleaning.

He now has much more energy and we put what food is left in his dish out in the back garden near the bird feeders and whereas in the early days he would scuttle off if starlings or sparrows came near it, he is now defending his bowl and chasing them off. He still makes funny noises and we think he might be mimicking the chickens next door…

It is strange to see this lone crow surrounded by starlings and sparrows as they forage for seed I sprinkle on the ground but they seem to accept his squawk is worse than his peck.

He has put on weight and is attempting to fly from spots he has found in the garden that offer him some elevation. Hopefully another couple of weeks of food, rest and activity during the day he will be ready to take to the skies.

A very special week as for me as a writer, with reviews for Life is Like a Mosaic being shared. Every review I receive is such a gift. I know how many books are waiting patiently on everyone’s TBRs and so grateful when time is found to read mine. So huge thanks to Robbie Cheadle, Diana Wallace Peach and Toni Pike for their features this week they have boosted my confidence no end.

Robbie Cheadle – Robbie’s Inspiration

Diana Wallace Peach – Myths of the Mirror

Toni Pike – Website and Blog

As always my thanks to the regular contributors who make such a difference to the blog.. William Price King (back from his break next week) Debby Gies and Malcolm Allen with their take on humour. Thank you too for all your support during the week.. as always appreciated.

Now on with the show….

Chart Hits 1976 – Part Two – ABBA, Lou Rawls, Elton John, Kiki Dee and The Four Seasons

What’s in a Name? – Volume One – Jane – The Surprise by Sally Cronin

Jack – A VIP Visitor by Sally Cronin

Authors on Facebook.. Pages and Groups

and

Book Marketing and Public Relations – #Twitter and #LinkedIn.. Cons of marketing online by Sally Cronin

Crown Cinquain – Lullaby

Smorgasbord Coffee Morning – Bring a Guest – Author Jane Risdon and International Stylist and Journalist Dennie Pasion

New Review – #Prehistoric #Adventure – Laws of Nature (Dawn of Humanity Book 2) by Jacqui Murray

Book Reviews Rewind – #Children’s – Tina Lost In A Crowd by Miriam Hurdle

Smorgasbord Book Reviews Rewind – #Fantasy #Adventure #Humour – H.M.S Lanternfish (The Lanternfish Series Book 2) by C.S. Boyack

Family Health A-Z -Pre-Diabetes – A billion at risk of diabetes worldwide by Sally Cronin

Solar Eclipse by Darlene Foster

Monday 23rd August 2021 – #Roundup Carol Taylor – #Interview M.J Mallon and Allan Hudson, #Ebookformatting Colleen Chesebro

Tuesday 24th August 2021 – #Review Toni Pike for Robbie Cheadle, #Childhood Pete Springer, #Writers D.G. Kaye

Wednesday 25th August 2021- #Interview Marcia Meara and Sharon Marchisello, #Heartbreak Donna Parker, #Funnies The Story Reading Ape..

Smorgasbord Children’s Reading Room – #Reviews – #History Barbara Ann Mojica, #Adventure #Monkeys Joyce Murphy

New Author on the Shelves – #Romance Christmas at the Leaves of Change Café: Book 1 in the Leaves of Change Cafe Series by Sarah L. Campbell

New Book on the Shelves – #Teen/YA #Sci-fi #Fantasy – The Syk’m by Richard Dee

New Book on the Shelves – #Mystery, #Thriller – Vigilantes: A Drake Alexander Adventure by Allan Hudson

New Author on the Shelves – #Timetravel – Traveller Inceptio: Traveller Book 1 (Traveller Series) by Rob Shackleford

#Reviews -#Life Pamela S. Wight, #Cyberpunk C.S. Boyack, #Poetry Elizabeth Gauffreau

#Fantasy M.J. Mallon, #Biographical #Fiction Roz Morris, #Poetry Robbie Cheadle

Reviews – #Family Anne Goodwin, #Historical Noelle Granger, #Historical Andrew Joyce.

August 24th 2021 – Hosts Debby Gies and Sally Cronin – Singles Bars and Inflight Panic

August 26th 2021 – Hosts Debby Gies and Sally Cronin – Deafness and Questions!

August 27th 2021 – Malcolm Allen – Search Engines and Oxymoron Museum

 

Thanks for dropping in and for all your support.. I hope you have an amazing weekend and will join me again next week… Sally.

Smorgasbord Coffee Morning – Bring a Guest – Author Jane Risdon and International Stylist and Journalist Dennie Pasion


Recently I ran a series Public Relations for Authors which focused on how we are perceived by those who view our profile photographs, biographies and presence on social media. This included guest posts on other writer’s blogs. Here is an opportunity to not only promote your own blog or books, but those of someone you admire as well.

Is there an inspiring individual, blogger or an author you would like to give a boost to who might enjoy joining you for a coffee and a piece of cake with us all?

Details on how to participate are at the end of this next post in the series.

Today Jane Risdon has invited along her cousin Dennie Pasion who has enjoyed a fabulous career as a stylist to the wealthy and famous around the world. Fascinating background and her expertise is available now in workshops and books.

Author Jane Risdon and International Stylist and Journalist Dennie Pasion

Introduction by Jane

Families are strange entities. Some are close and live in each other’s pockets, never moving far from their roots, and others, like my own, have all flown the nest and ended up thousands of miles apart.

For the first time in twenty-five years, I saw my cousin, Dennie Pasion, via Skype, when we both were in a meeting with Ursula Williams of ‘Be Bold and Break the Mould.’ I recommended Ursula interview Dennie because of the fascinating life she has led, and the amazing stories she could share. She didn’t disappoint.

The last time I saw Dennie in the flesh, she was doing hair and make-up for one of the recording artists we (hubby and I) managed. We were in Cornwall initially, doing the photo shoot and later in London to finish it off. She was in England briefly, between assignments.

She’s lived, and worked around the world including Dubai, Africa, and America, working for fashion magazines, on video shoots, and for many celebrities — including Siegfried and Roy in Las Vegas.

Dennie lived in a Zulu village – the only white woman to do so, at one time — in a witch doctor’s house. She has written books on hairstyling and make-up and runs seminars in person and online.

Recently she returned from South Africa and is busy building a new business utilising her many years of experience, and I cannot wait to meet up again. She is an inspiration to me and others. It is not easy to change your life completely after decades doing what you love. I know, I did it when I left the international music business to become an author.

My cousin is the perfect companion for a coffee morning natter, she’s had so many fantastic experiences and has so many stories to tell. I wish her a happy new life.

About Dennie Pasion

Dennie Pasion started her career in Beauty as a hairstylist. After travelling extensively, she worked in the United States working with leading artists and celebrities in the music and entertainment industry in Los Angeles.

During her residence in Las Vegas, she owned a hair salon and art gallery. She created shows and worked closely with magicians Siegfried and Roy for several years. Dennie extended her skills to photographic makeup by testing in Miami.

Her first editorial was for Paris Vogue. She returned to London to join the Terri Manduca agency expanding her portfolio with Fashion Editorials from The Face, Vanity Fair, Vogue, Elle, and Details magazines. Her make up book, Making Faces was first published by Quadrille in 2000. In 1997 Dennie founded Project LoLA inspired by a personal quest to explore and develop triggers to ignite a creative process.

Her trend forecasts attracted companies such as Wella, Sebastian, Quiksilver, Rimmel, Roxy, Spinergy and Coty, in London LA, and New York. Pasion was based in the Middle East for a decade. Her instincts for style and cultural preferences regarding Beauty contributed to developing the present day lifestyle image of Dubai. Dennie has been a guest speaker for TEDX 2011 and Petcha Kutcha .

Clients have included: Poppy Delevigne, Erin Oconnor, Heather Small, Tilda Swinton, Dita Von Teese, Jodie Kidd, Lauren Hutten, Lauryn Hill, Liam Gallagher, Robbie Williams, Ralph Fiennes, Tony Blair, Jamie Oliver, Joanna Lumley, Kangana Ranaut, Lisa Haydon…

She continues to collaborate on photo shoots for commercial advertising, and International destination weddings.

Dennie Pasion Facilitates masterclasses for both professionals and the public. Her workshops encourage imaginative and unique applications woven from inspirational stories.

Workshops: Hair and Makeup WorkshopAnd: 7 Libertees

After a year of relocating, reinventing, and recharging, I am happy to be in England in the perfect location to live and go back to my workshops and weddings. Join me with friends or work colleagues for our next “How do I look?“ Dennie. Direct message for bookings: Dennie Pasion

Books by Dennie Pasion

One of the reviews for Making Faces

nslugie@aol.com 4.0 out of 5 stars A colourful little treasure!!!

If you have just started working with make-up this book is great. It illustrates the versitility of make-up media and gives you lots of inspiring ideas. If you are already a make-up artist its up to date styles and techniques will help you keep up with the trends. The illustrations are good and the advice is simple and clear. I liked the step by step instructions which are especailly useful if you are trying to recreate one of the looks.

The size of the book is convienient as well, if you are a mobile make-up artist its small enough to take around with to give clients ideas, at the same time though its big enough to show clear images of the finished looks.

This book would be helpful to both make-up artists and beauty therapists because the content ranges from simple looks to more complicated ones, with its guidance and some practice you can build on your techniques and achieve the more complicated looks in no time. Even if you not involved in make-up through work ‘Making Faces’ has some handy hints and tips for day and evening looks, it also gives you advice when experimenting with colour.

Unfortunately there are no famous people featured like those you will find in make-up books by Kevyn Aucoin but it is far more detailed and colourful than the beauty therapy NVQ books.

Overall its an excellent source of reference and inspiration for those with an interest in make-up!  

Notes from a Hairdresser’s Journal: Amazon UK – Making Faces: Amazon UK

Jane Risdon is the co-author of ‘Only One Woman,’ with Christina Jones (Headline Accent) and ‘Undercover: Crime Shorts,’ (Plaisted Publishing), as well as having many short stories published in numerous anthologies. She writes for several online and print magazines such as Writing Magazine, and The Writers’ and Readers’ Magazine.

Undercover: Crime Shorts was the February Free Book of the Month on the virtual library and festival site, MYVLF.com, and her live video interview features in their theatre. She is a regular guest on international internet radio shows such as theauthorsshow.com, chatandspinradio.com, and The Brian Hammer Jackson Radio Show as well as a Podcast guest on Donna’s Interviews and Reviews and Be Bold, Break the Mould.

Undercover: Crime Shorts which is being used by Western Kentucky University, Kt. USA, in an Intro to Lit Class for second-year students this Autumn. Jane will be doing a Zoom Q&A session with the student in October 2021.

She is the Lead Panelist next March (2022) for an online discussion of The Intersection of Literary Fiction and Women’s Literature at LitCon, an author’s conference out of New York USA.

Before turning her hand to writing Jane worked in the International Music Business alongside her musician husband, working with musicians, singer/songwriters, and record producers. They also facilitated the placement of music in movies and television series.

In December 2020 Jane signed with Linda Langton of Langton’s Literary Agency in New York City, New York USA. You can contact Jane via Linda at: Langtons International

Books by Jane Risdon

A recent review for Undercover Crime Shorts

Apr 02, 2021 Jennifer Shepard rated it five stars it was amazing

This is the first book I read from this author and let me tell you that I loved it! Such a good book with great characters that keeps you obsessed with every page since the first one. The ending of this book.. come on! I just didn´t expect it! Can´t wait to read other books from this great writer! Amazing job! a must-read! A fantastic book that has it all! I happily endorse this story to any and all who are looking for a mystery enjoyable read and a completely different experience than anyone could imagine on their own. ¡Great book!

Read the reviews and buy the books: Amazon UK – And: Amazon USBlog:Jane Risdon WordPressGoodreads:Jane Risdon Goodread – Twitter: @Jane_Risdon – Facebook: Jane Risdon 2

 

My thanks to Jane for introducing us to Dennie and her amazing career.. two very talented cousins.

I hope to hear from you with the information about your guest and your work (if you have not been featured here before).. thanks Sally.

Some ideas of the guests you might bring to coffee.

  • An author you have just read for the first time who you would like to introduce us to.
  • A blogger who is very supportive of your own blog or books.
  • A new blogger who you would like to showcase
  • An author or blogger who inspires you and your work.
  • A blogger who goes out of their way to support others by reviewing books and promoting on social media.
  • Someone in the public eye who is inspirational to others in medicine, charity, education, who has overcome challenges to succeed.
  • Anyone you feel deserves a boost.

The format of the post

  • An introduction by you of around 200 to 400 words about your guest. Be creative and tell a good story
  • Their photograph, biography, Amazon or book links and if you have them their social media links. I will find if not.
  • Your photo, biography, Amazon or blog links and social media links (if you are in the Cafe and Bookstore I will have those).

Send your introduction and the links to sally.cronin@moyhill.com and we can sort out a date to air your post.

Smorgasbord Blog Magazine – Weekly Round Up – August 15th – 21st 2021 – Crows, Chicago, Soul-Mates, Stories, Poetry, Health, Book Reviews and Humour


Welcome to the round up of posts you might have missed during the week.

I call days like this ‘Grizzly’ as the rain has subsided to a fine mist that bathes your face and hair as you move through it.. not a good look or feeling.. still the crows have descended on the lawn digging divots to put golfers to shame as they grab insects and slitherers seeking refuge from the water-logged clay soil. So at least there are some happy campers.

On the subject of crows we have been rehabilitating a young crow who we believe was either hit by a car or possibly attacked by a cat. I first noticed him/she not sure which, a couple of weeks ago. I love my birds in the garden who are so entertaining, but when crows descend in a ‘murder’ and mob the feeding station they cause havoc despite not being able to gain access to the seed. The rest of the garden birds sit in the trees glaring at the kitchen window waiting for ‘hooman’ intervention in the form of waving arms and expletives.

After such a display to dispel the murder, one particular scrawny crow only fluttered a few yards and seemed unsteady on his feet. I watched him over the next couple of days until he didn’t even make an effort to fly. In fact when I approached wearing protective gloves he meekly allowed me to pick him up and examine him. He didn’t appear to have any visible injuries but was very thin and scraggly looking.We did subsequently find some very fine black cotton wrapped around his toes which was barely visible and removed it,  and we put him into a roomy box with some food overnight.

We noticed that he made no sound and his beak barely opened and we think that might be associated with a head injury or pressure put on his throat during an attack. This made feeding difficult, but after trial and error, we found that he could manage cooked brown rice, mixed with a little tuna in sunflower oil and bird fat balls that are soft and contain various seeds. He has also taken a liking to chunks of banana still in their skin which keep him busy for hours.

When the weather is not raining ferociously, we put him out in the back garden which is enclosed but is unfortunately is still accessible to the neighbourhood cats… Word got around the grapevine that there was an injured crow for the taking and he (now called Charlie) was getting pounced upon if he sheltered in the hedges. We would put food out for him and he discovered a den under the shed at night that offered him some protection, however he then attracted (or his food did) the attention of a hedgehog who seemed over a few days to put on two stone.

There is a dilemma as to the quality of life for a wild creature in these circumstances and what would be the kindest thing to do in the long term, but two weeks on there has been some improvement. Charlie is out all day with water stations and the occasional half of fat ball. He loiters under the bird feeder and despite his increasing size the other birds who would normally demand some arm waving, ignore him and even join him on the ground to mop up stray seeds.

We left him out day and night but he became stressed and clearly exhausted being on alert all the time. He knows my voice and comes towards me and he lingers around David when he is working outside and accepts being picked up at night. I did wonder what he might think about us, if anything, but twice when we have left him out towards early evening he has managed to get under the gate from the back garden, around the house and David has found him outside my office window. Once seems a coincidence.. twice makes me wonder. He seemed keen to be picked up and brought inside.

For the time being he spends the night safe from cats and hedgehogs in five star luxury accommodation, in a large adapted box in the utility room with his favourite foods, some water and a stick which he uses as a perch.

He is now more active and is beginning to show signs of trying to fly. The exercise during the day is making a difference along with food, rest. Today was also a landmark moment as Charlie made his first sounds… two quacks. Hopefully not as sign of a personality disorder but the start of him finding his voice.

David is just finishing a purpose built aviary for him for night time outside against the side of the house. A mini house will all mod cons and plenty of space to move around. We will continue to put him out during the day and minimise our interaction with him in the hopes t as he gains strength, he will find his wings again and head off. If not, we are not going anywhere for the time being and he is welcome to make the garden his home.

A slightly different excursion this week with a feature in The Munster Express Bookshelf which is under the byline of author Mary Crowley, whose books are in the Cafe and I can recommend both of them. Mary very kindly featured Life is Like a Mosaic this week along with two other authors and as you can imagine, I was delighted.

Time to get on with the posts from the week

As always my thanks to William Price King who will be back from his summer break in a couple of weeks, Debby Gies for her wonderful column on Soul Mates and Danny Kemp with his take on humour.

Chart Hits 1976 – Part One – Barry Manilow, Paul Simon, Queen, Chicago.

D. G. Kaye Explores the Realms of Relationships – August 2021 – Soul Mates

What’s in a Name? – Volume One – Isobel -Hiding in Plain Sight by Sally Cronin

Volume One – Ifan and the Black Sheep by Sally Cronin

#Etheree – Pilgrimage by Sally Cronin

Choka Haiku Primal Fear

Wet food for dog and cat in colored bowl isolated on white background. The Wet food for dog and cat in colored bowl isolated on white background royalty free stock photos

Authors in the Sun – Pedigree Chump by Marilyn Brouwer

New Review – #Western #Romance – Keeper Tyree by S. Cox

Smorgasbord Book Reviews Rewind – #Musicians #Covid – Pause, Play, Repeat:The real impact of Covid-19 on musicians by Sammy Stein Reviewed by William Price King

Smorgasbord Book Reviews Rewind – #Poetry Lockdown Innit by M.J. Mallon

Guest Post – Food Glorious Food and Favourite Aunts by Joy Lennick and Funnies from Eric Lennick

Smorgasbord Coffee Morning – Bring a Guest – John W. Howell and author Gwen M. Plano

chicken sandwich

The digestive system, the Immune System and a Chicken Sandwich by Sally Cronin

Family Health – Dandruff… Snow on the shoulders by Sally Cronin

#Interview D.G. Kaye – Leyla Cardena, #Learning Charli Mills – Norah Colvin, #Guest Allan Hudson-Jane Risdon

Tuesday 17th August 2021 – #Smell by Beth, #VikingBooze Rob Shackleford, #Update Mary Smith

Thursday August 19th 2021 – #Forgiveness Jan Sikes, #Environment #Waste Carol Taylor, #Elephants Patricia Furstenberg

 

#Reviews – #Environment Paul Noel, #Adventure Annika Perry

Learning About Autism: One Mother’s Journey of Discovery and Love: A Charter School, Teaching Methods, & Resources by Karen Ingalls

Smorgasbord Cafe and Bookstore Extra – #Anthology – The Shadows We Breathe (volume 1) Edited by Sarah Brentyn

#Reviews – #Poetry Frank Prem, #Fantasy Vashti Quiroz-Vega, #Memoir J.Q. Rose

#Reviews – #Poetry Bette A. Stevens, #Crimethriller Jaye Marie, #Thriller Mark Bierman

August 17th 2021 – Hosts Debby Gies and Sally Cronin – Cross Vases and Nuns….

August 19th 2021 – Hosts Debby Gies and Sally Cronin – Expectations and Chihuahuas..

 

August 20th 2021 – Another Open Mic Night with author Daniel Kemp – Misunderstandings and Alibis

 

Thanks very much for dropping in today and for all your support. I hope you will join me again next week.. thanks Sally

 

Smorgasbord Coffee Morning – Bring a Guest – Author Sharon Marchisello and her guest Mark Lee Myers


Recently I ran a series Public Relations for Authors which focused on how we are perceived by those who view our profile photographs, biographies and presence on social media. This included guest posts on other writer’s blogs. Here is an opportunity to not only promote your own blog or books, but those of someone you admire as well.

Is there an inspiring individual, blogger or an author you would like to give a boost to who might enjoy joining you for a coffee and a piece of cake with us all?

Details on how to participate are at the end of this next post in the series.

Sharon Marchisello and her guest new author Mark Lee Myers

I’d like to introduce my friend Mark Myers, who is a new author. We met in a local critique group at the Peachtree City Library, and I was one of the beta readers for his new release, The Tomato Smuggler.

Mark had a successful career in Information Technology, and he never thought about becoming a writer. But he was always fascinated by the life stories of people he met.

He was particularly touched by the experiences of a young colleague, Nicolae Cismigiu, who projected a depth of maturity and character no textbook could have taught him. Nicolae was born in Romania and lived under the weight of communist oppression during Dictator Ceausescu’s final decade.

Mark became fascinated listening to Nicolae’s stories about the hardships and harassment his family endured, and the clever ways Nicolae’s father, a simple tomato farmer, was able to outsmart government bureaucrats in order to earn a decent living—something those of us growing up in the free world take for granted.

Image The Tomato Smuggler

Nicolae, now an American citizen, wanted to write a tribute to his father whose tenacity sought to protect his family’s freedom. Pouring out his tales of this remarkable man, his family, and his faithful horse required Nicolae to resurrect feelings he had long ago buried, stories his son had never known and some even his wife had never heard. There were painful parts but also pleasant memories he wished to share.

Image The Tomato Smuggler

In 2015, when he got the idea for this book, Mark had no writing background, yet he was determined to bring Nicolae’s story to life. He started studying the craft, joined critique groups, attended writers’ conferences, and befriended authors so he could pick their brains. Always keeping his goal in mind, Mark used to walk around with a prototype of the cover for The Tomato Smuggler wrapped around a published book.

Image The Tomato Smuggler

After multiple drafts and input from critique partners, editors, and beta readers, the book was complete and ready to share with the world. Mark explored various publishing options but finally settled on indie due to the timing of the release. He believed the current state of the world made his subject matter more relevant than ever.

About the Tomato Smuggler

A son’s tribute.

His father waged war without bullets, triumphing over communist oppression during Dictator Ceauşescu’s final decade in rural Romania.

Communism robbed freedom, so Nicolae’s father led the family to subtle and overt resistance to retain their dignity. The Cismigiu family built a thriving tomato business and smuggled tomatoes to market to survive. Creatively defying tyranny brought harassment and intimidation directed at what was most valued: family, a prized workhorse, and their tomato farm.

Zeal to keep the spirit of freedom alive came at a cost many could not pay, even the death of a friend during one of their harrowing, midnight tomato smugglings. Joy and sorrow were interwoven into the fabric of the family’s life story, but they focused on happiness and contentment. Grandpa always believed the Americans would come and liberate Romania after WWII but never lived to see the day. Ironically, his dream did come true. It skipped a generation and impacted Nicolae.

One of the recent reviews for the book

David S.5.0 out of 5 stars The Hard Work of Freedom Reviewed in the United States

This book is timely, a necessary reminder of how much a significant portion of the world’s population was denied the basic freedom to chart their own course in life, to do their best work, and to pass on a legacy to their children. But the human spirit is often indomitable, as the book shows, and love, an ethic of hard work, and faith in unrelenting effort are beyond the reach of “the authorities,” and definitely passed down as the greatest inheritance, if one pays the price to possess it. This is all on display in this book. The author has a gift for telling a story. Give yourself or someone else the gift of reading it. PS – love is the thread to follow through this book, especially the very moving account of two people committing to each other, whose lives alone may not have amounted to much, but who together achieved great things.

Read the reviews and buy the book: Amazon US – And: Amazon UK – Facebook: Mark Myers Books.

About Mark Lee Myers

Mark and his wife, Jeanette, were childhood sweethearts and have shared a great life together.

Mark is a Storyteller. He speaks with passion and writes with a natural voice to give others the gift he gives to himself: a deepened curiosity and broadened perspective.

Mark loves the realism of life stories–to preserve and share them. He is an explorer at heart who immensely enjoys meeting people and learning their love of life, song of spirit, and struggles of endurance–the things that make them uniquely different and yet so similar.

I’m at home with a poor man,
At ease with a king,
And I fit right in with all those in-between.

 

About Sharon Marchisello

Sharon Marchisello is the author of two mysteries published by Sunbury Press, Going Home (2014) and Secrets of the Galapagos (2019). She is an active member of Sisters in Crime.

She contributed short stories to anthologies Shhhh…Murder! (Darkhouse Books, 2018) and Finally Home (Bienvenue Press, 2019). Her personal finance book Live Well, Grow Wealth was originally published as Live Cheaply, Be Happy, Grow Wealthy, an e-book on Smashwords. Sharon has published travel articles, book reviews, and corporate training manuals, and she writes a personal finance blog called Countdown to Financial Fitness.

She grew up in Tyler, Texas, and earned her Bachelor of Arts from the University of Houston in French and English. She studied for a year in Tours, France, on a Rotary scholarship and then moved to Los Angeles to pursue her Masters in Professional Writing at the University of Southern California.

Retired from a 27-year career with Delta Air Lines, she lives in Peachtree City, Georgia, doing volunteer work for the Fayette Humane Society and the Fayette County Master Gardeners UGA Extension.

Books by Sharon Marchisello

One of the recent reviews for Secrets of the Galapagos

Steven Williams4.0 out of 5 stars Great Summer Read – Better Winter Read Reviewed in the United States on March 23, 2021

I read this book during lockdown, over the winter and it was honestly such a beautiful adventure. It served as a bit of an escape which I thoroughly appreciated. The book is full of action, intrigue and romance. Romance has never really been a selling point for me when it comes to novels, movies or really any storytelling medium, but Sharon does it well. I highly recommend this book, if you are going on vacation to anywhere but the Galapagos. I also highly recommend this book if its a dark and dreary winter, and you need to envision yourself somewhere else. The book is set somewhere wonderful and the mystery keeps you engaged for the long-haul.

Read the reviews and buy the books: Amazon US – and: Amazon UK – follow Sharon: Goodreadsblog: Sharon Blogspot – Twitter: @SLMarchisello

My thanks to Sharon for introducing us to Mark Lee Myers and sharing his first book which looks incredible. If you would like to bring a guest to coffee then here are the details.. thanks for dropping by..Sally

I hope to hear from you with the information about your guest and your work (if you have not been featured here before).. thanks Sally.

Some ideas of the guests you might bring to coffee.

  • An author you have just read for the first time who you would like to introduce us to.
  • A blogger who is very supportive of your own blog or books.
  • A new blogger who you would like to showcase
  • An author or blogger who inspires you and your work.
  • A blogger who goes out of their way to support others by reviewing books and promoting on social media.
  • Someone in the public eye who is inspirational to others in medicine, charity, education, who has overcome challenges to succeed.
  • Anyone you feel deserves a boost.

The format of the post

  • An introduction by you of around 200 to 400 words about your guest. Be creative and tell a good story
  • Their photograph, biography, Amazon or book links and if you have them their social media links. I will find if not.
  • Your photo, biography, Amazon or blog links and social media links (if you are in the Cafe and Bookstore I will have those).

Send your introduction and the links to sally.cronin@moyhill.com and we can sort out a date to air your post.

 

Smorgasbord Blog Magazine – Weekly Round Up – 1st -7th August 2021- Pattie LaBelle, Short stories, Health, Pet Health, Book Reviews, Music and Humour


Welcome to the posts you might have missed this week on Smorgasbord..

Hope all of you are doing well.. I know that some people have had a challenging time with Covid and sending love and wishes for a full recovery.. The cases are on the rise here too as expected with the opening up of various indoor spaces… and now that travel is back on the agenda we hope that the high rate of vaccinations in Ireland will soften the response.

On a brighter note.. there is a new short story series starting and over the next two weeks I am sharing stories from the original series I recorded on radio in 2004. There are details of how to participate at the end of this first story today and I will share another next week. Then I hope I will have received your stories to share.

I have not forgotten the fact that there are some wonderful non-fiction memoir stories that need to be shared and that series will follow this one.

The added feature to this new series is that I will put every participant’s name in a hat and draw out three names. I will record those for the podcast and to share here as well.

Here is this week’s story with details on how you can participate.

New Series Authors in the Sun – #Retirement #Sunshine Blue Jay Cay by Colin Peck

As always my gratitude to William Price King (hopefully enjoying his summer break) D.G. Kaye and Daniel Kemp – the blog would not be the same without them.

On with the show….

The Breakfast Show with William Price King and Sally Cronin – Chart Hits 1975 Part One – Labelle, 10CC, Bee Gees, Gloria Gaynor

George – Courting danger by Sally Cronin

and

Grace the Gift

Book Marketing – Who Are you writing your book for.

and

Book Marketing and PR for authors- Blogging and Watering Holes Part One

Book Reviews Rewind – #WWII #VichyFrance- Where Irises Never Grow by Paulette Mahurin

Book Reviews Rewind – #Family – My Baby Wrote Me A Letter: An Inspirational Women’s Fiction Short Story by Jacquie Biggar

Smorgasbord Coffee Morning – Bring a Guest – Authors Jane Buckley and Eamonn Lynch

Down in the Dumps? Perhaps some Pseudoscience might be the key! – Biorhythms by Sally Cronin

Bacterial and Interstitial Cystitis – Causes and Treatments by Sally Cronin

Pet/Human Health – #Cats #Foodsafety – Toxoplasma Gondii by Sally Cronin

Baie dankie my vriend Linda Mooi from Sally aged Ten. Capetown 1963 #Influencers by Sally Cronin

#Hearingloss Dawn Doig, #Seadog Patricia Furstenberg, #Environment Kathleen Jae

New Book on the Shelves #Poetry – Behind Closed Doors by Robbie Cheadle

#Reviews – #WWI #Family Judith Barrow, #Thriller Mark Bierman, NorthernIreland #Thriller Jane Buckley

– #Reviews – #Romance #Mystery Mae Clair, #Truecrime Sue Coletta, #SouthernCulture Claire Fullerton

#Reviews – #MurderMystery Sharon Marchisello, #Romance Lizzie Chantree, #Paranormal Roberta Eaton Cheadle

#Reviews – #Poetry Colleen M. Chesebro, #psychologicalthriller Lucinda E. Clarke, #Memoir Brigid P. Gallagher

Monday 2nd August 2021 – #Facebook #Marketing Jan Sikes, #Masks A.C. Flory, #PaneerBhurji Sowmya’s Spicy Corner

Tuesday August 3rd 2021 – #Vella D.Wallace Peach, #Update Mary Smith, #Roses Rebecca Budd

Wednesday August 4th 2021 – #Youth #Age Stevie Turner, #Dumfries Robbie Cheadle, #Tartine Dorothy’s Vintage Kitchen

August 3rd 2021 – Hosts Debby Gies and Sally Cronin – Television and Alligators

August 5th 2021 – Hosts Debby Gies and Sally Cronin – Sound Effects and Abstract Art

August 6th 2021 – Another Open Mic Night with author Daniel Kemp – Doctors and Online shopping

 

Thanks for dropping in today and I hope you have a wonderful weekend.. See you again next week I hope…Sally.