Welcome to the weekly round up and for me it has been an exciting week with the launch of my latest book. And also from a renovation perspective…the weather stayed dry enough for David to paint the outside wall of our garden facing the road. The lawn goes down this week and work will begin on the back patio… it has been two and a half years, so you can see why this is a watershed moment.
I know we are only just into October but I have been making plans for the Christmas promotions starting November 12th.. Primarily to make sure that every author in the Cafe and Bookstore is included, and to that end if you are not in the Cafe and Bookstore yet… here is a post to get you started. Also if you are in the Cafe already, please let me know if you have a book out in the next few weeks so I can set up your New on the Shelves promotion.
As always I am very grateful for the amazing contributions of talented writers who spend time and a great deal of effort to put together posts for us.
Paul Andruss is on a sabbatical at the moment so I am sharing some of his earlier posts from 2017 for you to enjoy. The Birch Maiden is a wonderful legend, and in this post she is brought alive by the illustration by Donata Zawadzka who is the illustrator for my latest book.
Last week Carol Taylor identified some of the unexpected ingredients to be found in some brands off hotdogs. So that you don’t go off the delights of sausages totally, this week she gives us the recipe and spices to make our own.
Delighted that Jessica Norrie is back with us after the summer break with a post on novels from 1903 to the present day, which feature spies and criminals in a coastal setting. Some classics from authors such as Agatha Christie, Erskine Childers, Graham Greene and in a modern vein…Ian McQuire.
Linda Bethea shares the last of her Mixed Nuts family stories… and the good news is that we will see Linda here on a more regular basis as a guest writer.
Esme gave us her predictions for the coming month….
Hi everyone and I hope you are looking forward to the month ahead. One of the main events, is that Venus is retrograde from this week until mid-November. People assume this means that love is going to fly out of the window… but in fact, what it does, is highlight areas of your relationships that could use some TLC.
October for me is an interesting month, in that I find it a ‘buffer’ month, between late summer, early autumn and winter in the Northern Hemisphere and spring and early summer for the heat of high Summer in the Southern Hemisphere.
This week – what I was up to in 1985, music from Foreigner... and a request from Darlene Foster. This week 1986 and more requests.
A highlight for me….
This week was very special for me and my latest book was launched with some beautiful illustrations from Donata Zawadzka. I am very grateful to everyone for liking, reblogging and sharing across their social media. It was amazing and I cannot tell you how delighted I am by the response. I was also thrilled to find my first review for the book and that was wonderful. My thanks to Paul Andruss for creating a gif with the new cover and a selection of my other books which I share with you here and it includes some of the illustrations.
And the book’s first review
Fairy Queen Filigree moves her court from the dry Spanish plains to the Emerald Isle, where she and her courtiers soon need warm tweed clothing and fortifying amber nectar. But romance is on the cards to warm things up too. If you want a gently paced read full of enchanting detail, soothe yourself in the author’s carefully imagined world of fairy feasts, storytellers and ever so slightly petulant princesses. Like going back to childhood… This isn’t my usual thing but made a welcome change from real life – and there are some beautiful illustrations too.
Other personal ‘stuff’
I responded to Colleen Chesebro’s Tuesday Poetry Challenge with a haiku.
This weekend’s short stories from What’s in a Name – meet Jane and Jack.
Jane – The Surprise
Jack – A VIP Visitor
I am catching up with my reviews on the books that I have read over the summer… slowly but surely
Part two of my interview with author Leslie Tate… childhood memories of jungles and monkey poop…
New books on the shelves this week.
Cafe Update – Reviews and News.
If you are a regular visitor you will know that I consider Vitamin D to be one of the most essential nutrients for our health. More and more research is identifying new health conditions that improve with an increase in Vitamin D through absorption of our skin (Sunshine Vitamin) or in diet in combination with supplementation.
This article appeared last week which would suggest that migraine sufferers could decrease the number of attacks by supplementing with the vitamin.
Starting to appear in the headlines across the media is news that following last year’s high death rates from the flu, and the ineffectiveness of the 2017 vaccine, a new maxi-strain format is going to be available this year.
Humour and afternoon Videos
A selection of blog posts each day that I have read and enjoyed. Sorry not to mention all that I have visited but I hope I have shared most on social media.
Debby Gies, Leslie Tate, Carol Taylor and Teagan Geneviene
The Story Reading Ape, Claire Fullerton, Christy Birmingham and Jennie Fitzkee
Sue Vincent, D.G. Kaye and Annette Rochelle Aben
Charles E. Yallowitz, John W.Howell, Teri Polen, Mae Clair and Beaton Mabaso.
Jenny in Neverland, Pamela Wight and Noelle Granger.
Thank you again for dropping in and your ongoing support… it is much appreciated.. Sally.