Smorgasbord Reblog – Lockdown #Poetry #Thoughts #Isolation #Writers M.J. Mallon with Sally Cronin


I was delighted to be the guest of author and poet Marjorie Mallon today as part of her series sharing the thoughts and poetry of writers during the recent lock down..  I hope you will head over to read the post in full.. thanks Sally.

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Welcome to Sally Cronin, a huge supporter of the indie writing community. Sally has kindly offered to contribute to my latest writing project: This Is Lockdown.

It’s a compilation of my diaries, short stories, flash fiction, poetry and articles, plus poems and pieces of writing from an array of international writers, authors and bloggers – the ‘Isolation Writers,’ featured on my blog.

She shares her tributes to all those who have kept us safe, educated, fed, and cared for during this crisis, her thoughts on reentering ‘normal’ activities, a poem inspired by our current situation, plus her reflections for the future.

Double Etheree – Silver Lining

I
believe
there is a
silver lining
to isolation.
A chance to reassess
how we effectively use
one of life’s great commodities
so often wasted and lamented
yet measured so accurately each day.
Time can be fleeting or last a lifetime
and it seems there is little to spare.
But during this brief hiatus
I have come to understand
that clocks do not decide
how I use this gift.
In the future
I will live
and love
more.

© Copyright Sally Cronin 2020

Thanks very much Marjorie for inviting me over to share my thoughts about the recent three months of lock down and the prospect of moving forward.

Firstly, I really want to pay tribute to the health care workers in hospitals, care homes and those who have continued to visit individuals in the community. We tend to forget when we look at their uniforms that they are also grandparents, mums and dads, sisters, brothers and grandchildren, who have the same concerns we all do about what is going on in the home, not just in their place of work.

Also those working on the front-line in supermarkets and pharmacies that have turned up each day, cheerfully, to make sure we have food on the table and medication delivered.

Parents too have been challenged by assuming the roles of teachers as well as playmates for their children in the last three months, and judging by the photographs and captions on social media, with mixed results. Humour thankfully has been sustained over the last 12 weeks, but I do know that many have struggled with the enforced isolation.

Please head to read the rest of the post.Lockdown Poetry thoughts on Isolation with Marjorie Mallon and Sally Cronin

About M.J. Mallon

I am an author who has been blogging for many moons: https://mjmallon.com. My interests include writing, photography, poetry, and alternative therapies. I write Fantasy YA, and middle grade fiction as well as micropoetry – haiku and tanka. I love to read and have written over 100 Book Reviews

My alter ego is MJ – Mary Jane from Spiderman. I love superheros! I was born on the 17th of November in Lion City: Singapore, (a passionate Scorpio, with the Chinese Zodiac sign a lucky rabbit. I grew up in a mountainous court in the Peak District in Hong Kong.

As a teenager I travelled to many far-flung destinations. It’s rumoured that I now live in the Venice of Cambridge, with my six foot hunk of a Rock God husband, and my two enchanted daughters.

When I’m not writing, I eat exotic delicacies while belly dancing, or surf to the far reaches of the moon. To chill out, I practise Tai Chi. If the mood takes me I snorkel with mermaids, or sign up for idyllic holidays with the Chinese Unicorn, whose magnificent voice sings like a thousand wind chimes.

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Smorgasbord Reblog – Q & A with D.G. Kaye Features Paulette Mahurin and The Old Gilt Clock


A wonderful interview by D.G. Kaye, Debby Gies with author Paulette Mahurin who shares the background to her writing, books and also a book that has inspired her. A fascinating look behind the scenes of this historical novelist and dog rescue advocate.

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Q & A with D.G. Kaye, Featuring #HistoricalFiction author Paulette Mahurin

Welcome to my Q & A today. I’m delighted to have one of my favorite historical fiction authors over here today, Paulette Mahurin.

As many of you who read my Sunday Book Reviews know, historical fiction is one of my favorite genres to read in; and I was hooked on Paulette’s writing ever since reading her gripping book – The Seven Year Dress – the story of one woman who survived WWII and lived to tell. Recently, I reviewed her latest book – Irma’s Endgame, a medical mystery/thriller, which I enjoyed too. But today Paulette is introducing us to her book – The Old Gilt Clock. Paulette’s royalty profits are donated to save dogs from kill shelters.

About Paulette:

Paulette Mahurin lives with her husband Terry and two dogs, Max and Bella, in Ventura County, California. She grew up in West Los Angeles and attended UCLA, where she received a Master’s Degree in Science. While in college, she won awards and was published for her short-story writing. One of these stories, Something Wonderful, was based on the couple presented in His Name Was Ben, which she expanded into a fictionalized novel in 2014.

Her first novel, The Persecution of Mildred Dunlap, made it to Amazon bestseller lists and won awards, including best historical fiction of the year 2012 in Turning the Pages Magazine. Her third novel, To Live Out Loud, won international critical acclaim and made it to multiple sites as favorite read book of 2015.

Semi-retired, she continues to work part-time as a Nurse Practitioner in Ventura County. When she’s not writing, she does pro-bono consultation work with women with cancer, works in the Westminster Free Clinic as a volunteer provider, volunteers as a mediator in the Ventura County Courthouse for small claims cases, and involves herself, along with her husband, in dog rescue. Profits from her books go to help rescue dogs from kill shelters.

welcome

Thanks for being here today Paulette, I’m excited to learn more about your latest book too! Let’s get into some questions!

Where do your book ideas grow from? 

As glib as this may sound, the tree of life and what spouts organically, what comes to me with spontaneous interest is where my ideas come from. I have a fascination and passion, naturally, about hard topics. Anti-Semitism, homophobia, women’s abuse, racism, to name a few and am drawn to these topics. Ideas come to me and if they hold an interest I research the subjects. For example, when I read of a little known man, a heroic historical resistance fighter whose last words were, “let it be known that homosexuals are not cowards,” I was instantly intrigued. What was this person’s life that brought him to these final words? That became the topic of my last novel, The Old Gilt Clock. The man, William Arondéus, was a World War II underground resistance fighter in the Netherlands who along with his collaborators managed to save the lives of close to a million Jewish people.

D.G. – It’s no secret I love your books, and it’s fascinating to learn what inspires you. I am drawn to same hard topics, and am always mesmerized by learning people’s actions and the whys of behavior, so no wonder I enjoy your books.

Please head over to read the rest of this fascinating interview with Paulette Mahurin: Q & A with D.G. Kaye, Featuring #HistoricalFiction author Paulette Mahurin

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Check out Debby’s new series here on SmorgasbordD.G. Kaye Explores the Realms of Relationships 2020

Thanks for dropping in today and I hope you will head over to enjoy Debby’s post in full.. thanks Sally.

Smorgasbord Reblog – The #Corona Diaries- Observations on my Recent Outing by D.G. Kaye


I think most of us have had some interesting shopping experiences during the virus and savvy shopper D.G. Kaye, Debby Gies shares here adventures this week, lucky finds, and tips on where to find what you need.

I had some luck this morning on my weekly shop. My pots have remained empty as all our garden centres are shut, but I walked in to Tesco to find they had a whole rack of pansies and other bedding plants.. Eureka…That will keep me busy for a couple of days.

Who is that masked woman?

The #Corona Diaries- Observations on my Recent Outing

I hadn’t been out for 2 weeks – the last time I bought groceries. I try to make my grocery runs last 10 days to 2 weeks before I have to go out again. And when I do, I plan a route to cover groceries, pharmacy and health food store. But our prescriptions are up in the burbs where we used to live, and I wasn’t feeling inspired enough to drive all the way up there, and knowing I have to go up there in the next few days anyway, I decided just to pop into my local independent pharmacy to pick up a a few things that couldn’t wait and I happened to luck into his freshly stocked boxes of masks and disposable gloves. He even had a small amount of N95 masks for sale. I felt like it was Christmas!

Head over for tips and more adventures: D.G. Kaye The #Corona Diaries- Observations on my Recent Outing

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Check out Debby’s new series here on SmorgasbordD.G. Kaye Explores the Realms of Relationships 2020

Thanks for dropping in today and I hope you will head over to enjoy Debby’s post in full.. thanks Sally.

Smorgasbord Reblog – #Mexican Tales – Leaving Puerto Vallarta – Wheelchair Madness by D.G. Kaye


D.G. Kaye with another episode about her trip to Puerto Vallarta in Mexico and she shares the flight home and the lengths, literally she had to go with luggage and wheelchair when assistance does not arrive as arranged. Which with Debby’s meticulous planning is frustrating to say the least!

#Mexican Tales – Leaving Puerto Vallarta – Wheelchair Madness

Anxious to get home, virus-free, I’d taken the best precautions I could with what I had. The Coronavirus wasn’t ‘a thing’ really mentioned or dwelled upon yet in Puerto Vallarta on that 12th day of March when we said goodbye to our winter friends. But I’d been keeping up with world news and knew it was going to be something real big, real soon.

I had the hand-sanitizer and disinfectant wipes I’d brought down with us, at the ready in my purse. I slipped 2 masks in my pocket for us and we were leaving, heading down to the lobby with the luggage cart Hub had brought up from the lobby to load our many bags onto. No gloves, but fully protected by the plastic bags I put on my hands to navigate that cart to the elevator and out to the cab to protect from invisible germs on my hands. I was leaving beautiful Puerto Vallarta where the sun shone, the birds sang and the ocean beckoned, all appeared as though all was right in the world. We were off to the airport, which gratefully, had yet to get busy as we departed days before the spring break and Easter crowd were to invade, and the Coronavirus had yet to become ‘a thing’ yet in Mexico, so all was calm at the airport crazy.

Grateful as always in that airport for the great check-in service and the immediate wheelchair assistance to help push my husband across what seemed well over a mile to our Toronto departure gate, a bonus was having his lap to pile more bags onto. We went on our way, walking, walking, and as usual, a long security check line that I smiled inwardly as we bypassed the crowds into the ‘special services’ lane. Bonus!

After putting ourselves and our belongings back together off the security belt, we continued on to the journey to our gate. Then we stopped at the elevator. I questioned the young man pushing the wheelchair in my broken Spanish, ‘why are we going down’, and before he could answer in broken English, I knew. Once again, we were taking the bus from the street level to the tarmac. Oye!

And that’s as they say… is when the fight started… to get out of the airport and home: Mexican Tales – Leaving Puerto Vallarta – Wheelchair Madness by D.G. Kaye

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Check out Debby’s new series here on Smorgasbord – D.G. Kaye Explores the Realms of Relationships 2020

Thanks for dropping in today and I hope you will head over to enjoy Debby’s post in full.. thanks Sally.

 

Smorgasbord Reblog – Q & A with D.G. Kaye, featuring Marjorie Mallon and Mr. Sagittarius


A lovely interview by D.G. Kaye, Debby Gies of author and poet Marjorie Mallon this week.  Here is a short snippet from the interview and I suggest that you head over to find out more about MJ and her books and read the rest of the interview along with an extract from Mr. Sagittarius…

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Q & A with D.G. Kaye, featuring Marjorie Mallon and Mr. Sagittarius

Welcome to my Q & A today where I’m featuring author/poet and one of my Sisters of the Fey – Marjorie Mallon. Besides her love for writing poetry and flash fiction, Marje writes in the YA and paranormal genres. You can also find some of Marje’s other contributions to several anthologies. Marje has been busy on an extensive blog tour promoting her new release – Mr. Sagittarius, and she’s going to share a bit about her book with us here today.

Marjorie Mallon

About Marje:

I write YA Fantasy/Paranormal novels, Horror/Ghost short stories and multi-genre flash fiction as well as micro poetry – haiku and Tanka. I share book reviews, poetry, flash fiction, photography and inspirational details of my writing journey at my lovely blog home: https://mjmallon.com/

I’m a member of two professional writing groups: The Society of Children’s Writers and Book Illustrators and Cambridge Writers

As well as this I run a supportive group with fellow Administrator D G Kaye on Facebook: Authors/Bloggers Rainbow Support Club

I work as a Receptionist/Event organiser for an international sixth form and live in Cambridge, England.

Head over to read the rest of the interview, read and extract from Mr. Sagittarius which is a collection of poems and short stories that I enjoyed very much. Q & A with D.G. Kaye, featuring Marjorie Mallon and Mr. Sagittarius

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Check out Debby’s new series here on SmorgasbordD.G. Kaye Explores the Realms of Relationships 2020

Thanks for dropping in today and I hope you will head over to enjoy Debby’s post in full.. thanks Sally.

Smorgasbord Reblog – Mexican Tales – Part 3 – Observations and Commercialism by D.G. Kaye


D.G. Kaye with another episode sharing a behind the scenes look at the real estate and cost of living in Mexico, particularly Puerto Vallarta which is a popular enclave for American and Canadian expats. Prices were trending upwards before the travel bans, but this might change following the current global crisis.

Mexican Tales – Part 3 – Observations and Commercialism

Saturday Market PV

I’ve been spending part of the winter in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico for the past few years now. It’s a beautiful port town with friendly natives and Mexican charm, gorgeous weather, and good value for our Canadian dollar. But I’ve also noticed commercialism making its way into the way of life there.

Like everywhere else in the world, prices have gone up in PV across the board – food, taxis and housing. As many tourist destinations hike prices I noticed that PV seems to be going in that direction. Typically, the average working Mexican could not afford to eat or shop in the tourist zones as their earnings are on par with their cost of living. The tourist areas have been growing in price. Similar to how Cancun has become so Americanized in recent years that some say it’s lost its Mexican charm, but not quite there yet. I hope it doesn’t lose its Mexican charm. But it’s definitely the North American expats – both Canadian and American that are surely driving up the prices with all the growth PV has been enduring, particularly in buying up real estate there.

Bartering on the beach or market has become more of an educated procedure rather than a fun past time. It used to be sellers would start a bit higher on pricing, knowing they had to leave room for haggling, which is something they expect. But there seems to be a new theme now in educated guessing if you’re a savvy bargainer – which I am. Seems to be the trend for these items when you ask the price they will charge double the price they’ll ultimately accept, plus maybe a few hundred Pesos on top for good measure. Since I love to go to markets and look at price tags, I have a good idea of how much I should be paying for something. For example, I’d bought a beautiful silver elephant pendant encrusted with colored rhinestones inlaid, at a pop-up market for something like $25 Canadian dollars. The asking was equivalent to $35. A week later I saw the same pendants at another market asking for $80 equivalent. I said thanks and walked away, and the seller was snarly when I told him I already had one for way less money. I couldn’t help but notice how the market sellers have raised prices on everything, leaving me feeling as though something in the art of markets has been lost. Mexican prices are fast becoming North American prices, taking away part of the allure of market shopping. But it’s fun to visit the various markets just to see some of the wonderful artists and their creations, regardless if I’m purchasing or not.

Head over to read the rest of this interesting look at one of the expat hotspots in Mexico: Mexican Tales Part 3 – Observations and Commercialism by D.G.Kaye

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Check out Debby’s new series here on SmorgasbordD.G. Kaye Explores the Realms of Relationships 2020

Thanks for dropping in today and I hope you will head over to enjoy Debby’s post in full.. thanks Sally.

Smorgasbord Reblog – #Travel #Mexico – I’m back! Stormy Travel Day to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico by D.G. Kaye


D.G. Kaye… Debby Gies is back from Mexico and here is an extract from her first post which shares the outbound trip from the blizzard swept streets of Toronto at 3 a.m. in the morning to the balmy warmth of Puerto Vallarta…and the expectations that were not met along the way.

I’m back! Stormy Travel Day to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

Margarita Time

Well, I’m back after a fun-filled sunshine getaway. What a fabulous trip – despite the dreaded ‘travel day (s)’. Travel day is always a ‘thing’ with me – a victim of circumstance it seems.

Climate change has been wreaking havoc on so many parts of the world, and here in Toronto, Canada, where the brunt of winter usually hits in January and the even worse in February, we’d had a relatively mild winter with temps hanging around at 35-40 degrees Farenheit, and save for the odd blizzard that lasted a day then melted, winter wasn’t as brutal. But winter did finally decide to hit approximately 10 minutes before the limo picked us up for the airport at 3am.

All week the news had warnings that freezing rain and blizzard would hit by midnight – the wee hours of the morning I was to leave. I laughed it off, knowing, the weather people are the only ones who could be wrong, yet still have a job. After all, predicting all this messy precipitation one week ahead hitting at a particular time, I waved it off, I did a little praying that it wouldn’t start till later in the day, but as I zipped up the suitcases and got ready to go to the lobby, I peeked out the window and watched the whiteness swirl around in a frenzy. Within 10 short minutes, the ground had accumulated a lot of the white stuff and the winds howled.

I’ve gotten in the habit of wearing a long-sleeved shirt over a tank top and a hoodie for warmth – somewhat – when traveling. Just a quick few minutes till I’d be in the limo and then the airport, where I’d dash for a cart and the limo driver would help me load the luggage on before scooting to check-in. Well, those few moments it took to load luggage on cart and dash for the doors was some kind of cold! I thought I’d freeze to death in those short few moments. I was also glad we left at such an ungodly time of day (without sleeping) because the roads and highways were a skating rink at 3am. Thankfully, the salt/sand trucks were prepared and were already dropping the grains on the highway ahead of us to prepare for the onslaught of morning traffic, which no doubt, would have been a chaotic one.

Please head over to read the rest of the adventure: Stormy Travel Day to Puerto Vallarta by D.G. Kaye

Debby Gies is a Canadian nonfiction/memoir author who writes under the pen name of D.G. Kaye. She was born, raised, and resides in Toronto, Canada. Kaye writes about her life experiences, matters of the heart and women’s issues.

D.G. writes to inspire others. Her writing encompasses stories taken from events she encountered in her own life, and she shares the lessons taken from them. Her sunny outlook on life developed from learning to overcome challenges in her life, and finding the upside from those situations, while practicing gratitude for all the positives.

When Kaye isn’t writing intimate memoirs, she brings her natural sense of humor into her other works. She loves to laugh and self- medicate with a daily dose of humor.
I love to tell stories that have lessons in them, and hope to empower others by sharing my own experiences. I write raw and honest about my own experiences, hoping through my writing, that others can relate and find that there is always a choice to move from a negative space, and look for the positive.

Quotes:
“Live Laugh Love . . . And Don’t Forget to Breathe!”

                 “For every kindness, there should be kindness in return. Wouldn’t that just make the world right?”

When I’m not writing, I’m reading or quite possibly looking after some mundane thing in life. It’s also possible I may be on a secret getaway trip, as that is my passion—traveling.

Books by D.G. Kaye

One of the recent reviews for Conflicted Hearts

Reviewed in the United States on March 5, 2020

In her book Conflicted Hearts, Kaye recounted her vivid memories of painful experience growing up with a narcissist mother whose interest was partying, smoking, gambling and getting male’s attention to herself. Her mother threw out her father frequently and had male companions in the house with the children’s presence. Kaye’s father returned home long enough to make babies but had no guarantee to stay. She felt sad for her father. She couldn’t concentrate at school. Instead, she expected the disappearance of her father or anger from her mother. She did not receive the nurturing needed for a happy childhood. Instead of being a child, she felt responsible and be the parent to her father. Later, she found out that the paternal grandparents didn’t like her because her mother was pregnant with her and caused her parents’ marriage. She felt it was her fault, and that she was the reason for her father to marry her mother. She considered herself as the black sheep, the accident. If her father married someone else, he would have been happier. Her mother was never home and had babysitter watching the four children until Kaye was twelve and became a babysitter.

Aunty Sherry was the only adult to show her guidance, concern and attention. Sherry got married in her forties and didn’t have children.

Read all the reviews and buy the books: Amazon US

and: Amazon UK

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Connect to Debby Gies

Blog: D.G. Kaye Writer – About me: D.G. Kaye – MeWe: Debby Gies
Twitter: @pokercubsterLinkedin: D.G. Kaye
Facebook: D.G. Kaye – Instagram: D.G. Kaye – Pinterest: D.G. Kaye

Thanks for dropping in and I hope you will head over to read the post in full.. thanks Sally.

Smorgasbord Blog Magazine – Reblog – My Author Spotlight with James J. Cudney.


Apart from delighted to share my interview with James Cudney, I also wanted to showcase his Author Spotlight feature which is beautifully presented and is a fantastic place to share your work and where potential readers have the chance to get to know you better.

In today’s book market, that personal touch goes a long way to ensuring you and your books are remembered and explored further. James also included his recent review for Life’s Rich Tapestry and if you have received a review from James then you know how much time and thought goes into them.

This one of the questions that James asked me…

How long have you been published? What titles and/or series have you published and with which publisher? Have you self-published any titles?

I wrote my first book Size Matters, the story of my weight loss of 150lbs in 1998 based on my journal that I kept during the 18 months that it took to lose the weight. I had studied to become a nutritional therapist during this time and was able to design my own eating programme, which became the second part of the book, and could be tailor made by a reader to suit their own needs. I had an agent who submitted the book to several publishers but my name was not well known and this was their main stumbling block. So I self-published the book in 2001 and 12 other books since then, all of which are self-published. Size Matters and my second book Just an Odd Job Girl were originally published with Trafford in Canada but I took them both back and republished under our own self-publishing banner Moyhill Publishing in 2004 and then every book since.

Twenty years ago being self-published came with a fair bit of negative feedback, with the assumption being that the book was clearly not good enough for mainstream publishing, and therefore not worth reading. Whilst there is still some of that negativity towards indie authors today self-publishing is much more widely accepted. I am very happy writing and publishing my books this way, and love being involved in every process of creating the book and the marketing after publication.

I hope you will head over and read the rest of the post: Author Spotlight with James J. Cudney
 

A selection of  books by James J. Cudney most of which I have read and can recommend (one or two still to go)

Discover more about James J. Cudney – read the reviews and buy the books: Amazon US

And on Amazon UK: Amazon UK

Read more reviews and follow James: Goodreads

About James J. Cudney

James is my given name; most call me Jay. I grew up on Long Island and currently live in New York City, but I’ve traveled all across the US (and various parts of the world). After college, I spent 15 years working in technology and business operations in the sports, entertainment and media industries. Although I enjoyed my job, I left in 2016 to focus on my passion: telling stories and connecting people through words. My debut novel is ‘Watching Glass Shatter,’ a contemporary fiction family drama with elements of mystery, suspense, humor and romance. To see samples or receive news from my current and upcoming books, please subscribe with your email address at my website: https://jamesjcudney.com

What do I do outside of writing: I’m an avid genealogist (discovered 2K family members going back about 250 years) and cook (I find it so hard to follow a recipe). I love to read; between Goodreads and my blog at https://thisismytruthnow.com, I have over 500 book reviews which will give you a full flavor for my voice and style. On my blog, I started the 365 Daily Challenge, where I post a word each day that has some meaning to me, then converse with everyone about life. There is humor, tears, love, friendship, advice and bloopers. Lots of bloopers where I poke fun at myself all the time. Even my dog has a weekly segment called “Ryder’s Rants” where he complains about me. All these things make up who I am; none of them are very fancy or magnanimous, but they are real and show how I live every day.

A bit of humor: Everything doubles as something else when you live in NYC. For me, it’s the dining room, my favorite space in the apartment, where more than just my cooking is on display! As I look out the windows onto a 12th floor terrace, various parts of nature (trees, bushes, flowers, bugs & animals) inspire me to write. Ryder, my 10-year old shiba inu, usually lays on my feet, growling when I shift positions too many times or when I forget to share my food! Although he’s only 20 pounds, he’s quite strong and pushy. But how else can you pen the best story possible without these things by your side?

Connect to James via his blogThis is my Truth Now

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ThisIsMyTruthNow/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/jamescudney4/
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jamescudney4/

Thank you for dropping in today and I hope that you will head over to read the interview in full, and if you have not been a guest of James before, I can highly recommend.

Smorgasbord Blog Magazine Reblog – Treasuring Poetry with Writing to be Read and Robbie Cheadle – New Feature


Delighted to share a brand new feature which is a collaboration between Kaye Lynne Booth of Writing to be Read and Robbie Cheadle. I was very honoured to be the first guest of the series and it was wonderful to be invited to share pieces of my favourite poetry.

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Today is the start of a new poetry appreciation series here on Writing to be Read where I will be introducing you to a number of wonderful poets in our blogging community, discussing well known poets and their poetry and reviewing poetry books. I hope you will participate in the discussions and enjoy meeting and greeting the poets, both new and known to you, and discovering new books of poetry.

My first guest is accomplished poet and writer, Sally Cronin, of Smorgasbord Blog Magazine blog. Sally has recently published a new book of poetry, 99-word flash fiction and short stories called, Life’s Rich Tapestry: Woven in words which I have reviewed below. Before we get there, however, Sally is going to share her thoughts about her favourite poem, The Law of the Jungle by Rudyard Kipling.

Over to Sally

What is your favourite poem?

That is an extremely tough question and had me stumped for a couple of days as I wanted to revisit the poems that I have loved since childhood to make sure that this really would qualify as my favourite poem.

The Law of the Jungle by Rudyard Kipling

(From The Jungle Book)

Now this is the Law of the Jungle — as old and as true as the sky;
And the Wolf that shall keep it may prosper, but the Wolf that shall break it must die.
As the creeper that girdles the tree-trunk the Law runneth forward and back —
For the strength of the Pack is the Wolf, and the strength of the Wolf is the Pack.

Wash daily from nose-tip to tail-tip; drink deeply, but never too deep;
And remember the night is for hunting, and forget not the day is for sleep.
The Jackal may follow the Tiger, but, Cub, when thy whiskers are grown,
Remember the Wolf is a Hunter — go forth and get food of thine own.
Keep peace with Lords of the Jungle — the Tiger, the Panther, and Bear.
And trouble not Hathi the Silent, and mock not the Boar in his lair.
When Pack meets with Pack in the Jungle, and neither will go from the trail,
Lie down till the leaders have spoken — it may be fair words shall prevail.
When ye fight with a Wolf of the Pack, ye must fight him alone and afar,
Lest others take part in the quarrel, and the Pack be diminished by war.
The Lair of the Wolf is his refuge, and where he has made him his home,
Not even the Head Wolf may enter, not even the Council may come.
The Lair of the Wolf is his refuge, but where he has digged it too plain,
The Council shall send him a message, and so he shall change it again.
If ye kill before midnight, be silent, and wake not the woods with your bay,
Lest ye frighten the deer from the crop, and your brothers go empty away.
Ye may kill for yourselves, and your mates, and your cubs as they need, and ye can;
But kill not for pleasure of killing, and seven times never kill Man!
If ye plunder his Kill from a weaker, devour not all in thy pride;
Pack-Right is the right of the meanest; so leave him the head and the hide.
The Kill of the Pack is the meat of the Pack. Ye must eat where it lies;
And no one may carry away of that meat to his lair, or he dies.
The Kill of the Wolf is the meat of the Wolf. He may do what he will;
But, till he has given permission, the Pack may not eat of that Kill.
Cub-Right is the right of the Yearling. From all of his Pack he may claim
Full-gorge when the killer has eaten; and none may refuse him the same.
Lair-Right is the right of the Mother. From all of her year she may claim
One haunch of each kill for her litter, and none may deny her the same.
Cave-Right is the right of the Father — to hunt by himself for his own:
He is freed of all calls to the Pack; he is judged by the Council alone.
Because of his age and his cunning, because of his gripe and his paw,
In all that the Law leaveth open, the word of your Head Wolf is Law.

Now these are the Laws of the Jungle, and many and mighty are they;
But the head and the hoof of the Law and the haunch and the hump is — Obey!

Robbie: This is a wonderful choice of poem, Sally. I also love it. Interestingly enough my favourite poem is also by Rudyard Kipling and I will share it later in this series.

What is your interpretation of this poem?

And to find that out you will need to head over to the post…where you will find some great questions about poetry and another of my favourites as well as Robbie’s review for my latest collection: Treasuring Poetry with Writing to be Read and Robbie Cheadle

About Kaye Lynne Booth

Kaye Lynne Booth is a freelance writer, editor, and novelist. SKaye Lynne Boothhe writes poetry, short fiction, and children’s books, as well as literary and gardening articles. She recently completed all the requirements for her dual MFA in Creative Writing and Screenwriting.

Her thesis novel, The Great Primordial Battle, is a science fantasy novel, to be the first in a four book series titled Playground for the Gods. You can follow its progress right here,(Just click the PfG tab), as well as her western novel, Delilah, (Click the My Westerns tab). You can also follow her screenwriting page on Facebook. Also, be sure to sign up for my monthly newsletter in the sidebar pop-up, and recieve a free e-copy of my paranormal mystery novelette, Hidden Secrets, as a token of my gratitude.

Her short story Last Call, and her western novel, Delilah, are both available for sale on Amazon. Her short fiction was published by Zetetic: A Record of Unusual Inquiry, and Across the Margin. Her short fiction stories “If You’re Happy and You Know It” is featured in The Collapsar Directive (August 1, 2017) & “The Devil Made Her Do It” is featured in Relationship Add Vice (December 15, 2017), both published by Zombie Pirates Publishing. She also has poetry published in Manifest West #5: Serenity and Severity (2016), and Colorado Life Magazine (September/October 2016).

Kaye is available to hire for editing, proofreading, ghostwriting, and critiquing services through email. Put the service you’re inquiring about on the subject line. Also if you wish to contact for an interview or to review your book on her blog, feel free to contact her at: Email: KayeBooth(at)yahoo(dot)com

A selection of Kaye Lynne Booth’s books

Amazon US – and : Amazon UK – Follow Kaye Lynne: Goodreads

About Robbie Cheadle

Robbie, short for Roberta, is an author with five published children’s picture books in the Sir Chocolate books series for children aged 2 to 9 years old (co-authored with her son, Michael Cheadle), one published middle grade book in the Silly Willy series and one published preteen/young adult fictionalised biography about her mother’s life as a young girl growing up in an English town in Suffolk during World War II called While the Bombs Fell (co-authored with her mother, Elsie Hancy Eaton). All of Robbie’s children’s book are written under Robbie Cheadle and are published by TSL Publications. Robbie has recently branched into adult horror and supernatural writing and, in order to clearly differential her children’s books from her adult writing, these will be published under Roberta Eaton Cheadle. Robbie has two short stories in the horror/supernatural genre included in Dark Visions, a collection of 34 short stories by 27 different authors and edited by award winning author, Dan Alatorre. These short stories are published under Robbie Cheadle.

I have been drawn to the horror and supernatural genres of books all my life. At the age of ten years old I embarked on reading Stephen King’s books including The Shining and Salem’s Lot. These books scared me so much I had to put them aside by 6P.M. in the evening in order to get a good night’s sleep but they also fascinated me. I subsequently worked my way through all of Stephen King’s earlier books as well as those of Dean R. Koontz.

I have read a large number of classics, in particular, I enjoy Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales, Charles Dickens and the works of the Bronte sisters.

I am hugely interested in the history of the United Kingdom as well as the mythology and tales of the paranormal that are abundant on this intriguing European island.

A small selection of other Sir Chocolate stories co-written with Michael Cheadle and other work by Roberta Eaton Cheadle

Robbie and Michael Cheadle, Buy :Amazon US And:Amazon UK – Robbie on : Goodreads – blog: Robbie’s Inspiration

Thank you for dropping in and I hope you will head over to read the post in full… also a wonderful new feature to share your love of poetry. Thanks Sally.

Smorgasbord Blog Magazine Reblog – D.G. Kaye with the Sunday Book Review for Life’s Rich Tapestry by Sally Cronin


In an act of blatent self- promotion, I am sharing the link to D.G. Kaye, Debby Gies review of my latest book Life’s Rich Tapestry: Woven in Words

Book reviews by D.G. Kaye

Welcome to my Sunday Book Review. I’m delighted to be sharing my review for Sally Cronin’s newest release – Life’s Rich Tapestry – Woven in words. For those of you who aren’t familiar with Sally’s writing, you’re in for a treat. For those of you who are familiar – you’re in for a treat. Sally’s versatile writing shows up in this smorgasbord of tales. Whether short stories, flash fiction or poetry, Sally can sweep us up with her words, no matter the genre, her stories always include a sentiment that will tug at your heartstrings.

Blurb:

Life’s Rich Tapestry is a collection of verse, microfiction and short stories that explore many aspects of our human nature and the wonders of the natural world. Reflections on our earliest beginnings and what is yet to come, with characters as diverse as a French speaking elephant and a cyborg warrior.

Finding the right number of syllables for a Haiku, Tanka, Etheree or Cinquain focuses the mind; as does 99 word microfiction, bringing a different level of intensity to storytelling. You will find stories about the past, the present and the future told in 17 syllables to 2,000 words, all celebrating life.

This book is also recognition of the value to a writer, of being part of a generous and inspiring blogging community, where writing challenges encourage us to explore new styles and genres.

To read Debby’s 5 Star Review please head over to her blog, thank you: D.G. Kaye review for Life’s Rich Tapestry

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

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

My thanks to Debby for her lovely review and while you are over there, check out her other reviews for recommended books…thanks Sally.