Smorgasbord Blogger Daily – Monday June 5th 2017 – Tina Frisco, Joyce Gatschenberger, Ali Isaac #BloggersBash and Take Five Authors

Smorgasbord Blogger Daily

Welcome to the first Blogger Daily of the week and sadly it follows a weekend of more violence in London. But also the coming together of thousands in Manchester to demonstrate that fear will not prevent us carrying on with our lives and supporting those who are a victim of mindless terror.

The first post today is by Tina Frisco who urges us to take another path towards resolving this centuries old feud based on the belief that only one religion can be the true faith.

The hatred evidenced by terrorist attacks around the world could easily be met with equal hatred, should we allow it. But how would that identify and inform us as a species? What would that do to the hearts and minds of individuals as well as society? What do we want to teach our children, and what kind of world do we want to leave them?

It is a challenge to keep our hearts open amid such unconscionable acts of violence. Yet it is our only hope of survival. Meeting these despicable acts with an equal amount of aggression could lead to our annihilation in this nuclear age. At the very least, it could alter our consciences and consciousness to a degree beyond repair. And that is as unacceptable as the terrorist act itself.

Read the rest of this thought provoking post:

Next Joyce Gatschenberger, author of Listening Between the Lines reminds us of our extended family both at home and work and the changes to the dynamics in our modern world.

During the summer months some families celebrate reunions. In today’s society the definition of family seems to include an extended vocabulary. The definition may include the traditional – mom, day and the kids. Or the blended family may be more current with a step mother, step brothers and sisters. Possibly, a set of two mothers who are raising an adopted, foreign-born child, is the most descriptive of family. Or even the more extended definition should include the “family” we belong to in our public life – school and work.

Read more about our extended family at home and at work:

If you are heading to the #BloggersBash this Saturday in London and missed this post over the weekend.. here is the agenda for the day from Ali Isaac… already thinking about what to pack.. but don’t think there will be a need for sunblock!

So, are you joining us at the Bloggers Bash? Have you got your ticket, booked your transport, and decided what to wear? If not, it’s still not too late to get yourself a ticket. You can do that here.

Curious about what we’ve got planned for you on the day? Here’s what we’ve got lined up…

Head over to get the agenda for this exciting day:

As authors working to a budget it is tough to decide which of the professional services you can afford to give your book that final polish. In this post from Take Five Authors, written by the ChickLitSisters, the options are reviewed.

So you’re hot on language, your grammar is impeccable, your style puts Strunk and White to shame and like Akeelah you could win any old spelling bee. Why would you, as an indie author, need to pay for outside help? Well, you only have to read a few Amazon reviews to know that readers can be an unforgiving bunch, quick to spot a typo or a missing space between paragraphs. As an indie author you have to make some difficult choices about how much assistance you can afford to enlist. We wrote a whole post on the importance of a good book cover and we still feel that unless you’re amazingly hot stuff at art, you’re probably wiser to leave that to a professional. But here’s Ellie Campbell’s take on things.

Read the rest of this very useful post:

Thank you for dropping in today and don’t forget to pop the link to your latest post in the comments. Thanks Sally

Smorgasbord Reblog – #BloggerBash 2017 Voting is now Open.

I am very honoured to have been nominated in The Most Informative category of the #BloggerBash awards along with some outstanding nominees.   There are ten categories and if you would like your favourite blog to be recognised this year then please head over and vote.

Here is an excerpt from the post and a link so you can go and vote.

This is it. The waiting is finally over.

The THIRD Annual Bloggers Bash Awards 2017 are now OPEN FOR VOTING.

We had a HUGE number of nominations. Hundreds of them in fact! So thank you to everyone who took the time to nominate your fave bloggers.

Voting Closes June 2nd at 12pm. The winners will be announced on June 10th at the Bash in London. But if you can’t make it physically a winners post will go live at 5:15pm (BST) on the same day. Winners will have pingbacks to their blogs, but we all know how unreliable that is. So please make sure you check back to see if you won.

If you haven’t bought your ticket for the meet up yet, you can do so here.

TO THE VOTERS – Choose carefully, you can only vote ONCE per award. There are 10 awards, (so this is a long post). Yes, you can vote in each category, but only once in every one.

TO THE NOMINEES – Good luck to you all. Every nomination is really well deserved and as a result, this year we are doing things a little differently. Winners will have their prizes and certificates shipped to them as well as their winner’s badges emailed. However, all nominees will be entitled to a Bloggers Bash nominee badge once the voting is over.

Please head over and cast your vote: