Welcome to the round up of posts on Smorgasbord you might have missed this week.
I hope your week has gone well and I am sure you are busy with your holiday preparations. We have gone from white, frosty and Christmasy to gale force winds and driving rain overnight. I am not complaining as I will take a wet road over an icy one any day.
Although a few weeks away I am making preparations for my 70th, not a party but to renew my driving licence which is the age we have to do it here. It used to be you had to produce a medical certificate at 70 but they have just moved to 75 which is one step out of the renewal. To renew online however I have to go to a local office tomorrow with all my IDs and prove my identity, which gives me a card which enables me to avoid going 20 miles to the nearest licence office. I also get a free travel card when I am 70 which I can use on any public transport including all buses and trains. So whilst there may be a few more cracks in my face than last year, there are definitely benefits of turning 70.
I will however forgo any invitation to compete in Dancing on Ice as yesterday proved that I might not have the aptitude I used to have on roller skates. I went out to pour warm water in the bird bath, and next thing I knew I was flat on my back, having slipped on the ice that had accumulated around the bird bath during their ablutions. I was wet through from the bucket of water I was still carrying, and startled crows circled me calling out in distress. I assume it was concern that the human who spends copious amounts of money and time feeding the garden birds, and the crows when they can get at it, was lying injured on the ground. I suspect however it was excitement at the sight of the largest piece of road kill they had ever seen… possibly an early Christmas gift!
Anyway, I broke my fall with my wrist and apart from various bruises from top to tail I have escaped with another lesson learnt. Throw the water in the bird bath from a distance when the hose is frozen.
This week I will be sharing the final Christmas book fairs including new book news for John Howell and Dan Antion, there will be festive music, videos and funnies with a couple of short stories, book review and the round up over the holiday weekend.
Contributor News this week.
William Price King has been sharing some wonderful international carols this week and there will be more festive music on Tuesday and Friday…and on New Year’s Eve a party with music from William and some special guests . You can also find William – Blog– IMPROVISATION– William Price King on Tumblr
Debby Gies was here on Monday morning with the next post in her Spiritual Awareness series – Old Souls.. It was amazing to read the comments and discover how many of you resonated with the post. Over on her own blog you can find Debby’s own exciting news of her latest release Fifteen First Times: Beginnings: A Collection of Indelible Firsts and you can read all about that in the promotion post that went out here this morning. On Debby’s own post you will find December’s very useful selection of writer’s tips, and the Sunday book reviews... for Robbie Cheadle and D.L. Finn. Follow the link to Debby’s posts …D.G. Kaye
Carol Taylor will be back after Christmas with the next in her Culinary A-Z and the letter ‘N’ – Carol is also one of the special guests at the New Year’s Eve Party. Over on her own blog you will find some amazing holiday recipes including Homemade Christmas Ham, …Winter Warmers…Hot Chocolate, Fish Pie and a delicious Thai Duck Curry…Carol shares more edible flowers and if you have room after the Fish Pie, there are some fabulous White Chocolate Chip Cookies…make a delicious ice cream sandwich…Head over for the winter warmer recipes… take your appetite: Carol Taylor’s Christmas Recipes Winter Warmers
Time for some shameless self promotion… and a heartfelt thanks for the generosity shown by the writing community.
My thanks to Joy Neal Kidney who didn’t just review my latest book but the other three collections in the ‘Life’ series. Wow.. I was blown away..
Joy’s lovely feature: Prose and Poetry Gems
Colleen Chesebro is celebrating the release of her latest collection Fairies, Myths, & Magic II: A Winter Celebration, and as part of her blog tour she kindly featured each of her hosts in a post. Colleen also included her review of my latest so I am feeling quite chuffed this week as you can imagine.
Head over to Colleen’s: Colleen’s blog tour and review for Variety is the Spice of Life.
Author Aurora Jean Alexander included me in her festive newsletter this week with an update on her writing, including her latest release and recent blog posts, and a delicious recipe for tangy honey glazed ham topped off with a delightful poem. If you have a newsletter you have sent out during December please drop the URL in the comments so we can all enjoy..
Head over to enjoy AJ’s festive newsletter: A.J’s Writing Adventure
Thank you too for all your visits, comments and shares during the week. As always very much appreciated…♥
On with the show….
Christmas Music with William Price King Rewind – Carols from around the World – #Germany, #Greece and #France
Carols from around the World – #Italy, #Nigeria, #Sweden
Spiritual Awareness – Old Souls by D.G. Kaye
#Flash Fiction – Season of Goodwill and Retail Therapy by Sally Cronin
New Book on the Shelves – #Memoir – Fifteen First Times: Beginnings: A Collection of Indelible Firsts by D. G. Kaye
#Shortstories Hugh W. Roberts, #Crimestories Jane Risdon, #Historystories Lisette Brodey
Book Review – #Contemporary #Romance – Falling by Stevie Turner
New Book on the Shelves and my review – Fairies, Myths, & Magic II: Book 2: A Winter Celebration by Colleen Chesebro
Previous Reviews from 2022 – Oh Baubles: A Christmas Romance Novella by Harmony Kent
#Thriller #Mystery John L. DeBoer, #Malaya #1950s Apple Gidley, #Romance Stevie Turner
#ElementarySchool Pete Springer, #Fantasy #Magic Chris Hall, #Poetry Balroop Singh
#Photography #Poetry #Flash M.J. Mallon, #Women’sLit Toni Pike, #Family #Poetry Lauren Scott
A Christmas Eve Poem: Children Singing in Latin by Elizabeth Gauffreau
#Recipe #History – French Canadian Tourtière, Our Family Tradition by Dorothy Grover-Read
#Christmas #Santa Darlene Foster
Cooking up Memories- EggNog French Toast #Recipe #Christmas #FamilyFirst by Jacquie Biggar
Host Malcolm Allen December 2022 Part One- #Christmas Crackers
Thanks for dropping in today and I hope you will join me again next week if you have time.. Sally