Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore Author Update – Hugh W. Roberts, Charles E. Yallowitz and Stevie Turner


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Welcome to today’s author update and to get us off to a flying start another terrific view for Hugh W. Robert’s short story collection Glimpses.. This time by Robbie Cheadle of Robbies Inspiration and author with her son Michael of the Sir Chocolate Books.

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About Glimpses

After publishing some of his short stories on his blog, Hugh W. Roberts, who suffers from dyslexia, received numerous requests to publish his short stories in a book. Here, at last, are 28 short stories that will take your mind on a rollercoaster of a ride into worlds that conceal unexpected twists and turns.

‘Glimpses’ allows the reader a peek into the lives of everyday people who are about to have life lead them on an unpredicted path. From a mysterious deadly iPad app, to a hole in the fence that is not all it seems, to a strange lipstick that appears to have a life of its own, you will encounter terror, laughter, sadness, shock and many other emotions on journeys which promise a thrilling and gripping climax.

If you are a lover of shows such as ‘The Twilight Zone’ and ‘Tales Of The Unexpected’, then you’re in for a real treat with this first collection of short stories from Hugh. Here’s what one reader has already said about the book. “If you’re looking for a thoroughly entertaining read, Glimpses is the book for you. Each story has been cleverly crafted; through Hugh’s wonderful imagination, he has the ability to whisk you away to many different worlds, past, present and future.

Robbies review: https://robbiesinspiration.wordpress.com/2017/02/12/glimpses-by-hugh-w-roberts-my-book-review/

I found Glimpses by Hugh W. Roberts to be quite a unique book. It is a collection of short stories, mainly written along a supernatural theme. I am a great lover of supernatural and horror books and have been avidly reading Stephen King since I was ten years old, so this was right up my street. I had two absolute favourite stories/groupings of stories in this lovely book.

My outright favourite was The Truth App which I read twice. It is a collection of a few short stories all in the same theme and it really “creeped” me out. Maybe I identified with it so much because it is all about blogging and bloggers which is a world in which I have recently become very immersed. I must say that I had to stop reading this tale in the evenings because it was giving me bad dreams. My advice to bloggers and other readers of this book, be careful what apps you choose to download!

My other outright winner was a short story about a woman who goes to India to have eye and dental treatment. This one stayed firmly in my mind because it made me reflect on the fact that, even if you read the completely incomprehensible list of ingredients on cosmetic and facial and other products, one rarely has any idea of what really goes into that cream that you are liberally apply all over your face. It also summoned up horrible thoughts of articles that I have read recently about testing medications and products on animals. A story that can make you think like that has got to be superb.

I found rating this book a huge conundrum because five star rating doesn’t allow for much scope with rating. I actually don’t really like this limited system. I finally settled on four out of five because I really enjoyed this book but I have rated my favourite Stephen King books five out of five, namely, The Stand, The Shining and The Dead Zone. These are lengthily novels which gives the writer a lot more scope to flesh out the characters and his ideas and story line. It felt reasonable to give Glimpses four out of five on this comparative basis.

I would recommend this book but, perhaps, don’t read it at night when you are home alone.

Read all the reviews and buy the book: https://www.amazon.com/Hugh-W.-Roberts/e/B01N40ZABP

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Connect to Hugh via his blog: http://hughsviewsandnews.com/

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The second author update is for Charles E. Yallowitz who has just released Chasing Bedlam Book Two… the sequel to Crossing Bedlam.

Cover Art by Jon Hunsinger

About the book

Lloyd and Cassidy’s last adventure was to honor a life. This time they are out to end one.It was a normal, violent mission to Texas that should have had nothing more than beer-induced hiccups. That is until an old enemy makes off with Cassidy’s jeep and most of their gear. Needless to say, she’s pissed off and challenging Lloyd for the psychopath of the month award. With the mouthy serial killer by her side, she is going on the warpath from Dallas to Miami even if it means declaring war on the drug cartels.So strap in for another wild ride through the Shattered States and learn why you never mess with Cassidy’s jeep.

 Buy Chasing Bedlam: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B06X8ZCGG5/

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One of the reviews for Crossing Bedlam.

So. Much. Fun.  By Ionia Froment TOP 1000 REVIEWER on February 29, 2016

Crossing Bedlam is chaos between two covers. I liked this book for all of the action and the strange characters. When I say strange, I mean that they remind you of a lot of favourite villains and unlikely heroes all rolled into a couple of badass characters that keep the story interesting. I think this book will appeal to a wide audience (adults) because of the female lead character and her crazy and yet highly entertaining partner in crime–and other things–Lloyd.

The idea behind this story is interesting and the author did a good job of describing his shattered states and coming up with creative ideas for how to show the destruction that has happened in his version of the apocalyptic USA. If you are a fan of fast moving plots with lots of unexpected twists and books that will keep you on the edge of your seat until the very end, this would be a good one to choose. I particularly liked the scenes that dealt with wild animals on the loose.Even the supporting characters are exciting in this one. Recommended.

A selection of books by Charles Yallowitz

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Read the reviews and buy the books: https://www.amazon.com/Charles-E-Yallowitz/e/B00AX1MSQA

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 Connect to Charles via his blog –  www.legendsofwindemere.com

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My next author update is for Stevie Turner with her memoir Waiting in the Wings which first appeared here as a new release in December. I am delighted to update it with its most recent review.

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At the grand old age of 92, my mother Dot suddenly starts telling me that she loves me. I am quite dumbstruck at these outbursts of emotion, as she has never mentioned the fact before in all of my 58 years. Over the entire course of my lifetime we have often argued bitterly, and have never really seen eye-to-eye over anything. I squirm with the inner knowledge that she wants me to reply in a similar vein, but try as I might, I cannot.

The guilt I feel at being unable to grant Dot her wish is overwhelming. As Dot’s health deteriorates more towards the final chapters of her life, I take on the role of carer. I find the only way to bring her out of her perpetual misery is to reminisce on past events by showing her old family photographs, and by helping her to remember holidays and happier times. We look back without anger and sometimes with a lot of laughter, getting to know each other better, raking over the past, and talking more than we have ever done. The process helps me, a middle-aged woman, understand the perils of ageing that I might one day face, and also the struggles that elderly people suffer on a day-to-day basis while stoically attempting to maintain their independence.

This is a true story, told in flashbacks and in modern-day often humorous conversations with my mother.

The most recent review

I greatly enjoyed this biography as we are invited to have a look into the childhood of Dot Stevie’s mother and soon after also following Stevie’s childhood in a part of Eastern London that now is changing due to a total makeover. Dot doesn’t seem to have much understanding for her only child which causes lots of tension through out Stevie’s childhood and youth. The key to understand this lies in Dot’s early childhood where she was put away in a hospital without being allowed to have visits from her mother. Her father had totally forsaken family and as we get glimpses of Dot’s early life she is more understood by the reader to have had difficulties in relationships.

I enjoyed the way the book is built up so that you change between the childhood of Stevie and background of Dot and the presence describing the frailty of Dot’s health and her stubbornness she shares with many old people. It seems that love and acceptance is growing between mother and daughter as Dot starts to articulate her gratitude to Stevie for her faithful help.

Read the reviews and BUY the book: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Waiting-Wings-Stevie-Turner-ebook/dp/B01M3MOEPV

A selection of other books by Stevie Turner.

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Read all the reviews and buy the books: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Stevie-Turner/e/B00AV7YOTU

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Connect to Stevie via her Website:  http://www.stevie-turner-author.co.uk

Thanks for dropping by today and if you are already in the bookstore please remember to keep me up to date with any new releases or terrific reviews. If you are NOT in the bookstore.. here is how you can join the 145 other authors.  Thanks Sally

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Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore Christmas Update – Tina Frisco, Charles Yallowitz and D.G. Kaye


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I am very excited and delighted, that two amazing writers who are in the bookstore and who have given me huge encouragement over the last three years, have brought their new books out for Christmas. If you love fantasy and the supernatural then these two books will make ideal gifts… treat yourself or book loving friends and family.

Also D.G. Kaye’s latest book P.S. I Forgive You is free from today until 23rd of December and you will find details later in the post.

It is of course ladies first and just two days ago Tina Frisco uploaded her much anticipated new book Vampyrie – Origin of the Vampire – to  Amazon. So here it is hot off the press.

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About the book

What if vampires were not the undead, but rather the dying? What if there were two factions among vampires: the sustained and the unsustainable? And what if those factions were at war with one another over the life of a young woman who promised them a future? Vampyrie brings the myth of the vampire into the realm of possibility.

Phoebe Angelina Delaney is a reluctant genius and compassionate hothead. She finds herself in a pitch-dark underground and doesn’t remember how she got there. Did she drink too much alcohol and wander off in a stupor, or was she kidnapped by a malicious element determined to make her life a living hell?

Sir Michael Alan David is a vampire – an enigma, charismatic and mysterious, who weaves in and out of Phoebe’s life. Does he intend to use his title as a ruse to draw her closer to an unearthly fate, or is he a cloak-and-dagger knight in shining armor?

Too many secrets have been kept for too long. Phoebe must unravel the mystery in order to survive. Two major characters from the author’s first novel, Plateau, join forces with Phoebe to battle the demons in Vampyrie.

An early review

I was hooked from the first paragraph. Phoebe has an indomitable spirit. I was rooting for her throughout her quest and her ordeals.As the tension built, I found myself riveted to the page . . . and then the next page and the next. I read this book in two days. I could barely put it down when outside forces demanded my attention. There is also an underlying metaphysical angle to the narrative that only enhanced the pleasure I experienced while reading this wonderful, wonderful story.-Andrew Joyce, Authorof Yellow Hair and Redemption: The Further Adventures of Huck Finn and TomSawyer

BUY the Book: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01N2UYDG6

Also by Tina Frisco

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Read all the reviews and buy the books: https://www.amazon.com/Tina-Frisco/e/B009NMOFNY

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A note from the author about the origins of the book.

“Don’t let the title fool you. This is not your typical vampire book. I’m incapable of writing a book without a spiritual bent. Vampyrie also has a basis in science, specifically medicine.

I’ve always been intrigued by the myth of the vampire and often have wondered if the phenomenon actually could exist. My background in medicine led me to speculate about how this might have a basis in reality. If rooted in science, how might this myth come to life? The most likely answer would be as a physical disorder or disease.

 Connect to Tina via her website: https://tinafrisco.com/

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And now for the epic  that is The Legends of Windemere by Charles E. Yallowitz and The Spirit Well which is book twelve of the series released on December 7th.

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About The Spirit Well

Born from the light and darkness, Dariana can no longer avoid her fate.

The final corrupted temple stands between the champions and Baron Kernaghan having their great battle. Only one problem: the Compass Key refuses to work with Dariana, who long ago wiped all memories of the Spirit Well from her mind. Now, they are forced to follow a trail of clues that Dariana’s former self left behind centuries ago. It is a path that will lead the champions into a part of their friend’s past that could tear them all apart.

Will the bonds of friendship be stronger than the call of blood?

An early review with excerpt from the book.

Welcome back to the mystical world of Windermere where author Charles E. Yallowitz does an outstanding job transporting his readers from reality back into the story that in conjunction with all his stories will make the Legends Of Windemere famous.

Let’s begin where “Arthuru claims he will conquer Windemere and contain us on Ambervale unless the Law of Influence is revoked.”

The story opens with a barrage of questions and accusations has brought the raven-haired Nyx to the edge of her temper. Join the champions in a city of criminals as they approach Pazel Laufeia (Mayor of Rodillen). Follow the clues that left centuries before. With Dariana’s memories Gone, Can Friendship Prevail?

Careful not to spoil the story for all you fans, let me quote one passage and like a puzzle piece, I will let you read and find out how and when it fits into the story.

With a wide yawn, Delvin whistles and waves for his friends to join him near a mushroom- covered tree. He crosses his arms and leans against the old oak, making it clear that he is not moving until he gets to speak his mind. Kira grumbles and kicks at whatever is in front of her as she trudges back to the warrior, the impatient woman spinning her sabers. She is already starting to complain about the delay, but her venomous words are stopped when the brown-haired man tosses her the last of the cupcakes that Sari packed.

The treat is skewered on the end of her blade and she quietly eats it, her lips and tongue coming dangerously close to the keen edge. Timoran is more appreciative of the break since the trio has been fruitlessly scouring the forest for the last five hours. The barbarian’s knees pop and his lower back aches as he stretches, which makes him consider that he is getting too old for the tedious part of adventuring. When they are all gathered around the tree, Delvin gestures for them to kneel and sit into an awkward huddle. With the warriors sweating in the unseasonal heat all day, the smell is distracting so they separate and give each other some space.

“Being the least skilled tracker here, I have a few questions,” Delvin says, picking at the leaves on a small branch. He plucks one that is covered in ants, the insects crawling around his hand until they drop to the ground.

“Do ghosts make any noise when walking? Do they create tracks in the dirt? Can they break branches or scuff trees when they pass? Do ghosts leave any evidence that they have come through an area?”

“No,” his companions sheepishly answer in unison.

“Then how in all of Windemere are we tracking Luke?”

I invite you read The Spirit Well (Legends of Windemere Book 12) by Charles E. Yallowitz. Each book in the Legends of Windemere series stands alone, so I invite you to read book one through book 12 so you will be ready for when book thirteen titled ‘Ritual of the Lost Lamb’ comes out.

Theodocia McLean endorses The Spirit Well (Legends of Windemere Book 12) by Charles E. Yallowitz. I purchased and reviewed this book from a Kindle format. This review was completed on December 10, 2016

BUY the book: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01N2RQMA9/

The other books in the series.

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Read all the reviews and Buy the books: https://www.amazon.com/Charles-E.-Yallowitz/e/B00AX1MSQA

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Connect to Charles on his blog: www.legendsofwindemere.com

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As promised news about an unbeatable offer this week. D.G. Kaye’s latest memoir, P.S. I Forgive You – A Broken Legacy is yours for FREE from today until December 23rd.

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About the book

“I hurt for her. She wasn’t much of a mother, but she was still my mother.”

Confronted with resurfacing feelings of guilt, D.G. Kaye is tormented by her decision to remain estranged from her dying emotionally abusive mother after resolving to banish her years ago, an event she has shared in her book Conflicted Hearts. In P.S. I Forgive You, Kaye takes us on a compelling heartfelt journey as she seeks to understand the roots of her mother’s narcissism, let go of past hurts, and find forgiveness for both her mother and herself.

After struggling for decades to break free, Kaye has severed the unhealthy ties that bound her to her dominating mother—but now Kaye battles new confliction, as the guilt she harbors over her decision only increases as the end of her mother’s life draws near. Kaye once again struggles with her conscience and her feelings of being obligated to return to a painful past she thought she left behind.

The book has received some wonderful review so far and here is just one.

The power of forgiveness By Karen B on September 30, 2016

I purchased this book expecting a sequel to D. G Kaye’s Conflicted Hearts which I loved but P.S I Forgive You is a different book. You get the sense that this book is written by an author who has grown, both in her writing and the feelings she has shared with her readers.

When I finished reading P.S I Love you, I knew that I had enjoyed the book immensely but at the same time I felt bereft; very similar to what I had experienced when I had lost my own parents. Just a sad feeling. At first the feeling confused me and then I realized that Kaye’s writing was so genuine, so acute and so heartfelt that she had made me feel the confusion, the grief, the process and most importantly the peace, right a long with her! She writes straight up, with no pretensions and it is intensely personal so you want to stay with her until the very end.

Her childhood was was one that nobody would choose but at the same time there is no self pity in her words. Her story weaves you through the process of grieving for a mother that never allowed her to be a child and the absolute importance of forgiveness, both for her and her mother.

P.S I Forgive You is a daughter’s trials, tribulations, family coming together and the grief of forever partings but most of all it is about being ok with yourself and the power of peace that comes with the long road to forgiveness. I loved it!

Read all the reviews and download the book: P.S. I Forgive You

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 Read all the reviews and BUY the books: http://www.amazon.com/author/dgkaye7

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Connect to D.G. Kaye via her blog: http://www.dgkayewriter.com

Thank you for dropping in today and please could you spread the news about the new books by Tina Frisco and Charles Yallowitz and the FREE offer for D.G. Kaye’s latest book. 

If you are on the shelves of the Cafe and Bookstore and have a new book out in the last month or have a book on offer before Christmas let me know ASAP… sally.cronin@moyhill.com

If you are not on the shelves yet.. then we still have time to do a Christmas Reading this week.. I have one or two spaces left.. Get in touch.

New Book in Series – The Legends of Windemere Book 10 – Tribe of the Snow Tiger by Charles E. Yallowitz


New book in seriesDelighted to feature Book 10, Tribe of the Snow Tiger in the Legends of Windemere series by Charles E. Yallowitz which is on pre-order for delivery on June 1st.

About the Legends of Windemere

A young warrior has set off to become a hero, a powerful caster has left home to face her destiny, an orphaned gypsy is desperate to hold onto her new family, a broken woman has awoken to a strange world, a drite has eaten every apple in his path, a barbarian warrior is keeping a secret, and a former mercenary’s confidence has been broken. This doesn’t even cover the epic battles, bitter betrayals, awkward romances, and near death experiences that have plagued the champions of Windemere. At least they have each other.

About Tribe of the Snow Tiger

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Timoran Wrath has a shameful secret that is about to see the light of day.

The noble barbarian has always been a constant source of strength and wisdom for his beloved friends. His loyalty has been unwavering and they know that he would never hesitate to lay down his life for them. Even in their darkest hour, the champions know that Timoran will come through and fight to the bitter end. Now they must return the favor as he reunites with his tribe and willingly faces the executioner’s blade.

Is it possible that the honorable Timoran was nothing more than an illusion?

Pre-order Link for Tribe of the Snow Tiger : https://www.amazon.com/Tribe-Snow-Tiger-Legends-Windemere-ebook/dp/B01G0PV2GO

There are a number of boxed sets available but to do all the amazing covers justice here are the nine previous books in the series.

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Here is just one of the reviews from across the series.

Experience for the first time or continue reading as the ‘Legends Of Windemere’ captures your imagination as ‘Sleeper Of The Wildwood Fugue’ continues this epic fantasy with book 7 by Charles E. Yallowitz.

If you were mesmerized by the game ‘Dungeons and Dragons’ or enjoyed reading ‘The Hobbit’ series you will not want to miss the mystical inhabitants of Windemere! Author Charles E. Yallowitz weaves an intriguing tale in a world where good and evil collide and is quite often underestimated.

Well defined characters who add depth, personality and the ability to draw the reader into the fantasy world of Windemere will hold your attention as the drama unfolds in this mystical place. The creative thought process of the author brings Windemere to life with fast paced descriptive intrigue. I quote two sections below to show the author’s writing style without spoiling the story. “Several silent minutes after Gabriel disappears, Zaria lets out a musical sigh and merges with the mist. She weaves among the trees and cursed mortals, none of them noticing her presence. The goddess is near the edge of a clearing when a purple barrier appears and deflects her rapid approach. She returns to her solid form and gets as close to the powerful shield as she can. Sparks of magic burst from the glistening dome, leaving burn marks on her dress that she ignores. All of Zaria’s attention is on the canopy bed in the middle of the clearing where a cloaked form is sleeping.”
“Only a matter of days now, Dariana,” the goddess whispers, wiping a pristine tear from her cheek. “Only a matter of days.”

I invite you to start reading the Legends Of Windemere’ series today!

Buy links for the series and Tribe of the Snow Tiger.

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About Charles E. Yallowitz
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Charles E. Yallowitz was born, raised, and educated in New York. Then he spent a few years in Florida, realized his fear of alligators, and moved back to the Empire Stare. When he isn’t working hard on his epic fantasy stories, Charles can be found cooking or going on whatever adventure his son has planned for the day. ‘Legends of Windemere is his first series, but it certainly won’t be his last.

Links to connect to Charles on websites, blogs and social media.

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Art Credit
All Legends of Windemere cover art created by Jason Pedersen.

Thank you for dropping in today and would be grateful if you would help promote the new book in the Legends of Windemere by sharing. Sally

The Saturday Round Up – New book promotions, Diana Krall and Plato!


Now that the house is ready for sale we need to turn our attention to Moyhill Publishing again. We have kept it on simmer only taking in a handful of specific books from previous authors whilst we focused on the renovations but now are moving into a more active phase. I won’t give you a sales pitch here but if you are interested you can find out more about us here. https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/moyhill-publishing-established-2004/

The other posts you might have missed this week.

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I am delighted to welcome William Price King back to the blog after the Christmas and New Year hiatus when he was delighting audiences in various parts of France. The new series kicked off this week with part one of the story of the amazing jazz artist.. Diana Krall.

New Series with William Price King.. Meets Diana Krall Part One.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2016/01/13/a-man-and-his-music-william-price-king-meets-diana-krall/

New series as well in the Book Promotions and delighted to welcome back previous authors and new writers to the blog.

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What’s in a Name – Short Story – ‘H’ for Hannah – Returning the Favour

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Hannah returns to a country inn that holds precious memories for her but she has a purpose in mind that is not about enjoying Sunday Lunch.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2016/01/14/whats-in-a-name-short-story-h-for-hannah-returning-the-favour/

Images and Quotes

I have been rifling through my photo archives and matching images with some of my favourite quotes.

Beauty lies in the eyes of the beholder

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Health

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Mineral of the week is Calcium the most abundant in the human body and vital for our survival and health.

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The Medicine Woman’s Treasure chest and this week Artichokes to eat and for digestive, liver and heart health.

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Humour

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Thank you for dropping by and do check out this post if you have a new book out, a great review that we have not featured, a book that is going to be FREE or discounted this week, is a new book in a series or an anthology of stories or poetry.

After all you have nothing to lose.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/smorgasbord-free-promotion-opportunities-2016/

The new Sunday show will be starting in February and I have a great list of guests already.. Short on some guys though so if you have not been interviewed before or for a while drop me a line at sally.cronin@moyhill.com.

For those already on the guest list I am going to be getting the questions off to you in the next week or so.

Have a great Saturday night and I hope you will pop in tomorrow.  Thanks Sally

 

 

 

Christmas Grotto 2015 – The Merchant of Nevra Coil – Legends of Windemere by Charles E. Yallowitz


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Today the featured book is the eighth novel in the Legends of Windemere series by Charles Yallowitz. A great gift for all fantasy fans. I suggest that if you are new to the series that you visit Charles’s blog where you will find a great deal of background, including on the young hero, Luke Callindor. http://legendsofwindemere.com/?s=Luke+Callindor

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When the mischievous and random Goddess of Chaos gets angry, all of Windemere becomes her plaything.

It all starts with a collection of toys that have taken the populace by storm. People of all races flood the marketplaces to gather figurines of the champions whose adventures are starting to spread across the land. Stemming from the flying city of Nevra Coil, these toys bring with them a terrible curse: Fame. Every town becomes a mob of fans that hound their new idols and the delay is bringing the world closer to the hands of Baron Kernaghan. Perhaps worst of all, the creator of these toys forgot to include a certain exiled deity who is now out to earn herself a figurine.

Who would have thought a bunch of toys could cause so much trouble and lead to the breaking of a champion’s confidence?

What the readers are saying.

Sublime! By Amazon Customer on September 24, 2015 Format: Kindle Edition
By far the best book in the series. The plot continues to thicken with a healthy dose of past revelations and new developments. The characters become real to you and the world draws you deeper under its spell. I can’t wait for the next book.

Must read by Tammy L. Dodder on September 26, 2015 Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Absolutely wonderful! I love this series. Highly recommended!!!

A selection of the other books in the Legends of Windemere Series

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 Buy all of Charles E. Yallowitz books
Amazon Author Page: http://www.amazon.com/Charles-E-Yallowitz/e/B00AX1MSQA

About Charles Yallowitz

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Charles Yallowitz was born and raised on Long Island, NY, but he has spent most of his life wandering his own imagination in a blissful haze. Occasionally, he would return from this world for the necessities such as food, showers, and Saturday morning cartoons. One day he returned from his imagination and decided he would share his stories with the world. After his wife decided that she was tired of hearing the same stories repeatedly, she convinced him that it would make more sense to follow his dream of being a fantasy author. So, locked within the house under orders to shut up and get to work, Charles brings you Legends of Windemere.

He looks forward to sharing all of his stories with you, and his wife is happy he finally has someone else to play with.

Buy all of Charles E. Yallowitz books
Amazon Author Page: http://www.amazon.com/Charles-E-Yallowitz/e/B00AX1MSQA

Connect to Charles
Blog: http://www.legendsofwindemere.com
Twitter: @cyallowitz
Facebook: Charles E. Yallowitz
Pinterest: Slepsnor
Website: www.charleseyallowitz.com

Do not be shy and if you would like your book, designs, crafts, music and art showcased in the Christmas Grotto please contact me after looking at the format below. The shelves are filling up fast and there are only as many spaces as days to Christmas.

For details about how to submit your book, gifts and music please take a look at both the format of the post today and also in the link below.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2015/10/07/omg-the-c-word-sallys-christmas-grotto-open-again-for-business/

For the books and gifts currently in the emporium please pop into the shop.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/christmas-grotto-2015-books-and-gifts/

The Saturday Round Up – Men’s Health, New Books, An Ape and some music to smooch to.


Obviously this week has been focused on men’s health and I have to say that I am delighted with the response.  Firstly this has been the best week for views in the blogs history with over 2,500 views and even more inportantly 1100 visitors.

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This is down to the amazing support by many of you who have shared the posts on WordPress and social media and I know that I would not have been able to achieve that by myself. So a huge thank you.

I appreciate that those of you who follow my blog are already following healthy lifestyles and eating fresh produce, cooked from scratch.  I know from the comments that many men are getting checked regularly for the key indicators for general health such as Blood Pressure, Unhealthy Cholesterol and Blood Sugar Levels.  However, because of your generosity the chances are that one of those people who saw your reblog, or retweet and visited the posts was given the incentive to take more care of their health and #getchecked.

If just one man’s life is saved because of your efforts this week…. it has been worth it.

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My special thanks to Geoff Le Pard, Kevin Cooper and John Marberry for their personal contributions and please read their important messages in the posts and follow them at all their links.

Links for Men’s Health Week

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2015/09/07/mens-health-week-the-male-reproductive-system-part-one/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2015/09/07/mens-health-week-key-risk-factors-for-major-and-fatal-diseases-number-1-obesity/

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https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2015/09/07/mens-health-week-guest-post-bottling-it-up-by-geoff-le-pard/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2015/09/08/mens-health-week-cancer-statistics-fact-or-fiction-and-a-revised-approach-to-prostate-cancer-diagnosis-and-treatment/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2015/09/08/mens-health-week-why-so-many-men-are-diagnosed-too-late-and-free-or-cost-effective-health-screening/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2015/09/08/mens-health-week-laughter-the-best-medicine-risk-factors-for-men-driving-and-parking/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2015/09/09/mens-health-week-testosterone-and-cholesterol/

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https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2015/09/09/mens-health-week-dont-put-things-off-by-author-kevin-cooper/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2015/09/09/mens-health-week-reduce-blood-pressure-and-ldl-cholesterol-levels-in-six-weeks/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2015/09/10/mens-health-week-one-of-the-most-dangerous-silent-killers-of-men-stress/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2015/09/10/mens-health-week-stress-guest-post-cathy-blackburn-d-hyp-miaph-taking-control-of-stress-in-our-minds/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2015/09/10/mens-health-week-reduce-stress-blood-pressure-and-lower-your-risks-of-disease-just-breathe/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2015/09/11/mens-health-week-life-and-health-on-the-streets-the-big-issue-foundation/

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https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2015/09/11/mens-health-week-the-last-word-psa-tests-yes-or-no-by-john-maberry/

On the lighter side.

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https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2015/09/08/mens-health-week-laughter-the-best-medicine-risk-factors-for-men-driving-and-parking/

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https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2015/09/10/mens-health-week-stress-laughter-the-best-medicine-etiquette/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2015/09/08/acyrologia-and-it-has-nothing-to-do-with-mens-health/

The Sunday Show Review

Good things are worth repeating and that included the interview with Christopher Graham, The Story Reading Ape and the guy to go for Indie Author Support…

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https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2014/09/28/the-sunday-show-chris-the-story-reading-ape-payback-time/

William Price King

William will be back later in the month with the new series about Quincy Jones but in the meantime here is the man himself singing one of the great jazz standards. A tribute to Mel Torme Coming Home Baby

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2015/01/24/a-man-and-his-music-william-price-king-meets-mel-torme-part-three-the-50s/

New Book Fanfare

Some wonderful new books on the shelves this week.

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https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2015/09/09/new-book-fanfare-the-experimental-notebook-of-c-s-boyack/

the Girl

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2015/09/11/new-book-fanfare-the-girl-who-wasnt-there-poetry-collection-by-k-morris/

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https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2015/09/12/new-book-fanfare-the-merchant-of-nevra-coil-and-legends-of-windemere-book-bundle-by-charles-e-yallowitz/

The last of the Tales From The Garden

I am afraid that this is the last in the Tales From The Garden series.. however I am so thrilled with the response that we have decided to publish the stories in print, Ebook and also in audio.  I shall leave part one of the current story online for a few days but will take the others off to revisit, update and edit.  This is absolutely one of the benefits of blogging. Thank you for all your help in making this happen.

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https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2015/09/06/tales-from-the-garden-the-last-summer-ball-and-the-winter-fairy-part-two/

That is all folks and the end to another week.. tomorrow another reblog of one of the Sunday Shows from last year.. next week Size Matters continues and a new series of short stories.. What’s in a Name… hope you will join me here again.

Again a massive thank you for being here this week.  All my best wishes Sally

New Book Fanfare – The Merchant of Nevra Coil and Legends of Windemere Book Bundle by Charles E. Yallowitz


fanfareDelighted to feature the new The Merchant of Nevra Coil, the fourth in The Legends of Windemere fantasy series by Charles E. Yallowitz, as well as a book bundle of the three previous volumes.

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About The Merchant of Nevra Coil

When the mischievous and random Goddess of Chaos gets angry, all of Windemere becomes her plaything.

It all starts with a collection of toys that have taken the populace by storm. People of all races flood the marketplaces to gather figurines of the champions whose adventures are starting to spread across the land. Stemming from the flying city of Nevra Coil, these toys bring with them a terrible curse: Fame. Every town becomes a mob of fans that hound their new idols and the delay is bringing the world closer to the hands of Baron Kernaghan. Perhaps worst of all, the creator of these toys forgot to include a certain exiled deity who is now out to earn herself a figurine.

Who would have thought a bunch of toys could cause so much trouble and lead to the breaking of a champion’s confidence?

Buy The Merchant of Nevra Coil 

http://www.amazon.com/Merchant-Nevra-Coil-Legends-Windemere-ebook/dp/B01521F8TY/

Get up to speed with the first three volumes of the Legends of Windemere fantasy series with this Book bundle.

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About The Legends of Windemere
Every hero must take that first courageous step into adventure. For Luke Callindor, it’s more of a blind stumble. From battling a demonic assassin to facing the family he left behind, this warrior’s adventuring career has been one awkward mistake after another. Most days the only things that keep him alive, yet never unharmed, are his trusted friends and his reckless courage. How long can his luck hold out before the gods of Windemere decide to cut his legend short?

Buy The Legends of Windemere Fantasy Series Bundle #1

http://www.amazon.com/Legends-Windemere-Fantasy-Bundle-Contains-ebook/dp/B014XIN10U/

About the author

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Charles Yallowitz was born and raised on Long Island, NY, but he has spent most of his life wandering his own imagination in a blissful haze. Occasionally, he would return from this world for the necessities such as food, showers, and Saturday morning cartoons. One day he returned from his imagination and decided he would share his stories with the world. After his wife decided that she was tired of hearing the same stories repeatedly, she convinced him that it would make more sense to follow his dream of being a fantasy author. So, locked within the house under orders to shut up and get to work, Charles brings you Legends of Windemere. He looks forward to sharing all of his stories with you, and his wife is happy he finally has someone else to play with.

A selection of other books by Charles E. Yallowitz

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Buy all of Charles E. Yallowitz books

Amazon Author Page: http://www.amazon.com/Charles-E-Yallowitz/e/B00AX1MSQA

Connect to Charles

Blog: http://www.legendsofwindemere.com
Twitter: @cyallowitz
Facebook: Charles E. Yallowitz
Pinterest: Slepsnor
Website: www.charleseyallowitz.com

Book Promotion on Smorgasbord.

There are now two ways to promote your previous and new books on Smorgasbord and here are the links with how to do so very easily.

If you have a new release within the last month or being published shortly then please take a look at the straightforward submission guidelines.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2015/07/21/new-book-fanfare-spread-the-word-about-your-new-book-release/

If you have books that have been for sale for some time and have gathered some good reviews then you can feature them in the Five Star Treatment.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/five-star-treatment-a-place-to-celebrate-your-latest-review-or-award/

Please feel free to comment and share the celebration of a new book release by Charles and thank you for stopping by.

Defining Moments – The guests so far and now time for the Ladies!


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In this series of the Sunday Show I have invited my guests to describe the moments in their lives when they experienced a turning point or a brush with fate that changed the direction their life was taking.

The Guests so far……Nicholas C Rossis
https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2015/01/11/the-sunday-show-defining-moments-with-author-nicholas-c-rossis/

Ever since I remember myself, I have enjoyed writing. At school, many of my classmates dreaded essay-writing, whereas I could count on my essays to be read in class. So, when I finished highschool, I figured I’d try writing. Expecting words of praise, I showed one of my short stories to a career councillor who was a family friend. Instead of the expected thumbs-up, she told me in no uncertain terms that I had no future in writing, and I had best focus my energy on a “proper” career.

So, I became an engineer, then an architect, then a web developer.

Charles E Yallowitz
https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2015/01/18/the-sunday-show-defining-moments-with-writer-charles-e-yallowitz/

I feel like I’ve had a lot of defining moments, so it’s hard to list them. There was the decision to go to SUNY Oswego for college, which is where I met a lot of friends, future wife, and many of my story ideas were born. Moving to Florida for a while and trying to go into teaching are others. The challenge here is that I think every decision I make defines me and I’m always changing, so there ends up being a lot that I want to mention. In the end, I should probably stick to the big one that led me to WordPress, Amazon Kindle, and this day where I’m sitting on my bed writing. (I don’t have an office . . . or a desk . . . or space for a desk.)

Seumas Gallacher
https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2015/01/25/the-sunday-show-defining-moments-with-author-seumas-gallacher/

Like hundreds of thousands of children, I was brought up in a tough city slum environment in post war Dockland Govan in Glasgow. Money was scarcer than hen’s teeth. As a lad I performed well at the local government school and attained supposedly exceptional marks in my exams, enough, at the age of eleven, for the headmaster to propose my name for a paid scholarship to the college level. I passed the entrance exams for that, but when my mother came to explain to the headmaster, a fine gentleman by the name of Carl Caplan, that although all the books and academic supplies were covered by the scholarship, the family couldn’t afford the school uniforms that would be needed. Mister Caplan responded by paying for the uniforms from his own pocket throughout the college years.

Upcoming guests
I am delighted that I have a line up through to mid-March for you with writers and artists but since we have enjoyed three talented and fabulous gentlemen it is now time for the Ladies team.

Three exceptional writers and bloggers who inspire and inform as well as support others in our community.

Viv Drewa – Author of the Owl and the Angler and The Owl of the Sipan Lord – short story writer, blogger and someone who provides great support for other writers with reblogs, reviews and promotions. Sunday February 1st.

Ali Isaac – Author of the Conor Kelly books blogger and historian with a passion for Irish myths and legends. Well regarded for her accurate portrayal of the times and customs of ancient Ireland, Ali also contributes to magazines and history blogs. Sunday 8th February.

Carol Balawyder – With a background in education and criminology and author of two novels Getting to Mr Right – Campbell’s research into the father/daughter dynamic and how it affects a woman’s personal choices proves that Prince Charming is nothing but a myth and Missi’s Dating Adventures. Following the experiences of one of the women who attended the workshops. Sunday February 15th.

I hope you will drop by and find out more about these special guests and their defining moments that changed the direction of their lives.

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Saturday Round up – Posts from the week and upcoming attractions!


Time for a keep round up of posts you might have missed during the week and what to expect next week.

My thanks first though to contritutors to the site this week. Charles Yallowitz on the Sunday Show ‘Defining Moments’  great to find out a little more about this talented writer.
https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2015/01/18/the-sunday-show-defining-moments-with-writer-charles-e-yallowitz/

Tomorrow Seumas Gallacher is taking on the challenge so please pop in.

Clodagh Phelan shared the work of the ACE (Animal Care Espana) who do a remarkable job rescuing and rehabilitating stray dogs in Spain.
https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2015/01/20/a-very-special-place-el-refugio-the-spanish-santuary-of-animal-care-espana-by-clodagh-phelan/

David Cronin continued with the Ebook Doctor series on how to produce professionally finished Ebooks.  Each post has a link to all the other parts.  Another three to come next week and then David will do a Q&A about any additional questions you might have – make notes as you read each part.
https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2015/01/19/writing-your-own-ebook-part-four-what-ebook-format-should-i-use/
https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2015/01/21/making-your-own-ebooks-part-five-what-can-you-do-with-your-word-processor-to-make-your-ebooks-better/
https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2015/01/23/writing-your-own-ebook-part-six-creating-the-ebook-framework/

William Price King continues today with the Mel Torme story with part three but on Wednesdays he features and performs one of the iconic Jazz standards of the last century.. next Wednesday a special performance of ‘Prelude to a Kiss‘ filmed in the “Jazz Comedie Club” in Nice.  And on Saturday Part Four of the Mel Torme story.
https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2015/01/21/a-man-and-his-music-william-price-king-iconic-jazz-my-funny-valentine/

I have been so honoured to have received a number of awards this year and I am in the process of responding.. On Monday I am participating in a Tour through Blog Land with some more favourite people and a new author. During the week I will be posting the final acceptance for the Sisterhood Award…
https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2015/01/16/the-very-inspiring-blogger-award-and-the-nominees-are/
https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2015/01/20/the-awards-season-continues-the-one-lovely-blog-award-or-a-bouquet-of-flowers/
https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2015/01/23/another-award-season-special-the-premio-dardos-award-or-flowers/

And last but not least the Afternoon Videos this week…
https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2015/01/21/the-afternoon-video-my-personal-favourites-loca-the-pug/
https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2015/01/19/the-afternoon-video-a-tasty-bit-of-food-out-of-reach-of-a-clever-dog-no-problemo/

If you wonder what my husband manages to get up to in his spare time when not writing the Ebook Doctor and formatting books, here is a little something he gifted me this week…….if you look really closely you will see what he used to produce it…..just in case I should ever forget it.. Have a great week and thank you so much for dropping in.  Please leave a note or smile behind you when you leave 

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