Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore – Meet the Book #Reviewers – Colleen Chesebro with D.Wallace Peach, Olga Nunez Miret with Mallory James, Richard Blake with Joan O’Hagan and D.G. Kaye with Michael Wolff


This series is aimed at promoting and celebrating those that review books regularly. Especially those who do so via their blogs, as it would be great to create more traffic to their sites. I am happy to also showcase those that are put directly on Amazon. The details are here in this first post with an example.. https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/04/25/smorgasbord-new-series-starting-this-saturday-meet-the-book-reviewers/

And here is last week’s post: https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/05/05/smorgasbord-blog-magazine-meet-the-bookreviewers-d-g-kaye-for-kathy-steinemann-barb-taub-for-terry-tyler-robbie-cheadle-for-ben-woodard-m-j-mallon-for-sacha-de-black-and-jan-sikes-for-nonnie-jul/

The series is already evolving as predicted and we will just see where it goes.

  • If you click the images of the books you will be taken directly to Amazon.
  • Where an author or reviewer is in the Cafe and Bookstore I will include their entry.
  • If a review has been posted to Amazon directly without a blog post, I will share the entire review with a link to the reviewers blog.

The first reviewer today is Colleen Chesebro with the review for Eye of Fire: Dragon Soul Book 2 by D.Wallace Peach – click on the image to be taken directly to Amazon.

Here is an extract from the review and a link to read the rest on Colleen’s blog.

Eye of Fire is the second book in the Dragon Soul Quartet Series, following book one, The Myths of the Mirror, which I reviewed HERE.

The story begins as the ancient Droom, the seer of the stones, she who guides the myths and the people of the Tie retrieves a stone from the embers of a fire. Partially blind, the seer’s prophecies come from deep within her soul expressed as messages etched upon her Runestones. The directive she receives is clear. Change is in the air and new beginnings have merged into the people’s current reality.

As the mountain dragons who fly freely in the skies over the Mirror arrive in Taran Leigh, Conall and Torin are merged with the belonging, sitting astride their own dragons. The people waiting to attend the yearly dragon expedition are filled with awe. They feel the songs of the dragons pulling at their hearts. Soon, the community will experience what it feels like to touch the resplendent dragons and to feel the belonging surge into their hearts for themselves.

Finally, the time had come for the dragons of Taran Leigh to be freed from the confines of the lair. Once Earlin’s plan was set into motion there was no turning back. Meanwhile, in the dragon’s lair, Haral waits for the signal to swing open the doors so he can release the magnificent creatures and set them free.

Instead, the plan goes awry, and Earlin finds Haral’s crumpled body; the victim of a horrible murder. His death is the catalyst that forces the people of the Tie to grapple with the knowledge that they’re connected through the belonging to every living being. They must establish a balance within the world. However, this responsibility comes at a cost.

Head over and read the rest of post and the review:Colleen Chesebro review of Eye of Fire

Colleen Chesebro, Buy: https://www.amazon.com/Heart-Stone-Chronicles-Swamp-Fairy/dp/1541015967
Website: https://colleenchesebro.com

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D. Wallace Peach, Buy: http://www.amazon.com/D.-Wallace-Peach/e/B00CLKLXP8
Website/Blog: http://www.mythsofthemirror.com

Please visit Amazon or Diana’s website to view all her books.

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The next book is reviewed by Olga Nunez Miret on her blog – Elegant Etiquette in the Nineteenth Century by Mallory James. A fascinating look into the past and a great source for writers and social history researchers

Elegant Etiquette in the Nineteenth Century by Mallory James. Book reviewAnd extract from Olga’s review

Thanks to Alex and the rest of the team at Pen & Sword for providing me a paperback copy of this book that I freely chose to review.

I am a big fan of Pen & Sword books and I have learned a lot on a variety of subjects thanks to their great selection, but I must admit to having a soft spot for social history. Although I love history books and have recently become keen on historical fiction, I think that social history helps us get a better sense of what life was like in the past, not only for the kings, aristocrats, and powerful people but also for the rest of the population. The everyday life of going around one’s usual business, talking to people, working, rarely makes it into the big books, but it is what life is truly about. And those are the details that bring the past to life. As I have mentioned in previous reviews, these books are also great to provide background to writers, filmmakers, and, in general, artists looking to create works set in a particular time in history, as it helps them gain a better understanding of what it would have been like to live then.

This particular volume is a delight. I have read a number of novels set in the era and watched uncountable movies and television series that take place in the XIX century as well, and although I thought I was familiar with the customs, social rules and mores of the time, I was surprised by how truly complicated following proper etiquette was. As the author often explains, rules were not set in stone and they changed throughout the century. What was a must at the beginning of the XIX century would have been out of fashion by the end, and rules were open to interpretation, as sometimes different sources offered completely different advice. Should you eat fish with a fork and bread, two forks, or a fork and a fish knife (the answer depends on at what point of the XIX century we were eating it)? Would it have been proper for you to introduce people you knew, or even greet people you met in the streets even if you had been introduced? What was the best time to go for a walk or to visit your acquaintances? What did it truly mean if somebody was ‘not at home’?

Head over and find out more about Mallory James and her book: Olga Nunez Miret – Author and Translator

Olga Nunez Miret – Buy: http://www.amazon.co.uk/-/e/B009UC58G0
Blog: http://www.authortranslatorolga.com

Please visit Amazon or Olga’s blog to view all her books.

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The next review is for Jerome & his Women by Joan O’Hagan posted by Richard Blake on his website.

An extract from the review for Jerome & his Women by Richard Blake

This novel explores the background to one of the most important events in history. When Constantine established Christianity as the preferred state religion in 313, he was saving Western civilisation. Until then, the religious settlement in the Roman Empire was divided both vertically and horizontally. The vertical division marked off the educated elite. For those at the top, the pagan cults were approaches to the concept of a Supreme Being and a universal moral law. Those at the bottom took these cults at face value, with their alarming or simply scandalous mythologies, and their frequent lack of mutual sympathy.

Christianity was a universal religion. For all its sectarian tendencies, it crossed every boundary of language and race and class. It was a way of life, and it had philosophical content. Once spread beyond the frontiers, it did much to humanise the barbarians, who would otherwise have invaded as pure savages. It also provided a check to misgovernment. The Jews aside, it is hard to think of any religious group that had been able to face down a determined pagan emperor. Once Constantine himself was dead, the clergy could rally the faithful as they pleased – usually for the Empire that they now dominated, but also against any emperor who in their opinion went too far.

The Christians did nothing to bring on the fall of the Western Empire. That was an effect of climate change and military blunders. But their wholesale conversion of the barbarian invaders, and their establishment of schools and libraries, led Europe seamlessly into the decentralised and highly creative civilisation of the middle ages.

Head over and read the comprehensive review in full: Richard Blake reviews Jerome and his women

Joan O’Hagan, Buy: https://www.amazon.com/Joan-OHagan/e/B001KDEZXE
Website: https://www.joanohagan.com/

The final author today is D.G. Kaye who read and reviewed the controversial but eye-opening Fire and Fury – Inside the Trump White House by Michael Wolff.

Here is an extract from Debby’s post on Fire and Fury by Michael Wolff.

Today’s review is on Michael Wolff’s politically intriguing and informative book – Fire and Fury. This is a personal accounting of what he witnessed while having ease of access and being privy to the shenanigans that is currently ongoing in the Whitehouse.

Since the day Trump ran for president I’ve been fascinated with US politics. I follow journalists in the media, have acquired a lengthy reading list of political books, and my heart aches for the all that is going on in the US now from broken policies to the potential dangers of the world at Trump’s fingertips.

If you think you’ve seen or heard it all by watching the news, you couldn’t have because in this presidency there has been ongoing breaking news daily since Trump’s inauguration. In this book, Wolff shares his findings from when he had a ringside seat as to what on earth is going on in the Whitehouse. A play by play accounting is shared on the inside chaos that continues under Trump’s regime and the shameful and clueless shenanigans that continue to go on – a good who’s who in the zoo starring a plethora of unsavory characters.

Please head over and read the post and review in full: D.G. Kaye reviews Fire and Fury by Michael Wolff

D. G. Kaye – Buy: http://www.amazon.com/D.G.-Kaye/e/B00HE028FO
Blog: http://www.dgkayewriter.com

Please visit Amazon or Debby’s blog to view all her books.

Thank you for dropping in today and I hope you will check out both the books showcased today and their reviewers.

I will be also sharing other recent reviewers for authors in the Cafe and Bookstore this week in the updates on Monday and Friday. I do check regularly but it helps if you email me with a link to any reviews on Amazon or Goodreads that you would like me to share.

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Smorgasbord Blog Magazine – Meet the #BookReviewers – Balroop Singh, D. G. Kaye, Colleen Chesebro, N.N.Light, Janice Spina, Lizanne Lloyd and Mark Paxson


This series is aimed at promoting those that review books regularly. Especially those who do so via their blogs as it would be great to create more traffic to their sites. I am happy to also showcase those that are put directly on Amazon. The details are here in this first post with an example.. https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/04/25/smorgasbord-new-series-starting-this-saturday-meet-the-book-reviewers/

The series is already evolving as predicted and we will just see where it goes.

  • If you click the images of the books you will be taken directly to Amazon.
  • Where an author or reviewer is in the Cafe and Bookstore I will include their entry.
  • If a review has been posted to Amazon directly without a blog post, I will share the entire review with a link to the reviewers blog.

The first review is by Balroop Singh for a volume of poetry ‘Into the Hearth’– by Wendy E. Slater. It was posted direct to Amazon so I will share the entire review.

Profound and brilliant anthology of poems on April 20, 2018

Into the Hearth by Wendy E. Slater is a poetic journey into self, a comment on self-discovery from flame to love to home and hearth. Though it has been marked as spiritual poetry but it addresses the most basic truths connected with life, probably suggesting that spirituality begins from within. Hurts merge with reconciliation, as “your absence means neither anything nor everything,” yet “I will always sing to your heart and you mine.” Emotions recede like waves, get restored in the heart, where they ebb and discover a new path, sometimes taking solace in the superficial sounds.

Slater’s poems have to be read gently to discern their depth. The imagery is drawn from the universe…waves, stars, moon, music are mere instruments that ignite the fire to understand our harmony with the blue and the green, into which our souls would merge one day.

From the softness of lotus that unfolds slowly to “Sahara, all me” – are the symbols of the struggle with passion and solitude, eventually arriving at only one conclusion…“There can no attachment, it’s all within.” This is a brilliant anthology of poems and I would recommend it to all poetry lovers.

Balroop Singh, Buy: https://www.amazon.com/Balroop-Singh/e/B00N5QLW8U
Blog: http://balroop2013.wordpress.com

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Now time to showcase D.G. Kaye who as many of you know is a non-fiction author who writes thought provoking and heartwarming memoirs. She also has a Sunday Review spot and this week she reviewed Writing Hard Stories by Melanie Brooks.

Today’s book review is on memoir writer, Melanie Brooks’ book – Writing Hard Stories. I always try to read a book on my craft in between reading other genres I enjoy too. I was drawn to this book, not only for its whimsical cover (covers do attract), but for the content of the book, which is a series of interviews the author conducted with other more well known memoir writers. Brooks was searching for the heart of why and how each writer goes about writing their memoirs – what inspires them, how they get over the tough parts to write, overcoming fears of featuring people in their lives and how their work will be accepted.

Head over and read the rest of Debby’s review: D.G. Kaye Review Writing Hard Stories

D. G. Kaye – Buy: http://www.amazon.com/D.G.-Kaye/e/B00HE028FO
Blog: http://www.dgkayewriter.com

Please visit Amazon or Debby’s blog to view all her books.

The next review is by Colleen Chesebro who is a prolific and much respected reviewer of books and never fails to do a book and its author justice. This week she reviewed the latest book from the poet Annette Rochelle Aben – A Haiku Perspective 2018.

Here is an extract from the review and if you click the cover it will take you to Amazon to buy.

American Poet, Annette Rochelle Aben has created a dynamic collection of syllabic poetry and prose that shouts out her unique perspective on everyday life. Her poetry is filled with humor and pathos expressed through various forms of Haiku, Senryu, and Tanka formats covering a wide range of topics.

Aben’s talent lies in her deep understanding of the human psyche expressed through poetic bursts of emotion that reach out and grab the reader. One of the most powerful verses is called, Absolution:

ABSOLUTION

If I let you see
Some parts of my history
Would they set me free
Wiping clean the deeds
See flowers disguised as weeds

Head over and read the rest of the poem and the review from Colleen: Colleen Chesebro’s review of A Haiku Perspective 2018

Colleen Chesebro, Buy: https://www.amazon.com/Heart-Stone-Chronicles-Swamp-Fairy/dp/1541015967
Website: https://colleenchesebro.com

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Annette Rochelle Aben, Buy: http://www.amazon.com/Annette-Rochelle-Aben/e/B00MSQTGUY
Blog: www.annetterochelleaben.wordpress.com

Please visit Annette’s blog or Amazon to view all her books.

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The next review is from N.N. Light’s Book Haven for Twilight’s Encore – Wounded Hearts #3 by USA Today Bestselling author Jacquie Biggar.

Here is an extract from the review.

If you like Military Romance, Wounded Warrior Romance, Contemporary Romance, or Romantic Suspense, this is a sure to be a story you will love from USA Today Bestselling Author Jacquie Biggar.

My Review:

What is it about the town of Tidal Falls that makes me yearn for the next book by Jacquie Biggar? Could it be the larger-than-life men and their penchant for attracting danger? Could it be the strong-willed women who love their men, not caring if their life is in peril? Whatever it is, I love it!

Katy’s come home to Tidal Falls to get married in the soon-to-be restored Twilight Theatre (owned by her father). When she meets the contractor, Ty Garrett, time stands still. Ty, her first love, stands between her and the wedding she desperately craves. Working in such close proximity is a recipe for disaster, considering how they went down in flames years ago

Head over and read the rest of this excellent review:  N.N. Light’s Review for Twilight’s Encore by Jacquie Biggar

Jacquie Biggar, Buy: https://www.amazon.com/Jacquie-Biggar/e/B00MSIJQBG
Website: http://jacqbiggar.com

Please visit Jacquie’s Amazon page of website to view all her books.

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The next review is from author Janice Spina for the wonderful book No More Mulberries by Mary Smith. Janice is an award winning children’s author with other books for adult readers and is a huge supporter of authors in her community. I can also highly recommend this book.

The review for the book by Janice Spina

No More Mulberries is more than just a love story but a tale of hardship, loss, survival against all odds, and the importance of family. It is a story about two people who are different as any two can be. Miriam, from Scotland meets Jawad, an Afghan, and fall in love. She moves to his country and begins a love affair with Afghanistan.

When Jawad suffers an untimely death Miriam must decide whether to go back to her own homeland of Scotland with her son or stay. She meets another Afghan man, Iqbal, and sees a way to stay in this country with her son.

The cultural differences are numerous and difficult for the couple to overcome. They must come to terms with complicated problems in her new husband’s past in order to continue with their life together. All couples, no matter what culture they come from, have similar setbacks to deal through.

The author takes the reader on a journey through this backward country and all its antiquated beliefs about medicine and education for girls. The reader is drawn to all the beauty that the author is detailing which shows the love she has for this country.

Although I have never traveled to this part of the world I felt an empathy for the people and their remarkable ability to survive. With the Taliban at their back door they are forced to escape or stand against evil.

This is an unforgettable story about the resilience of one woman to conquer what many could not fathom. An enjoyable book and a must read for all! Kudos to the author for an outstanding novel!
Janice Spina, Buy: http://www.amazon.com/Janice-Spina/e/B00HNET4HG
Blog: http://jemsbooks.wordpress.com

Please visit Amazon or Janice’s blog to view all her books for adults and children.

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Mary Smith, Buy: http://www.amazon.com/Mary-Smith/e/B001KCD4P0
Website: http://www.marysmith.co.uk/

Please visit Amazon or Mary’s website to view all her books.

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Lizanne Lloyd has reviewed That Summer at the Seahorse Hotel by Adrienne Vaughn on her blog. Lizanne is also part of the Rose’s Book Review Team which is a fantastic reviewing collaboration.

SeahorseHere is an extract from Lizanne’s review on her blog

An old house in an estate on the beautiful east coast of Ireland is a perfect setting for romance and mystery. Mia Flannagan is summoned to Galty House by the sad news of the imminent death of Archie Fitzgerald, a celebrated Hollywood actor who took the place of a father for most of her troubled childhood. During a rather distant relationship with her mother, stunning actress Fenella Flannagan, Mia was nurtured by Archie’s family and friends, but even they would never reveal the identity of her father.

Leaving the set of a disastrous film where she is in charge of the wardrobe, she is relieved to find Archie is in good form despite being weak and tiring easily. He maintains a good relationship with his new neighbour, American hotel manager, Ross Power’ but Mia is more interested in a friendship with Pearl, the lonely, neglected niece. Just as Mia was, she is an imaginative, talkative child and the two have adventures together visiting the mysterious island just off the coast.

Head over and read the rest of the review: Lizanne Lloyd reviews That Summer at The Seahorse Hotel

The final reviewer today is Mark Paxson  who has written a wonderful post about both Audrey Driscoll and Carrie Rubin..Mark Paxson is also the author of One Night in Bridgeport, The Marfa Lights, Deviation and Shady Acres available from Amazon Mark Paxson

The review I want to feature is for Audrey Driscoll who is an author in the Cafe and Bookstore.

Here is an extract from the post on Mark’s blog

Audrey Driscoll is a blogger/writer who has followed my blog for some time. I have always appreciated her likes and occasional comments, but I only recently returned the favor and started following her blog a few months ago. It’s the kind of writer’s blog I appreciate. Most of the time you don’t even realize she has pursued publishing efforts because much of her blog is dedicated to her other pursuits.

A few weeks ago Berthold Gambrel posted a review of one of Audrey’s books, The Friendship of Mortals. Interestingly, Berthold learned of Audrey from my blog, likely because of a comment she left there that he then followed down the WordPress trail. His review inspired me to read The Friendship of Mortals. And I don’t know why. I’ve never read Lovecraft and haven’t the foggiest idea about his (her?) books and stories, although I’ve heard the name occasionally over the years.

Actually, I do know why. I wanted to show some support for a fellow writer and I hoped for a good story to go along with it.

Head over and read the rest of the blog postReview for The Friendship of Mortals by Audrey Driscoll by Mark Paxson

And here is Mark’s review for the book on Amazon.

I read a review of this book on a blog and decided to give it a try. I’m glad I did. It is an excellent story, exceptionally well-written and well-told. I put Audrey in this category of writers who write in a more old-fashioned style. There is a poetry to her style, a rhythm and movement that is … well, it’s like baseball. There is no clock, and there are moments when nothing much is happening. But a good storyteller and a patient reader can recognize that even in those quiet moments something is happening. And a lot happens in this story. I highly recommend it.

Blog: http://audreydriscoll.com

To view all of Audrey’s books please visit her Amazon page.

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I think that you get the idea of how this is shaping up. My aim is to get reviews spread as far as possible and as bloggers from countries around the world we have that ability.

I want to recognise those that already review books and thank them for taking the time to do so, and I also want to encourage others to review the books that they read. This post is just a small drop in the ocean and your help to spread its message is gratefully received.

Thanks for dropping in today and here is a quick summary of how you can participate.

  • If you are a regular book reviewer, or have recently reviewed a book on your blog send me the link to your latest post.
  • If you do not blog your reviews but post them on Amazon and Goodreads then send me the link to the review and give me your blog link to include.
  • If you are an author who has received a blog post review recently please send me a link.
  • If you are an author in the Cafe and Bookstore with a recent review send me the link and I will include in the twice weekly updates.
  • If you are an author with a recent review on Amazon or Goodreads and are not in the Cafe and bookstore then contact me so we can put you on the shelves with a promotion.
  • You can put your links in the comments or you can email me on sally.cronin@moyhill.com. If you are a new author to the blog then please email me.

Please check out all the authors and their books in the Cafe and Bookstore: https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore/

 

Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore – Spring Showcase – Deborah A. Bowman, C.S.Boyack, Linda Bradley, Sarah Brentyn, Christine Campbell, Anne Casey, Luanne Castle, Robbie Cheadle, Colleen Chesebro and Billy Ray Chitwood


Welcome to spring….. and there might be a hint of colour in the garden, as daffodils push their way to the surface, but there is plenty of colour on the shelves of the bookstore that I thought I would share with you over the next week.

If you are looking for you next book to read then look no further than these talented authors and over 600 books currently on the shelves.

Instead of the usual Cafe and Bookstore updates on Friday and Monday.. I will be featuring a number of authors each day with their updated reviews.

I will give you their listing which also includes a link to buy the books but also discover others that they have written but are not listed. You will also find a link to their website or blog to find out more information, and as you can imagine… they write great posts too.

Here is the next ten featured authors from the Cafe and Bookstore.

Deborah A. Bowman, Buy: https://www.amazon.com/Deborah-Bowman/e/B00MDD6QMS
Blog: https://www.bowmanauthor.com

Please visit Deborah’s Amazon page or her blog to view all her books.

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One of the recent reviews for Annie’s Story

on March 20, 2018

Annie’s Story is a magical tale of a wee lass born into harsh times in the colonial colonies of America. Born stunted and without hope, she blossoms into a wonderful child who is loved by all in her Scottish colony. The story follows Annie and her grandmother who is the healer and wise woman of the colony as they walk through the hardships and horrors of this time.

I adored Annie and her grandmother and the other characters in the Scots colony. The characters are so well written that I moved with ease through the book, sometimes moved to tears by the horrific events in the American colonies and Scotland.
The author doesn’t hold back and although painful at times, a strong voice is needed to write about the horrors of sectarianism which is still so much a part of Scotland today.

I highly recommend this book, it is not a weekend read, rather it is a novel that you lose yourself in.

C. S. Boyack, Buy: https://www.amazon.com/C.-S.-Boyack/e/B00ILXBXUY
Bloghttp://coldhandboyack.wordpress.com

Please visit Amazon to view all of Craig’s books.

N.B – The Enhanced League is FREE until Friday 30th… get your copy now..

One of the recent reviews of The Hat.

The Hat by C.S. Boyack is such a great read. The main characters are a young girl, Lizzie St Laurent, a twenty-one-year-old college dropout whose grandmother has died and who has been left to fend for herself in a city far from home and the Hat. Lizzie is working a couple of jobs to pay the bills and keep a roof over her head. She also has a deal with the landlord whereby she keeps the garden tidy and trim in return for free utilities. Lizzie is struggling and when her uncle doesn’t want to give her a keepsake from her grandmother’s estate, she helps herself to one from the back of the removal van. Boy, does she make a good choice. She ends up acquiring a hat that can communicate with her, transform its shape, transfer her to a “safe house’ built by her grandfather and teach her how to play a musical instrument. What is even better is that the Hat is magically bound to Lizzie’s family and is there to assist her out of tight spots in life. When the baby of a friend of Lizzie’s is stolen, the Hat is right there by her side to help her rescue the babies form a band of ruthless kidnappers.

Along the way, Lizzie will have some fun experimenting with great fashion items and meeting some interesting musicians. The Hat is a fast-paced novella which will keep you turning the pages, giving you lots of laughs along the way. I rated this book five stars out of five.

Linda Bradley, Buy: http://www.amazon.com/Linda-Bradley/e/B00JUIS2FS
Website: http://www.lindabradleyauthor.com

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A recent review for A Montana Bound Christmas.

Uncaged Review: When we last left John, Maggie and Chloe in the Montana Bound three book series, we had our happy ending, and it ended in a good place, I was happy with the series. Imagine my excitement when Ms. Bradley sent me this fourth installment – and a Christmas one at that!

I’m not going to give a lot away, but I think I see even better closure for a couple more characters. This book alternates point-of-views each chapter – and I liked seeing in the thoughts of the other characters like John’s father and his ex-wife. If you’ve read the Montana Bound series, this is a welcome addition, and if you haven’t – you can read it as a standalone, but to get the full impact of what these characters have been through, start at the beginning, Maggie’s Way.

Sarah Brentyn, Buy: https://www.amazon.com/Sarah-Brentyn/e/B01N410987
Blog: https://sarahbrentyn.wordpress.com/

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An extract from a recent review for On the Edge of a Raindrop

I enjoy reading short story collections and was intrigued by this anthology. This was my first introduction to flash fiction and I wasn’t sure what to expect. Not only did I find the cover intriguing, but the book’s title reached out and grabbed me. And yet, it was the introduction to the book that really drew me in:

“There is a world inside a drop of water. Molecules desperately clinging to one another to keep the surface tension strong. To keep from being broken. That bond is at once sturdy and fragile. It keeps the drop together but, with one seemingly small act, can burst. These are the lives depicted in this book. On the Edge of a Raindrop explores the darker elements of human nature.” Author, Sarah Brentyn

Brentyn sections this flash fiction collection into three categories: Mindscapes, Lifelines, and Microbursts featuring stories that evoked emotional responses from the reader. The first two sections feature stories around 100 words each. The last section was filled with 50-word snapshots of micro-fiction, much like mind-photos, whose mental images literally flashed in my brain.

I read these stories slowly savoring the words and connecting to her prose much in the same way I do with poetry. These story impressions led me into the dark recesses of the author’s mind, ever mindful of the lives of her characters and how they hung at the edge of the raindrop.

Christine Campbell, Buy: http://www.amazon.com/Christine-Campbell/e/B00BRGC0C2
Blog: http://cicampbellblog.wordpress.com

 

A recent review For What It’s Worth.

A brilliant read. I am so tired coz i just couldnt put it down at night. Kept saying just one more page and then another and another. This author’s use of language and descriptive text transports you in all her books and she has done it again with this one. I was so impressed with how this author portrayed real life events. Real sensitivity and knowledge. Well worth the money. I can not wait for her next book.

Anne Casey, Buy: https://www.amazon.com/Where-Lost-Things-Anne-Casey/dp/1910669903
Website: http://www.anne-casey.com/home.html

A recent review for the poetry collection

This is just absolutely gorgeous poetry; really touches your heart, touches your soul. Loved it. Julia

Luanne Castle, Buy: https://www.amazon.com/Doll-God-Luanne-Castle/dp/0692334882
Website: http://www.luannecastle.com

A recent review for Kin Types

With the prose and poetry found within Kin Types, Castle enters the lives of her ancestors with prose by exploring their pasts through genealogy and the family stories, photographs, and ephemera that reveal that genealogy. However, because the past is often defined by what little we know of our ancestors, that knowledge can be scanty. That’s my situation.

So I ordered Luanne’s book to gather ideas for my own family history writing project. All I have left of the tragedy are photographs, letters of sympathy, yellowed newspaper clippings, locks of hair. How can I ever understand this history fully? Perhaps by doing what Luanne did, that is, entering the lives of her ancestors via genealogy, photographs and ephemera.

Kin Types will inspire you if you wish to research your own family history or simply desire to connect with your ancestors through the power of writing.

Robbie Cheadle, Buy: https://www.amazon.com/Robbie-Cheadle/e/B01N9J62GQ
Blog: https://robbiesinspiration.wordpress.com/

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A recent review for Sir Chocolate and the Sugar Dough Bees

Deborah A. Bowman, author 5.0 out of 5 stars A Work of Art; Sweet Treats of Magical Creatures; Recipes; and a Darling Story in Verse! January 11, 2018

This is the most creative children’s and bakers’ heavenly book I’ve ever experienced! This is definitely a one-of-a-kind treat!

There are no illustrations, just incredible photographs of “… visions of sugarplums that dance in their heads …”; made of chocolate with vivid colors and totally edible.

What an amazing collection of literature with uniqueness I’ve never encountered before, and I’m a collector of classic and unusual books as well as an avid reader and reviewer!

This little book is a treasure of mixed art for all ages. This BOOK is for families and generations to come. An incredible, delectable keepsake.

Colleen Chesebro, Buy: https://www.amazon.com/Heart-Stone-Chronicles-Swamp-Fairy/dp/1541015967
Website: https://colleenchesebro.com

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One of the most recent reviews for The Swamp Fairy

A beautifully told tale about an orphaned teen, Abigale Forester, who is uprooted from her home in Illinois after her mother’s death and her father’s disappearance. She is sent to live with her Aunt Magnolia in Florida where she is given a plot of land owned by her mother. This land is more than just a swamp.

Abigale realizes the value of this plot of land when she experiences its magic. It is inhabited by fairies and plants that have magical healing properties. She soon realizes through some ethereal visits from some of these fairies on the land that her role is to protect the swamp and all its creatures and plants from harm.

When Abigale and her aunt receive threats to their lives if they do not sell the land, Abby turns to friends for support. Abby’s mother gifted to her a magical necklace made from the calcite stone in the swamp to give her strength to do what she needs to do in her role as protector.

The author has created a lovely tale of the magic and mystery of fairies. This is an enjoyable read not only for middle-graders, preteens and young adult girls but also for adults like me. I thoroughly enjoyed this fascinating tale and look forward to more in this series. This talented author enables the reader to see the fairies as real creatures who are benevolent and only want to help mankind.

Billy Ray Chitwood, Buy: https://www.amazon.com/Billy-Ray-Chitwood/e/B00502520Q
Website: https://brchitwood.com

Visit Amazon or Billy Ray’s blog to view all his books.

A recent review for Stranger Abduction.

“Stranger Abduction” is a well-written novel based on an actual event. A mother and daughter walk from their home to a store in Arizona and never make it back. Mr. Chitwood gives a very viable and chilling account as to what might have happened next. Doris and Deena find themselves thrown into the human trafficking trade, while the Deputy Jack Kiefer never gives up on finding them. The details and characters kept this a page turning book as well as the side story with the Deputy. This is a glimpse into an evil that is going on around us as “products” (a label used for Doris and Deena) are being drugged and used for other’s gratification or service. I highly recommend this book, because even with a dark subject matter there are always heroes.

Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore – Author Update – Lyn Horner, Mae Clair, Colleen Chesebro, Annika Perry, Jaye Marie and Anita Dawes.


Welcome to Friday’s author update with new releases and recent reviews from authors in the Cafe and Bookstore. If you have news and are on the shelves then please let me know by emailing me sally.cronin@moyhill.com

The first author is multi-award winning  Lyn Horner with her latest release Tempting Adam: Romancing the Guardians, Book Seven

About the Book

He walked away from her once meaning to protect her and broke her heart.
Can she forgive him and overcome his stubborn resistance to love?

Guardian of Danu, Adam Dvorak has the power to make plants grow with a mere touch, but will he allow love to grow? An agronomist teaching better farming methods in a semi-desert region of northern Kenya, he has an accident and ends up in the local hospital where, to his shock, his former love Ellie Graham is a nurse. He’d never expected to see her again.

Ellie is equally shocked to see him. How could fate be so cruel, putting her in Adam’s path again? Her bruised heart tells her to avoid him, but circumstances dictate otherwise, and their mutual attraction soon flares to life. Will the temptation to accept Ellie as his mate conquer Adam’s fear for her? The High Guardian’s arrival and the pernicious Hellhounds may force him into a difficult decision as this saga builds toward a climax in the eighth and final book, A Might Chieftain.

The series so far: There are seven Guardians, each possessing a unique psychic talent and an ancient scroll containing a secret prophecy not to be revealed until mankind is ready to listen. Vicious “Hellhounds” seek to steal the prophesies and use them for their own evil ends. When romance enters the picture, expect adventure, suspense and sizzling adult love scenes.

Head over and buy the book: https://www.amazon.com/Tempting-Adam-Romancing-Guardians-Seven-ebook/dp/B07B7HLZL7

And on Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Tempting-Adam-Romancing-Guardians-Seven-ebook/dp/B07B7HLZL7

A selection of other books by Lyn Horner

One of the reviews for Book Six in the series Beguiling Delilah

I enjoyed the leading man, Leon Tseda. He is a normal man who happens to be Navajo. He’s 5-feet-10 and 52 years old. He’s not a super-jock, a ninja, or a weight-lifting fanatic. I’m happy us old, grey-haired guys have a hero we can relate to. Leon has no Superpowers, just a skilled observer of human nature. Delilah’s unique skill is her ability to process numbers, and like Spock, she is logical. The pair complement each other when things go from bad to worse. The chase leads across France with scoundrels in hot pursuit before they return to, you guessed it, Navajo land, where Leon has the upper hand. I enjoyed this book enough to make me want to read the rest of the series.

Read the reviews and buy the books: https://www.amazon.com/Lyn-Horner/e/B004CY506Y

And on Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Lyn-Horner/e/B004CY506Y

Read more reviews and follow Lyn on Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4639926.Lyn_Horner

Connect to Lyn via her website: http://lynhorner.com

The next author is a member of the Mystery Writers of America and International Thriller Writers, Mae Clair with her latest release published in July, A Desolate Hour, Book Three of the Point Pleasant Series.

About A Desolate Hour

For generations, Quentin Marsh’s family has seen its share of tragedy, though he remains skeptical that their misfortunes are tied to a centuries-old curse. But to placate his pregnant sister, Quentin makes the pilgrimage to Point Pleasant, West Virginia, hoping to learn more about the brutal murder of a Shawnee chief in the 1700s. Did one of the Marsh ancestors have a hand in killing the chief—the man who cursed the town with his dying breath?

While historian Sarah Sherman doesn’t believe in curses either, she’s compelled to use her knowledge of Point Pleasant to uncover the long-buried truth. The river town has had its own share of catastrophes, many tied to the legendary Mothman, the winged creature said to haunt the woods. But Quentin’s arrival soon reveals that she may have more of a stake than she realized. It seems that she and Quentin possess eerily similar family heirlooms. And the deeper the two of them dig into the past, the more their search enrages the ancient mystical forces surrounding Point Pleasant. As chaos and destruction start to befall residents, can they beat the clock to break the curse before the Mothman takes his ultimate revenge? . . .

A recent review for the book

The culmination of the Point Pleasant series, A Desolate Hour brings all the open threads from the overall story together. This book explains the curse behind Point Pleasant’s ill fortune. (I’ll try to avoid spoilers!) We meet the descendents of the people involved when Chief Cornstalk laid the curse: Quentin Marsh, Sarah Sherman, and Shawn Preech. We also meet the other characters involved again, especially Caden Flynn, with his own connection to the infamous Mothman that haunts Point Pleasant. We also learn more about the Mothman, and feel for it as it faces the source of its pain after a couple hundred years. I especially love how the author continues with the theme of the series, from yesteryears to cold tomorrows. The book is a ride of suspense, and by that last rollercoaster drop, has given the reader a satisfying end to the adventure.

Read all the reviews so far and buy the book: https://www.amazon.com/Desolate-Hour-Point-Pleasant-ebook/dp/B01MDPY2A5

And Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Desolate-Hour-Mae-Clair/dp/1601837828

A selection of other books by Mae Clair

Read all the reviews and buy the books: https://www.amazon.com/Mae-Clair/e/B009I61ND0

And Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Mae-Clair/e/B009I61ND0

Read more reviews and follow Mae on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6468716.Mae_Clair

Connect to Mae via her website: https://maeclair.net/

The next author with a recent review is Colleen Chesebro for her book The Swamp Fairy: The Heartstone Chronicles Volume One.

About the Swamp Fairy

Fourteen-year-old Abigale Forester, recently orphaned and a ward of the State of Illinois moves from Chicago to Florida to live with her aunt, her last living relative. Magnolia Forester becomes her legal Guardian, and together they claim an ancient inheritance; land that belonged to Abby’s mother’s family for generations. Holding onto the only piece of her mother Abby has left, a calcite pendant and her mother’s most sacred possession, she discovers the truth of her legacy.

The pendant is more significant than she could possibly imagine. Forged from a giant mystical heart-shaped stone found on the very swamp land Abby now owns, it holds the power of her ancestors. But with that power comes greater responsibility, one that pits her against Rafe Cobb, a greedy land developer, who will stop at nothing to own Abby’s swamp land.

As Abby learns to be part of a family again and explores her love of horses with friends, Savanna, and Blake, the swamp slowly gives up some of its secrets. She is summoned by a primeval nymph, who teaches Abby that her true destiny is to protect the nymphs from evil in an ever-changing modern world. Can Abby save the swamp and the Naiad Nymph Clan from certain destruction before it is too late?

One of the recent reviews for the book

Feb 11, 2018 D. Peach rated it Four Stars on Goodreads.

I finished this read in the wee hours of the morning in lieu of a good night’s sleep. Chesebro has crafted a thoroughly delightful story about a fourteen-year-old orphan, Abby, who bears a sacred duty to protect a swamp inhabited by tiny fairies. The swamp fairies guard the Pink Sundew plants necessary for human healing, and at her death, Abby’s mother passed the responsibility for the swamp onto Abby. Rafe Cobb, a greedy tycoon, wants to develop the area and will stop at nothing including murder to have his way.

The book is perfect for pre-teens and young adult readers, and if my daughter wasn’t all grown up, I’d pass this read on in a second. It has everything she once enjoyed: magic, fairies, sweet boy-crushes, horses, the ability to talk to animals, and a teen hero. And, of course, there’s escalating pressure and danger as Abby refuses to sell her land. Except for Cobb, his henchmen, and a pair of mean brothers, the characters are charming. Abby has kind friends and a loving aunt who cares for her. The characters are three-dimensional, and the relationships have a dose of realistic conflict along with the support.

The pace is steady and builds to a stormy climax. The book is peppered with wisdom about personal growth, friendship, and family, as well as insights into the different kinds of fairies that inhabit the Earth, their role, and our responsibility as humans to safeguard the planet. In the back matter, the author briefly shares her own experience with a swamp fairy, which was the inspiration for the book. I can happily recommend this book to young readers who enjoy magic, fairies, and tales about growing up.

Read all the reviews and buy the book: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Heart-Stone-Chronicles-Swamp-Fairy-ebook/dp/B01MU69MXT

and Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/Heart-Stone-Chronicles-Swamp-Fairy-ebook/dp/B01MU69MXT

Find out more about Colleen Chesebro, read more reviews and follow on Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/16254415.Colleen_M_Chesebro

Connect to Colleen via her website: https://colleenchesebro.com/

The next author, Annika Perry is celebrating another new review for her collection of short stories and poetry, The Storyteller Speaks.

About The Story Teller Speaks

It only takes one event to change a life. What is that action, decision, occurrence? Whose life is affected? Changed forever?

In this eclectic mix of 21 short stories, flash fiction and poetry the pendulum swings between first love and murder, from soul-destroying grief to reconciliation. The tales veer from the sweet satisfaction of revenge to new beginnings, from heart-breaking miscarriages of justice to heart-warming Christmas misadventure.

One common thread binds them all; the belief that there is no such thing as an ordinary life; they’re all extraordinary.

Open your hearts and minds as The Storyteller Speaks.

One of the recent reviews for the book

I think this book is a good read. Annika Perry is a perceptive observer of the human condition, and has a gift of harnessing the humdrum minutiae of everyday existence and bringing it to life in short, concise, well told stories. She also includes the occasional entertaining poem and limerick to further demonstrate her talents and add to the variety. As a bonus, Ms Perry includes notes at the end of the anthology, explaining her motivation for writing the stories, many of which, directly or indirectly, are borne out of her own experiences.

Read the reviews and buy the book: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B0789KZVF8/

and Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0789KZVF8

Read more reviews and follow Annika on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/55576285-annika-perry

Connect to Annika via her blog: https://annikaperry.com

A latest release for the writing duo – Jaye Marie and Anita Dawes.. non-fiction this time....Lazy Days : The holiday of a lifetime

About the book

This was our very first holiday. Two women, four kids and two small dogs afloat on a rented boat, 40 years ago. Miles of rivers and waterways to explore. Could we survive for two weeks, or would we end up in a watery grave?

Find out how we survived the holiday and each other in Lazy Days!

A recent review for the book.

These five stars are for the guts, courage and general ‘can do’ attitude Jaye Marie showed in agreeing to ‘skipper’ a boat for the very first time on the Norfolk Broads. I have been a boater for getting on eighteen years, but I know I would never have been brave enough to steer a cruiser I’d never seen before, let alone never having ‘driven’ a boat before in my life. I think what happened to her and her sister was what happened to me too after my first cruise. There is so much to be anxious about, you don’t know whether you have enjoyed it or not until after the event. Nevertheless, they went to some gorgeous places, and I would love to go there myself now. Well done, Jaye and Anita. Hats off for embarking (literally) on this lovely holiday!

Head over and buy the book: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Lazy-Days-lifetime-Anita-Dawes-ebook/dp/B077XX2TH1

and Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/Lazy-Days-lifetime-Anita-Dawes-ebook/dp/B077XX2TH1

Books by Jaye Marie

Read the reviews and and buy the books: https://www.amazon.com/Jaye-Marie/e/B00O2ZUFOK

and Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Jaye-Marie/e/B00O2ZUFOK

Read more reviews and follow Jaye Marie on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/8638857.Jaye_Marie

Books by Anita Dawes

Read the reviews and buy the books: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Anita-Dawes/e/B0034NUE10/

And Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/Anita-Dawes/e/B0034NUE10

Read more reviews and follow Anita on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6586480.Anita_Dawes

Connect to Jaye and Anita via their website:  http://jenanita01.wordpress.com

It would be wonderful if you could help spread the news about these authors and their work.. thanks Sally

Smorgasbord Saturday Meet and Greet – Valentine’s Day – Poetry, Chocolate, Champagne and Music


Welcome to the Saturday morning post where bloggers who have recently followed the blog can introduce themselves.  Each week I will share a small selection of bloggers at random.

Basically this is a watering hole for bloggers across all the areas of interest. Watering holes are very useful for meeting like-minded people and also a way to grow a supportive and sharing community.

If you are NEW to smorgasbord it would be great if you could introduce yourself in the comments.. a brief intro and then a link to the post that you feel best represents your blogging style.

If you are a REGULAR visitor to the blog then please do leave a link to your latest post too, so that we can visit and share.

The idea is to encourage more readers to your posts and an opportunity for us to get to know you better.

The community that kindly supports me is always welcoming, and you will find a great deal of support and encouragement especially for new bloggers.

I look forward to finding out more about you.  Sally

As it is St. Valentine’s Day next Wednesday I thought that today we should feature some of the elements that have played a part in the celebration traditionally.

The first poetry written about romance was probably slipped into an epic poem at some point by some lovesick Greek or Chinese scholar. The earliest recognised written poem was written in Hieratic in around 2,500 BCE.  Tale of the Shipwrecked Sailor and I am sure there must have been a line in there that formed the toast of all sailors since then ‘To our loved ones, and may they never meet’! https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_poetry

If you would like to impress your beloved this Valentine’s Day by penning an ode to their beauty and other attributes, you might find this post by Colleen Chesebro very useful.

You do not necessarily want to be writing an epic poem 20 stanzas long as there is only so many ways to say ‘I Love You’ but you might like to tackle one of the Eastern forms of poetry, The Haiku, The Tanka or The Haibun – not only could you share this poem with your loved one in a card or even orally, but you could compete in Colleen’s Tuesday challenge.

Welcome to the Tanka Cafe on ST

Colleen outlines each of the poetry forms with instructions and for example here is her guidelines on The Haiku.

For Colleen’s Weekly Poetry Challenge, you can write your poem in one of the forms defined below. Click on the link to learn about each type:

HAIKU IN ENGLISH 5/7/5 syllable structure. A Haiku is written about seasonal changes, nature, and change in general.

Head over and acquaint yourself with the other styles and learn how to seriously increase your chances of romance by showing off your skills: https://colleenchesebro.com/2018/02/06/colleens-weekly-2018-tanka-tuesday-poetry-challenge-no-70-destiny-challenge-synonymnsonly/

You can also check out Colleen’s book at the same time.The Swamp Fairy: The Heartstone Chronicles Volume One.

About the Swamp Fairy

Fourteen-year-old Abigale Forester, recently orphaned and a ward of the State of Illinois moves from Chicago to Florida to live with her aunt, her last living relative. Magnolia Forester becomes her legal Guardian, and together they claim an ancient inheritance; land that belonged to Abby’s mother’s family for generations. Holding onto the only piece of her mother Abby has left, a calcite pendant and her mother’s most sacred possession, she discovers the truth of her legacy.

The pendant is more significant than she could possibly imagine. Forged from a giant mystical heart-shaped stone found on the very swamp land Abby now owns, it holds the power of her ancestors. But with that power comes greater responsibility, one that pits her against Rafe Cobb, a greedy land developer, who will stop at nothing to own Abby’s swamp land.

As Abby learns to be part of a family again and explores her love of horses with friends, Savanna, and Blake, the swamp slowly gives up some of its secrets. She is summoned by a primeval nymph, who teaches Abby that her true destiny is to protect the nymphs from evil in an ever-changing modern world. Can Abby save the swamp and the Naiad Nymph Clan from certain destruction before it is too late?

Read all the reviews and buy the book: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Heart-Stone-Chronicles-Swamp-Fairy-ebook/dp/B01MU69MXT

And Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.com/Heart-Stone-Chronicles-Swamp-Fairy-ebook/dp/B01MU69MX

Find out more about Colleen Chesebro, read more reviews and follow on Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/16254415.Colleen_M_Chesebro

The second element of St.Valentines Day is chocolate usually in one form or another and as luck would have it. Dolly Aizenman of the Kosher Kitchen Cookbook fame, did a post this week on the subject. And with clever use of Nutella (and a dairy free alternative) sets about creating some tasty dishes.

Here is a starter for you with the link to follow it up to read the rest of the post.

February is a National Chocolate Lovers Month, according to Foodimentary.com .com, and today is a World Nutella Day. This recipe is adapted from Kirbie Cravings, and it is one of many dessert recipes that use Nutella as a main ingredient. I was first introduced to Nutella chocolate spread in Italy, way before it crossed the ocean and took America by storm. You should’ve heard my son, a six-year-old, walking around Rome, begging for it on every corner! There is nothing yummier than Nutella, granted, but – it is dairy! Are you ready to monitor your kids’ time that elapsed since that hot dog they had grabbed at school? Now, Pillsbury Chocolate Fudge frosting is Pareve (non-dairy), so I adjusted the recipe accordingly.

Find out how you get to this point: https://koolkosherkitchen.wordpress.com/2018/02/06/not-exactly-nutella/

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Incidentally if you are looking for a Kosher Cookbook which has recipes that are suitable for vegetarians, pescatarians and vegans.. then you might like to check Dolly’s new book out.

eBook version

About the cookbook

From the four corners of the world – international fusion cuisine the kosher way! Cook Indian, cook Italian, cook Chinese and Japanese, or cook traditional Jewish; make it vegetarian, pescatarean, or vegan, make it festive and nutritious, always easy to make and delicious, for holiday and every day, but above all, have fun in your kitchen and make your kitchen a fun place to be!

Head over and buy the book in paperback or Ebook: https://www.amazon.com/Dolly-Aizenman/e/B0789FDS7W

and Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Kool-Kosher-Kitchen-Collection-Recipes-ebook/dp/B0787F3N35

Now on to more of the good stuff. You now have your poem written, your chocolate creation cooling in the kitchen and it is time to pop a cork (or two).

But perhaps as well as enjoying a glass or two you could create a dessert. White Chocolate Champagne Possets courtesy of Mairi of Citrus and Cinnamon.

White Chocolate and Champagne Dessert

© Image Mairi – Citrus and Cinnamon

I will hand you over to Mairi

My husband laughs at me when I use words like “posset” and “ramekin“. What? I thought such words were in everyone’s daily vocabulary! Maybe just in the baking world.

Anyhow, I love possets! They’re almost always a thick, creamy dessert. Usually lemon, or other another piquant fruit – but I’m flavouring mine with champagne and white chocolate. The dryness of the drink contrasts beautifully with the sweetness of white chocolate. I’ve heard that you don’t find possets often in the USA, so I’ll describe them how I described them to my American friend: they’re like the nice part of the cheesecake, but without any cheese in them.

Head over and learn how to make these delicious desserts from Mairi and check out her other recipes as well: https://citrusandcinnamon.com/white-chocolate-champagne-possets/

And on that note.. it would not be Valentine’s Day without music.. so here is our own William Price King with My Funny Valentine..

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/william-price-king-a-man-and-his-music-jazz-contemporary-classical-and-legends/

Just a reminder that this is a watering hole and a place to share your latest post and introduce yourself if you are new to the blog or would like to mingle with the other guests.

It would be lovely to hear your plans for Valentine’s Day – please share in the comments… We are staying in with dinner for two…with all the trimmings….

Thanks for dropping in and look forward to hearing from you. Sally

♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥

 

 

 

Smorgasbord Book Promotion – Air Your Reviews – Colleen Chesebro, Lucinda E. Clarke and Sue Coletta


The first author with a recent review is Colleen Chesebro for her book The Swamp Fairy: The Heartstone Chronicles Volume One.

About the Swamp Fairy

Fourteen-year-old Abigale Forester, recently orphaned and a ward of the State of Illinois moves from Chicago to Florida to live with her aunt, her last living relative. Magnolia Forester becomes her legal Guardian, and together they claim an ancient inheritance; land that belonged to Abby’s mother’s family for generations. Holding onto the only piece of her mother Abby has left, a calcite pendant and her mother’s most sacred possession, she discovers the truth of her legacy.

The pendant is more significant than she could possibly imagine. Forged from a giant mystical heart-shaped stone found on the very swamp land Abby now owns, it holds the power of her ancestors. But with that power comes greater responsibility, one that pits her against Rafe Cobb, a greedy land developer, who will stop at nothing to own Abby’s swamp land.

As Abby learns to be part of a family again and explores her love of horses with friends, Savanna, and Blake, the swamp slowly gives up some of its secrets. She is summoned by a primeval nymph, who teaches Abby that her true destiny is to protect the nymphs from evil in an ever-changing modern world. Can Abby save the swamp and the Naiad Nymph Clan from certain destruction before it is too late?

The most recent review for the book

Abigail ,The fairy whisperer and orphaned girl sent to live with an aunt that she didn’t know and an aunt who had no children and was just as nervous as Abigail at the thought of having a young girl coming to live with her.Tragically orphaned Abby discovers a lot about herself and her destiny, a fiesty little soul who is passionate about preserving her birthright and equally passionate about what she knows to be injustice and greed.

This story draws the reader into Abby’s world , the world of buterflies, fairies and magic, but also a world of greed in the shape of Rafe Cobb who would stop at nothing to get what he wanted. A book which will leave you wanting to turn the page and if you know a girl who loves fairies and butterflies she will love this book.

Read all the reviews and buy the book: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Heart-Stone-Chronicles-Swamp-Fairy-ebook/dp/B01MU69MXT

And Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Heart-Stone-Chronicles-Swamp-Fairy-ebook/dp/B01MU69MX

Find out more about Colleen Chesebro, read more reviews and follow on Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/16254415.Colleen_M_Chesebro

Connect to Colleen via her website: https://colleenchesebro.com/

The next author with a recent review is Lucinda E. Clarke for her latest book Amie: Cut for Life

About the book

They told Amie it was a simple look, listen and report back mission, but from the beginning everything went wrong. She is stalked across borders, the aid workers act suspiciously, she’s assaulted, and abandoned in a rural African hut miles from anywhere. What has happened to her partner Simon and can she trust the charismatic Frenchman who befriends her? The discovery of an ancient tribal tradition and a group of young children to rescue, test her skills to the limit. For the first time, she is prepared to kill to protect the innocent caught up in an international sex trade with an extra horrifying twist.

One of the recent reviews for the book

A Must Read! on 7 October 2017

Few books leave you frazzled, the suspense constant throughout the reading. But this one certainly did. Every time it seemed as if the main character, Aime was going to be safe at last, another challenge awaited her! I was exhausted by the time I finished reading the book but in awe of the powerful and engaging writing from Lucinda Clarke.

Her main character has much to be admired about her and her inner thoughts are well revealed. She is endearing and the reader can’t help but care about her. You feel like you are right there with her in Africa, a setting which enhances the story: the sign of a good writer and a good book. I honestly found it hard to put this book down. I won’t give away any of the plot. Suffice it to say, read this book. You will not be disappointed.;

Read the reviews and buy the book: https://www.amazon.com/Amie-LIFE-Lucinda-E-Clarke-ebook/dp/B07545M9DB

And Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Amie-CUT-LIFE-Lucinda-Clarke-ebook/dp/B07545M9DB

Also by Lucinda E. Clarke

Read the reviews and buy all the books: https://www.amazon.com/Lucinda-E-Clarke/e/B00FDWB914

And on Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Lucinda-E-Clarke/e/B00FDWB914

Read more reviews and follow Lucinda on Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7996778.Lucinda_E_Clarke

Connect to Lucinda via her website: http://lucindaeclarkeauthor.com

The last author with a recent review is Sue Coletta with her latest novella – Brotherhood Protectors: Fractured Lives.

About Fractured Lives

Three couples, the perfect Maine vacation, and a fateful night that lands one of the women in mortal danger.

Couples are going missing in Sunset Cove at Long Lake, and the authorities seem more concerned with not tarnishing the reputation of their popular tourist destination. Until … while out for a spin on her wave runner, Shawnee Daniels pulls alongside a deserted canoe.

Blood stains the seat.

When retired SEAL Brandon “Boomer” Rayne wakes to an empty bed—his bride-to-be Daphne nowhere inside their rented cabin—he enlists the help of the only people he’s met in the state: the couple next door, Shawnee Daniels and Revere, Massachusetts Detective Levaughn Samuels.

Uncertainty bonds the two neighbors, forced together by tragedy. Their predicament turns even deadlier when the half-nude body of a female washes ashore. No obvious signs of homicide exist. How did she die? Does her death relate to Daphne’s disappearance?

Time’s running out.

Can they piece together the mystery to find Boomer’s fiancé? Or will an elusive serial killer determine their fate?

One of the most recent reviews for the book.

This book is a hauntingly gripping read with a disturbing twist that will shock you. You can feel the deep seated emotions flowing through the pages of this intriguing tale. In this story the author combines the characters from both the worlds of Elle James’s Brotherhood Protectors series and Sue’s own Mayhem series allowing us an additional look into the lives of couples Shawnee Daniels and Detective Levaughn Samuels along with Brandon (Boomer) Rayne, his fiancé, Daphne and their baby daughter, Maya.

Both pairs of couples are retreating to a lake in Maine for some rest and relaxation, hoping to let the world fade away, reconnect and enjoy their time together. However when they arrive at the lake, they find out that the seemingly quiet community is being plagued by couples disappearing and bodies being found in the water. The disappearances hit even closer to home when Boomer awakes early one morning to find Daphne gone. Beyond frantic he confides in and enlists the help of the couple they had met a few days prior staying next door. Shawnee and Levaughn join him in search, retracing steps and putting together clues that will hopefully bring Daphne home safely. Though, when they discover 2 more bodies of women resembling his fiancé in the lake they know they are running out of time. Can they unravel the mystery in time to find her or will Boomer be forced to raise his baby girl alone?

Head over and buy the book: https://www.amazon.com/Brotherhood-Protectors-Fractured-Kindle-Novella-ebook/dp/B075FFNWD9

A small selection of other books by Sue Coletta.

Read all the reviews and buy the books: https://www.amazon.com/Sue-Coletta/e/B015OYK5HO

and Amazon UK:https://www.amazon.co.uk/Sue-Coletta/e/B015OYK5HO

Read more reviews and follow Sue on Goodreads : https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/14078869.Sue_Coletta

Connect to Sue Coletta via her website/blog: www.suecoletta.com

Thank you for dropping in today and it would be great if you could spread the news of these recent reviews for these talented authors. Thanks Sally

Smorgasbord Reblog – Colleen Chesebro my host for – My Guardian Angel by Sally Cronin


I was thrilled to be invited by Colleen Chesebro to be a guest as part of her Fairies, Myths and Magic Author Spotlight guest Posts.

I thought that my true encounter with a Gypsy and subequent acquaintance with my spirit guide might qualify for the theme of this illuminating series.

First a note from Colleen

“I have started a new feature on my blog, called Author Spotlight – Guest Posts. As you can see from the image above, I am looking for themed posts about fairies, myths, and magic. If you are an interested author and would like to be featured on my blog, please click HERE to find out more.” ~Colleen~

Image Credit: Pixabay.com

“My Guardian Angel,” by Sally Cronin

My thanks to Colleen for creating this wonderful series, where we as writers, can share our more magical and other worldly experiences.

The way many view magic is that it is trickery, and a skill that is learnt. This also applies to other less logical events that all of us will experience in our lifetimes, including vivid dreams, strange encounters with others and deja vu. That feeling that you have already lived through an experience that is happening in the here and now.

They say that our memories are formed in the womb when we hear our mother’s voice or music. As we get older, we tend to discard memories that are non-essential, filing those that are embedded in us, by the intensity of the moment when they were formed.

I certainly have very clear memories from about the age of two as I grew up immersed in the sights, sounds, and aromas of other worlds. From a baby, until I was nearly four years old we lived in Sri Lanka, or Ceylon as it was in those days, and our house was filled with the smells of spices and sounds of the surrounding jungle. There were many dangers for a toddler including leopards, large monkeys, and snakes. My amah’s role, apart from being my nanny, was to protect and teach me how not to become dinner for other creatures!

We went on to live in Malta and South Africa returning to England when I was eleven, brimming over with the sights and sounds of these amazing countries. I had also become confident and adapted easily to new environments, which on reflection made me a little too cocky for my own good.

I have other memories that are definitely filed away in the ‘What in heaven’s name just happened?’ drawer.

Have you ever found yourself on the brink of committing to an act or words, and something seems to hold you back? Did you ever wonder why you misplaced the keys to the car and were delayed for ten minutes; head out, only to pass by a serious car accident along the route. Have you been asked to make a decision that is critical to your well-being, only to find yourself saying ‘yes‘ despite your reservations, and for it to turn out positively?

There are a large number of events in my life that fall into this strange vacuum between thought and deed, and I would like to share one or two of these experiences with you.

Despite my worldly confidence gained through my travels, I was not as clever as I thought. This became apparent when I got married at twenty to someone quite a bit older than I was and far more experienced. Despite friends and family trying to tell me that this was a mistake, I pushed forward determined to have my own way.

A few weeks before the wedding, I came out of a supermarket, to find an old Gypsy woman selling sprigs of heather in the rain. She was holding out her dirt encrusted hand to me and thinking that I probably needed all the luck I could find, I gave her sixpence and waited for my heather. Instead, I found my hand gripped very tightly in hers with the silver coin between our palms. She pulled me into her, and I can still smell the sweet slightly musty scent of this dishevelled old woman. She whispered to me as I tried to pull away.

‘You must listen child to your spirit guide. He is an ancient warrior from the Dark Continent, and he is trying to protect you.’
I hope you will head over to Colleen’s blog to read the rest of the saga (it is me after all) and comment and share from there: https://colleenchesebro.com/2017/08/31/fairies-myths-magic-author-spotlight-guest-posts-my-guardian-angel-by-sally-cronin/

About Colleen Chesebro

Colleen M. Chesebro is a writer of cross-genre fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction. Her debut novel, a YA fantasy series called, “The Heart Stone Chronicles – The Swamp Fairy,” was published January 2017.

The book reveals the story of Abby Forrester, a 14-year-old orphaned girl who is entrusted with saving a community of fairy nymphs from certain ecological destruction. Along the way, Abby learns about friendship, love, and what it means to actually belong to a family. Colleen’s writing explores ecological situations in the multicultural world of today. She combines real-life historical events into her writing to create experiences that will continue in the hearts and heads of her readers.

A veteran of the United States Air Force, Colleen is also a retired bookkeeper. She has an Associates Degree in Business Administration, and another Associates Degree in the Arts, which she uses to combine her love of writing with her passion for all things creative. When she is not writing, Colleen enjoys spending time with her husband, dogs, children, and grandchildren. When time permits, she also loves gardening, cooking, and crocheting old fashioned doilies into works of artistry. She lives in the United States with her husband and her two Pomeranians, Sugar, and Spice

One of the recent reviews for The Swamp Fairy

I am always looking for suitable books for my grand children and generally read some or all of the book myself first. Although I will say I don’t read many to the end. This one I couldn’t put down it is a beautiful story and struck just the right balance when anything was amiss or anything was about to befall one of the characters. I will be quite happy to send my grandaughter a copy of this book, it is a treasure and one which I am sure she will read from cover to cover and love.

My thanks again to Colleen for her kind invitation and I hope you will enjoy the whole post.

Smorgasbord Book Promotion – Air Your Reviews – Ritu Bhathal, Colleen Chesebro, Mae Clair


Welcome to the book review post where I share the most recent reviews for authors in the Cafe and Bookstore.

The first featured writer today is Ritu Bhathal who has received an excellent review for her debut poetry collection Poetic Rituals.

About Poetic Rituals

Delve into a book of verse exploring different topics and different genres, all with a RITUal twist.
A collection of poetry drawing on the experiences of the writer, ranging from matters of the heart, love for the family, situations in life and some verses written with a humorous twist.

The most recent review for Poetic Rituals

This is a delightful book of poetry with a lot of variety in the tone and content of the poems. They are all written from a very human perspective and cover the day-to-day life of a Mother of two, wife and employee with a lovely twist of humour. As all of these things myself, I found the verses to be very relatable. The book is divided into four sections which each deal with different aspects of life, namely, Family RITUals, Life rituals, Rituals of the heart and Rituals to make you smile.

Who could not enjoy such words as the following:

“Snuggled close while you feed.
Little blessing, sent from God
My heart is filled with joy”

This took me right back to those first days as a Mother and the closeness of cuddling your new-born and breastfeeding.

“A cough or sniffle, fever, rash
You wish you could
make them well
but other than love, and Calpol
It’s a parent’s
Form of Hell”

As a Mother of a child with a chronic illness, this verse had me nodding my head in agreement and feeling Ritu’s anguish.

I would recommend this book which is a keeper. A book to delve into for a smile when life gets heavy going.

Read all the reviews and buy the book: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Poetic-RITUals-Ritu-Bhathal-ebook/dp/B01H46DN5Q

Connect to Ritu via her blog: https://butismileanyway.com/

The next author with a recent review is Colleen Chesebro for her book The Swamp Fairy: The Heartstone Chronicles Volume One.

About the Swamp Fairy

Fourteen-year-old Abigale Forester, recently orphaned and a ward of the State of Illinois moves from Chicago to Florida to live with her aunt, her last living relative. Magnolia Forester becomes her legal Guardian, and together they claim an ancient inheritance; land that belonged to Abby’s mother’s family for generations. Holding onto the only piece of her mother Abby has left, a calcite pendant and her mother’s most sacred possession, she discovers the truth of her legacy.

The pendant is more significant than she could possibly imagine. Forged from a giant mystical heart-shaped stone found on the very swamp land Abby now owns, it holds the power of her ancestors. But with that power comes greater responsibility, one that pits her against Rafe Cobb, a greedy land developer, who will stop at nothing to own Abby’s swamp land.

As Abby learns to be part of a family again and explores her love of horses with friends, Savanna, and Blake, the swamp slowly gives up some of its secrets. She is summoned by a primeval nymph, who teaches Abby that her true destiny is to protect the nymphs from evil in an ever-changing modern world. Can Abby save the swamp and the Naiad Nymph Clan from certain destruction before it is too late?
The most recent review for the book

A beautifully written story of a foster child with a mystical ancestry. The line of fairy whisperers continues through the ages and ends in Abigale Forester’s hand to protect a parcel of swamp land in Florida. A difficult task to assimilate in a new home with her aunt, a new school and the dawning what her true calling as protector of the swamp land entails.

Colleen M Chesebro makes the connection between humans and mystical creatures weaving them together to ensure nature in its splendor will continue for the benefit and protection of all. This fast-paced novel takes the reader through the trials a tributes of Abigale, a 14 year old girl with the powers to understand and communicate with the animal world. She has a strong will and has to make difficult decisions. Her character and her friends are believable and likable. This is one of the best books I read in this age group and I look forward to the next installment in this series.

Read all the reviews and buy the book: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Heart-Stone-Chronicles-Swamp-Fairy-ebook/dp/B01MU69MXT

Find out more about Colleen Chesebro, read more reviews and follow on Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/16254415.Colleen_M_Chesebro

Connect to Colleen via her website: https://colleenchesebro.com/

The final author today is  member of the Mystery Writers of America and International Thriller Writers, Mae Clair with her latest release published in July, A Desolate Hour, Book Three of the Point Pleasant Series.

About A Desolate Hour

For generations, Quentin Marsh’s family has seen its share of tragedy, though he remains skeptical that their misfortunes are tied to a centuries-old curse. But to placate his pregnant sister, Quentin makes the pilgrimage to Point Pleasant, West Virginia, hoping to learn more about the brutal murder of a Shawnee chief in the 1700s. Did one of the Marsh ancestors have a hand in killing the chief—the man who cursed the town with his dying breath?

While historian Sarah Sherman doesn’t believe in curses either, she’s compelled to use her knowledge of Point Pleasant to uncover the long-buried truth. The river town has had its own share of catastrophes, many tied to the legendary Mothman, the winged creature said to haunt the woods. But Quentin’s arrival soon reveals that she may have more of a stake than she realized. It seems that she and Quentin possess eerily similar family heirlooms. And the deeper the two of them dig into the past, the more their search enrages the ancient mystical forces surrounding Point Pleasant. As chaos and destruction start to befall residents, can they beat the clock to break the curse before the Mothman takes his ultimate revenge? . . .

The most recent review

Well – I hated to see this series wrap up – but what a satisfying ending. I’m a devoted fan of all things supernatural, which is what initially drew me to these books, but even if the supernatural elements were nonexistent, I’d continue to return for the characters. They’re believable, compelling, charming, loathsome, mysterious – for the most part, people you’d meet on the street (maybe not the aliens – but you never know) and enjoy having as friends.

If you thought there were no shocking secrets left to be revealed, guess again. Just another thing I enjoyed about this series – layers upon layers of intrigue coaxing me into reading just a little longer before turning out the light.

Combining elements of mystery, suspense, folklore, the supernatural, and a bit of romance, this eerie, atmospheric series would appeal to readers across the board. Highly recommend!

Read all the review so far and buy the book: https://www.amazon.com/Desolate-Hour-Point-Pleasant-ebook/dp/B01MDPY2A5

A selection of other books by Mae Clair

Read all the reviews and buy the books: https://www.amazon.com/Mae-Clair/e/B009I61ND0

Read more reviews and follow Mae on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6468716.Mae_Clair

Connect to Mae via her website: https://maeclair.net/

Thank you for dropping in today and I hope you have enjoyed the selection of great books.. Thanks Sally

 

Smorgasbord Blogger Daily – Thursday 24th August 2017 – Colleen Chesebro/M.J.Mallon, The Story Reading Ape/Aurora Jean Alexander, Lillian Csernica, Carolee Croft/R.K. Lander


Smorgasbord Blogger Daily

Time for my daily selection of blogs that I have enjoyed and would like to share. Not all of them as I have mentioned before you would be here until Christmas. I hope you will head over and check out the whole posts.

First is M.J. Mallon as a guest on Colleen Chesebro who has a new series: ” I have started a new feature on my blog, called Author Spotlight – Guest Posts. As you can see from the image above, I am looking for themed posts about fairies, myths, and magic. If you are an interested author and would like to be featured on my blog, please click HERE to find out more. ~Colleen~

Marjorie is celebrating the launch of her debut novel The Curse of Time and has a launch party on her blog this Saturday.  Details are in the post.

Here is the first paragraph of the story that Marjorie has shared.

Rainbow Child By MJ Mallon

Young Aurora collected rainbows like other children collect shells and pretty trinkets. She learnt all there was to know about these wonders of reflection and refraction but longed to see a very special sight – a double rainbow with a second arc visible outside the primary arc. She’d heard an ancient legend that the only way to call such a rainbow forth would be to carry tourmaline on her, so she sought out a beautiful necklace with the finest tourmaline crystal embedded in its pendant.

Head over and read the rest of this delightful story: https://colleenchesebro.com/2017/08/24/fairies-myths-magic-author-spotlight-guest-posts-rainbow-child-by-mj-mallon/

The Story Reading Ape

Chris The Story Reading Ape shares a post that was sent to him by Aurora Jean Alexander  and he believes it’s one of the best tributes to women he has read

When God created woman he was working late on the 6th day…….

An angel came by and asked.” Why spend so much time on her?”

The lord answered. “Have you seen all the specifications I have to meet to shape her?”

●She must function on all kinds of situations.
●She must be able to embrace several kids at the same time.
●Have a hug that can heal anything from a bruised knee to a broken heart.
●She must do all this with only two hands.
●She cures herself when sick and can work 18 hours a day.

The Angel was impressed” Just two hands…..impossible!

And this is the standard model?”

Read the rest of the post and celebrate all that we are good at (often with the help of a good man) : https://thestoryreadingapeblog.com/2017/08/24/a-tribute-to-all-women/

Smorgasbord Blogger Daily

My next blog post made me chuckle.. rarely do we admit to eavesdropping but Lillian Csernica considers it a golden moment.. but she finds one area of modern technology a barrier to her enjoyment. However, she shares some golden moments when she discovered a few nuggets

I recently made the observation that cell phones have taken all the fun out of eavesdropping. When I said this, I was referring to texting. People have all kinds of conversations that people nearby can’t overhear, aside from the clicking of the keyboard.

A friend of mine pointed out that I was quite mistaken. He lives in San Francisco and makes frequent use of public transit. This gives him the opportunity to listen in on the amazing variety of really personal subjects people discuss when making actual calls on their cell phones.

Good point! This makes me feel better, even though most of the conversations I do overhear aren’t worth the time or attention.

Read the rest of the post and discover some great eavesdropping nuggets: https://lillian888.wordpress.com/

Carolee Croft has a special guest post by fantasy author R.K. Lander on the subject of Elves.

If you are not a Tolkien geek, haven’t read the Silmarillion, Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit, or just haven’t read about elves in mythology, your impression of an elf is probably what the movies have portrayed; tall angels with long hair and flighty voices who dance to the lyre and cry woeful tears as epic poems are recited. They float angelically around majestic gardens of blooming flowers they wear in their hair, pose for portraits or titter away the afternoon as they braid each other’s’ hair and drink miraculous cordials. They sit upon the loamy banks of a beautiful forest and eat green things – probably lettuce and perhaps aromatic herbs and even flowers – they can also be seen cantering bareback through a forest on a unicorn as their immortal eyes marvel at the unfathomable beauty of the land.

Oh the joy – the utter wiles of nature that made these creatures such divinities!

Right?

Find out more about elves and some questions their depiction in fantasy novles such as The Hobbit raise: https://caroleecroft.wordpress.com/2017/08/23/tolkiens-angels-a-question-of-belief/

I hope that you have enjoyed today’s small selection and will head over and check them out. I am off now to do a podcast interview with Marsha Ingrao… time to put some lipstick on. thanks for dropping by. Sally

Smorgasbord Blogger Daily – Thursday, 17th August 2017. Cook and Enjoy Recipes/ Jennie Fitzkee, Lisa Burton/ Vashti-Quiroz-Vega, Colleen Chesebro/ Richard Ankers and Teri Polen


Smorgasbord Blogger Daily

If you are a regular visitor you will have seen some of Jennie Fitzkee’s posts either reblogged or here in the blogger. Jennie teaches pre-school and has done for thirty years. Generations of children have grown up loving books and words thanks to her passion. This time Jennie is a guest herself and talks about her early years as a teacher and how very quickly she discovered how her children absorbed the stories from books and simple storytelling.

Thank you, Esmé, for having me as a guest on your wonderful blog. First, let me introduce myself. I am Jennie, a long time preschool teacher, 30+ years is definitely a long time, and… well, that’s what I want to talk about.

My first day of teaching was filled with fear (of course). My co-teacher had a plan, I was to read books to the children every day. I had not been read to as a child, except for The Five Chinese Brothers from my grandmother. This was the one and only book, and to this day I remember it vividly. That first day my co-teacher handed me Swimmy by Leo Lionni. It was magical for me, and for the children. It was a taste of something I knew I had to have. And, I couldn’t get enough.

Read the rest of this wonderul look at a lifetime of inspiring children to love books: https://cookandenjoyrecipes.wordpress.com/2017/08/15/%ef%bb%bfaugust-guest-7-children-teaching-reading-storytelling-and-more/

Smorgasbord Blogger Daily

The rare ones amongst you who have as yet not met the acquaintance of Ms. Lisa Burton, radio presenter extraordinaire.. have an opportunity today. She is interviewing the angel Lilith of the book The Fall of Lilith penned by Vashti Quiroz-Vega.. Things get a little heated as it does when talking about celibacy and obedience..oh and Craig Boyack snuck in there too…

Don’t touch that dial. You’ve found Lisa Burton Radio, the only show that brings you the characters from the books you love. Today my very special guest is an honest to God angel, or former angel, I don’t know how that all works, but we’re going to find out. I’m your host, Lisa the robot girl. “Welcome to the show, Lilith.”

“Greetings.”

“Lilith, my bio says you have a problem. There are rules in place that an angel must follow in order to stay in heaven. You disagree with those rules. Can you explain to our listeners what those rules are?”

“I reside in the lowest level of Heaven called Floraison. There are many laws for my kind but the two greatest pledges an angel makes are obedience and celibacy, which make for a boring existence.”

Head over and be prepared to be shocked and thrilled at the same time..fallen angels are so tempting:https://coldhandboyack.wordpress.com/2017/08/17/the-fall-of-lilith-on-lisaburtonradio/

 

You now get to enjoy a magical story from Richard Ankers who is a guest of Colleen Chesebro today.  Colleen is spotlight fairies and magic in her guest posts and today certainly fits perfectly into that theme.  A story not to be missed.

The Charcoal Nomads by Richard Mark Ankers

Our parents called them the Charcoal Nomads, as had theirs, and theirs before that. A bustling caravan of mysterious folk, they’d slide into our small town at midnight, always midnight, stay awhile, then slide away.

Like all things containing an element of the unknown, shade and shadow, their presence held a certain allure. Forewarnings heralded forth like divine covenants from our parent’s mouths, but they did nothing to assuage our curiosity only fuel it. I would lie in bed and picture the steepled caravans with their minarets and towers, more gigantic tents than mobile homes. I’d imagine the horses – jet-black stallions clad in each nomad’s colours marching beneath the storms that signalled their arrival. And, of course, I imagined the young ones, those mysterious, concealed children. Did they dream as I? Did they wish for more as they travelled a world I’d only imagined? The Charcoal Nomads, those who had revealed themselves to just one man, became my obsession.

A Judge Roberts, lawman and sole landowner of Shadowmoor was the sole citizen brave enough to have challenged the night tribe. He’d clashed with the nomads over road tolls, although others wished him not. One tar-pit midnight, he’d headed out beyond the woods on his favourite jet-black mare intent on confrontation; neither came back. In such ways are legends made.

Read the rest of this magical story that will entrance you: https://colleenchesebro.com/2017/08/17/fairies-myths-magic-author-spotlight-guest-posts-the-charcoal-nomads-by-richard-ankers/

Smorgasbord Blogger Daily

We move onto #Horror and #Thriller now with Teri Polen.. Teri is featuring her Bad Moon Rising month of horror and thriller books and authors from October 1st -31st and needs to hear from you now.. Spaces are filling up fast. So if you want to showcase your book head over and get in touch with Teri directly.

For the month of October, Books & Such will again be featuring Bad Moon Rising, 31 days of horror/thriller writers! If you’re an indie author of horror/thriller books, and would like to be featured, send me your info. This is an opportunity not only for free publicity and book sales (hopefully), but also to crawl out from under your colossal TBR piles and buy more books!

Head over and get your name down if you are a horror or thriller author: https://teripolen.com/2017/08/16/calling-indie-horrorthriller-authors-indieauthors-horror-thriller-2/

Some not to be missed posts and I hope you enjoy your visit to their bloggers. thanks Sally