Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore – Book Reading and Interview – Fantasy Author D. Wallace Peach


Sally's Cafe and Bookstore

Welcome to the weekend edition of the Cafe Author Book Reading and Interview and my guest this week is prolific fantasy writer D. Wallace Peach. Yesterday I featured her latest release Oathbreaker’s Guild – The Rose Shield Book II and before we get into the interview here is a little more about Diana.

D. Wallace Peach was a kid with books in her blood, though she didn’t know it until the day she opened a book titled The Hobbit. Tolkien … literally changed her life.

Diana loves writing and has the privilege to pursue her passion full time. She’s still exploring the fantasy genre, trying out new points of view, playing with tense, creating optimistic works with light-hearted endings, and delving into the grim and gritty what-ifs of a post-apocalyptic world. She wonders if one day she’ll settle into something more predictable. Probably not. It’s simply an uncharted journey, and she hopes you’ll enjoy the adventure as much as she.

In addition to writing books, Diana’s a volunteer, activist, gardener, animal lover, and grandmother to the Overlord. She lives with her husband, two mutts, and Pinky the cat in a log cabin among the giant firs of Oregon’s Coastal Mountains. She loves to laugh and enjoys the worldwide connections fostered by writing and blogging. There’s never a dull moment in the pursuit of peace.

About the new series – The Rose Shield

The Rose Shield Tetralogy – a blend of science fiction and fantasy.

Welcome to a world of three moons, a sentient landscape, rivers of light, and tier cities that rise from the swamps like otherworld flowers. A planet of waterdragons, where humans are the aliens living among three-fingered natives with spotted skin. Where a half-blood converses with the fog and the goddess plans her final reckoning.

Follow Catling’s journey as she grows from childhood into the deadly force that shapes the future. She is the realm’s shield, an influencer, assassin, healer, mother, and avenger. And all she wants is to go home.

Books I and II are now available with Book III on pre-order for April  12th and Book IV for May 12th 2017.

The latest review for Catling’s Bane – Book I of the serial

Catling’s Bane is a highly enjoyable read by D. Wallace Peach. In chapter one, we’re introduced to the protagonist, Catling, on Hanging Day, and event where the onlookers emotions are manipulated until they react to the display with nothing but joy—even those being hanged don’t express regret. Not long afterward, Catling is sold by her mother to man named Scruff, which seemed terrible on the surface, but Catling learns to love her new home.

But it turns out that Catling can block the artificial emotions being broadcast to the populace, and that makes her extremely dangerous to some, and incredibly valuable to others.

This book has solid, creative world-building, and reminds me of the work of Brandon Sanderson. It’s a high fantasy, set in a world built by colonists, and the speculative elements are logical and consistent, but never take up the story. In the end, they showcase the characters and plot, rather than the latter being a vehicle to convey the magic.

The arc merely comes to an end at the finish, but more story is promised, and in Peach’s capable hands is likely to reach a satisfying conclusion. Should appeal to readers who enjoy Sanderson and McCaffrey. I give it four stars.

 Diana has chosen an excerpt from Catling’s Bane for her book reading after the interview.

You can buy and pre-order the Rose Shield Serial via Diana’s author page: https://www.amazon.com/D.-Wallace-Peach/e/B00CLKLXP8

Other books by D.Wallace Peach available through her author page above.

Welcome Diana and lovely to have you here in what must be a very busy time with four books being released over just a couple of months.

Tell us about your chosen genre of books that you write and why?

When I was a kid, my family spent summers in a rustic one-room cabin in Vermont. The place didn’t have running water or electricity but was loaded with used books, most of them science fiction and fantasy, ranging from Tolkien to Asimov. My father purchased them from the local church attic for a nickel each, a bagful at a time. When we weren’t fishing, hiking, and playing board games, we were reading. The genres were natural choices when it came time to write.

What adventures have you had publishing your work?

I started off with a traditional publisher, and I was completely clueless about the entire process. It was a great experience, but after 6 books, I’d learned a few things about the industry, and it became clear to me that I would be happier and more successful as an indie author. Over a year’s time, I cancelled all my contracts and re-released my books. I love being an indie author and have never looked back.

Do you have a favourite quote? What does it means to you as an individual?

I love the J.R.R. Martin quote, “A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies. The man who never reads lives only one.” To me it speaks to the magic of great books, those that make us cry or fall in love. The ones that change our lives, make us experience the world through new eyes, or teach us something about the human condition. My goal is to live a thousand lives plus. How awesome is that!

You state in your bio that Tolkien and The Hobbit literally changed your life. Can you elaborate on that?

I was NOT a reader as a young kid. Books were boring homework assignments. I preferred watching television and back then we only got 3 channels. When I was about 12, a friend suggested that I read The Hobbit. After much eye-rolling, I grudgingly agreed. Well, I devoured that book and the Lord of the Rings trilogy and had my first serious book hangover. Almost overnight, I became an avid reader. None of my adventure in writing would have happened if I hadn’t cracked that book.

What are the key issues when writing a series to keep the readers coming back for more?

I actually don’t write series, in that I don’t write stand-alone stories tied together by a shared “world.” My multi-book events are more accurately described as serials, one massive mega-story spread over 4 books with only partial conclusions at the end of each. For me, writing a serial isn’t that different from writing a stand-alone book except bigger means more complex.

I write the entire story at once to ensure consistency in storyline and character. There are more characters to keep track of and the main ones will have incremental sub-arcs in addition to overall arcs. Alongside the main plot, there are multiple subplots, and the stakes in the overall story escalate over the entire 1000+ pages (think of each book as a mountain to climb, each one taller than the last). To make sure the whole mountain range works, I lay Dan Wells’ 7-Point Story Structure over each book’s outline and over the entire story as a whole. Needless to say, outlining is essential!

Do you feel that your writing style has changed since you wrote your first novel to the present day and in what way?

Absolutely. Like anything we do, we get better with practice. My personal style hasn’t changed much, but my craft is better. I attribute most of the progress to two factors. The first was participating in an active critique group for 5 years. Line-by-line critiques of my work by other authors provided an intense learning experience. The second is working with an outline. Yes, those outlines. An outline keeps me from wandering off on tangents (and, wow, can I do that!). My writing is much tighter and the pace stronger as a result.

Here is the excerpt from Catling’s Bane that Diana has chosen for her book reading.

Smile lines creased Farrow’s cheeks, and she poked a finger at Catling’s chest. “I used to dream of being an influencer, you know. Not to hang people or rob them. If I could bring pleasure or love with a mere thought, imagine that power. I’d be living a life of riches up there with the high ward and his stringed puppets. But I don’t, do I?”

Catling shook her head, uncertain of the woman’s point.

“Now you, Catling.” The fire in Farrow’s eyes flared. “You have a gift. You have power beyond your imagination, and it’s going to lay a claim on your life. People will pull you apart if they can. They’ll all want to use you, even Gannon. I got extra silver in my pocket, don’t I? So you can drop me in there with the lot. Now, here’s my advice as a woman who knows how the world works. Don’t trust anyone. We’re all influencers one way or another, aren’t we? Make up your own mind, Catling, and mind yourself.”

You can buy Books I and II and pre-order the other Rose Shield Serial books via Diana’s author page: https://www.amazon.com/D.-Wallace-Peach/e/B00CLKLXP8

Thanks again, Sally, for the opportunity!

I am sure that you will have your own questions for Diana and please leave these in the comments section of the post for her to respond to.

Connect to Diana on social Media

Website/Blog: http://www.mythsofthemirror.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Myths-of-the-Mirror/187264861398982
Twitter: https://twitter.com/Dwallacepeach
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7068749.D_Wallace_Peach
Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/dianapeach33/pins/
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/activities/d-wallace-peach+0_2F1UmSg–qRIqYJlk2W1Q_?trk=nav_responsive_sub_nav_yourupdates
Google+: https://plus.google.com/u/0/101899993447765818692/posts

Thank you for taking the time to drop in today and it would be great if you could share. Thanks Sally

Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore – Author Update – D.Wallace Peach, Alyssa Drake and Stevie Turner


Welcome to the Cafe update and the first author today is in fact my guest tomorrow for the Book Reading and Interview, D. Wallace Peach. Diana is releasing three books almost back to back and following close on the heels of Catling’s Bane (The Rose Shield Book 1) is Oathbreaker’s Guild – Book 2, released on March 31st.  I am sure that you will enjoy asking your own questions tomorrow and over the weekend about this new series and Diana’s other work.

About Oathbreaker’s Guild – The Rose Shield Book II

Catling, an aspirant of the Influencers’ Guild, learns to wield the power of the garden carved into her skin. Friends are fewer than enemies, and those who wished her dead now plot her failure. Sworn to the young queen, she enters the world of Elan-Sia where the powerful maneuver for control of the throne.

Amidst rising unrest in the south and increasing pressure from the seafaring Cull Tarr, the high wards of the tiers plot rebellion. Gannon stirs the warrens, and Whitt marches with the warriors of Guardian. Propelled by revenge, Catling journeys to Mur-Vallis. Her mission—to assassinate the man who stole her past, a task that will define her future.

Buy Oathbreaker’s Guild: https://www.amazon.com/Oathbreakers-Guild-Rose-Shield-Book-ebook/dp/B06XNK5HMH

One of the early reviews for Catling’s Bane – The Rose Shield Book 1

D. Wallace Peach creates an utterly original, lush and cohesive world inhabited by well-developed and multi-dimensional characters we instantly care about (even the minor ones), all the more so as the plot unfolds. And what a plot it is — no copycat fiction or cliche devices here. The concept of “influence” as an accepted part of life is not only entertaining but thought provoking; and the author’s attention to detail on how influence works grabs hold and will thrill true high fantasy readers who value intelligent rationale for magic. All I can say is … prepare to lose some sleep over this one. And the final chapter leads to a cliffhanger that will leave readers desperate for Book II.

I am a lifelong reader of fantasy, and out of what I’d guess to be nearly 1,000 books read to date, this book series is in my top five. Catling’s Bane is easily on par with the likes of Patrick Rothfuss (The Kingkiller Chronicle series), Karen Miller (the “Mage” series) and Glenda Larke (Stormlord series). I’m confident that many readers will, like me, add this one to their top shelf.

A selection of books by D. Wallace Peach.

 Read more about D. Wallace Peach, read the reviews and buy the books: https://www.amazon.com/D.-Wallace-Peach/e/B00CLKLXP8

Connect to Diana via her website: http://www.mythsofthemirror.com

Drop in and meet Diana in person over the weekend and she will be looking forward to your questions in the comments section of the interview.

The next featured author is Alyssa Drake whose debut novel A Perfect Plan –(Wiltshire Chronicles Book 1) was published last year and has already received over 50 reviews.

About the book

Samantha Hastings lived a quiet, peaceful life on her family’s country estate. With no man to order her around and no stifling society rules to follow, she considered herself blessed. However, when her brother’s ship sinks during a short trip to France, Samantha receives a request from her sister-in-law to return to town and manage the late Earl’s finances. Suddenly thrust into society, Samantha faces an unfamiliar world and a pair of very familiar green eyes.

Lord Benjamin Westwood never intended on following through with his rash promise to his best friend. Now, with Edward’s death, Benjamin becomes the unwilling guardian to Edward’s bratty little sister, who has grown up considerably since the last time they met. His intention to marry her off to the first available suitor is thwarted when he finds himself falling for Samantha’s unique demeanor. He lights upon the perfect plan; a marriage of convenience, giving him the opportunity to romance Samantha without distraction.

However, when they discover Edward’s disappearance was due to foul play, Benjamin’s perfect plan begins to quickly unravel. Now, Samantha is in more danger than either of them realized and Benjamin is running out of time.

One of the most recent reviews for the book.

on March 20, 2017

I’m usually not one for the Historical Romance genre. Mostly due to my own misconceptions regarding the flowery language, which makes me laugh uncontrollably, and book covers slathered with Fabio, who is NOT my idea of a handsome man.

This book on the other hand was amazing! No “touching bosoms” or Fabio to be found here, just a saucy romance between Benjamin and Samantha with a classic who-dun-it thrown in. I always love a good mystery and this one did not disappoint.

After the death of her brother Samantha is called back from the family estate to assist her sister-in-law with handling her brother’s finances. Samantha is a no nonsense woman who doesn’t need a man or high society to feel complete. Little does she know that both are going to come beckoning quicker than she thinks.

Benjamin is a notorious rake who has finally decided to settle down. There’s just one thing he has to do before he can pursue his own happy ending. As Samantha’s new guardian Benjamin is responsible for choosing her husband. One look at her though and all thoughts of anyone else but him filling her marriage bed leave him with a sour taste in his mouth.

I absolutely loved this book. As a debut novel goes, Ms. Drake has smashed it out of the park. As a matter of fact I didn’t even know this was a debut novel until I went on Amazon and read it in another review. The writing is excellent and witty with engaging characters and great dialog.

As with any genre there are hits and misses, this book is definitely a hit. I would gladly recommend this to all my bookish friends. I can’t wait to see what happens in the next installment.

Contains graphic sex and language. Not for young readers***    ***Cassandra Delorie #NerdGirlLola’s Review***

Read all the reviews and buy the book: https://www.amazon.com/Perfect-Plan-Wiltshire-Chronicles-Book-ebook/dp/B01CMK5ZPU

Connect to Alyssa via her websitehttp://www.alyssadrakenovels.com

 And now for Stevie Turner and her latest book, the memoir Waiting in the Wings that was released at the end of last year.

About the memoir.

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.

Turner’s memoir is an insightful story about a mother and daughter relationship that has moved to a new dimension. Throughout the author’s life she struggled with her relationship with her mother. Dot was set in her ways and always seemed to be trying to conform Stevie to what she wanted her to be. The angst Stevie felt growing up with Dot is documented through this touching and heartfelt memoir as Dot is now old and being an only child, Stevie has taken on the roll to care for her aging invalid mother.

Dot struggles to maintain her independence, making Stevie’s job somewhat more difficult to tend to Dot with her whims and antics, but it seems that the two find a common bond while exchanging stories from the past where Dot can be happy reliving her younger days, and where Turner establishes a common ground with memories they can bond over.

Many stories are shared from Turner’s childhood, about living under the eagle eye of Dot. We learn to understand that as much as Dot loved her daughter, she didn’t know how to show her love, which became a difficult burden for Turner to give her mother love in return.

As a child, Turner was tired of Dot’s OCD ways of life, and as a result, rebelled as many a child will do, with vowing not to be like her mother. Through this story, Dot’s anal ways could drive a sane person mad at times. Dot didn’t know how to show love and emotion and her methods of thinking she was doing so as a good mother were to nag at and not encourage her daughter for the attributes she possessed, but rather harped on how she thought her daughter should dress, and live her life, driving Turner batty, resulting in her wanting to keep in her own comfort zone, much as a loner.

As a memoirist myself, I know the angst of feeling sorry for an aging mother who never fulfilled me emotionally, and similar to Turner’s life, I understand the position she was in, finding it difficult to be able to tell her own mother that she loved her when the words were foreign to her all of her life. It brings a heart-crushing feeling when you can’t bring yourself to respond with those words, ‘I love you’, as I sensed the pathetic non-verbal pleading in my own mother too, wanting to hear me say those difficult words.

I highly recommend this book, not only for the manner in which it was written with entertainment value, but for anyone who has or is struggling with an aging parent, finding it difficult to forgive the past and to learn that there is always a way to make amends.

Read all the reviews and buy the book: https://www.amazon.com/Waiting-Wings-Stevie-Turner-ebook/dp/B01M3MOEPV

A selection of books by Stevie Turner

Read all the reviews and buy the books: http://www.amazon.com/Stevie-Turner/e/B00AV7YOTU

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

Thank you for dropping in today and if you have a new release, review or offer you would like to share then please let me know. If you are not in the bookstore you can join the oher 160 authors and here is how:

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore/

There is also an opportunity for any author to share their reviews even if they are not in the bookstore. Air your Reviews features the most recent reviews or perhaps a favourite review that sums up your book.

This is the most recent post that shows you the format.  All I need from you is the link to your most recent or best review from either Amazon or Goodreads.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/04/06/smorgasbord-book-promotion-air-your-reviews-colleen-chesebro-m-c-v-egan-and-d-g-kaye/

Please feel free to reblog and share this post on your social media as it does help promote fellow indie authors. Thanks Sally

Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore – Author Update – Mary Smith, Steve Boseley and D. Wallace Peach


Welcome to the Cafe and Bookstore update and hot off the press we have a new book by Mary Smith written with Allan Devlin. Castle Douglas Through Time records the town’s history in a series of old and new photographs. The gathering place for tourists exploring this beautiful part of Scotland.

NEWSFLASH – Mary was my guest on Saturday in the interactive interview series Book Reading at the Cafe.  After reading this I am sure that you will have even more questions for Mary and she would love to receive them.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/03/18/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-book-reading-at-the-cafe-and-interview-with-mary-smith/

About the book

The market town of Castle Douglas, beside Carlingwark Loch in the southern Scottish region of Dumfries and Galloway, is relatively new, though the area has been inhabited from prehistoric times and the Romans had a military base close by. In the fourteenth century, Archibald the Grim, the 3rd Earl of Douglas, built Threave Castle nearby.

The town came into being thanks to fertiliser found in the loch and wealthy merchant William Douglas, who laid out the present town in 1792. Though his dream of creating a cotton industry failed, Castle Douglas became a flourishing market town. The opening of the rail line to Dumfries in 1859 improved the town’s connections.

Though the railway closed in 1965, the A75 trunk road ensured the town’s survival as a major stopping point for travellers. Today, it is a major tourist destination, with many visitors using it as a base for exploring this beautiful part of Scotland. All these changes are recorded in this unique and fascinating series of new and old photographs, making this book essential reading for anyone interested in the history of Castle Douglas.

Buy the book: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Castle-Douglas-Through-Time-Smith/dp/1445659697

Also in the local history series

One of the reviews for the book

This is a lovely and very absorbing book and one that I’ll keep going back to. Mary Smith does a superb job with her succinct commentaries on the photos, written with a deft and light touch, while Allan Devlin’s present day shots are vivid and arresting, contrasting with the sepia tones of the older photographs, many of which were taken in Victorian and Edwardian times. I feel I have learned a lot more about Dumfries and its surrounding areas from reading the book and it has whetted my appetite to explore the town more than I already have. You don’t have to live in Dumfries and Galloway or know the town of Dumfries to enjoy this book. It is fascinating in itself and hopefully will prove an enticement for people who have never visited Dumfries to do so.

Read all the reviews and buy the book: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Dumfries-Through-Time-Allan-Devlin/dp/1445637677

Also by Mary Smith

 

 Read the reviews and buy all the books: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Mary-Smith/e/B001KCD4P0

Connect to Mary via her website: http://www.marysmith.co.uk/

Steve Boseley has re-issued his mystery thriller, Die, Blossom, Bloom with a brand new cover.

 A pensioner with a newfound love of gardening, TED HARRIS is haunted by the memories of his wife’s death. A regular competitor in the village ‘In Bloom’ competition, GERALDINE BUTLER-THOMPSON is keen to put Ted down at any opportunity, and is more than happy to share her thoughts on his garden. As Ted’s life with his wife is revealed, we get a glimpse into the love that they shared, before things started to go wrong.

The choices that he made haunt him still, and Butler-Thompson pushes him to reveal more than he is willing to, leading to a showdown with JORDAN, Butler-Thompson’s grandson. This confrontation pushes Ted towards what he sees as an inevitable conclusion, and a final showdown with Butler-Thompson. The annual ‘Haverly in Bloom’ competition is the backdrop for this thrilling tale of love, murder and suspicion that is sure to leave you horrified.

The latest review for the book

A gripping look at the flowery passions and life in an idyllic English village that seems like it’s straight out of Midsomer Murders. When I read the first few chapters, I had to look up Boseley – and specifically his age, as his portrayal of the elderly hero’s daily struggles were so convincing that I felt certain Boseley himself would be in his 70s, or even older.

Even though the story starts with a killing, its true meaning only gradually appears in a masterful narration that soon turns surprisingly dark. Too dark, perhaps, for some readers, as this is not a novella for the squeamish. The pace picks up and soon readers find themselves in the uncomfortable position of rooting not for the “good” guys but for the murderer. I won’t spoil the ending, but I will say I wish it were different.

Based on Die Blossom Bloom, I’ll be reading Boseley’s second book soon.

Buy the new edition: https://www.amazon.com/Die-Blossom-Bloom-Steve-Boseley-ebook/dp/B01DFNN35C

 Also by Steve Boseley

 

Buy all the books: https://www.amazon.com/Steve-Boseley/e/B01DHXE01G

Connect to Steve via his website:  http://www.authorsteveboseley.com

Then next featured author is D. Wallace Peach with her latest release which is Catling’s Bane Book 1 of the Rose Shield Tetralogy… a blend of science fiction and fantasy.

About the Rose Shield Tetralogy

Welcome to a world of three moons, a sentient landscape, rivers of light, and tier cities that rise from the swamps like otherworld flowers. A planet of waterdragons, where humans are the aliens living among three-fingered natives with spotted skin. Where a half-blood converses with the fog and the goddess plans her final reckoning.

Follow Catling’s journey as she grows from childhood into the deadly force that shapes the future. She is the realm’s shield, an influencer, assassin, healer, mother, and avenger. And all she wants is to go home.

The books of The Rose Shield Tetralogy – Catling’s Bane – Oathbreakers’ Guild –
Farlanders’ Law – Kari’s Reckoning –

Books 2,3 and 4 are available on Pre- Order and you can read more about the series and follow the links to Amazon from here: https://mythsofthemirror.com/2017/03/17/the-rose-shield-catlings-bane-is-live/

About Book 1 – Catling’s Bane

In the tiers of Ellegeance, the elite Influencers’ Guild holds the power to manipulate emotions. Love and fear, pain and pleasure, healing and death mark the extremes of their sway, but it’s the subtle blends that hook their victims’ hearts. They hide behind oaths of loyalty and rule the world.

A child born in the grim warrens beneath the city, Catling rues the rose birthmark encircling her eye. Yet, it grants her the ability to disrupt the influencers’ sway. Established methods of civil control disintegrate before her. She’s a weapon desired by those who reign and those who rebel.

To the Influencer’s Guild, she’s an aberration, a threat. They order her death and thus the betrayals begin. One woman protects and trains her, plotting to use her shield to further imperial goals. No longer a helpless child, Catling has other plans. As chaos shakes the foundations of order and rule, will she become the realm’s savior? Or its executioner?

One of the early reviews

D. Wallace Peach creates an utterly original, lush and cohesive world inhabited by well-developed and multi-dimensional characters we instantly care about (even the minor ones), all the more so as the plot unfolds. And what a plot it is — no copycat fiction or cliche devices here. The concept of “influence” as an accepted part of life is not only entertaining but thought provoking; and the author’s attention to detail on how influence works grabs hold and will thrill true high fantasy readers who value intelligent rationale for magic. All I can say is … prepare to lose some sleep over this one. And the final chapter leads to a cliffhanger that will leave readers desperate for Book II.

I am a lifelong reader of fantasy, and out of what I’d guess to be nearly 1,000 books read to date, this book series is in my top five. Catling’s Bane is easily on par with the likes of Patrick Rothfuss (The Kingkiller Chronicle series), Karen Miller (the “Mage” series) and Glenda Larke (Stormlord series). I’m confident that many readers will, like me, add this one to their top shelf.

Buy Book 1 – Catling’s Bane: https://www.amazon.com/Catlings-Bane-Rose-Shield-Book-ebook/dp/B06XK3PCRZ

Also by D. Wallace Peach

Read all the reviews and buy the books: https://www.amazon.com/D.-Wallace-Peach/e/B00CLKLXP8

Connect to Diana through her website: https://mythsofthemirror.com/

Smorgasbord Blogger Daily – 14th February 2017 – Upcoming Release, Daisies, Love Poetry, Free Books, Frank Immersed and Sir Chocolate


Smorgasbord Blogger Daily

Welcome to the Blogger Daily and a quick look at some of the posts I have read in the last couple of days. It is Valentine’s Day and have tried to find a flavour of that amongst the selection… but all the posts are from talented writers.  There are also some FREE books on offer to take advantage of.  Don’t forget to leave the link to your latest post in the comments section so that I can share.

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First is author D. Wallace Peach who is looking forward to her latest release in March.. Diana has shared some of the characters in recent weeks but today introduces us to The Goddess.. The Rose Shield is a four book fantasy series and the first book is Catling’s Bane. Here is an excerpt from Diana’s post where she introduces us to The Goddess.

 Meet the Goddess
(Raker’s voice in the fog is no longer simply a voice)

Raker poled the raft through the narrow channels, wandering his way toward the floating village deeper in the swamp. Morning mists hovered as a forbidding sky scudded eastward, promising sheets of rain. The goddess caressed him, twirled in languid circles, veils of dew flowing from her arms like wings.

She stroked his back with a fingertip. “Your indifference is as disputable as your madness.”

Read the rest of the post: https://mythsofthemirror.com/2017/02/14/the-rose-shield-the-goddess/

51p3tby-elBrigid Gallagher is celebrating International Book Giving Day and a year of blogging with a great offer…

Today is International Book Giving Day, thus I am making “Watching the Daisies” FREE on Amazon Kindle for two days – 14/15 February. This is my way of thanking you all for your support through my first year of blogging – I started this blog on 19th February last year.  https://www.amazon.com/Watching-Daisies-Brigid-P-Gallagher-ebook/dp/B01N3M9VJ0

Read the rest of the post: https://watchingthedaisies.com/2017/02/14/52-weeks-of-thankfulness-week-34/

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Now for more than a touch of romance.. a poem and a tribute to love from N.N. Light on her blog Princess of the Light.  And her book  Poetry of Love: The Engagement Year is FREE today. https://www.amazon.com/Poetry-Love-Engagement-N-Light-ebook/dp/B01M13IKRH

Happy Valentine’s Day! It’s time to talk about romantic love and I dedicate this day and inspirational thought to the man who taught me the real meaning of love, Mr. N.

From the time I was three, I dreamt of my Prince Charming, the handsome man who would love me and make all my dreams come true. I know it sounds like the total cliche but that is exactly what Mr. N did. 

Read the rest of this loving post: https://princessofthelight.wordpress.com/2017/02/14/february-14th-is-the-most-romantic-day-of-the-year-or-is-it-valentinesday-inspiration-love/

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Next Aurora Alexander interviews Don Massenzio in her Author Spotlight post.

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  1. Are you still writing in the same genre as you did before, and if not, why did you switch – or would you ever think to change genres?

Interestingly enough, a couple of months before last year’s interview, I had released a terrorist thriller Blood Orange which, after writing three detective mystery novels, was a change in genre. I have since released another two detective mysteries, but I am writing a follow-up to that thriller as readers seemed to like the main character and his team. It will, however, crossover into the universe of my detective novels.

Read the rest of the interview: https://aurorajalexander.wordpress.com/2017/02/14/featured-author-interview-the-return-of-don-massenzio/

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Last but not least Vicki (Author Sojourner McConnell) hosts from Robbie Cheadle and her son Michael who are the authors of the Sir Chocolate series of books.

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Robbie and Michael are the co-authors of the Sir Chocolate series of books which are all about a little man, Sir Chocolate, who lives in a land where you can eat everything, even the flowers and the trees. Sir Chocolate and his lady love, Lady Sweet, have a number of little adventures, sourcing ingredients for their fabulous chocolate creations and helping their friends in Chocolateville out of various scrapes and problems. Each book contains illustrations made from fondant, biscuits, and cake and also includes five simple recipes that children can do under parental supervision. Each book also features a poem about life with children by Robbie and a fondant creation by Michael, aged ten years.

Read the rest of the guest post: https://vickgoodwin.wordpress.com/2017/02/14/valentines-day-guest-post-from-mtw-authors-robbie-and-michael-cheadle/

I hope you have enjoyed the selection today.. please don’t forget to leave the link to your latest post in the comments section.

Smorgasbord Blogger Daily – Friday 6th January – Final Festivities and Royal Honey Cake


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The first post this morning is very topical on this official last day of the Christmas celebrations. Madelyn Griffith-Haynie –  ADD Coach Training Field founder; ADD Coaching co-founder has raised the concept of stretching the celebrations a little further… as she points out the Three Wise Men did not arrive to the celebrations until January 6th. Madelyn strengthens her case very persuasively in the rest of the article.

“Are Merry Christmas & Happy New Year behind you now?

If so, I hope your Christmas festivities were everything you wanted them to be, and that all of your gifts were happily received in more than the spirit of that thought-that-counts manner.

I also hope that you are so happy with the gifts you received that you spend not a nano-second in a returns line.

HOWEVER, as many of you are focused on recovering from celebrating the arrival of the New Year, a scant few of us are still anticipating Christmas celebrations ourselves – after a fashion.

We who NEED a Little Christmas . . . TIME!”

Read on...https://addandsomuchmore.com/2017/01/02/five-golden-rings-post-christmas-sale/

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Whilst many of us are contemplating our excesses over Christmas it is important to remember that not all cakes are created equal… Certainly not “tzarskaya kovrizhka” – a royal honey cake the subject of this post by Dolly of Kool Kosher Kitchen. Dolly gives us the legend of Prince Igor.. who by all accounts spurned the enticements of his captors to return home to his wife and Kovrizhki…

Prince Igor says…”Not for any Kovrizhki”

“You are a prince. Not just any old prince among a bunch of other princes, but The Grand Prince of Kiev Rus, the very first one holding this title. Don’t worry, ladies, there is a princess in this story, too, Princess Olga, a formidable ruler and warrior in her own right. But let’s return to the beginning – the beginning of tenth century, when Rus is terrorized by the nomad raids. Prince Igor, like every self-respecting prince, mounts a campaign to protect his lands and his subjects from the savage Polovtsians, the khans.”

Read on.…..https://koolkosherkitchen.wordpress.com/2017/01/05/prince-igor-saysnot-for-any-kovrizhki/

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Now you get a really big bang for your buck.. Stevie Turner does a Friday blog round up and she has 13 bloggers in this week’s post so 14 for the price of one.. A great variety and all worth following. https://steviet3.wordpress.com/2017/01/06/friday-roundup-6th-january/

510glyvrrdl-_uy250_The 6th of January allegedly heralds the return to the normal pattern of our lives. For the last two weeks we have got away with a lot of things that we would not dream of doing the other 50 weeks or the year.. such as drinking a Buck’s Fizz at breakfast time and polishing off that tin of Quality Street.

In her weekly look at life on and offline and the world of books, author Jessica Norrie reviews her festive fortnight and her vain attempts to remain entirely offline.. However sounds as though it was a lively enough time in the writer groups she visited! That’s when the fight started!

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Sadly, “Prose and Prosecco” isn’t a newly unearthed Jane Austen novel whose intelligent heroine triumphs over a bubbly rival. The juxtaposition describes a more mundane dilemma: how to take up the pen (well, mouse) again after Christmas and New Year?

Rich food has clogged my plot, chocolate stuffed my characters, and I certainly wasn’t inside the head of my Muslim heroine while glugging snazzy cocktails. This year there was an unexpected and beautiful present on Christmas Eve: a jar of hibiscus flowers and a bottle of Crémant de Loire to start us off in style. I thought I deserved it – I’d posted a seasonal article that very day on the BritFic Authors website, and another the day before on this blog.

Read on.https://jessicanorrie.wordpress.com/2017/01/06/prose-and-prosecco/

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To finish off today’s selection of blogs and in line with the theme that has pervaded blogworld today.. the lament at the passing of the festive holiday… here is Diana Wallace Peach who now has the sniffles with A Holidays Limerick...

A cold has me stuffed in the sack
How I sniffle, I sneeze and I hack
The laptop is dusty
Inspiration is fusty
Yet, it feels mighty grand to be back
Read on……https://mythsofthemirror.com/2017/01/06/new-year-limerick/

 

Thanks for dropping by and I am sure you will not regret heading over to these bloggers to read their posts..

Why not add your link to your latest post in the comments and I will be happy to include in the next Blogger Daily. Thanks Sally

 

 

Sally’s Cafe & Bookstore Christmas Update – New covers and reviews


My thanks to those of you in the bookstore who have let me know your updates and news. I will feature your updates as they come in and also work my way through the bookstore finding new reviews and sharing them.  Contact me on sally.cronin@moyhill.com if your book in the store has a great new review we can showcase.

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The first update is from D.Wallace Peach who has brand new covers for her Dragon Soul Quartet having moved to self-publishing.

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You can buy the complete series at a special price of £7.28 but here is Book 1 in the series.

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In the distant mountains of the Mirror, exiled skyriders fly dragons in the old Way, merged in flesh, blood, and bone. Twenty years past, they fought for the freedom of the valley’s dragons … and lost.

Imprisoned in the stone lair, the captive dragons beat their webbed wings and thrash serpentine tails. They tear their flesh and batter their bodies against the black bars of their cells, iron grating against iron. The once peaceful creatures howl, tormented by spine and spur, their fury matched only by their despair.

Treasa, the daughter of exiles, seeks the secrets of a hidden past and a father she never knew. Gifted with visions, she glimpses pieces of years long lost and a veiled future that only raises more questions. The dragons visit her dreams, laden with contradictions that tear at her heart—for one day she sails in unfettered flight, her arms thrown wide, and the next she writhes in tortured darkness, desperate to be free.

The lair’s black-garbed riders sense the dragons’ growing savagery. Yet Conall longs to grasp their power, to subdue them and soar. He will endure the reek, filth, and terror of the lair to earn his right to fly. With a heart encased in steel, he masters the weapons of compliance to see his will done. At the cost of the woman he loves.

Then, a curved talon rends flesh and dragon scale, rattling against white ribs. Blood falls like rain and the world shifts. Treasa and Conall must decide who they are and what they stand for. Thus the battle for the dragon soul begins again. Alliances form, old myths are revealed, and new myths are born.

Buy book one of the Series: http://a-fwd.com/asin=B01KQ317Y8

Also by D. Wallace Peach

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Buy all the books: https://www.amazon.co.uk/D.-Wallace-Peach/e/B00CLKLXP8

Connect to D.Wallace Peach: https://mythsofthemirror.com/

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My next update is for Annabelle Franklin whose children’s books would make the perfect gift for the younger members of the family.

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One of the latest reviews for the book

A great adventure By Angelbear on June 7, 2016

Main characters – Steven the human, Nigel the shapeshifter, The fairy Queen and Mr Fildew the Queens Dungeon master.  Places – Earth and Fairyland

What story is about – Steven get mad tricked into pushing back the button that will send him to fairyland by his cousin Tracy.

After spending some time there and getting tricked by nasty goblins and a mischievous shape shifter, Steven just wants to go home but can’t find anyone to help him. After Steven steals cakes from the fairy market he ends up in the Forrest of pointy fingers to be punished.
He eventually gets out of it and becomes the fairy queens consultant hoping that she will send him home.

My Review Even though this is a children’s book I did enjoy reading it to my daughter.
The author has a really good imagination and I think a younger person would have been totally engrossed in the magical world of fairies and goblins.

My daughter loved the Sock worms and Fairy queen.

The characters and places are fun and certainly magical and even though Steven faces real danger he manages to get out of it.

It gives the advice through way of punishment that if you do something wrong you should work out why it is wrong, learn form it and change yourself so you don’t do it again.

Also by Annabelle Franklin.

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Connect to Annabelle Franklin: http://annabellefranklinauthor.wordpress.com

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Now for an update on a colouring book that was published mid-year by artist Tracy Campbell that has received rave reviews.

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A selection of the reviews

Yummy Goodness By Skye Goddess on June 7, 2016

Tracy Campbell’s book, Calm Coloring has gorgeous drawings just aching to be filled with color! I absolutely love the author’s whimsical style, and positive spirituality. Every page is filled with yummy drawings and optimistic spiritual affirmations. I can’t see how you could not feel good after coloring a page from this book. My personal favorites are the Heaven mushroom, the Kindness fish, and the Thank You Bonus cupcake at the end (you really want the bonus cupcake, it’s good enough to eat).

I love coloring as a form of relaxation. Calm Coloring: Faith, Hope & Love is a perfect way to add an element of fun to your stress reduction. What better way to prepare your mind and body for deep prayer and reflection than by stepping away from your busy life for 15 minutes and diving into this coloring book for all ages.The best part is the artwork is whimsical and fun and can actually be completed in one sitting.

Read the reviews and buy the bookwww.amazon.com/author/tracy_campbell
Connect to Tracy Campbell: https://tracycampbell.selz.com

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Thank you for dropping in today and of course always delighted if you would leave your feedback and share the post.  Thanks Sally

New Book Fanfare Revisited- The Sorcerer’s Garden by D. Wallace Peach


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Welcome to New Book Fanfare revisited and today I am delighted to feature the eighth novel from D. Wallace Peach – The Sourcerer’s Garden.  Since its release last year it has received some great reviews.

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About the Book:

D. Wallace Peach’s eighth novel is a collision of medieval and urban fantasy centered in the Northwest Hills of Portland, Oregon.

Recently fired and residing with her sweetly overbearing mother, Madlyn needs a job—bad. In a moment of desperation, she accepts a part-time position reading at the bedside of adventurer and amateur writer Cody Lofton. A near-drowning accident left the young man in a vegetative state, and his chances of recovery wane with each passing day.

Cody’s older brother, Dustin, and eccentric grandmother aren’t prepared to give up on the youngest son of Portland, Oregon’s royalty.

Dustin’s a personable guy, bordering on naïve, and overwhelmed by familial corporate duties and cutthroat partners. Grandmother Lillian’s a meddler with an eye for the esoteric, dabbling in Dustin’s life and dealing out wisdom like a card shark. One innocent conversation at a time, she sucks Madlyn into the Lofton story, dubbing her the princess and bestowing on her the responsibility of both grandsons’ destinies.

And all Madlyn wanted was a simple reading job.

Uninspired by her self-imposed stack of literary selections, Madlyn opts for Cody’s work-in-progress. Fantasy isn’t her favorite, but with only four chapters completed, reading The Sorcerer’s Garden should be no sweat, right?

Little does she realize, the story will begin writing itself and, by the hand of destiny, become her own.

Don’t look for a run-of-the-mill fantasy here. This is one tangled tale crafted especially for readers who enjoy plot twists that keep everyone, including the characters, guessing.

About  Madlyn

Madlyn is quirky, blessed with a sarcastic sense of humor, and a tendency to say exactly what’s on her mind. At 28, she’s also abandoned her dreams of a fairytale life. A satisfying career and happily-ever-after romance simply aren’t turning up in her cards, and in fact, her junky car is careening downhill fast. A strong female protagonist with a reluctant streak, she finds herself trapped in a heroic adventure through overlapping worlds, unsure whether one or both are real.

Some of the reviews for The Sorcerer’s Garden.

Who knew I like fantasy? Until I read Peach’s The Sorcerer’s Garden, I never read this genre. Well, kudos to this author, who kept me enthralled each and every page of this fun-to-read, beautifully written, suspenseful and romantic novel. The main character, Madlyn, is flawed yet perfect in her personality as she loses her job but gains so much more as she begins her adventure in a new job that takes her to places she never imagined. This book freed my imagination as I quickly turned each page to follow the action.
The Sorcerer’s Garden is my favorite of Peach’s books so far, though I really enjoyed The Melding or Aeris. This one I read in 4 days, which is a feat when you have a small child. I love reading books that take place in Portland, because who doesn’t like reading something that takes place where you live, recognizing places. It helps with imagining the scenes unfolding. It is easy to imagine The Sorcerer’s Garden being a movie with its vivid descriptions, and the intensity and brutality of the battles. I also enjoyed reimagining Portland in medieval times, the landscape I know with an entirely different feel. I loved feeling transported and feeling the connections between people and their struggles in a way that is timeless.
Fantasy combined with real life By Southern on September 16, 2015 Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
“The Sorcerer’s Garden” by author D. Wallace Peach, is a book with an interesting plot, and steeped in both fantasy and reality. The story opens with the main character, Madlyn, losing her job at a large company named Global Recapture. Being that employment is a must-have for her, she takes a job that involves, among other things, reading to a young man named Cody, who is in a vegetative state after nearly drowning. She ends up reading the first portion of a book that Cody had been writing, a fantasy novel of which only four chapters have been completed, and which does not seem like too difficult of a read. Much to her surprise, she finds that she has become a character in that story, namely, the Princess, with the enemies being the executives at her former employer, which had recently terminated her. I think the way this book combined fantasy and reality was really masterful, and the character and story development were especially good. I hope to read more such novels from this author in the future. I received this book for free in exchange for my honest and unbiased review.

Buy The Sorcerer’s Garden:

http://www.amazon.com/Sorcerers-Garden-D-Wallace-Peach-ebook/dp/B010GU1QJ2/

A small selection of other books by D. Wallace Peach.

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Buy all of D.Wallace Peach’s Books: Amazon author page

About the author

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D. Wallace Peach was a kid with books in her blood, though she didn’t know it until the day she opened a book titled The Hobbit. Tolkien … literally changed her life.

Diana loves writing and has the privilege to pursue her passion full time. She’s still exploring the fantasy genre, trying out new points of view, playing with tense, creating optimistic works with light-hearted endings, and delving into the grim and gritty what-ifs of a post-apocalyptic world. She wonders if one day she’ll settle into something more predictable. Probably not. It’s simply an uncharted journey, and she hopes you’ll enjoy the adventure as much as she.

In addition to writing books, Diana’s a volunteer, activist, gardener, animal lover, and grandmother to the Overlord. She lives with her husband, two mutts, and Pinky the cat in a log cabin among the giant firs of Oregon’s Coastal Mountains. She loves to laugh and enjoys the worldwide connections fostered by writing and blogging. There’s never a dull moment in the pursuit of peace.

Connect to Diana on social Media

Website/Blog: http://www.mythsofthemirror.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Myths-of-the-Mirror/187264861398982
Twitter: https://twitter.com/Dwallacepeach
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7068749.D_Wallace_Peach
Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/dianapeach33/pins/
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/activities/d-wallace-peach+0_2F1UmSg–qRIqYJlk2W1Q_?trk=nav_responsive_sub_nav_yourupdates
Google+: https://plus.google.com/u/0/101899993447765818692/posts

 

Please feel free to like, comment and share Diana’s books.. Many thanks Sally

Mention in Dispatches – Shopping with Mother, Disappearing Eagles and Tibetan Rites


mention in dispatchesWelcome to this week’s look at the creative posts written by bloggers here on WordPress this week. I am only one woman (I say this modestly) so unfortunately it is beyond me to read every wonderful post written this week on WP.  However, you will find if you head over to read these particular articles; that one thing leads to another.

It is a little bit like going to the local library or a bookshop and browsing the shelves. You are looking for one book in particular but then your eye catches a title on the shelf below and – hang on a minute – what is that on the shelf above?

Most bloggers display their most recent posts on their blogs and before you know it you are down the rabbit hole with Alice and it is mid-morning and time for coffee.

I am sure that you will enjoy these posts and also any adventures they may lead you to. Do support those bloggers by passing their gifts along.  Thanks Sally

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Another fabulous and nostalgic look back at her early childhood and Linda Bethea never fails to entertain and make me smile.. so lucky to still have her mother to go shopping with and joke with.. great post so do head over…
https://nutsrok.wordpress.com/2016/04/20/dont-start-just-dont-start/

sue vincentSue Vincent with a very poignant post about the last of species that are disappearing from our world far too rapidly because of our actions. This includes the last Golden Eagle to leave our English skies..    https://scvincent.com/2016/04/18/the-saddest-tale/

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Christine Keleny with a review for the audio book The Wolves of Willoughby Chase by Joan Aiken.  Audio books are certainly part of the publishing evolution as far as I am concerned and whilst it is more common to find audio for the classics and highly popular authors it is becoming increasingly viable for Indie authors too. https://ckbooksblog.wordpress.com/2016/04/20/the-wolves-of-willoughby-chase-by-joan-aiken/

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Jean M Cogdell with a post on overnight success.. it can happen – but it helps if you believe in fairies and pigs that fly which are more likely as success usually comes with years of hard work. https://jeanswriting.com/2016/04/20/do-you-believe-in-the-overnight-success-theory/

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Olga Nunez Miret asks how you start your day.. great video on the Five Tibetan rites of rejuvenation.. head over and let her know… http://authortranslatorolga.com/2016/04/19/how-do-you-start-your-day-the-five-tibetan-rites/

Author, Poet, Writer & Blogger, Judy MartinJudy Martin with a lovely tribute to the comedic genius of Victoria Wood who died suddenly this week after a short battle with cancer. http://www.edwinasepisodes.com/the-last-laugh/

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There are still wonderful children’s games that do not require technological intervention.. Who has not played hide ‘n’ seek?  Lovely post from Kim Gosselin.  https://kimgosselinblog.com/2016/04/20/anticipation/

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Angie Quantrell with a love story that runs hot and cold and across rivers and lakes… it did not end well with both parties moving on.. One to a lonely and end amongst others of the same temperament and the other to a newer and more reciprocal relationship!!!
http://angiequantrell.blogspot.ie/2016/04/how-we-first-met.html

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Geoff Le Pard with a look at the skyscrapers of London from the 1980s onwards.. Amazing structures that change a skyline forever.
https://geofflepard.com/2016/04/22/s-is-for-skyscraping-atozchallenge/

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Debby Gies continues the saga of obtaining the right care at the right time when ill. It is universal and despite being the ‘technilogical age’ that technology is only as good as the human operating it.. one small mistake and like a pack of dominoes…things fall into a chasm..
http://dgkayewriter.com/healthcare-lost-shuffle/

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Diana Peach with a look into her fantasy world of Crofter’s Moon (Dragon Soul Trilogy) along with an excerpt for your reading pleasure.. The Crofter’s Moon heralds all that is new and fresh about spring….
https://mythsofthemirror.com/2016/04/22/crofters-moon/

Thanks for dropping by and hope you have a wonderful weekend.  I will be back later with the Saturday Round up and anything else that catches my eye.. Sally

The Saturday Round Up – Poetry, Music, outstanding talent and a sprig of mint..


The end of another week and one that has been very enjoyable for me. Whilst it may still be early to celebrate Christmas there is a definite sparkle in the air… perhaps it is the talent that has passed through the blog in the last seven days. Also I know that I am already thinking of what I am going to buy for Christmas and since most people do not really need more ornaments to dust… books are the perfect answer.. and perhaps a little jewellery. The Grotto is updated and there is something for everyone whatever their age.

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

We have had torrential rain and grey skies all week but the sun came out yesterday and is going to be here for the next ten days. Despite being November I have just sat outside for two hours and topped up my Vitamin D whilst reading. It does not get much better than that.

While I am writing this I am listening to David Garrett the violinist who has to be one of the most stunning artists on the worldwide stage today.. Here is Vivaldi – Four Seasons – Winter.

He plays some wonderful crossover pieces on his albums and I can recommend his latest. Explosive.

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http://www.amazon.com/Explosive-DAVID-GARRETT/dp/B013XTXM5O/ref=ntt_mus_ep_dpi_1

Time to catch up on the week and meet some of my lovely guests.. 

Saturday Morning Coffee with Linda Bethea, Christoph Fischer and Diana Wallace Peach.

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https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2015/11/07/saturday-morning-coffee-with-linda-bethea-christoph-fischer-and-d-wallace-peach/

William Price King with the finale of the Quincy Jones Story

William will be back in the New Year with a new series but we have his new album to look forward to and on Wednesdays up to Christmas; he will be selecting his favourite seasonal music to share with us.

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https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2015/11/04/a-man-and-his-music-william-price-king-meets-quincy-jones-finale/

 New Series – The War Poets

For the next week I will be posting a series on some of the exceptional young men and women who not only experienced the horrors of war but who recorded it in their poetry.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2015/11/02/in-remembrance-war-poets-isaac-rosenberg-1890-1918/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2015/11/04/in-remembrance-the-war-poets-rupert-brooke-1897-1915/

Christmas Grotto 2015.

There are just 20 official slots left so if you would like to showcase your books, design or music then please get in touch.

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

This weeks entries.

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https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2015/11/01/christmas-grotto-2015-talon-encounter-book-five-the-talon-series-by-gigi-sedlmayer/

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https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2015/11/02/christmas-grotto-2015-jewellery-by-irene-design/

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https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2015/11/03/christmas-grotto-2015-babies-of-two-by-kim-gosselin-and-illustrated-by-alisa-belzil/

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https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2015/11/04/christmas-grotto-2015-marred-by-sue-coletta/

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https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2015/11/05/christmas-grotto-2015-no-more-mulberries-by-mary-smith/

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The Last Life(promo)

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2015/11/07/christmas-grotto-2015-the-last-life-by-jaye-marie/

What’s in a name short stories – D for David – Beloved

This week David attends the 50th anniversary of the end of World War I. He and his comrades are there to honour their lost friends but for David it will be a very special year.

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https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2015/11/05/whats-in-a-name-d-for-david-beloved/

Memories are made of this….

My divorce is finalised and I pass my driving test… and I get swept off my feet by a good looking Irishman in 1980

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https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2015/11/06/memories-are-made-of-this-1980-divorce-driving-test-and-room-40/

Humour

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https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2015/11/05/laughter-the-best-medicine-my-new-kitchen-timer-has-arrived-from-china-with-interesting-instructions/

Size Matters Serialisation.

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Part Fourteen of my book on my weight loss journey nearly twenty years ago when I lost 150lbs.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2015/11/02/size-matters-serialisation-chapter-fourteen-the-foods-you-can-eat/

 The Medicine Woman’s Treasure Chest.

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https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2015/11/03/medicine-womans-treasure-chest-peppermint-for-health-and-cooking/

Please join me tomorrow for lunch with D.G. Kaye (Debby) and Nicholas Rossis.. the food is going to be amazing as is the company.

Thanks for joining me this week and enjoy the rest of the weekend…

Hugs Sally

Saturday Morning Coffee – With Linda Bethea, Christoph Fischer and D. Wallace Peach


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I love variety in my life. Food, music, books, locations etc (not husbands, one is great!).

My three guests today certainly provide a wonderful variety of experiences that they share through their writing on their blogs or books. They have travelled far to join us this morning, from Louisiana, Oregon and Wales via England and Germany. I hope you enjoy your visit and pour yourself a cup of coffee and help yourself to some of the pastries on offer.  Meet my first guest……..

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Linda Bethea – New York Cheesecake and the real Chicory Coffee!

My first guest this morning is Linda Bethea of https://nutsrok.wordpress.com/ where you will find a wonderfully varied mix of humour, commonsense and history. Linda and I connected through our blogs and I was delighted when she offered to contribute a post earlier this year for the Women’s Health Week. Linda had a long career as nurse and this included working with patients and their families who were undergoing dialysis. She wrote a very compelling article for the series on the importance of family and the support they provide during this very challenging experience.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2015/07/31/womens-health-week-diabetes-and-it-takes-a-family-by-linda-bethea-rn/

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Linda mentioned that she was very partial to New York Cheesecake and I decided to find a beverage to represent Louisiana and came across this description of Chicory Coffee.. I had always assumed that it was only drunk as an alternative when coffee was in short supply but it would seem that it is a delicious drink in its own right.

When mixed with fresh ground coffee, the chicory adds that same dried-fruit sweet-sourness to the cup up front, and lightens the body with a kind of oily film that clings to the teeth. While it’s often advertised as having a “mellowing” effect on your morning brew, it actually imparts a bit of an acrid flavor of its own, reminiscent of the skin around a fresh-roasted nut. The finish, however, has a really lovely aromatic-wood quality to it, like warm cedar. Mixed with milk, the cup tastes much like hazelnut-flavored coffee smells, which is also actually—dare I say it—kind of nice in its own way.

http://drinks.seriouseats.com/2010/12/is-chicory-coffee-any-good-new-orleans.html

Now that Linda is retired she is free to follow her other path which is to pursue her passion of capturing the stories she has loved all my life.

‘The ones you’ll read on my blog all have a kernel of truth, perhaps mixed in with a healthy serving of imagination, embroidery, and if necessary to make a point, outright confabulation. I’ve preyed shamelessly on my family, living and dead, friends, neighbors, and acquaintances, often changing the names to protect the innocent and not so innocent. My mother illustrates my blog. I come from a rollicking family of nuts, hence the name of the blog Nutsrok’

I love humour in most forms and Linda is a source of some wonderful funnies and you will do well to bookmark her blog for days when you are feeling a bit down.

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https://nutsrok.wordpress.com/2015/11/06/evening-chuckle-41/

Linda’s mother Kathleen Swain, is also part of the blog and there are some wonderful stories that recapture the days of the 30s and 40s and it is clear where the humour in the family emanates from. You will find some delightful illustrations that should be on book covers.

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And if all of this was not enough Linda also has a wonderful advice column called Ask Auntie Linda which dispenses commonsense and down to earth wisdom for all age groups. Certainly in times of trouble I can imagine sitting down with Linda sharing a cup of coffee or tea and putting the woes of the world to rights.

https://nutsrok.wordpress.com/tag/ask-auntie-linda/

How to connect with Linda

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/linda.bethea.50/about
Blog: https://nutsrok.wordpress.com/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/bethea_linda

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Christoph Fischer – Welsh Cakes and a pot of Darjeeling Tea.

I have placed my next guest between my two lady guests so that he can charm them both equally. Christoph Fischer is the best-selling author of many books that have received outstanding reviews. These include The Luck of the Weissensteiners, The Healer, and his latest, Conditioned, which is the sequel to us very popular book Conditions.

Christoph relocated to Wales this year and has taken to the culture and his new surroundings like a duck to water.. Well it is Wales and if I remember rightly from my years there… It has quite a bit of rain. I hope that he has also taken a liking to the delicious Welsh Cakes since I was up all night baking them!

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Christoph was born in Germany, near the Austrian border, as the son of a Sudeten-German father and a Bavarian mother. He moved to Hamburg in pursuit of his studies and to lead a life of literary indulgence. After a few years he moved on to the UK where he now lives with his partner and beloved labradoodles, in a small town in West Wales.

He enjoyed a fascinating career which involved working for the British Film Institute, in Libraries, Museums and for an airline. Christoph is now firmly established as an author with books such as ‘The Luck of The Weissensteiners’ which was published in November 2012; ‘Sebastian’ in May 2013 and ‘The Black Eagle Inn’ in October 2013 – which completes his ‘Three Nations Trilogy’. “Time to Let Go”, his first contemporary work was published in May 2014, and “Conditions”, another contemporary novel, in October 2014. His medical thriller “The Healer” was released in January 2015, his latest historical novel “In Search of a Revolution” in March 2015 and the thriller “The Gamblers” in June 2015 and his latest book Conditioned has just been released.

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About the book.

Conditioned dives back into the world of gardener Charles, his friends and the state of his mental health – one year on. We meet loner Simon and his battle with the outside world, co-dependent Martha and her abusive husband Clive, neurotic poet Catherine on the verge of getting married, Tony, who finds his strange brother Charles a challenge, psychic Elaine looking for a new direction in life and quirky widow Sarah Roseberg who has a go at sorting out all of their problems. CONDITIONS aimed to sensitise readers and make them think about tolerance and acceptance. CONDITIONED wants readers to look beyond their attitude towards Conditions and examine what we all do and what we can do to overcome our challenges. The sequel is another snapshot of this circle of friends. Some will have improved their lives, others will not.

A small selection of other books by Christoph Fischer.

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I recommend that you pop into Christoph’s blog on a regular basis and you will find a great deal of support for authors. Reviews and interviews and here are some examples for you.
https://writerchristophfischer.wordpress.com/2015/11/07/saturday-historical-novelist-interview-with-samantha-wilcoxson/

With the move to Wales comes the opportunity to celebrate the amazing scenery and the literary talent that has always been a part of this countries proud heritage.
https://writerchristophfischer.wordpress.com/2015/10/28/welsh-wednesdays-wales-3/

This is Christoph’s latest Welsh author interviews.
https://writerchristophfischer.wordpress.com/2015/11/04/welsh-wednesdays-interview-with-carly-holmes/

Links to connect with Christoph and buy his books.

Website: http://www.christophfischerbooks.com/
Blog: http://writerchristophfischer.wordpress.com/
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6590171.Christoph_Fischer
Amazon: http://ow.ly/BtveY
Twitter: https://twitter.com/CFFBooks
Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/christophffisch/
Google +: https://plus.google.com/u/0/106213860775307052243
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/profile/view?id=241333846
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/WriterChristophFischer?ref=hl

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Sitting next to Christoph is the lovely Diana Wallace Peach and I have chosen Marionberry Pie (similar to the Blackberry) with a dollop of vanilla ice-cream and a Latte.

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http://www.cookingchanneltv.com/recipes/marionberry-pie.html

Diana and I connected first on Twitter I think and that led to meeting up on the other usual haunts as well. I am delighted that over the last year we have enjoyed sharing this particular hangout and if you do not already follow this generous and lovely person then please do so now.

Diana came to writing after a long career which she describes; ‘where amassing coin was the all-consuming objective. It required huge amounts of time and mental energy. And for me personally, it was soul-slaying’. The 9/11 devastating tragedy was the catalyst to a major change in her life and with the encouragement and support of her husband, Diana is now firmly in the grip of the fever that keeps us all enthralled; writing.

As Diana says…

Tolkien … literally changed my life. I didn’t care for reading as a child – I preferred Bonanza and Beverly Hillbillies reruns, Saturday morning cartoons and the Ed Sullivan show. Then one day, I opened a book titled The Hobbit. Magic happened.

I love writing, and have the privilege to pursue my passion full time. I’m still exploring the fantasy genre, trying out new points of view, playing with tense, creating optimistic works with light-hearted endings, and delving into the grim and gritty what-ifs of a post-apocalyptic world. Forgive me if I seem unfocused in my offering of reads. Perhaps one day, I’ll settle into something more reliable. For now, it’s simply an uncharted journey, and I hope you enjoy the adventure as much as I.

Diana and her husband live in the lush wilderness or Oregon in a wonderful community about half an hour away from the nearest town. As someone who enjoys my own mountain retreat I can understand how that environment away from civilized clutter can free your mind’s creativity.

Here is a small selection of Diana’s books including the hugely popular Myths of the Mirror.

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Diana is taking part in NaNoWriMo this month but to prevent us from suffering from withdrawal symptoms she is spreading a four part SciFi story across the month.. Here is part one….
http://mythsofthemirror.com/2015/11/03/ghost-ship-sci-fi-short-story-part-i/

You can also browse Diana’s blog archives and find some wonderful posts on family such as this on Mothers and Daughters
http://mythsofthemirror.com/2015/10/27/mothers-and-daughters/

Diana is also a wonderful resource for writers and this post is an example of how to pass on your experience to others. Creating rich characters.
http://mythsofthemirror.com/2013/03/22/creating-rich-characters/

Buy all of Diana’s books
Amazon Author page: http://www.amazon.com/D.-Wallace-Peach/e/B00CLKLXP8
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7068749.D_Wallace_Peach

Connect with Diana on her blogs and social media
Website/Blog: http://www.mythsofthemirror.com
Book Blog: http://dwallacepeach.wix.com/fantasybooks
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Myths-of-the-Mirror/187264861398982
Twitter: https://twitter.com/Dwallacepeach
Diana’s books are on the shelves of the Christmas Grotto and there are now only 20 slots available. Please get in touch if you would like to showcase your book, art, music etc.

Three wonderfully honest, supportive and talented guests who are an essential part of my community here on line.. I hope you will embrace then into yours if they are not already there.

The Christmas Grotto.

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/

Thank you for popping in for coffee this morning and please leave your feedback and hit a few share buttons while you are here.

Enjoy the weekend.. Thanks Sally