Smorgasbord Blogger Weekly – 29th December 2021 – #Funnies The Story Reading Ape, #Bookreviews Terry Tyler, #Christmas Carol Taylor, #Donation Jennie Fitzkee, #Videos D. G. Kaye, #Farewell to a friend.

A small selection of blog posts from Christmas week that I have enjoyed and I hope you will head over to enjoy in full.  Thanks Sally

If you are feeling a little bit in the doldrums during the week between Christmas festivities and New Year’s Eve.. here is some cheer from The Story Reading Ape with some fabulous crackers….

Monday Funnies by Chris, The Story Reading Ape

Head over to enjoy the laughter: Monday Funnies The Story Reading Ape

Terry Tyler shares her reviews from 2021 including her top five selection (honoured to be included). And the some more….means you get 21 recommendations for great books to read in 2022.

My Top Five Books of 2021 (and some more…) by Terry Tyler

I’ve reviewed 51 books on this blog this year, and tried to do my usual top twenty or top ten … but I couldn’t. Too many instances of ‘which do I include, this one or that one?’ I found, however, that I was able to choose my top five. I don’t very often give my ‘5 GOLD stars’ rating; there were only two last year. It’s for the books that make me think ‘5 stars doesn’t really do it justice’. These are my chosen five of the seven I awarded this year.

Mistress Constancy by Gemma Lawrence

Part one of the story of Jane Rochford, wife of George Boleyn

Head over to discover the other 20 plus recommendations for your reading pleasure this year: Top five books of 2021 and some more by Terry Tyler

Another firm favourite all year around, but especially at Christmas when Carol Taylor shares wonderful festive recipes and snippets.. here is a smidgeon of what you can find in her weekly round up for Christmas week.

My Culinary A-Z is nearing the end of the alphabet…which means the last one of that
series will now be after Christmas…Christmas Music featuring more
versions of “Silent Night” plus Christmas recipes and trivia…

Welcome to my weekly roundup…This week last week has warmed up a little…the nights are still a tad cold but it’s nice to be able to sleep without a fan…

What is in store for you then this week if you are catching up… some more versions of “Silent Night”…Christmas Recipes, Winter Warmers.

Head over to enjoy all the fun, food and music: CarolCooks2 weekly roundup… 19th- 25th December 2021…

This is an amazing story that demostrates how important it is to celebrate reading and books. Jennie Fitzkee​ was a guest on The Kelly Clarkson Show​ and in honour of Jennie’s commitment to reading and teaching Dollar General donated $50,000 in Jennie’s name to Read Aloud, an organisation Jennie has been a long time supporter of. Read more about this incredible moment.

Photo courtesy of The Kelly Clarkson Show, NBCUniversal Syndication Studios

Giving – Dollar General, Kelly Clarkson, Dolly Parton, and Me 

It is the season of giving. I can’t tell you how much it meant for me to give to Read Aloud West Virginia. This would not have happened if I hadn’t been a guest on the Kelly Clarkson Show. Her mother was a teacher, and grew up in West Virginia. We have a terrific connection. Kelly is a genuine giver.

This newsletter from Read Aloud West Virginia tells the story of me, back home. More importantly, it tells the story of Dollar General. The co-founder was functionally illiterate. It was his grandson who wanted to give to literacy in light of his grandfather, and founded the Dollar General Literacy Foundation.

This is just like Dolly Parton! Her father could not read. She has been instrumental in giving books to children and her Imagination Library.

Appalachian roots are strong, from West Virginia to Tennessee. Giving is, too. I’m glad I brought some of that along with me when I moved to New England. Giving is everything.

Head over to read more of this incredible story: Dollar General gives $50,000 in honor of longtime supporter Jennie Fitzkee

And finally today.. Debby Gies shares two wonderful Christmas advertisements that will have you reaching for your tissues.. lovely.

Greatest Holiday Commercial Ads to Touch Your Heart

This Christmas will be difficult for so many this year, and mine is no exception. I’m not going to write any fancy or bougie words here about how cozy and mushy this time of year is for me and for so many others, between loss, hurt and this damned Corona virus, but I do want to share these beautiful commercial ads I came across. These ads reach far beyond whatever they are selling; they all encompass the human spirit of love, kindness and empathy. If you need a reason to smile (even though a tissue needed will be a guarantee), please enjoy. Hallmark has some strong competition!

Wishing you all a happy holiday season and goodness and good health for the new year forward.

Head over to enjoy the two videos.. they will warm your heart: Greatest Holiday Commercial Ads to Touch Your Heart

Sadly to end this post today a small tribute to a friend who I met online back in 2015 and then was so delighted to meet in person in 2017. Many of you already know, on the 27th December, Mary Smith’s husband gave us the news we had been expecting, but which was still hard to hear. Mary died peacefully on Christmas morning. Details of her memorial which will be streamed will be posted when arranged. She will be much missed by all who knew her in person and online and our thoughts are with her husband and son.

The last post and where you will find details of the memorial when arranged: Cancer Diary – The Last Post – Mary Smith’s Place

 Thank you for dropping in today.. stay safe… love and hugs Sally.


Smorgasbord Blogger Daily – Thursday 18th November 2021 – #Daydreaming Robbie Cheadle, #Roundup Carol Taylor, #Funnies The Story Reading Ape, #RoastVeg The New Vintage Kitchen

A small selection of posts I have enjoyed in the last few days and I hope you will head over to read in full.

When do you daydream.. and if a writer is that where your stories or poems begin? In Robbie Cheadle series on creating young bookworms she shares the benefit to children of daydreaming. Hosted by Kaye Lynne Booth.

When I was a little girl, I loved to day dream. I was one of those kids the teacher is always calling back from dream world. The recall to reality was always a little negative in my recollection. “Stop daydreaming, and concentrate on your maths/history/geography – fill in the blank.”

As I’ve grown older, I’ve realised the benefits of day dreaming and mental downtime.

Head over to find out more about the benefits of day dreaming and add your thoughts: The importance of day dreaming

If you missed any posts last week on Carol Taylor’s blog… here is a recap..Carol shares some great recipes for Sweet potatoes and Christmas puddings, plus her weekly look at the Environment, and music..

My Environmental A-Z, Sweet Potato, Christmas Pudding and Irish Cream Recipes, the best pasta in the world, …Music by Bette Midler and more …Oh Yes, so much more!

I cannot believe we are nearly 2 weeks into November and coming up to 3 yrs of covid who would have thunk 2 years ago?

Welcome to my weekly roundup…Fig Newtons are still on hold I have been unable to get out to buy the cinnamon…but tomorrow we have to collect our Vaccine Passport which means I may be able to get some cinnamon and then Fig Newtons it will be…

The first post of the week was Part 2 of Christmas Treats and Trivia…I still can’t believe it is that time of the year again it just doesn’t feel like it but Christmas Puddings need to be made and this year I have made a few extra as gifts…

Head over to catch up on Carol’s posts last week: Christimas Pudding Recipes, environment, sweet potatoes and music

Now for a tribute to the wonderful season of mellow fruitfulness and falling leaves.. along with some of the benefits of aging.. like don’t lie down in the park lol..courtesy of The Story Reading Ape.

Head over to enjoy all the funnies with Earl and Opal: Monday Funnies The Story Reading Ape.

We eat a great many vegetables and I love roasting them and making a pasta sauce.. this recipe from Dorothy of New Vintage Kitchen looks perfect for a sharing platter or adapted to add to both rice and pasta

Pick a rainbow of autumn vegetables, top a bed of wilted greens, and enhance with a simple Maple, Miso, and Mustard Sauce. 

It is the perfect time of year to think about a big platter of roasted vegetables, especially the delicious roots of the season. I feel truly blessed to live in a beautiful and bountiful area in a state that supports local, sustainable agriculture. Within 15 minutes of my house, I have many farm stands waiting for me, and most of them are organic; so much to choose from: beets, carrots, and potatoes of many colors, squashes that span the rainbow, winter radishes in pink, black, and purple, onions, turnips, rutabagas, Brussels sprouts, celeriac, celery, and fat heads of garlic. Every platter of delicious can be different. 

Head over for the recipe for this delicious vegetable collaboration: Seven Roasted Autumn Vegetables and One Exquisite Sauce


Thanks for dropping in today and I hope you will head over to read the posts in full.. thanks Sally.

Smorgasbord Blogger Daily – 5th November 2021 – #Guests – Robbie Cheadle with Frank Prem, Marcia Meara with Antoinette Truglio Martin, C.S. Boyack with Staci Troilo, #Funnies The Story Reading Ape

First Robbie Cheadle hosts Frank Prem who shares the background to his children’s poetry books with wonderful images of The Beechworth Bakery Bears.. a third in the series out soon. Robbie also shares her review for the book.

Robbie’s Inspiration – Guest post by Frank Prem and a review 

Today, I am delighted to welcome poet and author, Frank Prem, to Robbie’s Inspiration with a post about his The Beechworth Bakery Bears series of books.

What is it about Bakery Bears?

I can’t really begin to examine my literary aspirations for The Beechworth Bakery Bears books without recounting the context for my becoming aware of them.

Head over to discover the beginnings of the Beechworth Bakery Bears and the new addition to the series: Robbie Cheadle hosts Frank Prem

In the next post Antoinette T Martin joins Marcia Meara to share the background to her series Becoming America’s Stories including her latest release The Dreams of Singers and Sluggers.. 

#GuestDayTuesday – Antoinette Truglio Martin 

Today, I’d like you good folks to help me welcome Antoinette Truglio Martin to the Write Stuff. This is her first visit with us, but I hope it won’t be her last. And, without further ado, I’ll let Antoinette tell you more about who she is and what she’s written.

Thank you, Marcia. The heart of the Becoming America’s Stories series came from my grandmother and her sisters telling and retelling their stories at the dinner table or in the kitchen. Stories grew from each teller, and time shifted perspective and facts. My grandmother, the eldest, was born in Sicily and immigrated with her mother across the ocean in steerage. She was perhaps two years old when she arrived and met her father for the first time in 1905. The family lived in the Lower East Side tenements on Manhattan Island. Four American daughters were soon born to the family. My grandma spent her crowded childhood in three-room flats on Mott Street and Mulberry Street.

Head over to discover more about the fascinating background to Antoinette’s latest book: Marcia Meara hosts Antoinette Truglio Martin

The next post today is from Craig Boyack who hosts Staci Smith Troilo as she shares an excerpt from her latest release No Such Luck.. looks like a terrific read.

No Such Luck #NewBook #Romance 

Please welcome Staci Troilo today. She’s a dear blogging friend, a tremendous author, and a partner in Story Empire. I’ve learned a lot from her, and suggest everyone get to know her. She has a new book to tell us all about, and I hope you’ll check it out.

Thanks for inviting me here today, Craig. Hi, everybody. I appreciate you taking a few minutes to chat with me about my new release, No Such Luck. It’s a fast and fun clean romance perfect for the holidays.

Piper Seidel loses her good luck charm, and that sets off a chain of unlucky events for her. The following is a brief excerpt from the novella, when she has the misfortune of running into her unrequited high school crush unexpectedly.

Head over to enjoy the excerpt from Staci’s new book: No Such Luck New Book launch

And last but definitely not least.. we might have got to Friday but if you need a little boost to get you to the weekend… here are some funnies from Chris, The Story Reading Ape..

Head over to recharge your Mojo: Monday Funnies… Recommended


Thanks for dropping in and I do hope you will head over to enjoy the posts in full.. have a lovely weekend.. Sally.

Smorgasbord Blogger Daily – Wednesday 25th August 2021- #Interview Marcia Meara and Sharon Marchisello, #Heartbreak Donna Parker, #Funnies The Story Reading Ape..

A small selection of posts I have enjoyed in the last few days and I hope you will head over to enjoy in full.. thanks Sally.

The first post is from Marcia Meara and is part of her very entertaining series – Ten Things You May Not Know About Me and this week her guest is author Sharon Marchisello..

Happy Wodin’s Day, folks! It’s time again for another Ten Things post, and I know you’ll enjoy today’s guest, Sharon Marchisello. Please help me welcome Sharon to her first visit on The Write Stuff. Sharon, it’s your turn now: take it away!

Ten Things You May Not Know About Me
by Sharon Marchisello

  1. I was born a Yankee, but I grew up in Texas–and no one ever let me forget that I was a Yankee!
  2. When I was a little girl, I dreamed of becoming the first woman president. I’m not into politics, but I’ve been president of my Toastmasters club and my Sisters in Crime chapter.

Head over to discover the rest of the ten things about Sharon Marchisello and be entertained: Marcia Meara and Sharon Marchisello

Donna Parker shares her poignant and entertaining take on break up in the 90s vs. present day… with strategies even when beset with physical challenges such as fibromyalgia and finding your happy place…

Seems Breakin’ Up Was Easier in the ’90s

It looks like you’re gettin’ over me,

faster than I’m gettin’ over you.

But hey, what you gonna do? 

Head over to enjoy the spectacle of gifs and pithy words from Donna: Seems breakin’ up was easier in the 90x….

And last but definitely not least.. The Story Reading Ape shares more pearls of wisdom and mirth with Pearls before Swine…

Head over to enjoy the Monday Funnies: Monday Funnies with The Story Reading Ape


Thanks for dropping in today and I hope you will head over to enjoy the posts in full.. thanks Sally.


Smorgasbord Blogger Daily – Tuesday 20th July 2021 – #Funnies The Story Reading Ape, #Canoes #Invitation Rebecca Budd, #Salad Dorothy New Vintage Kitchen

A small selection of posts I have enjoyed in the last few days and I hope you will head over to enjoy.

The first post is from The Story Reading Ape and is guaranteed to put a smile on your face as he shares his latest Monday Funnies.. Maxine, no doubt the doyenne of Crabby Road, is dispensing her words of wisdom, wit and sarcasm.. she says things we can only dream of getting away with..

Head over to enjoy all Maxine’s words of wisdom this week: Monday Funnies with The Story Reading Ape and Maxine

A wonderful post from Clanmother Rebecca Budd with two features.. and invitation to join in a read along for The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoyevsky and the background to the Black Eagle Canoe on display at The Simon Fraser University.

Simon Fraser University – Black Eagle Canoe & #Karamazovreadalong

I am on location at Simon Fraser University, situated on Burnaby Mountain. I have come to visit the Black Eagle canoe, caved by the great Canadian artist, Bill Reid, assisted by Guujaaw, Tucker (Robert Brown), and a dedicated team of carvers.

Black Eagle Canoe

In September, Simon Fraser University is opening their doors orchestrated within a planned safe, equitable and supportive return to campus. But now, the campus is quiet waiting for students to return. I am alone with this remarkable Great Canoe of the Northwest Coast, which represents a history that can be traced back over 10,000 years.

Head over to discover more about the wonderful project behind the installation of this traditional canoe and also the Karamazovreadalong: Simon Fraser University – Black Eagle Canoe & #Karamazovreadalong

And today’s recipe is from Dorothy of the New Vintage Kitchen with a wonderful summery dish for those of us who love peanuts…

Stuffed Napa Cabbage Leaves with Peanut Sauce

We love the ease of feeding ourselves a rainbow of nutrition in high summer in Vermont!

You never know what you will find at the farm stands and farmers markets in July in Vermont, but it’s a sure bet there will be lots from which to choose and enjoy.

This week, I found everything I was looking for, and then some. Beautiful purple Napa cabbage caught my eye, crunchy and flavorful looking. The leaves were so delightful, I knew I would stuff them with other delicious vegetables. New carrots, snow peas, and peppers would provide even more color and nutrition. You could also add cucumbers, green beans, radishes, kohlrabi, or many other treasures here, just pick something to blanch quickly so there’s still a lot of texture. This is a perfect place to chop up those neglected broccoli stems, and the new broccoli is so tender and flavorful right now.

Use an organic, natural peanut butter with no additives. The ingredients in my house peanut butter are peanuts and salt, no sugars or preservatives. If you don’t like crunchy, you can use smooth.

Head over to discover how to create this stunning summer platter: New Vintage Kitchen – Stuffed Napa Cabbage Leaves with Peanut Sauce


Thanks for dropping in today and I hope that you will head over to enjoy these posts in full.. thanks Sally.

Smorgasbord Blogger Daily – Tuesday June 29th 2021 – #Luck Suzanne Craig-Whytock, Book Reviews Vashti Quiroz-Vega, #Funnies The Story Reading Ape

A small selection of posts I have enjoyed in the last few days and I hope you will head over to enjoy in full.. thanks Sally.

The first post is from author Suzanne Craig-Whytock on My Dang Blog… and discusses the effectiveness of lucky charms, especially underwear that may have lost its mojo…

The Streak Is Over

You may or may not remember that I’ve written in the past about my lucky underwear. They’re a paisley pattern in a very soft fabric—there’s nothing otherwise notable about them, but for some reason, when I wear them, good things tend to happen. I’ve begun saving them for special occasions or times when I feel like I want to ‘encourage’ good fortune, and if you think this is weird then obviously you haven’t been following me for long because it’s par for the course around here. At any rate, last Wednesday we were supposed to get our air conditioner fixed. It had broken the week before, during the first heatwave of the year, obviously, and when the guy came, he was like “OK, the spinny thing isn’t spinning and the cool-y thing isn’t cooling so you need a new one of these box-y things.” Of course, he used more technical terminology, but I couldn’t hear him very well over the noise of all the fans I had going to try and keep cool. Being very hot makes me sad and grumpy, so I grunted at him and agreed that he needed to replace the outside cold box.

On Wednesday morning, after a week of excruciating heat, I put on my lucky underwear specifically to entreat the air conditioning gods to ensure that the repair people arrived on time with the right unit. 

Feasting Upon The Bones: A Collection of Twisted Tales

Head over to discover how this reliance on lucky underwear worked out:
The Streak is Over

The next post is from author Vashti Quiroz-Vega with three reviews for some terrific looking books… from Annika Perry (Children’s Reading Room), Yvette M. Calleiro and Ken Stark

Hi, everyone! Welcome!

Today I’d like to share reviews of an eclectic group of books I’ve read lately. I’ve enjoyed reading since I was a child, and I have my favorite “go to” genres, but through the years, I’ve diversified my reading. I figure life as a whole has romance, horror, suspense, thrilling events . . . and reading different genres gives me insight into all aspects of life. With this knowledge, I can ground my fiction in reality and also add an extra layer to my stories.

Head over to enjoy the reviews and find your next book to read: Book Reviews Vasti Quiroz-Vega

And last but not least… some funnies from Chris, The Story Reading Ape… always a boost to the day…


Head over to enjoy the rest of the funnies...:The Story Reading Ape – Monday Funnies


Thanks for dropping in today and I hope you will head over to enjoy the posts in full.. thanks Sally.

Smorgasbord Blogger Daily – Wednesday May 19th 2021 – #ChilliJam Carol Taylor, #BloggingTips Hugh Roberts, #Funnies The Story Reading Ape

A small selection of posts I have enjoyed in the last few days and I hope you will head over to enjoy in full.. thanks Sally.

The first post is from our resident food expert Carol Taylor who takes some chillis through their paces..

Jammin’ with chillies…

This is a definite must-do! Chilli Jam no less…and as chillies are plentiful at the moment it’s a must make and so delicious… Who else dares? Do you??? Of course, charring the vegetables first adds extra smoky flavour to this sweet and spicy spread.

Try it in sandwiches, as a burger relish, with grilled meats or on a cheese board.

Head over to find out what you will need to make and prepare this wonderful spicy relish:Jammin’ with Chillies and Carol Taylor

The next post is from Hugh Roberts who is an advocate for bloggers and shares a great many tips and wisdom on how to get the most from the experience. We all have our own ways of posting but since none of us are blogging to listen to our own voices… finding ways to bring new readers and retain current visitors to our posts is always important. Hugh has some important tips to share on the subject.

Banner for the blog post 'These 7 Methods Will Help Get More Readers To Your Blog'

1. Eye-Catching Post Titles

I’ve said it before, and I’m repeating it again, but the title of a blog post is the first thing readers and visitors see before deciding wether to read your post or not.

Make your blog post titles count! I always look at the title of a blog post first before deciding whether to read it or not.

The title of the post has to really grab my attention and make me want to click the link to open it. If it has no appeal, then I move on. Take, for example, these two titles – 

Head over to discover how to attract more visitors to your blog:These 7 Methods Will Help Get More Readers To Your Blog

And to end today some funnies courtesy of The Story Reading Ape and his wacky family.. including his aunt Maxine who lives in Crabby Road.. (don’t buy a house in the neighbourhood!)

Head over to see what else Maxine has been up to:The Story Reading Ape and Aunt Maxine


Thanks for dropping in today and I hope you will head over to read these posts in full.. thanks Sally.


Smorgasbord Blogger Daily Thursday April 29th 2021 – #Guest Post Robbie Cheadle and Jane Risdon, #Environment Carol Taylor, #Funnies The Story Reading Ape.

A small selection of posts I have enjoyed over the last few days and I hope you will head over to read in full….thanks Sally.

The first post is from Robbie Cheadle and her guest author Jane Risdon about her fascinating background and her recent publishing news.

I am very excited to welcome author, Jane Risdon, to Robbie’s Inspiration today to tell us a bit about her writing and her books.

Picture of Jane Risdon with her books: Only One Woman and Undercover Crime Shorts

Welcome Jane Risdon


Robbie, thanks so much for hosting me on your lovely blog, I am so happy to be here.

For those who may not know me or know of me, I thought I’d tell you something about my background.

I am an author, a dream come true for me having spent the best part of my life living in silent despair of ever being able to achieve my life’s ambition. After years of living another life — well, two really — I have managed to become a published author and one represented by an agent. Something I had never imagined.

My early life was spent working for various (British) government departments. I worked for the Ministry of Defence in Germany, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in London, and later for the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food (Intervention Board), and later for the Atomic Research Establishment at Harwell. Most of it was boring. But it has stood me in good stead where material for my writing is concerned.

Head over to enjoy the rest of this interview and discover more about Jane and her writing:Guest Post – Author Jane Risdon hosted by Robbie Cheadle

Carol Taylor covers a number of aspects of the environment this week beginning with the letter E.. this includes a break down of key elements of the various Ecosystems.. plus penquins, quokkas and fat bergs…always informative and interesting..

Welcome to my new series…still an A-Z but with a difference …it’s not food-related!

In the meantime, the idea for this series came about because yes as my regular followers and commenters know I am passionate about the health of the world I am living in… however often when I am researching and reading articles I come across terms and have to look them up which spawned the idea for this…two-fold… it increases my knowledge and I hope yours…

The A-Z of the environment and Climate Change… letter E.

The best way to predict your future is to create it…Abraham Lincoln.


A community of organisms that depend on each other and the environment they inhabit…However, there is far more to the ecosystem than I first realised…It is divided into 4 categories…those being artificial, terrestrial, lentic and lotic which are all part of the biomes which are climatic systems of organisms and life.

Inside of the biomes systems, there are living and non-living environmental factors known as biotic(organisms, animals and plants) and abiotic (water, light and gasses)

Now let’s look at the 4 categories: 

Head over to read the rest of this fascinating post: The Environmental A-Z – The Letter ‘E’

And finally to lift your spirits by realising that however grumpy you feel you cannot reach the heights of The Story Reading Apes relatives living in Crabby Road…. You do not want to offer to help any of these feisty women cross the road….

Head over to be further insulted and learn a few to use yourself:The Story Reading Ape’s relatives…


Thanks for dropping in today and I hope you will head over to read in full…thanks Sally.

Smorgasbord Blogger Daily – Thursday 15th April 2021- #Guestpost C.S. Boyack, Joan Hall, #Funnies The Story Reading Ape, #Blogging Hugh Roberts, #Offer Leon Stevens

A small selection of posts I have enjoyed this week and I hope you will head over to enjoy in full. Today there is also an offer from Leon Stevens for his short story collection.

The first post is from Craig Boyack who is showcasing the new book by Joan Hall. Joan will be joining the Cafe and Bookstore in the next couple of weeks which is great news. In this post Joan shares some of the background to the book and an excerpt to whet your appetite.

House of Sorrow #Newbook #IARTG

Hi gang, gather ’round. Joan Hall is here with her latest release. Joan is one of my Story Empire partners, and a great author. This one is smart, because it’s a prequel short story. I like the idea of something to whet appetites for the main event.

Make sure she feels welcome, check out her book, and use those sharing buttons before you leave. We all thrive on comments, so don’t be shy. I’ll let Joan take it from here.

House of Sorrow: April 1970

Thank you for hosting me today, Craig. I appreciate the opportunity to tell your readers about my newest release.

Head over to discover more about Joan’s new book: C.S. Boyack, Joan Hall House of Sorrow #Newbook #IARTG

We have got to Thursday and hope you all have managed it without too much stress.. but in case you need a pick me up… here is Chris, The Story Reading Ape’s Monday Funnies with his dear Aunty Acid… someone I hope to emulate in a few years time.. oh hang on a minute.. I think I might have already achieved that…

Head over to enjoy all the funnies: The Story Reading Ape with special Guest Aunty Acid

And now for a useful recap from Hugh Roberts of his recent blogging tips which are helpful for new and established bloggers..

6 Recent Blogging Tips Posts That You May Have Missed

Did you miss any of these? Click on the blog post titles to go to each post.

Do you have a secure way for visitors to contact you on your website or blog? Are you missing out on opportunities because you don’t have a way for them to contact you? Here’s what to do.

Head over to check out these links to Hugh’s  blogging wisdom: 6 Recent Blogging Tips Posts That You May Have Missed by Hugh Roberts

The final author today with a special offer off 99c for the next week is Leon Stevens for his short story collection. The Knot At The End Of The Rope.


About the collection

A journey to the center of the universe …
Humanity’s final days …
A strange midnight visitor …
A faster than light test with unforeseen results …
Writings found in a desolate world …

These are some of the short stories in this collection, written in the style of the early science fiction writers when imagination trumped scientific knowledge. In addition, some short post-apocalyptic tales and poems are included in this new book by Leon Stevens.

One of the recent reviews for the collection

Lavenderqueen 5.0 out of 5 stars Impressive  reviewed in the United States on April 14, 2021

An absolute pleasure this read was. It has truly been my pleasure to consume this work.

The poetry was okay. I did enjoy the different perspectives presented describing an Apocalypse. The flash fiction was gold. Beautifully written, straight to the point, and each story hitting hard between the eyes; an amazing gut punch. The short stories were well written, opening new worlds within the SFF realm leaning more toward Apocalyptic and distopian genres. I highly reccomend this book. I will look forward to reading another flash fiction/short story collection by Leon Stevens. Amazing! 

Head over to read the reviews and buy the book for 99c:Amazon US – and: Amazon UK

Also by Leon Stevens

Read the reviews and buy the books: Amazon US – And: Amazon UK –follow Leon:GoodreadsWebsite:Lines by Leon Twitter: @linesbyleon


Thanks for dropping by and I hope you will head over to these posts to read in full and to take advantage of Leon’s offer on his short story collection.. thanks Sally.

Smorgasbord Blogger Daily – Tuesday 6th April 2021 – #Tarot Jan Sikes, #BananaKoftas Carol Taylor, #Funnies The Story Reading Ape

A small selection of posts I have enjoyed in the last few days. I hope you will head over to enjoy in full.. thanks Sally.

The first post is from Jan Sikes with her Monday Tarot card reading… with some positive influences for the week.. much needed.

Monday #Motivation #Meditation #TarotReading

Welcome to another Monday, and another opportunity to begin your week on a positive vibration.

Continuing with Part 2 of the Self-Love Meditation series, today’s focus is on gratitude. Enjoy!

And now on to our Tarot Reading for the week.

Head over to discover what the week has in store for us :Monday Motivation Meditation Tarot Reading with Jan Sikes

Now for those who are enjoying Meatless Mondays courtesy of Carol Taylor.. this week she introduces us to Green Banana Koftas

Meatless Monday’s…Green Banana Koftas… 

Good morning and welcome to Meatless Monday’s…

Bananas…gone are the days when a bunch of bananas was just 6 bananas always the same type the Cavendish Banana and then I moved here…

A whole new world of bananas opened up from small bananas, green bananas, red bananas, bananas for frying, bananas for drying, bananas for eating and gone are the days of buying bunches of 6 bananas…its either a whole big hand of bananas or the whole thing cut straight from the tree…

Bunch bananas oct 2017 1

That is a lot of bananas here in Thailand and in my garden Bananas grow in abundance.

Its scientific name is Musa Sapientum which roughly translated means Fruit of wise men

Here it is called Kluay pronounced glue eye.

Head over to find out more about bananas and how to make Green Banana Koftas: Meatless Mondays with Carol Taylor

This week The Story Reading  Ape shared a basketful of Easter funnies… the holidays might be over but the need to see the funny side to life is essential every day…

Head over to enjoy the rest of the funnies:
Easter Monday Funnies with the Story Reading Ape


Thanks for dropping in today and I hope you will head over to enjoy these posts in full.. thanks Sally