Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore – Author Update – Amy M. Reade, Olga Núñez Miret and Gigi Sedlemayer.


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Welcome to Friday’s Cafe and Bookstore update and today three authors who are either celebrating a new release or terrific reviews. Amy M. Reade, Olga Núñez Miret  and Gigi Sedlemayer.

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USA Today bestselling author of contemporary and gothic women’s fiction Amy Reade has just released The House on Candlewick Lane, the first book in the Malice series, which currently consists of three books. Each book has a different main character, but you’ll find some characters that drop in throughout the series (some more than others). The second book in the series is called Highland Peril and will be out in the fall. The third book, with a working title of Death Comes to Thistlecross, will be out next year.

About The House on Candlewick Lane

It is every parent’s worst nightmare. Greer Dobbins’ daughter has been kidnapped—and spirited across the Atlantic to a hiding place in Scotland. Greer will do anything to find her, but the streets of Edinburgh hide a thousand secrets—including some she’d rather not face. Art historian Dr. Greer Dobbins thought her ex-husband, Neill, had his gambling addiction under control. But in fact he was spiraling deeper and deeper into debt.

When a group of shady lenders threatens to harm the divorced couple’s five-year-old daughter if he doesn’t pay up, a desperate Neill abducts the girl and flees to his native Scotland. Though the trail seems cold, Greer refuses to give up and embarks on a frantic search through the medieval alleys of Edinburgh—a city as beguiling as it is dangerous. But as the nightmare thickens with cryptic messages and a mysterious attack, Greer herself will become a target, along with everyone she holds dear.

Two of the early reviews

Incredible book that captures you from the start! By Kathleen Charon on February 7, 2017

I am a huge fan of Ms. Reade’s books! I enjoy her narrative style and her descriptions pull me into the world that her characters inhabit. This book is every parent’s nightmare and chronicles Greer’s search for her missing daughter. I was so caught up in the story that I couldn’t put it down. Although I read an advanced copy, I had to purchase it because I enjoyed it so much. Don’t start until you have the time to read straight through! It will captivate you. I cannot wait for her next book!

A great read! By New York Army Mom on February 7, 2017

The House On Candlewick Lane by Amy M Reade. Set in Scotland, Amy gives her reader a great look at the language and food of Scotland. One of my favorite things about Amy’s writing is the way she describes everything; From the characters, to the setting, to the plot! The reader gets to go along for the ride with the characters, in the streets and even in the kitchen! In addition, every chapter ends with a comment that pushes you on to the next chapter! This is an author you will want to get to know! And you will definitely get to do so in this story! She weaves herself through the pages beautifully.

Don’t stop at the end, there’s a glossary defining the many Scottish terms and teasers for her other books! And if you want to get to know Amy better click the link to the latest news about Amy M. Reade. Very Interesting! I don’t want to give anything away, I will just say that I would like to see this house on Candlewick Lane! And the cover… beautiful!

Read all the reviews and buy the bookhttps://www.amazon.com/House-Candlewick-Lane-Malice-Novel-ebook/dp/B01FBZXR3K

Also by Amy M. Reade

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Read all the reviews and buy the books: https://www.amazon.com/Amy-M.-Reade/e/B00LX6ASF2

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Connect to Amy via her website:  www.amymreade.com

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Olga Nunez Miret has received a wonderful review from Christoph Fischer for her latest book Escaping Psychiatry 2. The Case of the Swapped Bodies.

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A woman shot dead. No enemies, no motive, only a story about how she swapped bodies with another woman found on her computer. The other woman in the story, the owner of the swapped body, goes into labour and won’t talk.

When FBI Agent Dave Dean asks psychiatrist/writer Mary Miller for her assistance, she doesn’t know that The Case of the Swapped Bodies is not the only mystery in Port Haven. A hit and run, an armed robbery gone wrong and questions about family traditions, priorities and legacies come into play and complicate matters. The line between fact and fiction is more tenuous than anybody realised and suspense is on the menu.

This is the third book in the Escaping Psychiatry series and it poses new challenges for Mary Miller. And not all the challenges are professional ones. How do you carry on when you’ve survived the unthinkable?

The review from Christoph Fischer for the book

“Escaping Psychiatry 2. The Case of the Swapped Bodies” by Olga Núñez Miret was a real treat and almost a surprise. I like Olga’s sharp and psychologically charged writing the best and knew this would be good.I was not prepared, however, for the extremely clever plot.

At first there is the confusion of a woman waking up in a different body and in a different life. Then she establishes contact with the woman currently in her own body. That in itself is a great premise and the conversation between the trapped women would have been more than enough for one successful book.

Olga doesn’t stop there but now introduces more complexity as the case is being handled by both, the police, and our series heroine, psychiatrist Mary.Despite a heavy workload I couldn’t resist the book and kept reading at every opportunity to get to the bottom of this psychological thriller. My curiosity got the better of me and all I can say is that the denouement doesn’t let you down.

A clever idea, perfectly executed with sharp writing, excellent characters and a lot going for it.  Maybe the author’s best so far. Highly recommended.

https://writerchristophfischer.wordpress.com/2017/02/06/review-escaping-psychiatry-2-the-case-of-the-swapped-bodies-by-olga-nunez-miret/

Buy the book: https://www.amazon.com/Escaping-Psychiatry-Case-Swapped-Bodies-ebook/dp/B01NBGH9G1

A selection of books by Olga Núñez Miret 

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Discover all the books,read the reviews and buy: https://www.amazon.com/Olga-Núñez-Miret/e/B009UC58G0

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Connect to Olga via her website: http://www.authortranslatorolga.com

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Gigi Sedlmayer has received a new review for Come Fly with Me the first book in the Talon Series from Akrum Menacker.

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Talon, come fly with me is a delightful middle grade story set in Peru with a family of condors and missionary Australians.

Is it possible for condors to understand humans?

Suspend your beliefs and watch how an under-size girl, Matica, finds friends with a family of condors, after being rejected by the Indians because of her size.

There are beautiful descriptions of the flight of the condors, and more so when Talon is cared for by Matica. The language suits this age group and does not talk down to the reader.

This is a great inspirational story for everyone. It will lift you up and make you believe in adventures, friendships, acceptance in a whole new light.

Come and take the journey that is called Matica’s life. It is filled with rejections, heartbreaks, growth and loneliness, but through it all, it will make you feel stronger.
Talon, Come Fly With Me is the first book in this series and you will be blown away!!!
In a world full of pain this story gives ones hope

Akrum Menacker’s review

Have you ever felt like you would never fit in? Of course you have, we all have at one point or another. But for some this is not simply being awkward socially, but much more. For 10 year old Matica, the problem is a physical one. She is not growing. Despite her age and having a younger brother, Matica has the body of a much younger child which has made her life a real challenge as far as making any friends in the little village in Peru where her parents are missionaries trying to help the local tribe. The tribe finds Matica’s situation strange and tend not to associate with her, making her more lonely than ever.

However, Matica does have knack for making friends. In this case its a pair of condors, which seems to fascinate the local villagers. But they are even more surprised when the bond between the undersized girl and the huge birds becomes so strong that when their egg is threatened by poachers they allow her to watch over and care for it. Soon the egg hatches and Talon is born. The villagers are more impressed than ever by the young girl as she helps raise the young condor, becoming an expert on the birds and soon Matica finds herself no longer the source of curious glances but a bit of a celebrity. But her true love for family and her condors never takes a backseat to this new status. Her dedication to both her families is unwavering and continues to grow just as quickly as Talon who is soon big enough and strong enough to take flight. But is he powerful enough to grant Matica’s most secret wish?

Aimed at preteens, this is a story that can be enjoyed by any age. As I said at the beginning of this review, we’ve all felt out of place and thought we’d never find where we truly belong. Matica’s journey is a tale that everyone can relate to. Sometimes its not finding where YOU fit in, but making a place for yourself in the world and watch it start swarming towards you.

This is such a wonderful tale, I have not problem giving it the 5-Star rating it deserves. I’m even more delighted to know that this is only the first installment. As of the writing of this review, there are four more books in the series. Needless to say, I’ll be adding them to my library and more reviews will come with time.

And now I will take my hat off to the author Gigi Sedlmayer, may she, Talon, Matica and the rest of this fine cast soar high and far for many years to come.
https://akrummenacker.wordpress.com/2017/02/09/my-review-of-talon-come-fly-with-me/

Read all the reviews and buy the book: https://www.amazon.com/Talon-Come-Fly-Gigi-Sedlmayer-ebook/dp/B00J2643PG

Also by Gigi Sedlmayer

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Connect to Gigi via her website: http://gigised.com/

If you are in my virtual Cafe and Bookstore you can enjoy regular updates on your new books and reviews.

If you are not yet in the bookstore.. Why not?

Full details and the authors on the shelves is here:

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

Thank you for dropping in and it would be great if you could spread the word about these outstanding authors.. thanks Sally

Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore Author update – Gigi Sedlmayer, Karen Ingalls and Kristina Stanley


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The first of today’s author updates is for Gigi Sedlmayer who not only has a recent review for Encounter, Book Four of The Talon Series, but is also moving to her new site in early February.. It will be still on WordPress but self-hosted.. If you already follow Gigi you will be migrated over but if you click on follow on the new site you can sign up for her notifications.. Full details are here. https://gigisedlmayer.wordpress.com/

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The poachers are back – and they are looking for Talon! They are doing everything in their power to capture him, and if they can’t get him alive, will kill him. Determined to get him at all costs the poachers run up against the might and will of Tamo, Tima and Talon.It is war. The poachers against the condors, Matica and the Indians – with the poachers even taking hostages to win the war.With the help of Tamo and Tima, Talon and Matica do the impossible knowing they have to capture and stop the poachers or they will be back.Between the poachers shooting at the condors, the crows playing their part, and Tamo being shot and injured, Matica goes above and beyond to help her beloved condors.Action-packed from beginning to end, Talon Encounter will keep you on the edge of your seat.

The most recent review of Encounter.

The saga of “little” Matica is an inspirational and heartwarming story for all ages. “Talon Encounter,” expresses the courage, intelligence, wisdom and cunning of not only of a small in stature girl, but of her beloved condors as well! Unscrupulous poachers are back, threatening the villagers, family, and friends…intent on killing animals for profit. Can they be thwarted by Matica and her winged friend Talon before their horrendous plans are carried through?

Come and join in the adventure and excitement in this continuing story set in the beautiful forest of Peru. Bravo to author Gigi Sedlmayer for another heartfelt tale of inspiration and bravery in the face of adversity! Highly recommended!

Read all the reviews and buy the book: https://www.amazon.com/Talon-Encounter-Gigi-Sedlmayer-ebook/dp/B018FNCA6K/

Also by Gigi Sedlmayer

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Read all the reviews and buy the books: https://www.amazon.com/Gigi-Sedlmayer/e/B003U8G4WC

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Connect to Gigi via her website: https://gigisedlmayer.wordpress.com/

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The next author update is for Karen Ingalls whose book Davida – Model & Mistress of Augustus Saint-Gaudens has been receiving wonderful reviews.

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Augustus Saint-Gaudens was the premier American sculptor from 1880-1920. Though he was married and had a son, he fell in love with his model, Davida Johnson Clark. Their love affair lasted over twenty-five years and from which one son was born.

This fictionalized version of a true event is written by their great-granddaughter. It is her intent to bring honor and respect to Davida as a woman who was unconditionally in love with Augustus. Their son, Louis suffered all his life with the label bastard given to him during his childhood and she intends to remove that label.

She also wants to bring recognition to the wonderful talent and artistic contributions made by Saint-Gaudens.

In the book the reader will be introduced to some of the great works of art by Saint-Gaudens, the moral values during this Victorian era, and some historical facts.

One of the most recent reviews.

Davida: Model and Mistress of Augustus Saint-Gaudens is a fictional memoir and is my first read in a fictional memoir genre. Ingalls’ infused bits and pieces into this memoir based on a true story, true characters, and true family history. I felt like I was truly in the time period that this memoir recreates, and it shows how Ingalls’ did her research in this well-written book.

Ingalls’ writing made the characters come to life in such a manner that I was compelled to look up Augustus Saint-Gaudens and see his works. I now know that one piece of his sculptures, William Tecumseh Sherman, which is located on a corner of New York’s Central Park has been a piece I’ve studied and photographed on every trip I have made to New York City.

Ingalls writing is perfectly edited and extremely well written. This is intimate and sad love story is filled with all the emotions one would expect from a story of this type, as well as the additional emotional parts since Saint-Gaudens was married at the time. I place this book in the adult category of memoir due to some mature scenes and the fact that this is a love triangle. I was sad for Davida as I felt she deserved more in her life than what she had, or lack of thereof. I felt the hurt of all three in this love triangle, and I don’t favor one character over another. Davida was Saint-Gaudens’ model mistress and she bore a child out of wedlock, and this child suffered the most – for all of his life actually, as illegitimate, and not belonging to a society simply due to his birth status. He fought his whole life to tamper down his birth, and all that happened to him, working on living a life separate from his true birth, and living a life of bitterness and hate. Ingalls’ weaved historical truth and fictionalized parts so well that this is truly a perfect read. I highly recommend this memoir!

Read all the excellent reviews and buy the book: https://www.amazon.com/Davida-Model-Mistress-Augustus-Saint-Gaudens/dp/1530397871

Also by Karen Ingalls

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Buy all the books: https://www.amazon.com/Karen-Ingalls/e/B009KT5QWY

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Connect to Karen through her website: http://www.kareningallsbooks.com

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The third author in the update is Kristina Stanley and a new review for her book Avalanche the third book in The Stone Mountain series.

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On a cold winter morning, the safe at Stone Mountain Resort is robbed, and Kalin Thompson’s brother, Roy, suspiciously disappears. As Director of Security, Kalin would normally lead the investigation, but when her brother becomes the prime suspect, she is ordered to stay clear.

The police and the president of the resort turn their sights on Kalin, who risks everything to covertly attempt to clear Roy’s name. As threats against her escalate, she moves closer to uncovering the guilty party. Is Kalin’s faith in her brother justified? Or will the truth destroy her?

In her third installment of The Stone Mountain Mystery Series, Kristina Stanley begins the novel with her signature nail-biting tension. She immediately plunges the reader into the middle of an avalanche and we find out very quickly that “…Roy’s headlamp burst to life, eerily illuminating his surrounding snow coffin.” Lovely sentence.

Kristina Stanley maintains tension and suspense throughout the novel, whether it has to do with the protagonist’s decision to take an appealing job offer that might tear apart her newly married relationship with Ben, or, this being a mystery, on solving a murder.
I’ve had Avalanche on my Kindle since last June. When the weather started to turn cold and snow covered the ground I pulled up the novel. Avalanche is perfect to take on a ski holiday or to sit by a fireplace, sipping hot cocoa or tea and getting lost in the tangles of relationships.

Read the reviews and buy the book: https://www.amazon.com/Avalanche-Stone-Mountain-Mystery-Book-ebook/dp/B01F6232M4

Also by Kristina Stanley

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Discover more about the books and buy: http://www.amazon.com/Kristina-Stanley/e/B0106J097I

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Connect to Kristina via her Website/Blog: http://kristinastanley.com/blog/

There are two author promotions on the blog at the moment..

If you are in the bookstore already then please let me know of any new book releases or recent reviews so that I can share that in a Cafe and Bookstore update.

If you are not already in the bookstore then please take a look at the details in the post and then contact me with your information.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/smorgasbord-free-author-and-blogger-promotion-2017/

Thanks very much for dropping by and as always welcome your feedback.. Sally

The Saturday Round Up – Snow, Fantasy, Tony Bennett and Songs about Love


Welcome to this week’s round up of posts here on Smorgasbord. I passed a landmark in the last week. It is four years since I signed up for a blog on WordPress.. I was still living in Portsmouth with my mother and I began by posting now and then; so the first year was a bit hit and miss. I then returned to Madrid and changed the name to my latest book which had just been published; Forget the Viagra, Pass me a Carrot – a men’s health manual but had to change that when a prospective guest for the Sunday Show said that they did not wish to be associated with a blog that sold Viagra…

So in October 2013 it became Smorgasbord Invitation and thankfully have not managed to offend anyone with that one! As far as I know!!

Snow February

We had some snow overnight although that has now gone from our elevation. But looks pretty on the hills opposite. It is however bitterly cold and I am happily ensconced in our office come snug with hot air blasting out next to me. That is not my husband; but the heat exchanger.

I hope you enjoy a look back at the week and as always a huge thank you to those who have contributed, collaborated, commented and shared across the world wide web.

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Fantasy author Charles Yallowitz has delighted his readers with the adventures of Luke Callindor in his long running series Legends of Windemere. Today as well as a brief overview to those of you who might not as yet been introduced to Charles; we will be showcasing his latest workCrossing Bedlam which is a high action, Rated- R adventure that takes place in the Shattered States.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2016/02/21/smorgasbord-open-house-meet-fantasy-author-charles-yallowitz/

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Part two of the Tony Bennettstory and we are now into the early 50s with Tony still only 24 years old. His talent as already come to the attention of influencers in the music industry such as Bob Hope and his first single and career is now on the fast track. I will hand you over to William to pick up the stories later in 1951.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2016/02/24/a-man-and-his-music-william-price-king-meets-tony-bennett-part-two-the-1950s/

Wendy Janes

I was delighted when Wendy Janes suggested that she share a post here today on the subject of our extra day this year on February 29th. Apart from her entertaining and informative post, we also have a small and easy to enter challenge for you. Up to 100 words describing what you would do with an extra day and you can email me on sally.cronin@moyhill.com with your post, links and photo if you have not already featured on the blog.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2016/02/22/guest-post-and-challenge-wendy-janes-an-invitation-to-leap/

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As usual there have been some amazing blog posts this week and I know that I have barely scratched the surface. So many great blogs and not enough time. Still here is a small but special selection.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2016/02/27/mention-in-dispatches-crop-circles-copper-mining-towns-and-flowers-in-amber/

Book Promotion.

Jane Dougherty has been a guest on Smorgasbord on the Sunday Show and also to showcase her books which are packed with action and adventure as well as covering a number of genres. Her latest book, Abomination is the first in a futuristic time travel series called The Pathfinderspublished by Finch Books.

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https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2016/02/23/new-book-fanfare-abomination-the-pathfinder-series-by-jane-dougherty/

The featured book is Talon Encounter  is the latest book in the Talon series by Gigi Sedlmayer, about the little girl Matica and her magical relationship with giant condors. Adventure, mystery and the joy of a bond between unlikely friends.

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https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2016/02/26/five-star-treatment-encounter-book-five-in-the-talon-series-by-gigi-sedlmayer/

Personal Stuff

One of the most common interview questions we get asked in interviews is about who has inspired us to write. I usually put down Wilbur Smith, Jean M. Auel and other authors who I read as a child and young adult and who fired up my imagination and drive to write.

I then got to thinking and realised that there are a few people who might not be world famous authors or leaders, but who were just doing their job, and how they both influenced and inspired me.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2016/02/23/thank-you-mrs-miller-for-teaching-me-to-write/

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I’ for Ifan – Life and Death

Ifan Williams sat in the small velvet chair that usually held his gran’s dressing gown and woollen shawl. The green velveteen gown was now draped over the end of the bed; adding some extra warmth to her feet as she lay sleeping deeply on this winter’s afternoon…

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2016/02/25/whats-in-a-name-i-for-ifan-life-and-death/

Weekly Image and Quote.

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https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2016/02/26/weekly-images-and-quotes-will-rogers-on-the-subject-of-dogs/

Memories are made of this.. 1993

One of the songs of that year was to play a larger role in our lives in 1996 when we both signed up for Tony Robbins Life Mastery for 18 months which took us around the world to discover a few more strategies for making the most of our lives. Haddaway – What is Love? CoconutMusicGermany

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2016/02/27/memories-are-made-of-this-1993-40th-birthday-mr2s-m-people-and-mrs-doubtfire/

Turning Back the Clock serialisation.

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Over the last three chapters I have looked at the main contributory factors associated with aging. In this chapter I am going to explore the necessity of having a functioning and thriving Immune System and how we can eat food to achieve that.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2016/02/26/turning-back-the-clock-serialisation-chapter-four-the-immune-system/

Mineral of the Week

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https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2016/02/22/mineral-of-the-week-manganese-arthritis-bone-density-and-diabetes/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2016/02/24/mineral-of-the-week-asthma-and-the-link-to-manganese/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2016/02/25/manganese-and-beans-12000-years-of-history-and-preparing-them-to-avoid-the-wind-factor/

Humour.

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https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2016/02/21/some-funnies-on-facebook-this-week-guitars-squirrels-dogs-bffs-and-miles-to-the-gallon/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2016/02/22/the-afternoon-video-a-conversation-with-koko-the-gorilla/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2016/02/23/afternoon-video-elmo-the-red-setter-entertains/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2016/02/24/afternoon-video-the-fastest-dog-in-the-west-barry-the-wonder-dog/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2016/02/26/laughter-the-best-medicine-the-archives-revisited-navy-marines-and-hypnotised-seniors-oops/

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That’s all folks. Thank you for your amazing support this week and I hope you will stop by the Open House tomorrow my guest is Joyce K Gatschenberger author of Lines of Listening.

 

Enjoy your Saturday.. Sally

 

 

Five Star Treatment – Encounter – book Five in the Talon Series by Gigi Sedlmayer


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Today the featured book is Talon Encounter which is the latest book in the Talon series about the little girl Matica and her magical relationship with giant condors. Adventure, mystery and the joy of a bond between unlikely friends.

Talon 5-Encounter front cover copy

About the book.

The poachers are back – and they are looking for Talon! They are doing everything in their power to capture him, and if they can’t get him alive, will kill him. Determined to get him at all costs the poachers run up against the might and will of Tamo, Tima and Talon.

It is war.The poachers against the condors, Matica and the Indians – with the poachers even taking hostages to win the war.

With the help of Tamo and Tima, Talon and Matica do the impossible knowing they have to capture and stop the poachers or they will be back. Between the poachers shooting at the condors, the crows playing their part, and Tamo being shot and injured, Matica goes above and beyond to help her beloved condors.

Action-packed from beginning to end, Talon Encounter will keep you on the edge of your seat.

The Reviews

What can I say but it continues just as great as the other four By Coco on December 26, 2015

Talon, Encounter by Gigi Sedlmayer is the fifth book of the Talon series. What can I say but it continues just as great as the other four. Gigi has a way of writing that is unbelievable. It’s hard to say which book was hit out of the ballpark but from what I have read I have to say she has done it five times. Way to go Gigi!! In this book, Matica and her condor friend have to fight off poachers again. This is another great action packed story of courage, compassion and thoughtfulness. I don’t want to tell what is all in it, you need to get the book and find out. You won’t be sorry at all. Again, I gave Gigi 5 stars and it deserves more. I highly recommend this book to all and I now wait for more fantastic books from Gigi Sedlmayer

A well written tale about compassion and thoughtfulness By Book Reads on November 8, 2015

Another great inspiring piece of work by talented author Gigi! ‘Talon, Encounter’ is the fifth book of the Talon series. Very well written and this action-packed compassionate tale will keep you page turning.
Highly Recommended. A well-deserved five stars.

I have read all five books in this series and have to say that I loved them. It is best to read this as … By Alexia Janie Evans on October 17, 2015

“Talon, Encounter” by Gigi Sedlmayer is the fifth book in the ‘Talon’ series. I have read all five books in this series and have to say that I loved them. It is best to read this as a series but if you were to pick up book 5 you would be able to follow along as the author does a great job with the characters in the story. In this book Matica (the young girl that the story is written around) and her young condor friend Talon are dealing with poachers. There is much more to this story but it deserves to be read and enjoyed rather than me telling you what is going to happen. Perfect book for younger teens, but as an adult i thoroughly enjoyed it too. The way Gigi Sedlmayer writes shows how the author deals with love of animals, and accepting people with disabilities.

Other books in the Talon series

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Buy all of Gigi’s books

Amazon author page: http://www.amazon.com/Gigi-Sedlmayer/e/B003U8G4WC

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Gisela (Gigi) Sedlmayer was born on 19 May 1944 in Potsdam, a suburb of Berlin in Germany. Her family escaped to the West just before the infamous wall went up. They moved around in Germany, following where her dad got work. That meant she had to change 9 time schools. In the end she never had friends again, of fear, she will lose them again.

Finally they settled in Munich where Gigi studied architectural drafting and met Albert in 1965, marrying in December 1967. She worked as a civil draftsperson in various private consultancies in Munich.

Since her uncle was a writer, she tried to write short animal stories herself. Nothing further came of it, but she developed a love for the written word and started to consume books.

In May 1975, Gigi and her husband moved to New Zealand. Because of language challenges, she started a handcraft business. As a specialty, she made colourful parrots in several sizes of which she sold thousands in a few years.

In 1988, they decided to adopt and became adoptive parents of twin girls the year after. They lived in New Zealand for eighteen years and moved to Australia in September 1992.

Two years later Gigi was diagnosed with cancer. After operations and radiation, she withdrew, thinking that she would probably soon be dead, like her friend who died of cancer, but her two little girls gave her the courage to keep going. After a few years, still among the living, her brain started to work again, so she thought, ‘Get a grip on yourself and do something good with your life’.

She remembered the time she wrote short stories and got inspired again, seeing her husband Albert writing the story of their adoption. Her English became increasingly better so she pressed on to develop her creative writing.

Albert taught her how to use a computer and she wrote many short stories. She entered them in competitions and often got very good reports back, which gave her confidence to go on writing. One day the idea for the TALON series came to her and she spent the next several years bringing the story and the characters to life.

She now loves writing and spends most of her time at the computer, developing new story lines. She also loves travelling, 4×4 touring, swimming, gardening, handcrafting, reading, fossicking and enjoys good adventure DVD’s or going to the movies.

Connect with Gigi.
Website: https://gigisedlmayer.wordpress.com/
https://www.goodreads.com/author/list/4405791.Gigi_Sedlmayer
https://www.facebook.com/gisela.sedlmayer
https://www.facebook.com/gigisedlmayer?ref=aymt_homepage_panel
https://plus.google.com/u/0/+GigiSedlmayer11/posts
http://www.linkedin.com/profile/view?id=83666990&authType=name&authToken=-l0s&trk=hp-feed-member-name
https://twitter.com/GigiSedlmayer

There are a number of options for promotion on Smorgasbord and would love to hear from you. You have nothing to lose except a few minutes of your time.

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

Thanks for dropping in and please do feel free to comment and hit a few share buttons.. that would be amazing.. 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

Christmas Grotto 2015 – Talon, Encounter -Book Five The Talon Series by Gigi Sedlmayer


Christmas Grotto

Gigi Sedlmayer has released the fifth book in The Talon series, Talon, Encounter, in time for Christmas… Matica and her wonderful condor friend Talon are facing poachers.

About the book.

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The poachers are back – and they are looking for Talon! They are doing everything in their power to capture him, and if they can’t get him alive, will kill him. Determined to get him at all costs the poachers run up against the might and will of Tamo, Tima and Talon.

It is war.The poachers against the condors, Matica and the Indians – with the poachers even taking hostages to win the war.

With the help of Tamo and Tima, Talon and Matica do the impossible knowing they have to capture and stop the poachers or they will be back. Between the poachers shooting at the condors, the crows playing their part, and Tamo being shot and injured, Matica goes above and beyond to help her beloved condors.

Action-packed from beginning to end, Talon Encounter will keep you on the edge of your seat.

The Reviews

By Alexia Janie Evanson October 17, 2015 Format: Paperback

“Talon, Encounter” by Gigi Sedlmayer is the fifth book in the ‘Talon’ series. I have read all five books in this series and have to say that I loved them. It is best to read this as a series but if you were to pick up book 5 you would be able to follow along as the author does a great job with the characters in the story. In this book Matica (the young girl that the story is written around) and her young condor friend Talon are dealing with poachers. There is much more to this story but it deserves to be read and enjoyed rather than me telling you what is going to happen. Perfect book for younger teens, but as an adult I thoroughly enjoyed it too. The way Gigi Sedlmayer writes shows how the author deals with love of animals, and accepting people with disabilities.

Well-written by talented author. By Eliza E.on October 24, 2015 Format: Paperback

It is war. The poachers are back – and they are looking for Talon. What an introduction!
This 382 page ‘Talon, Encounter’ is the fifth book of the Talon series by Gigi Sedlmayer.
The action-packed, inspirational and compassionate tale of Matica’s adventures with the condor named Talon, keeps us page turning. We learn to respect and admire Matica as we see her friendship with the condors – and she learns to interpret the condors’ sounds and gestures.

This is a super-duper series for young teens especially but can be enjoyed also by readers of all ages. Recommended. A well-deserved five stars.

Well done talented author Gigi. I look forward to reading more of your works.

 The other books in The Talon Series

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 Buy all of Gigi’s books

Amazon author page: http://www.amazon.com/Gigi-Sedlmayer/e/B003U8G4WC

About the author

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Gisela (Gigi) Sedlmayer was born on 19 May 1944 in Potsdam, a suburb of Berlin in Germany. Her family escaped to the West just before the infamous wall went up. They moved around in Germany, following where her dad got work. That meant she had to change 9 time schools. In the end she never had friends again, of fear, she will lose them again.

Finally they settled in Munich where Gigi studied architectural drafting and met Albert in 1965, marrying in December 1967. She worked as a civil draftsperson in various private consultancies in Munich.

Since her uncle was a writer, she tried to write short animal stories herself. Nothing further came of it, but she developed a love for the written word and started to consume books.

In May 1975, Gigi and her husband moved to New Zealand. Because of language challenges, she started a handcraft business. As a specialty, she made colourful parrots in several sizes of which she sold thousands in a few years.

In 1988, they decided to adopt and became adoptive parents of twin girls the year after. They lived in New Zealand for eighteen years and moved to Australia in September 1992.

Two years later Gigi was diagnosed with cancer. After operations and radiation, she withdrew, thinking that she would probably soon be dead, like her friend who died of cancer, but her two little girls gave her the courage to keep going. After a few years, still among the living, her brain started to work again, so she thought, ‘Get a grip on yourself and do something good with your life’.

She remembered the time she wrote short stories and got inspired again, seeing her husband Albert writing the story of their adoption. Her English became increasingly better so she pressed on to develop her creative writing.

Albert taught her how to use a computer and she wrote many short stories. She entered them in competitions and often got very good reports back, which gave her confidence to go on writing. One day the idea for the TALON series came to her and she spent the next several years bringing the story and the characters to life.

She now loves writing and spends most of her time at the computer, developing new story lines. She also loves travelling, 4×4 touring, swimming, gardening, handcrafting, reading, fossicking and enjoys good adventure DVD’s or going to the movies.

Connect with Gigi.
My website: https://gigisedlmayer.wordpress.com/
https://www.goodreads.com/author/list/4405791.Gigi_Sedlmayer
https://www.facebook.com/gisela.sedlmayer
https://www.facebook.com/gigisedlmayer?ref=aymt_homepage_panel
https://plus.google.com/u/0/+GigiSedlmayer11/posts
http://www.linkedin.com/profile/view?id=83666990&authType=name&authToken=-l0s&trk=hp-feed-member-name

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

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

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

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

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

The Saturday Round Up – Christmas Grotto! Weekend Cafe! And All That Jazz.


Time to have a recap on the week so far and it has been tremendous which is down to the contributions that everyone has made, particularly to the new series.

Christmas Grotto

The Christmas Grotto especially has got off to a flying start with 18 items already on the shelves and on show from this coming Monday… If you would like your books, gifts, designs, music added to the gifts on display then please take a look at the post and get in touch. Really easy and nothing to lose.

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

The Weekend Cafe is now open….

An Invitation to Sunday Lunch with Sally

The first in the new series.. Invitation to Lunch was a riot… In more ways than one and it was a great joy to host.. Ali Isaac, Sacha Black and Geoff Le Pard with reminders of this year’s Annual Blogger’s Bash, next year’s date and some very delicious dishes.

Tomorrow I am joined by Sue Vincent and Chris Graham, The Story Reading Ape and next week I have a guest lined up but really could use another guest to keep her company.

Author Helen Jones of the Ambeth Chronicles is bringing a virtual guest and dessert so would love someone to bring the main course and your virtual guest and reasons for both choices… Let me know please on sally.cronin@moyhill.com

Here is last week’s show

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https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2015/10/04/sunday-lunch-invitation-guests-ali-isaac-geoff-le-pard-and-sacha-black/

Saturday Morning Coffee

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This week I talked about interaction and how important it is for a healthy blog and I was joined by three guests who are wonderful at doing just that… Janice Spina, Noelle Granger and Hugh Roberts.

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https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2015/10/10/saturday-morning-coffee-interaction-with-einstein-janice-spina-n-a-granger-noelle-and-hugh-roberts-and-toby/

William Price King New Series and Music.

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William has had a very busy summer and is in the middle of producing his next album that I am hoping will be available for Christmas… We kicked off the new series about the life and music of Quincy Jones with some performance of his most popular music. I also showcased another track off my playlist… Take That is not everyone’s cup of tea but they are mine as are Gary Barlow and Robbie Williams…

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2015/10/07/new-series-a-man-and-his-music-william-price-king-meets-quincy-jones-part-one/

Here is Quincy Jones and his orchestra with Soul Bossa Nova – and I bet you did not know the name of this famous tune or who composed it….hands up all those of you who did.

Here is my week’s pick from my playlist.

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Guest Post

Gigi Sedlmayer author of the Talon series of books lives in Australia and she and her husband recently took a 5,500 kilometre road trip. I asked her to share some of the photos and tell us something about the journey and here is her terrific guest post.

Lifelike dinosaur. In that region they found a lot of dinosaur fossils since that place was all water once.

Lifelike dinosaur. In that region they found a lot of dinosaur fossils since that place was all water once.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2015/10/05/australian-road-trip-of-5500-kilometres-guest-post-by-gigi-sedlmayer/

Book Promotion – New Book Fanfare

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https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2015/10/06/new-book-fanfare-dead-letter-file-by-george-t-chronis/

What’s In A Name Short Stories.

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This the turn of the male names beginning with B… I chose Brian and sometimes a name can come with a physical characteristics passed down through many generations, even thousands of years.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2015/10/08/whats-in-a-name-brian-of-high-and-noble-birth/

Memories are made of this – 1977

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Harbour Lights Cowes 1976 -1977

I am 24 years old and finish my time in Cowes, my time at the Harbour Lights Pub and my marriage. Fair to say it was a pretty momentous year… Thank goodness for the music.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2015/10/09/memories-are-made-of-this-1977-cowes-kenny-rogers-and-staying-alive/

Size Matters Serialisation Chapter Ten

41mynoqwwnl-_uy250_It is easy with a poor diet full of industrial foods or very low food intake to become nutritionally deficient. It is important to recognise when you are missing essential ingredients for health.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2015/10/05/size-matters-chapter-ten-avoiding-nutritional-deficiency/

Health

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Your immune system is your own private health insurance and taking care of it should be a priority. It is never too late to make sure that you are providing this critical function within the body what it needs to protect you.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2015/10/06/the-immune-system-part-three-ignorance-is-not-bliss/

Humour and Afternoon video

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https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2015/10/06/laughter-the-best-medicine-heavens-above/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2015/10/09/afternoon-video-cat-calms-fretful-baby-gentle-nanny/

Thanks for joining me this week and for your contributions.. Hope you have time to pop in to join us for Sunday Lunch tomorrow.

Please feel free to interact in any way possible.  hugs Sally

 

Australian Road Trip of 5,500 kilometres – Guest Post by Gigi Sedlmayer


Gigi Sedlmayer is kicking off the guest posts for October with a wonderful article on her 5.5k road trip around Australia. It is such a huge country that this will be just brief look at the amazing scenery, wildlife and culture, but you can tell that Gigi loves her adopted country very much. Enjoy and if you would like to share a trip, an article about a topic you are passionate about then please email me at sally.cronin@moyhill.com

I will now hand you over to Gigi……..

Our trip from 9 September to 19 September 2015 by Gigi Sedlmayer

Thank you Sally for giving me the opportunity to introduce myself and our trip to your readers. To show you some pictures and write something about our incredible journey through the Outback of our wonderful Country. I hope you will enjoy it and see some of Australia.

I have to say, that it was the most amazing trip we did from all our other trips. We saw kangaroos, Emus, camels, lizards, a big goanna, many haws and other birds, two wedge tail eagles.

It was a difficult choice to select the pictures I did. I would have loved to post way more, but I know that just can’t be.

Our trip was altogether around 5,500 km and we loved every one of them. Australian Outback is amazing. You have to experience it to love it. But again, we have heard people saying how boring it is to drive there. But, as I said, we loved it. Every time we looked out of the window, the scenery looked different; the colour is different, from all the colours of brown to beige, to yellow, to purple and to all the shades of red. There was coming a tree or a bush, that wasn’t there before. Or no trees or bushes at all, only grasses. Red sand was everywhere.

First we drove up the East coast from the Gold Coast we live, with first stop in Gympie to have our lunch, until we arrived in Gladstone.

Next morning we drove up further North to Mackay. That strong southerly has helped us greatly in our fuel consumption so far as it pushed us ahead. Next stop going further north was Charters Towers. From here we had a lot of options, but our main destination is the dried-out inland seabed around Richmond- Winton – Barcaldine, for fossicking for dinosaur fossils and opals.

(Yesterday it rained in Winton for the first time since many years as we have a draught. They probably would have looked at the sky and said: ‘What’s that stuff falling from the sky.’)

So we went a bit further North to Bowen then inland to Charters-Towers and finally to Winton, our destination, at the Matilda Motel. Here we stayed for 3 nights. Winton has bore water, tapping into the Great Artesian Basin, which tastes very good and has a sulfur smell, especially the hot water.

Albert looking for fossils

Albert looking for fossils

Since it has zero light pollution out there, we went out late at evening next day to look at the unbelievably spectacular sky. We never have encountered the sky like that. Lit up with billions of stars in our amazing Milky Way Galaxy. There aren’t that many accessible places from which the night sky can be seen so clearly, and especially during a completely dark sky with no moon at all. We drove out of town a few km, and then a km or so off the main highway, to avoid any light pollution. …And after car lights were out and our eyes got accustomed to the blackness, the heavenly splendour revealed itself. This can’t be described in words but has to be seen. Unfortunately we couldn’t take pictures. So we had to soak it in with our eyes and brain. I still can see it in my minds eyes.

Every day we went out fossicking for fossils there, since it is the best place for. At the first day we found lots of petrified wood and some fossils. No dinosaur fossil but we were happy enough to find that one. We had a lovely lunch in the middle of the outback under a eucalyptus tree beside a dry creek, with the warm nor-east zephyr caressing us gently while we looked out with eyes on infinite focus, toward the flimmering horizon interrupted only by the odd tree dot. Between breeze gusts that rustled the eucalypt leaves the silence was absolute. What an amazing experience. This is indescribable if you haven’t been out in Australia’s wide, open spaces and taken the time to absorb it, you need to go do it.

One of the fossils we found. Some grasses in the stone.

One of the fossils we found. Some grasses in the stone.

A small lizard decides to join in the hunt

A small lizard decides to join in the hunt

The road traffic around Winton is thin and drivers always greet us with a wave as they pass. Whenever we were parked at the roadside fossicking or having lunch, every passing car and truck would stop (or nearly stop) to ask if we were alright. Breaking down in this area and these lonely roads could be disastrous so everyone is eager to check each others’ wellbeing. It is quite a spectacle to see a road train switching down heaps of gears to come to a crawl opposite us so the driver could clearly see our thumbs-up ok gesture, grin and respond in kind, then gear up again to continue his journey. Country life is … well … different.

A typical road train

A typical road train

This is a typical road train (shown here in Winton). Some of the roads on which we met them were single lane dirt roads, where it was prudent to just drive off the road way to the side of the shoulder and stop, when one of these approached. At 53 metres length (174ft) you have to have a really wide, straight piece of road to be able to overtake, because you’re on the wrong side of the road for an awfully long time. Even so, these powerful rigs drive at the speed limit so if you can’t overtake just hang back far enough because they won’t really slow you down.

Next stop Quilpie in the Channel Country. Yesterday we drove on a wild, wild outback dirt road 380 km from Winton via Opalton to Jundah with no Mobil reception or internet for 2 days until we arrived in Quilpie.

Lifelike dinosaur. In that region they found a lot of dinosaur fossils since that place was all water once.

Lifelike dinosaur. In that region they found a lot of dinosaur fossils since that place was all water once.

From there we drove a single-lane paved road 400 km From Jundah to Quilpie. We also stopped for lunch at Windorah (population 80) and climbed a red sand dune nearby.

Me relaxing in shade staring into the nothingness. Loved it.

Me relaxing in shade staring into the nothingness. Loved it.

Inquisitive Kangaroos

Inquisitive Kangaroos

In Channel Country, Cunnamulla we were hunting for opals. Found some.

A stunning opal full of fire.

A stunning opal full of fire.

A living fossil.. A Goanna or Gonna, much featured in aboriginal mythology and culture

A living fossil.. A Goanna or Gonna, much featured in aboriginal mythology and culture

From there we drove to Goondiwindi and Warwick direction of home, Gold Coast.

A desolate place and here we are in the middle of nowhere. Beautiful but you do need to be prepared for any eventuality.

A desolate place and here we are in the middle of nowhere. Beautiful but you do need to be prepared for any eventuality.

About Gigi Sedlmayer

You can find out much more by connecting with Gigi on her blog but here is a brief summary of her extraordinary life.

Gisela (Gigi) Sedlmayer was born on 19 May 1944 in Potsdam, a suburb of Berlin in Germany. Her family escaped to the West just before the infamous wall went up. Finally they settled in Munich where Gigi studied architectural drafting and met Albert in 1965, marrying in December 1967. She worked as a civil draftsperson in various private consultancies in Munich.

In May 1975, Gigi and her husband moved to New Zealand. Because of language challenges, she started a handcraft business.In 1988, they decided to adopt and became adoptive parents of twin girls the year after. They lived in New Zealand for eighteen years and moved to Australia in September 1992.

Two years later Gigi was diagnosed with cancer and almost gave up on life but was determined to continue for the sake of her children. One day the idea for the TALON series came to her and she spent the next several years bringing the story and the characters to life.

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She now loves writing and spends most of her time at the computer, developing new story lines. She also loves travelling, 4×4 touring, swimming, gardening, handcrafting, reading, fossicking and enjoys good adventure DVD’s or going to the movies.

Connect with Gigi.

My website: https://gigisedlmayer.wordpress.com/
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/list/4405791.Gigi_Sedlmayer
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/gisela.sedlmayer
Google: https://plus.google.com/u/0/+GigiSedlmayer11/posts
LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/profile/view?id=83666990&authType=name&authToken=-l0s&trk=hp-feed-member-name

Thanks to Gigi for this fascinating look at some of the beautiful parts of Australia that might not always be on the tourist route.

Please feel free to comment and share the post. Thank you.

The Saturday Round Up – Three stunners, Oatmeal Cookies and Abba


Welcome to this week’s review and my thanks as always to those guests who have taken the time to contribute with their posts and work.

Life here is a little cooler but still sunny but pleased the humidity is up in the 30% range rather than 15%.. Hopefully will get some viewers at some point whilst the weather shows of the views.

Have a wonderful weekend and hope you will drop in again soon.. thanks Sally

Music

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We are now reaching the last in the series of the Mel Torme story and on October 7th, William Price King who has been extremely busy with composing, gigging, mentoring and recording this summer will be back with a brand new series.  The legend that is Quincy Jones who I understand is doing very well after his recent health scare.

In the meantime enjoy the 70s and 80s with Mel Torme and his music.

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The new music spot on Wednesdays gives me an opportunity to share my playlist with you. With working on radio and collecting hits from my teen years I have several thousand tracks now digitised. I love good music of all styles that I am going to share with you every week. This Wednesday it was relative newcomer George Ezra with Budapest.

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Saturday Coffee Morning

Week two and three guests who have given me a huge amount of support and friendship over the last two years. Strong, feisty and talented.Olga Nunez Miret, D.G. Kaye and Teagan Riordain Geneviene

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https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2015/09/26/saturday-morning-coffee-with-olga-nunez-miret-d-g-kaye-and-teagan-riordain-geneviene/

Coming up next week the start of another new series. An Invitation to Sunday Lunch.

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The first guests are those amazing Blog Bash organisers Sacha Black, Geoff Le Pard and Ali Isaac with news of the date for next year’s event..

If you would like to participate it could not be easier. Hopefully a lot of fun but also an opportunity to promote your blog, books, art, music etc. The format is flexible but here are the basics.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2015/09/01/an-invitation-to-sunday-lunch-the-new-sunday-show-format/

Five Star Treatment Book Promotions.

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New Book Fanfare

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Size Matters Serialisation – Chapter Eight.

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Keeping on track can be tough when you are attempting to lose weight but getting into a routine can help along with ensuring that you are taking in the right fluids.

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Memories are made of this…1975.. Ghosts, You Sexy thing and Jaws.

There was a lot of great music that year and one that had us all up and dancing was SOS by Abba.. they are still able to get me bopping even today.. Great band.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2015/09/22/memories-are-made-of-this-1975-ghosts-you-sexy-thing-and-jaws/

What’s In A Name? – Short Story – Alexander

I am working through the alphabet building a short story around a girl’s name and the following week a boy’s name.  This week Alexander.. an illustrious name to live up to.

Alexanders

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2015/09/24/whats-in-a-name-short-stories-alexander/

Humour

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2015/09/21/laughter-the-best-medicine-vicars-marriage-and-children/

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I will leave you with a video that will have you reaching for your tissues and a hug.. from your dog..This pooch is desperately trying to apologise and I would have forgiven him anything.. Thanks to Paul Smith on Facebook for sharing this warm and very fuzzy moment.

Thank you for all your contributions to this week’s posts.. Could not do without you..

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Five Star Treatment – Come Fly With Me by Gigi Sedlmayer


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Delighted to welcome Gigi Sedlmayer to the Five Star Review with her first book in the Talon series. This hugely popular collection of stories about Matica and the Condors is a perfect gift set for children as we move into Christmas (I know the C word)

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About the book

Nine year old Matica lives in a remote village on a dry plateau in the Andes of Peru. She moved to Peru when she was five with Australian missionary and schoolteacher parents. Because Matica is trapped in the body of a two year old, her growth handicap has caused her to be rejected by the local people and they would not accept her into their community or allow her to play with the children.

With patience and a sense of adventure Matica befriends a pair of condors. A strong bond and love develops between them.

Matica rescues the egg the condors, Tamo and Tima, are trying to protect from poachers and nurtures it to hatching. The egg hatches on her 10th birthday and she names the new fledging Talon.

Many adventures unfold, including her finally being accepted into the local community. And something totally unexpected…

This is the beginning of many incredible adventures with Talon and Matica. It is a story of hope, determination and love.

The Review

Beauty is in the eys of the beholder, so true with this story By Martha A. Cheves on March 28, 2012 Format: Paperback

The male condor spread his huge wings and hopped to the ground. Matica had to jump clear, out of the reach of his huge wings. Instead of flying off, as he normally did, he kept standing, turning around and looking at her. Matica’s eyes nearly popped out of her sockets. He’s so huge, she thought. Standing stock-still and not folding his wings to his body, the bird blinked and waited for what Matica would do. Since nothing happened for the next few minutes, the bird tilted his head and grunted. Matica interpreted it as: what now? His mate screeched from the sky in surprise. Matica couldn’t move. She was frozen stiff with fear and her face was as white as a ghost. The bird looked way bigger on the ground than he had looked on the branch. He folded his wings very slowly to his body now as if he knew he might frighten her, then he made another sound. Matica felt so small and thought: Will he kill me? But no, I’m alive. He can’t kill, just like Dad said. Matica gasped for air and her pink colour came back into her face. She was amazed that this had really happened and she wondered: What should I do now? I think he’s afraid of his own boldness, and so am I. He’s watching me. I should move, do something. After all, I told him to come down…but he’s so big.

Matica and her family moved from Australia to a little remote village called Pucara which is about twenty kilometers away from the Andes in the northern part of Peru. Matica’s parents are missionaries to the Peruvian Indians who spoke little or no English. Through her father Crayn, this has started to change.

Matica has a medical problem that prevents her body from growing to its normal size. When they first moved to Pucara Matica was five but her body looked as if she were only two years old. Even though Crayn had explained this disability to the Indians they still thought she was odd or even possessed by an evil spirit. They were so afraid of her that they refused to let their own children play with her. This left Matica alone and lonely. To solve her lack of friendship, Matica took to the sky, making friends with a pair of Condors.

When I started reading Talon, come fly with me, I knew nothing about the Condors. After reading Talon, come fly with me, I had to appease my curiosity by looking them up on the internet. They are large birds weighting from 20-23 lbs. with body lengths of 50″ and wingspans of 9-10 feet. They mate for life and live 50 plus years producing 1-2 eggs every 2 years. They can fly up to 15,000 feet at speeds of 55 miles per hour. And they are on the endangered species.

Matica’s story of befriending these birds, helping them rescue their egg from poachers and then the actual raising was a story that took my breath away. Only a child such as Matica can see the beauty in an animal that everyone else calls ugly. And only a child would have the tolerance to do what had to be done to keep `her’ birds surviving. This is a beautiful book for all ages, especially for kids.

Other books in the series

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Buy the books.

Amazon author page: http://www.amazon.com/Gigi-Sedlmayer/e/B003U8G4WC

About the author

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Gisela (Gigi) Sedlmayer was born on 19 May 1944 in Potsdam, a suburb of Berlin in Germany. Her family escaped to the West just before the infamous wall went up. They moved around in Germany, following where her dad got work. That meant she had to change 9 time schools. In the end she never had friends again, of fear, she will lose them again.

Finally they settled in Munich where Gigi studied architectural drafting and met Albert in 1965, marrying in December 1967. She worked as a civil draftsperson in various private consultancies in Munich.

Since her uncle was a writer, she tried to write short animal stories herself. Nothing further came of it, but she developed a love for the written word and started to consume books.

In May 1975, Gigi and her husband moved to New Zealand. Because of language challenges, she started a handcraft business. As a specialty, she made colourful parrots in several sizes of which she sold thousands in a few years.

In 1988, they decided to adopt and became adoptive parents of twin girls the year after. They lived in New Zealand for eighteen years and moved to Australia in September 1992.

Two years later Gigi was diagnosed with cancer. After operations and radiation, she withdrew, thinking that she would probably soon be dead, like her friend who died of cancer, but her two little girls gave her the courage to keep going. After a few years, still among the living, her brain started to work again, so she thought, ‘Get a grip on yourself and do something good with your life’.

She remembered the time she wrote short stories and got inspired again, seeing her husband Albert writing the story of their adoption. Her English became increasingly better so she pressed on to develop her creative writing.

Albert taught her how to use a computer and she wrote many short stories. She entered them in competitions and often got very good reports back, which gave her confidence to go on writing. One day the idea for the TALON series came to her and she spent the next several years bringing the story and the characters to life.

She now loves writing and spends most of her time at the computer, developing new story lines. She also loves travelling, 4×4 touring, swimming, gardening, handcrafting, reading, fossicking and enjoys good adventure DVD’s or going to the movies.

Connect with Gigi.

My website: https://gigisedlmayer.wordpress.com/

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/list/4405791.Gigi_Sedlmayer

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/gisela.sedlmayer

Google: https://plus.google.com/u/0/+GigiSedlmayer11/posts

LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/profile/view?id=83666990&authType=name&authToken=-l0s&trk=hp-feed-member-name

Thanks for popping by and of course we both would be delighted if you could share Gigi’s work on your networks. Working together is so powerful.

You have two ways to promote your books on my site. One is for new releases

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And if you have previous books that would introduce your work prior to that release.

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Also if you are looking for a book to read that has received great reviews you should check out the previous 60 five star rated books check out the directory above.