Smorgasbord Blogger Daily – Thursday 19th September 2019 – Bette A. Stevens, D.Wallace Peach and Gloria Smud


This series is an opportunity to showcase posts from around our community and the brilliant bloggers who share with us. It would be amazing if you would follow the links to the post I have highlighted and whilst visiting follow and support the blogger.

The first post is from award winning children’s author Bette A. Stevens, an advocate for the beautiful Monarch Butterfly.. in this post she urges our support during their migration.

The Great Monarch Migration

Image Bette. A. Stevens

Each year from August through October, masses of monarch butterflies embark on a journey from the southern reaches of Canada that takes them 2500 Miles to remote mountain treetops in central Mexico. Millions of overwintering monarchs were discovered roosting there for the first time in 1975. Here at the farmstead in central Maine, monarch butterflies visit us from early June through mid to late September. As a citizen scientist, I report my sightings to Journey North . I invite you to visit their website to find out more about our amazing monarch butterflies and find out how you can help.

Hubby Dan and I have sighted sixty (60) monarchs so far this season. The monarch chrysalis in my photo collage was spun by a caterpillar Dan discovered on a day lily leaf when he was cleaning the garden on August 13, 2019. We transferred the caterpillar and part of the leaf to our back porch.

Head over and read more of this fascinating post about the Monarch Butterfly and how you can help: https://4writersandreaders.com/2019/09/17/celebrate-the-great-monarch-buttefly-mirgration/

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The next post is from Diana Wallace Peach with a very helpful tutorial on how to set up your book trailer with Powerpoint. A book trailer is a terrific book marketing tool and well worth heading over to read the complete post..

 Make a Book Trailer with Powerpoint – Diana Wallace Peach.

I’m a cheapskate.

I’m also technologically impaired.

So when it came to making a book trailer for Sunwielder’s audiobook pre-release hype, I resorted to the old familiar standby from my years of selling office furniture – MS PowerPoint. The program’s been updated over the past 2 decades, but I still figured it out with some trial and error. And error. And a little more error.

The main thing I learned is regarding sequence:

1. Start with your text: Keep it pithy. I used my book blurb and pared it down to its bare essentials. That gave me about fifteen slides to populate with images.

Please head over to read the rest of this helpful post: https://mythsofthemirror.com/2019/09/10/book-trailers-with-powerpoint/

D. Wallace Peach, Buy: http://www.amazon.com/D.-Wallace-Peach/e/B00CLKLXP8
Website/Blog: http://www.mythsofthemirror.com – Goodread https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7068749.D_Wallace_Peach

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

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Last week on September 10th was World Suicide Prevention Day 2019. Whilst reading through blogs, I visited Trev Jones blog and I came across this poem by his wife Debbie Jones that resonated with me.  I am sharing the first few lines but I do recommend that you head over and read the rest of the poem and the accompanying post. Many of us have been in a dark place, and for one reason or another, a loving hand, a guardian angel or something deep inside us that pulls us back from the brink.

Anyway here is part of the poem by Debbie JonesMy Best Self

If my best self could take my hand,
Guide me safely through troubled lands,
The only thing I’d need is me,
Rough seas would part, so I could see,
That life won’t always be like this,
I’d give me a reassuring kiss,
A tender touch upon my shoulder,
To give me strength & make me bolder,
A gentle thought, a caring deed,

Please head over and read the rest of the poem and post: https://gloriasmud.com/2019/09/10/my-best-self/

About Debbie Jones and Gloria Smud.

Welcome to my poetry blog, & thank you for visiting! Hello! My name is Debbie Jones, and I write original poems and post my own accompanying photographs under the name of Gloria Smud..a play on the words for “Glorious Mud.”

I hope you’ll enjoy walking with me to experience some of the sights, & my inspirations from the beautiful, Welsh countryside in & around the village of Llangunllo, in Powys, where I live, with my husband, Trev.

Read more about what you can find on the blog: https://gloriasmud.com/2019/02/28/about-me/

Thanks for dropping in today and I hope you will head over to read these posts in full and follow the writers if you do not already do so.. thanks Sally